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FREE Mental Health Training

We know that Mental Health and Wellbeing is so important and we are pleased to offer Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations FREE Mental Health Training. The Community Partnerships and Support Services Team have partnered with Sandwell Consortium and have secured funding to deliver an i-act Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Course in each of the six towns of Sandwell.

At this stage places will be limited to 1 per organisation but if more spaces become available we will be able to offer any extra places on a first come first served basis.

This accredited i-act training is aimed at supporting employees/front-line workers to improve their own wellbeing and support others who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue.
The course highlights how we can all improve our wellbeing to help build resilience.
This course comes with a 168-page evidence based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each participant.

Course objectives – the online i-act course for ALL volunteers aims to:
– give participants a greater understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues, and help them recognise when they may need further help and support,
– provide some practical tools for managing stress, anxiety and low mood, and for promoting positive wellbeing to help build resilience,
– offer guidance and advice for how we can connect with colleagues who may be experiencing mental health or wellbeing issue,
– equip participants with a resource pack, toolkit, and signposting to further help and support concerning mental health and wellbeing issues.

Once the course is completed your registration/certification as an i-act (for positive mental health and wellbeing) practitioner lasts for three years, as does your access to the online i-act resources.

The course is delivered online through MS Teams and is 4 hours duration. The course will take place on Tuesday 7th December 1pm-5pm.

To book a place please reply with the participants name, organisation and email address before Friday 5 November to –

Functional Skills Qualification

Sport 4 Life are delighted to be launching its first Maths Functional Skills Qualifications (Level 1 & 2) this November. This qualification is free for anyone aged 16-29 years who is NEET.

Further details can be found here

Referrals can be taken via the website

Details of the course are as follows:

Pre-enrolment date: Monday 8th November 2021
Course dates: Mon – Fri, 15th – 26th November (2-weeks)
Location: ISE – Women’s Enterprise and Community Hub, 249a Ladypool Rd., Sparkbrook, Birmingham B12 8LF

Also, please keep an eye out for Sport 4 Life first English Functional Skills qualification coming in early 2022!


Simple as ABCD!

If you’re passionate about helping to develop your local community, pop in to one of the upcoming meetings hosted by Sandwell Council and Sandwell Churches Link.

A series of friendly, practical workshops have been organised across the borough to introduce the idea of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD).

Asset Based Community Development is a local, ‘grass roots’ approach to strengthening communities.

Through a process of recognising, identifying and harnessing existing ‘assets’ that individuals and communities have – things like skills, knowledge, capacity, resources, experience or enthusiasm for example – ABCD aims to help strengthen and improve things locally.

Instead of looking at what a community needs or lacks, the approach focuses on best using the ‘assets’ that are already there.

The workshops are a chance to learn more about ABCD, and network and chat about what it would look like to work together in your area. Representatives from any sector are welcome.

Workshops will take place at:
Holy Trinity Church, Smethwick
Sandwell College Arts Café
Friar Park Millennium Centre
The Oak Tree Centre, Oldbury
Cradley Heath Community Centre
St Mark’s, Ocker Hill

Find out more, and how to book HERE

Thinking about teaching? SAFL’s Level 3 Certificate in Education and Teaching can help

Sandwell Adult and Family Learning service are proud to announce that they will be delivering the Level 3 Award in Education and Training AET course, formerly known as PTLLS. The course starts 6th October 2021.

The course certifies individuals to teach at a nationally accredited standard. This Level 3 qualification is for those who work or want to work as teachers or trainers in the further education and skills sector. This includes those currently not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introduction to teaching that will give an insight into the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training, how to plan and deliver inclusive teaching sessions and how to assess and give constructive feedback.

In the words of Henry Brooks Adams “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops”.

Teach with confidence and learn to teach with SAFL.

Full course details and to enquire, click here.


Youth Mentor Training for Volunteers

By popular demand, we’re repeating our ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring’ short course in October, for volunteers helping out with children and young people.

We have a limited number of spaces available for the free course, taking place on the mornings of October 6 and 7.

Delivered online by Mentoring West Midlands, the course covers a variety of useful, thought-provoking subjects from safeguarding to starting conversations with ‘troubled’ youngsters.

Participants on a previous course said:

• It was great, I learned a lot
• Useful, interesting and very respectful
• Brilliant trainer, very insightful
• Thank you – it was informative and there was a lot to take in. I’ve actually realised how serious mentoring is, and it’s helped joined the dots with the work I do.
• I can totally see now how I use this as a volunteer.
• The topics were very relevant

For more details and to register an interest please contact

Social Media Health Check Sessions

If the pandemic has taught us anything it is how effective social media can be to mobilise and engage with our community, but is your organisation using their social media platforms to their full potential? Do you know who your audiences are and when they are most active?

SCVO has teamed up with Digital Impact Consultant, Madeleine Sugden to provide a two hour social media session designed to be an organisational mini health check. The session will enable your organisation to consider and review what your organisation is already doing or would like to do better moving forward.

Our Social Media session will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021, 10am till 12pm via a Zoom conference call. Booking onto the session is essential via Eventbrite by clicking here, as there are a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual session.

The session will ask you to consider:

  • Who your audience is?
  • What social media platforms do you use and what do you use them for?
  • The use of videos and photos
  • How to tell if what your doing is working by looking at metrics, time of day, content, etc.
  • Are your communications accessible?

Taking our online social media session can help your organisation broaden your understanding of these platforms, sharpen your skills and understanding and have a better understanding of how to use, target and engage with audiences on social media.

Tickets are available at the subsidised price of £10 per delegate – click here to book.  A refund policy will apply – details on confirmation of your booking.

Please note, an email invitation to join the virtual session will be send out by SCVO in advance and prior to the commencement of the session. For more information about this session please contact Libby Mahoney, SCVO’s Small Groups Development Officer by email at

Are you interested in enhancing your Digital Skills and Employability prospects?

Do you need something to help kickstart your career?

Look no further than this FREE traineeship happening NOW from 4 Community Trust.

Once you finish the Traineeship you get a £50.00 VOUCHER of your choice at the end of the course!

4CT will help guide you in all things digital, together with help in building your confidence in the workplace.

If you just missed out getting a level 2 in English and Maths and got a level 1 instead, then there’s good news, as they will be part of the Traineeship for you!

The programme is broken down into 12 weeks and will not affect students GCSEs.

The programme is run at 4 Community Trust, 63A Crosswells Road, Oldbury B68 8HH.

These subjects will be implemented in the training for your Digital Skills in the workplace and Employability Skills.

In order to be eligible for this programme you must be aged between 16-24.

If you have any questions, please call 4 Community Trust on 07902 924437 or head to NOW to sign up

Fully Funded Free Level 3 Business Administration and Customer Service qualifications

Aone Training, a Shrewsbury based training provider which work with people all over the UK, are offering free courses to benefit Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Aone Training have secured a pot of funding to support anyone aged 19-23 to give a fully funded accredited Level 3 qualification in business administration or customer services. This is to support local businesses to recover from the pandemic and also to support people to develop their skills and careers, to sustain long term employment and increase performance.

The funding is available for the next six weeks only, so nominations and enrolments need to be completed as soon as possible.

If you wish to take advantage of the training, please register your interest on the website and complete the attached nomination form.  Alternatively, you can email who will be happy to help.

Free Training for Volunteers

Volunteers working with young people are invited to join SCVO’s training event ‘Introduction to Youth Mentoring.’

The free, online course runs over two morning sessions on July 20/21 and covers the basics of professional mentoring. Any volunteers aged 16+ who are linked to a youth organisation can sign up to help get a better understanding of how to support and signpost young people.

Delivered by West Midlands Mentoring, we will cover key tenets of professional mentoring practice:

  • planning and preparation for change
  • conflict management and resolution
  • personal solutions (thoughts and beliefs)
  • safeguarding
  • ethical capture of information, the importance of accuracy, confidentiality etc

All attendees will receive a personal completion certificate. Early booking essential as places are limited, but if the Eventbrite bookings are full please join the waiting list to be considered for additional dates.

You can book directly here:

For more information please contact

Emerging From Covid Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented organisations (across all sectors) with an unprecedented set of delivery challenges.

In this seminar, we will explore how mindsets may have changed with respect to some key factors in organising the delivery of services by the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sandwell as we emerge from lockdown.

We will explore the experiences being reported (that SCVO has collected during its support activities) and the advanced planning that would be helpful to address the following areas:

1. Finance and funding

e.g. challenges and opportunities for both funders and delivery organisations.

2. New Markets & Needs 

including: emergent needs – what might they be and how can they be approached/delivered in new ways?

3. The changed mindsets on working patterns and using staff resources to meet client needs:

including: working patterns and staff resources (to meet client needs) … what might these look like? What creative opportunities might be presented regarding staff work-life balance? What resilience capability might be needed in order to prepare for any pandemic re-occurrences?

This seminar is FREE to attend and you can book your ticket by visiting our EVENTBRITE page.

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