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BMet : Open Events November 2018

At BMet’s Open Event find out about their fantastic facilities, choose from hundreds of courses including a wide range of apprenticeships and vocational areas covering art and design, sport, construction, built environment, travel & tourism, health & social care, uniformed public services as well as dental, medical, podiatry, music, performance arts, animal care and horticulture plus loads more.

Events take place at various locations on Saturday 24th November 2018 from 10am to 1pm

For A levels, visit our new A Level Centre at Sutton Coldfield College.

You will have the opportunity to apply, be interviewed and receive an offer on the day. *

* All offers subject to successful interview and meeting of entry criteria. Some courses require maths or English assessment and/or performance/auditions at interview and are therefore excluded from this offer.

The following sites will be open:

  • Art & Design Centre (ADC)

  • Erdington Skills Centre (ESC)

  • James Watt College (JW)

  • Kidderminster Academy (KA)

  • Matthew Boulton College (MB)

  • Stourbridge College (ST)

  • Sutton Coldfield College (SC)

  • The Botanical Gardens (BBG)

Click here for full details >

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EBENIUISM : Photo Exhibit at Grosvenor Road Studios

From 9 November 2018 the work of photographer, Anthony McFarlene, will be exhibited at the Grosvenor Road Studios (GRS) in Handsworth.

The exhibition, hosted by The Black Arts Forum, launches on Friday 9 November from 7pm, and will be on display at GRS until 25th January 2019.

Come along and see Anthony’s moving and powerful images!16 Grosvenor Road, Birmingham B20 3NP

Veteran Birmingham photographer Anthony McFarlane, uses his camera to help heal those who suffer with mental health issues and gently boosts their self-esteem.

“I always say that we’re all just one handshake away from mental health problems,” says McFarlane, who relishes empowering people in his ‘Cinq’ photographic workshops under the name Mac13soul.

“I called them ‘Cinq’ which is French for five, as the aim of the workshops is to improve five areas of everyone’s lives – self-awareness, empowerment, confidence, visualisation and well being.”

See full article at The Voice >

For more information contact The Black Arts Forum via info@blackartsforum.co.uk

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FindFoodBanksBrum: Find food banks and other help in Birmingham

FindFoodBanksBrum (FFBB) was initially set up to provide an interactive online listing service for food banks situated in Birmingham and the wider Black Country regions, formally launched in July 2013.

As well as a directory listing, the website also provides news and information on issues related to food banks, other charitable services and national developments on food and economy.

Other features include:

  • Privacy advice and tips to help visitors remain anonymous

  • Registered providers can contact FFBB to add any listings

  • Visitors are welcome to submit news for publication on the website or in the FFBB e-newsletter

The Directory is always free at the point-of-access for providers and the public.

FindFoodBanksBrum has a responsive design, and can be used easily on desktops, tablets and mobile/smart phones.

Visit the website here >

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Elders Ball & Awards Ceremony

Vision2Reality presents the 5th Annual Elders Ball & Awards Ceremony which will be taking place on 24 November 2018.

Time: From 6pm until late
Venue: The Parklands Banqueting Suite
Richmond House, Park Road
Birmingham B18 5HE

Featuring on the night:

Victor Richards
Will be performing an excerpt from the Windrush story of ‘Streets Paved With Gold’

The Mighty Stallion Rise Fashion Show
By male veterans

Plus guest performances

The event celebrates the contribution of elders in the life of our communities.

Tickets £25.00 / Children 12 years and under £13.00
For information call 07534 084 555

Buy tickets online : Click Here >

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New mental health campaign launches in the West Midlands

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults to look after their mental health as they do their physical health through its new Every Mind Matters campaign – It launched the pilot exclusively in the West and East Midlands on World Mental Health Day (10 October).

The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage them and prevent these issues from becoming more serious.

It encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters guide, a free NHS-approved online resource, which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage these issues and those of others.

Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions has increased by 20% in 20 years

Sandra Griffiths, Co-Director of Catalyst 4 Change, said:
“It’s great to see that PHE are launching a new campaign encouraging people to look after their mental health as many people do with their physical health. We work with black communities in the West Midlands so we fully understand the challenges and barriers that prevent some members of the community talking openly about their mental health, social stigma and fear of mental health services.

“Catalyst 4 Change actively supports the development and promotion of campaigns that encourage black communities in the West Midlands to take the necessary action to improve their mental health. The Every Mind Matters guide will provide useful information and inspirational stories that we hope will encourage more Black people to talk about their mental health sooner before it becomes a crisis.”

Download the full news release here >
Read more here >

Article Image Credit : NHS England / Public Health England www.england.nhs.uk

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Celebrate and remember Black History at the International Slavery Museum

source: The Voice Online
published: October 2018

While the UK celebrates Black History Month in October, the International Slavery Museum (ISM) uses every day to remember and celebrate black history.

The International Slavery Museum is the only national museum in the world to cover the Transatlantic Slave Trade and modern slavery, as well as celebrating black African culture.

A visit to the museum can be a powerful and moving experience, as we remember the past and think about a better future. A visit to the International Slavery Museum is an essential education.

Entry to the museum, and all our events and activities throughout the year, are free.

During Black History Month alone you can take part in African dance, drumming, craft activities, and a special Capoeira youth event.

Join the ISM to celebrate and remember >

Article Image Credit : Lynn Davis at www.FreeRangeStock.com

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“Play Works” Training

Ashebo CIC were funded through the Birchfield Big Local small grants scheme to provide a play training course for local people interested in children’s outdoor play.

The training, led by Kemi Folarin, was one day per week over four weeks and 14 people attended in total. One participant said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a new outlook on children’s play. It has inspired me to advocate for play opportunities for local children.”

The course was so popular that there was a waiting list. Birchfield Big Local will be looking for further opportunities to provide play training and promote children’s play outdoors.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help at the Secret Garden, a community garden and play space hidden away behind Grosvenor Avenue, Westminster Road and Hutton Road.

If you are interested, please contact us.