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Consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell extended until 2 April 2017

Published on 22nd March 2017

Sandwell Council have extended the deadline for public consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell.

Council chiefs have backed a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.

Cabinet backs new boost to promote good community relations

Published on 22nd March 2017

Council chiefs have backed a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.

Residential centres price freeze

Published on 22nd March 2017

The cost of sending Sandwell children on residential courses is to remain the same for the third year in a row. 

Funding to improve play services

Published on 22nd March 2017

Sandwell Council has pledged £330,000 to deliver with partners a wider range of free play services for children in the borough.

Councillors back plans for transit site for travellers

Published on 22nd March 2017

Councillors have backed a plan to create a temporary transit site for travellers in Sandwell.

Anne Homer - Curriculum Quality Lead with SAFL and first prize winner Louise Hill

Adult learners win poster competition

Published on 22nd March 2017

Prize winners have been celebrating their success at Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) Centre in Smethwick.

Businesses urged to save money on energy bills

Published on 22nd March 2017

Sandwell's businesses are being urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them money on their fuel bills.

The Young Women's Group pledges on their hands

The Young Women's Group pledges on their hands

Published on 22nd March 2017

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awarenes Day was marked by a group of young women taking part in a residential course at Sandwell's Frank Chapman Centre in Bewdley.

Arts Council funding for 'tech suites' at Sandwell libraries

Published on 22nd March 2017

New ‘tech suites’ – with iPads, virtual reality headsets, robotics and 3D printing – are coming to a library in each of Sandwell’s six towns following a boost from Arts Council England.

Celebrating Hands-on Help

Community groups benefit from building makeovers

Published on 21st March 2017

A dozen community groups in Sandwell have benefited from more than £50,000 worth of improved facilities between them thanks to the generosity of the four companies refurbishing thousands of council homes in Sandwell.

Councillor Ann Shackleton at Prevention Stores

Prevention team helping people stay safe and independent

Published on 21st March 2017

A staggering 27,500 items which help people live safely and independently are loaned out to Sandwell residents every year.

Councillor Ann Shackleton visits the Sandwell Enquiry team

"Lifeline" Enquiry service handles around 80,000 calls a year

Published on 21st March 2017

A “lifeline” adult social care service for people in Sandwell is helping almost 80,000 callers a year, latest figures show.

Community orchard

Community orchard project takes root

Published on 20th March 2017

Work has started to create a community orchard at a Smethwick allotment site.

Year 2 children with some of those involved in the project

Tesco grant of £10,000 builds new outdoor classroom

Published on 20th March 2017

Children and staff of Hamstead Infant School were very excited to have had a visit from the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Julie Webb.

Garden waste collections under way in time for spring gardening

Published on 20th March 2017

Garden waste collections in Sandwell have got under way in time for spring gardening – and will run until November.

Drawing of what Chances Glass Works could look like when restored

Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust film event

Published on 20th March 2017

Sandwell Council will play host to Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust and the launch of their new short film. 

Video gaming day at Central Library

Published on 17th March 2017

Ubisoft, the international gaming company behind Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed, are offering a free and exciting day out at West Bromwich’s Central Library for all video game enthusiasts.

Pretty muddy ladies

Sandwell women urged to get 'pretty muddy' in race for life event

Published on 17th March 2017

The Race for Life - Pretty Muddy 5K obstacle course will be coming to Sandwell Valley on Saturday 30 September, bringing hundreds of women together to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. 

New sports sessions at Tipton community centre

Published on 17th March 2017

A sports club aimed at people with learning disabilities is being launched in Tipton.

Councillors Steve Eling and Richard Marshall at Lightwoods House

Lightwoods restoration enters final stages

Published on 17th March 2017

The restoration of Lightwoods Park and House is now almost complete, with all building work expected to be finished in the coming weeks.

Councillor Simon Hackett and Headteacher Lynne Paino with year 4 children

Smethwick school expansion reaching final phase

Published on 16th March 2017

Plans are in place to complete the final phase of a project to improve Crocketts Community Primary School in Smethwick.

Councillor Simon Hackett visits the parenting pals project in Tipton

Parenting pals project under way in Tipton

Published on 16th March 2017

Parents are finding new pals in Tipton as part of a pilot scheme to bring moms, dads and carers together.

Arts grants set for approval

Published on 16th March 2017

Two nationally-recognised arts groups in Sandwell are set to secure funding to keep their creative services going for community groups and people in the borough.

Sandwell works to save rare Bagot goats

Published on 16th March 2017

Farmers at Sandwell Valley are working on a special breeding programme to increase a stock of very rare goats on the fields in West Bromwich – and to preserve the breed for ever.

£200,000 investment for children with special educational needs and disabilities

Published on 16th March 2017

Sandwell Council has pledged more than £200,000 to help improve services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

New boost to promote good community relations

Published on 14th March 2017

Council chiefs are set to approve a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.

Councillors to consider plan for temporary transit site for travellers

Published on 14th March 2017

Councillors will consider plans to create a temporary transit site for travellers at a cabinet meeting on 22 March.

Knitting with Creative Arts

Creative Arts launches The Pull of Wool knitting project

Published on 14th March 2017

Creative Arts, part of the team behind the award-winning Ceramic Garden, is looking for people to get involved in their latest community project – The Pull of Wool.

Oldbury library to host writing group's WW2 book launch

Published on 14th March 2017

A collection of poems and short stories written by Oldbury writers and inspired by World War ll is to be launched at a special event at Oldbury Library in April.

Merry Hill youth centre demolished

Published on 14th March 2017

A former community centre in Smethwick has been demolished by Sandwell Council after it was wrecked by arsonists and vandals.