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Tip opening days extended and bulky collections resume across Sandwell

Published on 20th May 2020

Opening days at Sandwell Council’s tip in Oldbury have been extended and bulky waste collections will be reintroduced next week.

Every resident and care home worker offered Covid-19 test

Published on 22nd May 2020

Every resident in care homes across the Black Country has either been tested for coronavirus or will be tested in the coming days after proactive swabbing began a few weeks ago.

Benefits and debt advice available from Sandwell Council

Published on 22nd May 2020

More than 2,200 people have received benefits and debt advice from Sandwell Council during the Covid-19 pandemic – and anyone else in need of support is being urged to get in touch.

Celebrate Eid safely during COVID-19 pandemic

Published on 22nd May 2020

As Eid approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, Muslims in Sandwell are being urged to celebrate the festival safely.

Don't forget your vaccinations

Published on 21st May 2020

Sandwell public health bosses are urging parents to make sure children starting school in the autumn get their vaccinations, especially measles.

May Bank Holiday fun with Sandwell Libraries

Published on 21st May 2020

Sandwell Libraries are hosting a ‘School Holiday staycation’ during May Bank Holiday week (25 – 31 May 2020).

Sandwell readers still going strong

Published on 21st May 2020

Libraries may be closed but that hasn't stopped Sandwell's bookworms.

Free access to bikes for Sandwell health and social care staff

Published on 20th May 2020

Sandwell Council is offering health and social care staff who live and work in Sandwell free access to their bike fleet.

Residents reminded to be alert to coronavirus

Published on 20th May 2020

Public Health bosses across the Black Country are reminding residents of the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

Stay alert to COVID-19 danger warns Council Leader

Published on 18th May 2020

Sandwell Council Leader is warning people that COVID-19 remains a very real risk and urging them to stay alert to the dangers.

Voluntary groups awards opportunity

Published on 14th May 2020

Voluntary groups in Sandwell are encouraged to apply for the Queens Awards for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

Sandwell Council helps nearly 7,000 people with council tax hardship relief

Published on 12th May 2020

Almost £1 million in council tax hardship relief has been paid to nearly 7,000 vulnerable people and households in Sandwell whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Nearly 70% of business grant applications in Sandwell now processed – more than 3,000 businesses paid

Published on 12th May 2020

Vital grants have now been paid to more than 3,000 Sandwell businesses – worth a total of £34.4 million – to help them during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Schools are helping Sandwell

Published on 7th May 2020

Sandwell’s schools staff and students are supporting their communities during COVID-19.

Tip to reopen in Sandwell from Monday 11 May

Published on 7th May 2020

Sandwell Council will be reopening the tip in Shidas Lane, Oldbury, from Monday (11 May).

Garden waste collections are back - we'll get to you as soon as we can

Published on 7th May 2020

Sandwell's green bin collections have started again this week - and residents are reminded that these may take a bit longer than usual due to higher levels of garden waste.

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Winged sculpture pays tribute to health and social care 'angels'

Published on 6th May 2020

A four-metre tall sculpture of a winged medical worker is paying tribute to NHS and social care ‘angels’ on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sandwell Valley Country Park car parks to reopen

Published on 6th May 2020

Car parks at Sandwell Valley Country Park will reopen by the end of this week.

Road safety competition for Sandwell schoolchildren

Published on 5th May 2020

Young people across Sandwell can help spread the message of staying safe on the roads by entering a competition to design a road safety character.

Business grants paid to over 2,400 Sandwell businesses – but more than 1,700 still need to apply

Published on 5th May 2020

Sandwell Council has now paid ‘lifeline’ grants to more than 2,400 businesses – totalling nearly £28 million – to help them tackle the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Sandwell Council urges people not to light garden fires

Published on 5th May 2020

Sandwell Council has again urged people not to light garden fires.

Dog owners warned to keep dogs away from livestock after second incident at Sandwell Valley

Published on 1st May 2020

Sandwell Council has again warned dog owners to keep their pets away from livestock after a second incident at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

It is very important that you or your child still has routine vaccinations

Don’t forget you still need to get your child’s routine childhood immunisations done at your GP surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic

Published on 1st May 2020

Health chiefs across the Black Country and West Birmingham are urging parents to take their children for their routine childhood immunisations at their GP surgery when they are invited to.

Facilities management officer Matt Wise and Cllr Ali with NHS flag

Sandwell Council raises flag for the NHS    

Published on 30th April 2020

An NHS flag has today (Thu 30 April) outside Sandwell Council House in Oldbury.

Praise for Sandwell care homes in coronavirus pandemic

Published on 29th April 2020

Sandwell Council Leader today praised the dedication and compassion of care home staff, following the release of national data showing how the sector is suffering under coronavirus.

Garden waste collections return for Sandwell residents from next week

Published on 29th April 2020

Garden waste collections will restart for Sandwell residents from next week (week beginning Monday 4 May).

Rocky the Shetland pony before the injuries

Shetland pony savagely attacked by dog at Sandwell Valley

Published on 28th April 2020

Farmers were shocked to find one of their Shetland ponies being savagely attacked by a dog at Sandwell Valley Country Park on Monday 27 April.

Proactive coronavirus swabbing begins in region’s care homes

Published on 28th April 2020

Proactive swabbing for coronavirus has begun in care homes across the Black Country and West Birmingham – and will be rolled out to all settings in the coming weeks.

‘Lifeline’ grants paid to more than 1,500 Sandwell businesses – but 2,100 businesses yet to apply

Published on 28th April 2020

Sandwell Council has now paid ‘lifeline’ grants to more than 1,500 businesses – worth a total of £18.1 million – to help them tackle the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sandwell's Cash for Sports Club gets a makeover to tackle Covid-19

Published on 28th April 2020

Sandwell Council’s Cash for Sports Clubs scheme is getting a new makeover to help provide financial support to clubs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.