Community and Parent Support
Raising a family is one of the most challenging things any of us will ever do.
Children need love, attention, patience, meals, clothes, guidance and boundaries - often all before 8.30 in the morning!
Sometimes as parents we have our own issues to deal with, or circumstances such as disability, moving to a new area, or family conflict which can make the challenges even greater.
Our vision for effective parenting is that there will be no stigma attached to parents seeking help to strengthen their parenting skills in order to support their children and raise aspirations. Most people become parents with excitement and anticipation, but the pressures of today's world can make parenthood difficult and isolating. Parenting programmes provide opportunities to learn and improve skills, often problems arise, or indeed, before becoming a parent. They also provide a chance to meet and share experiences with other parents and make new friends.
The Sandwell Sensory Occupational Therapy Pilot Project: Working in Partnership with Grace Mary Primary School.
As an exciting new initiative in Sandwell, Grace Mary Primary School is working in partnership with a team of Specialist Childrens Occupational Therapists to look at different ways to engage learners in classroom activities and wider school life.
Children’s Occupational Therapists work with children, young people and those that support them to develop and build skills for independence. Within the classroom environment, children need to receive and organise a variety of sensory information in order to engage in activities, including focusing on the lesson, reading / writing, sitting at a desk, taking part in group-work, and even opening a packet of crisps at break time!
Children need to use all of their senses to successfully interpret the world around them. This includes:
- Auditory - what we hear
- Visual – what we see
- Tactile - what we touch
- Olfactory – the things we smell
- Gustatory – the things we taste
- Vestibular – the sense of head movement in space
- Proprioception - sensations from muscles and joints of the body
- Interoception – sensations about the internal state of our body
A number of videos explaining the above senses have been added to the school website and can be viewed by clicking HERE
Activities for families in the Sandwell area
See website links below for fun and interesting activities for you and your family to get involved with. Also see 'Upcoming Events' below for things happening in your local area.
Support for families in the Sandwell area
See information and website links below for support which is available to families
Autism West Midlands Parents and Carers Wellbeing Walk
Father and Male Carers Group
SHAPE Youth Summer Fest - July 2022
Please find below details of upcoming festival in Sandwell
Emotional and Well-being Service from BEAM Sandwell
We are pleased to announce that we here at Beam Sandwell are now in the Area!!!
We are an Emotional Health and Well-Being Service, that run drop-ins at locations around Sandwell.
On a Wednesday we have now launched a Drop in at Dorothy Parkes Centre, Smethwick – we will be here every Wednesday’s 12pm- 6pm
With our last sessions being held at 5.30pm.
We have a fully trained and qualified team of Therapists waiting to support Young people up to the age of 18.
To register with us and get info, please use this link: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/young-people/well-being/services/beam-sandwell
We also Facilitate workshops for both Young People and support for parents too on our virtual workshops. For more information please get in touch.
Events at Cradley Heath Community Centre - May 2022
Contact Details for some of the events above are as follows:
- Satori FMA- Mixed Martial Arts Every Friday 6.30pm-7.30pm Call Dean 07711839303 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby Ballet Every Tuesday 9.30am-10.30am Contact number: 07968700181 Email address: email@example.com
YCA Women’s well- being network session Tailor made topics promoting mental health & well-being for women in our communities. Weekly activities, guest speaks, workshops and support for expectant & new mums. Every Tuesday (Term time only) 12.30pm-2.30pm More information call Arwa 07706701349
SAFL Art Class (Term time only) Tuesday’s 1.00pm-3.00pm Call Cradley Heath Community Centre for more information (01384) 636731 Email address: Info2@sandwellchc.co.uk
Events at Springfield Community Centre - June 2022
Events at Rowley Regis Disability Centre
Employment, Training and Financial Support Service provided by Barnardo’s
Family Easter Egg Hunt and Activities
Saturday 16th April at The Lifecentral Church Rowley Regis Family Easter Egg Hunt & Activities - 10am - 1pm. Everyone is welcome at the FREE event which includes crafts, activities and a free gift.
Free Go Play Activities throughout April 2022
By clicking the link below, you will find a programme of superb FREE Go Play activities which are taking place across Rowley Regis for children aged 6 – 12 years old over the Easter holidays.
Further information can be found here as well as the Go Play Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
FREE Go Play Easter Holiday Activities for 6-12 year olds
UK Army Midlands Athletics Championships-Wednesday 20th April
Come and support the best Army athletes from the Midlands and Wales in the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on Wednesday 20th April 2022 (Gates open at 830am, starts at 9am). Enjoy a family day out with lots of activities including an exclusive parachute jump by the Army Parachute Display Team - the internationally famous Red Devils.
Further details are below. Register for FREE tickets now by clicking here
Sandwell Beam Virtual Workshops in April
Sandwell Beam is pleased to provide a timetable of virtual workshops for parents starting in April which includes a workshop on understanding & responding to self-harm. The Workshops are derived to be informative and engaging sessions, please be willing to participate during the sessions.
There are four Workshops which will be rolled out in April 2022 at various times to enable more people to attend, please see the following details of content:-
- Supporting Children & Young People with Anxiety – aims & objectives are to share psychoeducation within the topic followed by practical suggestions of methods & techniques to help support the youth experience issues with anxiety.
- Wellbeing Planning – a workshop which explains & provides a tools for Children & Young people to support their general Emotional Health & Wellbeing, it recognises triggers and promotes self-awareness, his can also be used as a relapse tool to support resilience.
- Sleep Support - aim to share psychoeducation within the topic followed by practical suggestions & advise of methods & techniques to help support the children & young people having difficulties with getting to sleep and staying asleep.
- Understanding & responding to Self-Harm – aims & objectives are to pass over psychoeducation within the topic followed by practical suggestions of methods & techniques to help support the youth experience issues with self-harm.
Click on the appropriate link at the appropriate time of chosen Workshop. All workshops will be done via M S Teams Video call, we are unable to record sessions.