Sandwell Council House reception will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May

The main reception at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May due to Annual Council. The reception will re-open as normal at 9am on Wednesday 22 May. Access council services online →

Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) support

Working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector

Sandwell has a rich and diverse voluntary and community sector in Sandwell and the council has a long history of working closely with them both as advocates for local people and as providers of services. The voluntary and community sector provides:

  • local community based services
  • choice
  • independence
  • opportunities for people to participate - as volunteers as well as service users
  • specialist services

Role of the council

In order to help voluntary and community organisations to thrive, the council provides a wide range of support including: funding, discretionary rate relief, access to meeting space, information, training.

As a commissioner of services the council has an important role in helping to shape the services provided by voluntary and community organisations.