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Local Community Cancer Champions needed for Project in Sandwell and West Birmingham

The overall aim of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Community Cancer Champion project is to recruit and educate volunteers from the general public to equip them with skills to develop and implement signposting within their communities.

What is involved?
The overall objective of this role is to improve patient outcomes in relation to prevention, screening and early diagnosis of cancer.  The role simply requires Community Cancer Champions to take top tips and best practice back to the community setting/ hub and help to improve awareness around cancer screening and early diagnosis.

As a Community Cancer Champion, you will be required to:

• Attend a 2.5 hour long virtual ‘Let’s Talk Cancer’ workshop, delivered by Cancer Research UK.  The workshop will be followed by an hour reflection event on 26th November 12 noon – 1 pm.
• Develop your own community led action plans based on what you think should be prioritised in your community.
• Share, and receive, ideas and best-practice with other people from other communities, just like yours, via our community cancer champion forum

The Living With and Beyond Cancer Team would like to hear from you if you work or volunteer in a community hub or group and are interested in improving cancer awareness, encouraging early diagnosis and outcomes for your community.

No prior skills or knowledge around cancer are required as full training and a certificate given on completion of the training. Champions will receive an invitation to a network event with other cancer champions across Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and West Birmingham, to share good ideas and lessons learnt.

If you are interested in taking part please contact The Living With and Beyond Cancer Team, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust on 0121 507 3817 or email


Introduction to Hate Crime Basic Awareness

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime.

Introduction to hate crime – Level 1 is a basic awareness course developed in partnership with Dudley Safe and Sound and Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board.

This awareness package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with people who may need support around hate crimes.

It is important that everyone is able to understand the basics of hate crimes and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Course aims
• To define what Hate Crime is
• Raise awareness of different types of Hate Crime
• To understand what indicators to look out for
• To understand how to respond to it.

The free training is available via the following link:

#BeMoreDigital Fundraising Day – 15th October

On 15 Oct, Charity Digital are hosting their next virtual event, #BeMoreDigital Fundraising Day! 

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day of fundraising content, sharing and learning. It’s completely free. More info and to sign up click here

Promoting Safeguarding and Wellbeing in your workforce – A briefing around modern slavery/exploitation

The current pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of victims and survivors of modern slavery, it has created new vulnerabilities and we know that those responsible for modern slavery will use many different tactics to exploit victims.

This session is for any voluntary and community organisation in Sandwell to find out more about how you can safely support your workforce and your organisation effectively around modern slavery and exploitation:-

• Why are we here – why this issue is important to you and your organisation

• What is the prevalence of the issue in Sandwell?

• Making it real for you – a case study to highlight the issues

• Dispelling the myths and misconceptions

• Safe recruitment

• Spotting signs of concern

• Knowing how to respond if you have concern

• Q&A

• Do you want to know more?

The session will take place on Tuesday 20th October from 12 noon – 1pm

The session will be held through Zoom and the joining instructions will be sent to you nearer the time.

To book onto the session please go to –

Understanding Extremism Training For Community Groups

The opportunity has now arisen for participants from community groups in Sandwell to access the new ‘Understanding Extremism’ training for Community Groups.

The training is FREE and will equip participants with an understanding of the background of different extremist groups, including the ideologies of the Extreme Far Right and Global Jihadism.

Understanding Extremism training is a 2 hour session delivered in partnership between staff from REWIND UK and the Sandwell Prevent Team.

How to Register

Please reply to by Friday 25th September 2020 should you wish to take a priority booking, with a view for delivery in the week commencing 28th September 2020!

Please state the number of participants you would like to provisionally book to attend.

Further information, including a date and joining instructions for attending the session, will then be sent out.

Reducing Parental Conflict Training

After the success of the Reducing Parental Conflict training arranged by  Sandwell Council pre-Pandemic, the Council have organised two more courses that will take place virtually over two three-hour sessions. The courses will be very interactive to aid learning.

Previous participants’ comments:

“This training would benefit all professionals working with parents and families.”

“The course content is very relevant and explained in a brilliant manner.”

Course 1: 25th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm and 28th September 9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Course 2: 25th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm and 28th September 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

To secure a place or for further details, please email

VCS Insights Welcomed at ‘Reset and Recovery’ Workshops

Voluntary organisations, charities and community groups in Sandwell are invited to take part in upcoming workshops to discuss how support for local people can best be delivered in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Those attending the workshops will have the opportunity to hear about Sandwell Council’s recovery plans and initial findings of the COVID-19 community impact work undertaken by the Council. The workshop discussions will help shape the ongoing recovery work undertaken by the Council and the Council’s planning in how best to support local communities in the future.

Discussions will focus on: –
• How residents are accessing services and how good practice is making this happen
• Understanding barriers to participation and inclusion
• Sharing perspectives on the impact on communities in the short, medium and long term

Each of the four workshop sessions will be themed to cover the following areas:-

Children and Young People
Over 50’s
Health and Wellbeing
Welfare and Advice

SCVO will be hosting these workshops virtually using a video conferencing platform, and will be welcoming a Sandwell Council Director to lead discussions. Further information is available on this flyer.

Places are available to VCS organisations active in the borough on a first come, first served basis, via the Eventbrite links below:-

September 22nd: Welfare and Advice
September 28th: Children and Young People
September 29th: Over 50’s
October 15th: Health and Wellbeing

Prince’s Trust Smethwick recruiting young people

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is still recruiting young people aged 16 – 25 years of age, for a personal development course starting 21st September, 2020. The course will run for 12 weeks. 

Attendees will gain a first aid and food safety certificate, a new CV, two weeks work placement and much more. Attendees are also provided with a bus pass. The course will not affect benefits.

To make a referral please contact Jack Dytor, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, at or call 07787 245 832.

Zebra Access – Black Country Futures

Zebra Access are currently delivering a project called ‘Black Country Futures’ (BCF) along with 14 other partners, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and is set to run until March 2022.

Zebra Access provides a wide range of specialist support for our Deaf, Deaf/blind, hard of hearing and deafened customers on the BCF project across the Black Country delivering a truly holistic approach. Here is the link for further details:—black-country-futures

In a nutshell, we provide:
• Employability & Skills Training
• Confidence & Motivation
• Volunteering Opportunities
• Digital Skills
• Financial Confidence & Debt Advice
• Housing Support
• Benefits Advice
• Dementia Support
• Social Care
• Healthy Living & Practical Life Skills

Currently, due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are providing support to our participants on a regular basis remotely via online media platforms such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or FaceTime, depending on the participants’ preferences.

Please find attached promotional fliers for our Employability and Maths and English tutorials for your perusal outlining the basics of what we are able to offer.

Adult Learning with WEA – Enrolment Now Open.

Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

There is a range of courses that are accredited and non-accredited covering basic skills (numeracy, literacy, ESOL) work and employability, health and wellbeing, community and family.

All the courses are currently being run online over the next term and enrolment is open.

To find out more go to:

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