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Major milestone reached on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre site

Published on 19th October 2020

This month marks a huge milestone at the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

Safer 6 – Modern day slavery awareness week

Published on 19th October 2020

Sandwell Council and partner agencies are taking a stand to raise awareness of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Councillor Chris Tranter

Tributes paid to Councillor Chris Tranter

Published on 16th October 2020

Tributes have been paid today to Councillor Chris Tranter who has sadly passed away this week.

Plea from Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader following sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

Published on 15th October 2020

Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader has today (Thursday 15 Oct) urged residents to stick to safety guidelines in the wake of the borough’s highest ever overnight figure for coronavirus cases.

Safer 6 - Free Hate crime awareness training online

Published on 15th October 2020

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime as part of Safer 6: Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-18 October).

Warning issued to Rowley Regis barbers over Covid-19 measures

Published on 14th October 2020

A Sandwell barber shop business has been given a Direction to impose specific requirements by Sandwell Council.

Birmingham Main Line Canal in Smethwick

Canal and memorial join Sandwell’s Green Flag Award success story

Published on 14th October 2020

Sandwell is celebrating two new Green Flag Awards this year – with the Birmingham Main Line Canal and the Lions of the Great War memorial in Smethwick joining 12 other green spaces across the borough.

Sandwell response to government COVID marshal call

Published on 13th October 2020

Following the government’s call for local authorities to provide town centre COVID-19 marshals, Sandwell Council has teamed up with West Midlands Police community support officers.

Applications open in Sandwell for Test & Trace support payments

Published on 12th October 2020

Sandwell Council is now accepting applications for self-isolation support payments from people suffering financial hardship after testing positive for coronavirus.

Safer 6 – Let’s end hate crime

Published on 12th October 2020

Sandwell organisations are taking a stand against hate crime as part of the Safer 6 campaign for Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 which is now under way.

Top 70 spot for Sandwell Council for employing apprentices

Published on 8th October 2020

Sandwell Council has once again been rated a top employer for apprentices, scoring a place in the top 70 employers of school leavers in the UK.

Join The Big Sandwell Scarecrow Festival this half-term (26 October to 1 November)

Published on 8th October 2020

This half-term, Sandwell Council is looking for organisations and residents to create scarecrows and join The Big Sandwell Scarecrow Festival.

West Smethwick Park amateur photography competition returns

Published on 8th October 2020

Residents are being asked to show their love for West Smethwick Park by taking part in a calendar photography competition.

Safer 6 - Domestic abuse - how employers can help an employee or colleague 

Published on 8th October 2020

Measures to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak have drastically altered people’s day to day lives. Many organisations have been preparing for a resulting increase in staff experiencing domestic abuse.

Tackling homelessness in Sandwell

Published on 8th October 2020

Sandwell Council continues to do everything it can to support people and tackle homelessness during the coronavirus outbreak.

Amelia, aged eight, with her eye catching banner saying: ”Slow down, children about”

Tackling dangerous parking at Oldbury school

Published on 7th October 2020

Children at an Oldbury school are urging parents and carers to park safely at drop off and pick up times – or risk a fine.

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Key events will be marked this Autumn and Winter despite Covid-19

Published on 5th October 2020

Town centres will be lit up with Christmas lights and Remembrance Sunday will also be marked in Sandwell, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unique centre in Sandwell scoops prestigious national award

Published on 5th October 2020

The STEPS Centre in Sandwell has seen off all competition and picked up a Municipal Journal award for Innovation in Children's Services.

Safer 6 - Domestic abuse help is at hand during COVID-19

Published on 5th October 2020

Anyone at risk of domestic abuse during the current coronavirus restrictions is being reassured that help is at hand.

Coronavirus outbreak at Smethwick GP surgery

Published on 4th October 2020

Sandwell Council, Public Health England (Midlands) and Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group have been notified of a coronavirus outbreak at Bearwood Road Surgery, Smethwick.

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Still time to try the Big Community Switch and save money on your energy bills

Published on 2nd October 2020

Residents could save on their winter fuel bills if they take part in the latest round of Sandwell Council's energy saving Big Community Switch scheme.

Safer 6 - Residents warned against Covid-19 scams

Published on 29th September 2020

Sandwell Council is urging residents to remain vigilant of fraudsters who are exploiting fears about COVID-19.

Sandwell launches anti-litter campaign

Published on 29th September 2020

Sandwell Council has launched an anti-litter campaign to challenge people’s behaviours on littering - and to warn them that they could face a fine fixed-penalty notice of £100 for dropping litter.

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Thanks for Wings and Scrubs 'angel' sculpture as installation ends

Published on 27th September 2020

Sandwell Council is thanking Black Country sculptor Luke Perry for the Wings and Scrubs sculpture that has honoured NHS and care workers, as the temporary installation comes to an end tomorrow.

Safer 6 - advice on substance misuse support

Published on 24th September 2020

Smoking, drugs and alcohol services are still being offered despite Covid-19 restrictions.

Safer 6 – support and advice for mental health

Published on 24th September 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year, there has been a huge increase in mental health issues, including stress.

Helping older people stay active

Published on 21st September 2020

​​​​​​​Sandwell Council and Active Black Country have teamed up help older people stay active.

Working with Sandwell businesses to tackle Covid-19

Published on 21st September 2020

Sandwell Council is working with businesses to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and advise premises on staying safe for customers and staff.

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New-look autumn Safer 6 campaign has online focus

Published on 21st September 2020

Sandwell's annual autumn Safer 6 campaign is getting under way today (Monday 21 September) with a special online focus this year.

Sandwell Council to buy more homes to meet housing needs

Published on 21st September 2020

Sandwell Council is pledging to buy more homes in the local area to boost housing stocks for tenants and those on the housing register waiting list.