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Walsall Community Living Directory

We are currently working on our Walsall Community Living Directory which will be for everyone who lives and works in Walsall. If you use adult social care, health care or other help and support services, if you fund your own support, or simply wish to find out more about what services and events are provided in your local community, you will soon be able to find all this information and advice in one place.

Until the directory is up and running, please continue to use this page, which includes links to a range of services, information and support in the local community. These are links to databases or A to Z guides that you can search to find support, activities or information in your local area. For guidance on using these links, please go to How to use these pages.

This page includes links to various other websites, please read our disclaimer about information on other websites.

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Activities - Things to do, places to go

  • Bloxwich Lunch and Social Tuesday Club (BLAST)
    • Meets every Tuesday, 12.00-3.00pm
    • Robert Parker Buildings, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, Walsall
    • Telephone Mr E Foster on 01922 684156
  • Brownhills Library - Health and Well-being Reading Group
    • every Tuesday, 11.00am-1.00pm.
    • Specialist reading group whose aim is to improve wellbeing, boost confidence, self-esteem and combat isolation for healthy minds through reading; maximum of 12 allowed
    • Contact Sonia Dixon, Adult Library Services Co-ordinator, telephone: 01922 659555, email dixons@walsall.gov.uk
  • Brownhills & Walsall Wood Fellowship - craft club
    • Beacon Way Walsall Wood, Walsall WS9 9HZ
    • every Friday 1.15 to 3.00pm, Cost £1.00
    • Centre has easy access with no steps and caters for the disabled
  • Circle of friends - a friendship group for parents / carers with children who have a learning disability
    • meet every Tuesday evening 6-9pm at St Marks Church in Shelfield.
  • Coffee Shop for over 50's (Word 74KB)
    • Tuesdays from 10.00am to 12 noon at Manor Farm, Rushall, chance to socialise, play games, do keep fit
  • Community Care Entertainments
    • Run activities throughout the week, including a breakfast and lunch club, bingo, gala nights and theatre trips
    • 125 Dartmouth Avenue, Walsall, WS3 1SP
    • Telephone Maureen Inskip on 01922 614298
  • Darlaston All Active - run at the former Garringtons Working Mens Club in Darlaston, hosts activities for all ages including karate, performing arts, dance groups, wrestling classes, live entertainment and tribute acts
  • Drop by - A social networking website for people over 60
  • Groups and activities for over 55s (PDF 182KB)
  • Learning Disabilities - social enterprise service in Walsall for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and Autism
    • based in Walsall, but can provide transport for people who live in Walsall, Dudley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. The service is aimed at people aged 18 years, and over,offering a range of activities which include, but are not limited to:
      • Cooking and Independent Living Skills
      • Art and Crafts
      • IT learning and computers
      • Football and sporting activities
      • Swimming
  • Mencap LeisureLink (PDF 166KB)
    • Groups designed to help adults with a learning disability to develop whatever skills they need to access local leisure activities more independently. The person-centred programmes are also designed to support individuals to increase their social skills, confidence and self- esteem and make new friends with shared interests.
    • There are places available on all of the 12 week LeisureLink programmes
    • There is no charge for the service. Individuals only pay for their own expenses.
    • If an individual needs support to access the service, they will need to bring a supporter with them to activities
    • Gardening and Allotment Group (PDF 118KB)
    • Showcase Cinema Group (PDF 90KB)
    • Please complete a Referral and personal details form (Word 76KB) if interested in any of the LeisureLink groups
    • Also welcome applications for leisure activities outside of these specific activity groups. We work with individuals to signpost on to other activities or introduce them to existing groups. Just let us know via the referral form
  • Moxley People's Centre website - various clubs and activities, including an over 50s club, line dancing and a breakfast club, also an active youth club a few evenings a week
  • Over 50s Forum  
    • Including fun days out, events, local speakers, meetings, etc.
    • Please contact John Jones on 01922 479339
  • Parks and Friends of parks - there are groups of volunteers that help to promote and look after each local park in Walsall
    Telephone 01922 654370 (Parks hotline)
    Email parksmanager@walsall.gov.uk
  • Ramblers Association - Walsall Ramblers
    • Contact Mr John Gillmon, Membership Secretary Walsall Ramblers, 17 Frankburn Road, Streetly Sutton Coldfield, B74 3QJ
    • Telephone: 0121 353 4102
  • Snack and Chat
    • Every Wednesday, 2.00-3.30pm
    • Short Heath Methodist Church, Wesley Road, Willenhall WV12 5QT
  • Spice West Midlands - Adventure, Sports and Social Group, membership fees apply
  • St John's Community Centre, Scarborough Road, Pleck, Walsall
    • Community Coffee Mornings
      • Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
    • Crafty Tuesdays, 1-3pm
      • Come and try sewing, knitting, art, painting, card making etc. every Tuesday
      • £1.00 then most materials free
    • Keep Fit (Easy)
      • Tuesdays 11.00am, cost £1.00
    • For more information contact Rev. Gennie Evans telephone 01922 639805 or email rev.gen@btinternet.com
  • Stan Ball Centre: Abbott's Street,Bloxwich,Walsall WS3 3BW; telephone 01922 403351
    Stan Ball Centre activities, clubs and groups, unless otherwise specified, are aimed at the 50+ age group. In order to comply with risk assessment and safeguarding criteria, all new clients are required to complete a registration form.  Stan Ball Centre Management reserve the right to apply conditions of attendance, or to refuse admission to any person or persons without explanation.
    • Rooms for hire: For meetings, clubs/groups. Available over 7 days a week subject to availability.
      • If you would like to set up a group or class at Stan Ball please get in touch, you can set the group or club up and we will help with promotion.
      • Bistro, Meeting Rooms, Day Room and IT Suite  £17.50 per hour
      • Hall  £35 per hour
      • Great value catering service available through our cafe
      • If you would like to do a site visit and be shown around please ring Karen or Deb on 01922 403351
      • Opportunity to run whole day Sunday events at Stan Ball; the room hire is £250. This could include specialist sales, conferences, etc.
    • Join us for coffee or lunch any day Monday to Friday in our cafe which is open to the public, or please feel free to have a working lunch here; plugs available for laptops
    • Internet access available in the computer room (when not in use for clubs, etc. so ring to check availability) at £1.50 per hour
    • Senior Citizens Daily Members
      • The perfect way to enjoy good company, daily activities (including bingo, raffle, mobility exercise, occasional live entertainment) along with a freshly cooked hot dinner and pudding. Daily members are also welcome to join in any other activities in the centre at the advertised cost
      • This provision is available Tuesday and Thursdays, 11.00am-2.00pm
      • Aimed at independent older persons with no care support needs
      • Daily members fee 75p, lunch £3.99, Bingo/raffle tickets 20p each
      • Just turn up and enjoy
      • For further information please contact Amanda Foster (centre manager)
    • Widow and Widowers Group
    • 'Young at Heart' Friendship Circle - over 50s
    • Free training:
      • If you would be interested in high quality TAUGHT training (not online) in English, Maths, Beauty, Customer Services, ICT, Employability or any other subject (we can respond to demand) please complete and return the attached enquiry form.
      • The courses will lead to City and Guilds accredited qualifications.
      • Under 24s will be at Electric Palace or Blakenall Community Centre, adults and over 50s will be at Stan Ball and also at Blakenall.
      • This is a great opportunity not to be missed as there is less and less free training about these days especially of this quality and leading to a qualification.
      • You can also call in to pick up an enquiry form from any of our three centres.
      • Please ring Karen on 01922 403351 for further information
    • All activities/classes are pay as you go, no need to enrol or pay for missed weeks. Most offer the first session free:
    • Art For Pleasure
      • Friday afternoons 1-3pm (£6 per week on a pay as you go basis)
      • suitable for complete beginners or intermediate and advanced.
      • The first session is free so why not come along and have a go, or bring your own ideas that you need help developing. Thereafter the lessons are £6 a week on a pay as you go basis.
      • More information from Karen on 01922 403351
    • Ballroom and Latin dancing (no partner needed)
      • Monday afternoons (1 hour tuition followed by 1 hour social) 3-5pm (£5 per week on a pay as you go basis)
    • Belly Dancing Class
      • Friday mornings 10.00am-11.00am (£3.75 per session).  The perfect way to finish the week and get ready for the weekend!  A great way to keep fit and have fun!
    • Bingo and social event
      • Every Friday night 7 pm (free admission)
      • Everyone welcome, including families
      • Computer Beginners Club
      • Tuesday mornings 10am to 12pm (£4 per week on a pay as you go basis)
    • Computer Class - Beginners, Improvers of just for a specific thing
      • Tuesday mornings 10am to 12pm (£4 per week on a pay as you go basis)
      • Bring your own laptop if you prefer
    • Computer Club
      • Fridays, 10.00am - 12.00pm (£4 per session).  Eldy is an innovative new software that turns any standard PC into an easy-to-use computer for people who have never used one before,  allowing you to use email, internet, send letters and chat simply and safely.
    • Computer Repairs Club
      • Wednesdays, 10.30am - 12.30pm.(£4  per week with a minimum 10 week commitment)
      • Learn how to repair your computer, upgrade it or sort out problems, add extra memory, etc. Bring your own computer or learn on the one at the centre
    • Riley Camera Club - learn how to use your digital camera and take a picture like a professional (well almost)
      • Monday nights, 7-9pm (£2.50 per session)
      • Learn new techniques and tricks to produce astounding results
    • Craft Club - a friendly, general craft group open to new members
      • Thursdays, 1.00-3.00pm (£1.00 per session)
    • Digital photography - Learn how to make the best of your digital photographs, improving them, manipulating and altering them.
      • Wednesdays, 1.30 - 3.30pm (£4 per week on a pay as you go basis)
      • Healing with Reiki
      • Mondays from 10am to late
      • No charge - donations to Stan Ball Centre
      • For more information or to make an appointment call Jackie Turner on 07765 483965 or Paula Woodhall on 07811 067801
    • It's Sew Easy (Sewing)
      • Tuesday mornings 10am-12pm (£4 per week on a pay as you go basis)
    • Jewellery making
      • Tuesdays 1-3pm (£6.00)
    • Knit and Knatter - join our friendly social group and knit while you natter
      • Thursdays, 10.00am-12.00 (£2.00 per session)
    • Line Dancing - join any time and beginners welcome
      • Thursday afternoons 2.30pm-4pm (£3.75 per week on a pay as you go basis)
    • Mobility Exercise - seated exercise class to improve mobility
      • Tutored by NHS Physical Activity Team
      • Tuesdays 11.00-11.30am (free)
    • Sequence Dancing (not for beginners)
      • Tuesdays 2.30-4.30pm (£2.50)
    • Sugar Craft - tutored by Sandra Hall
      • Monday morning class 10am until 12pm
      • Monday evening class 7.00-9.00pm
      • Try a free session to see what works of art you can create with Sandra's expert guidance, then just £4.50 for each class that you attend thereafter.
    • Tai Chi
      • Wednesday mornings 10-11am (£3.75 per week on a pay as you go basis)
    • Zumba classes (no free trial session)
      • Thursdays 7.00pm - 8.00pm
      • £4 per person
      • Just turn up and pay on the door. Join any time as you will soon pick up the moves and you just 'follow the leader'. All ages welcome.
  • Streetly Walks - 'Tuesday afternoon walks in the park - open to anyone - free of charge
  • ‘Stroke Group Meeting’
    • First Wednesday of the month at 12.00 noon at Blakenall local community over 50s forum
    • Please contact Wendy Smith on 07803 207710
  • The Vine Trust - they offer a range of opportunities for young people to empower them and support them to live full lives, ‘Vines’ Restaurant in Lower Hall Lane, Walsall is one of Walsall’s few social enterprises!
  • 'The Gathering'
    • A small group of men meet regularly in Bloxwich to do lots of in-generational work with children and young people, including charity work, social activities and physical activities.
    • Contact Blakenall Info Centre on 01922 711228
  • Trevanion House Holidays
    • supported holidays for people with Learning disability including support workers and transport
  • Walsall Adult and Community College Sports Academy (PDF 2.26MB)
  • Walsall Council's Community Development web pages - including luncheon clubs and day activities
  • Walsall Sisters Association
    • Asian women's group, run by women, for women
    • Range of activities and outings planned for all age groups
    • Swimming, exercise classes and in future day trips out
    • wsassociation@hotmail.co.uk or 07828 553025 or 07811 446036
  • Walsall Society for the Blind day centre (PDF 74KB)

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Advocacy

  • Age UK Advocacy service - local organisation with 4 full-time staff who deliver advocacy services for:
    • older people in the community (50+)
    • people in residential care and nursing homes (50+)
    • people with physical disabilities or mental health issues ((18+)
    • people with learning disabilities (18+)
    • Asian Elders across the borough (50+)
    • The service provides support with a wide range of advocacy issues such as help with letter writing, form filling, support through appeal or complaint procedures and the facility to conduct full benefit checks.
    • 10 The Bridge, Walsall. Alternatively, you can call 01922 638825, email: enquiry@ageukwalsall.org.uk or visit our website ageukwalsall.org.uk
  • Independent Advocacy - based in Warwickshire but will work in Walsall
    • Offering a range of services to adults including:
      • Independent advocacy (general)
      • Appointees and money management
      • Community support services e.g. shopping, accessing community resources, transport, support to source alternative accommodation, legal support etc
      • Mental Health advocacy
      • Advocacy for parents with a learning disability
    • If you would like to know more contact Mike Lee on 02476 697 443 (ext 210) or email mike.lee@independentadvocacy.org
  • Making Our Choice - Local self advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities
  • Mencap Empowerment Service (PDF 118KB)
  • POhWER - National advocacy organisation that provides various services in Walsall including
    • ICAS - Independent Complaints Advocacy Service, provides advocacy support to people who wish to make a complaint about the service - or lack of it - that they have received from the NHS.
    • IMCA - Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, this is a specific form of advocacy that was introduced in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This Act gave some people who have been assessed to lack capacity the right to be supported by an IMCA if certain decisions are being made about their care. IMCA services are provided by organisations, like POhWER, that are independent from the NHS and local authorities.
  • Spokz People - A local 'social enterprise' offering support for people with physical disabilities, their partners and health professionals including counselling, workshops and support groups

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Befriending and telephone befriending

  • Autism West Midlands Befriending Project
  • Just Checking - a service that reassures family members on the daily activities of their relative so they can them offer support to best effect.
  • Link Line - provides contact, friendship and support for elderly people in Walsall  who are lonely, isolated or just need someone to talk to...
  • Telephone Reminder Service - easy to use service that allows a family member or carer to record a reminder message for a service user e.g. for a doctor's appointment, or to feed themselves, etc.
  • Walsall - companionship and Befriending Services
    • Beechdale Library 50 Plus Group
      • Meet 3rd Thursday of month 10:00am - 11:30am - Occasionally 1st Thursday of month
      • Contact: Beechdale Library 50 Plus Group, Stephenson Square, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 7DX.
      • Telephone 01922 721431 or email beechdalelibrary@walsall.gov.uk
    • Bentons Senior Citizens Club
      • Bealeys lane, Walsall, West Midlands. Telephone 01922 405595.
    • Bloxwich Lunch & Social Tuesday Club
      • Meet every Tuesday for social activities and outings.
      • Contact: Bloxwich Lunch and Social Tuesday Club, Robert Parker Buildings, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands. Telephone 01922 684156.
    • British Red Cross - Care in the home, Walsall
      • Provide short-term care and support in the home for people after an accident or illness, giving them the confidence to continue their daily lives.
      • Contact: British Red Cross, 162 - 164 High Street, Deritend, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0LD. Telephone 0121 766 5444.
    • Brownhills Darby and Joan Club
      • Contact: Brownhills Darby & Joan Club, 27 Poplar Avenue, Walsall, West Midlands, WS8 6AH. Telephone 01543 821107.
    • Clayhanger Senior Citizens
      • Solely for the benefit of senior citizens, weekly meetings and lunch each Wednesday, also outings.
      • Contact: Clayhanger Senior Citizens, 34 Bridge Street, Walsall, West Midlands, WS8 7DX. Telephone 01543 374 264.
    • Contact the Elderly - Sunday afternoon outings
      • A national charity and organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live alone with little or no support from family and friends.
      • Contact: Contact the Elderly, 15 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8QH. Telephone 0800 716 543.
    • Home Care Services - U - Neeq Care
      • Offer a range of services from companionship to personal care and shopping.
      • Contact: Domiciliary Home Care Agency, Centre Court, 1301 Stratford Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B28 9HH. Telephone 0121 702 0735.
    • Caldmore Triangle Churches Befriending Service
      • Encourage a better quality of life through personal support, signposting, information and advice
      • Walsall Independent Evangelical Church, Bath Street Centre, Bath Street, Walsall, WS1 3DB
      • Telephone 07526 168784
      • Email befriending@hotmail.co.uk
    • Elderly Persons Social Centre
      • OAPs from BME community, meet everyday over a cup of tea/coffee, read ethnic newspapers and watch TV. Exercise equipments and library books are available for use.
      • Contact: Elderly Persons Social Centre, 81 Countess Street, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4JZ. Telephone 01922 638908.

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Benefits and financial advice

  • AFTAID aims to help older persons that are financially stretched to the point of genuine distress. To grant funding they will need written support from a social worker, doctor or similar professional.  Referrals can also be accepted from any of the caring professions and voluntary organisations. AFTAID can provide grants for items such as:
    • Mobility scooters
    • Walk-in showers; radiators
    • Cleaning
    • Central heating boiler
    • Video intercom
    • Software to help blind people use computers          
  • Benefits
  • Budgeting loans from Department for Work and Pensions - A Budgeting Loan is an interest-free loan for people who have been on Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (income-related), Pension Credit or payment on account of one of these benefits, for at least 26 weeks. It is intended to help spread the cost of certain one-off expenses over a longer period. The amount you get is decided by the decision maker at Jobcentre Plus.
  • Charitable Rapid Relief Funds
    • Trust Funds for Individuals in need - a summary of various national trust funds; a big mix with various unique characteristics – one to note for the team is the Vicars relief fund, it gives small grants but decisions are made very quickly and money can be allocated within three days – it is very highly subscribed and needs a ‘led professional ‘ to apply for it on the individual or families behalf
    • Severn Trent Trust Fund - mainly relief for individuals in arrears over £250.00 on their water bill, Severn Trent charitable trust will give grants to help those in financial difficulties
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Cold weather payments - A Cold Weather Payment is intended to help towards extra heating costs during very cold weather. A payment is made automatically for each seven day period of very cold weather between 1 November to 31 March. You do not have to pay it back. It is a regulated payment and not subject to a budget. As long as you fulfil the conditions, you will be paid.
  • Counsel and Care - information and advice on community care issues, including finding and paying for care, welfare benefits, and hospital discharge
  • Winter fuel payments - A Winter Fuel Payment is an annual tax-free payment made to eligible people to help towards their winter heating costs. It is a lump sum and in most cases is paid automatically, but some people will need to claim. It is a regulated payment and not subject to a budget. As long as you fulfil the conditions, you will be paid.

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Carers

  • Calling all carers! - Age UK have a shortage of carers presently available and would welcome new referrals for carers interested in having their name placed onto a database for potential work.
    • Please contact Davina Lytton on 01922 638825 if interested.  
    • This offer is available to all, irrelevant of whether or not the service users are in receipt of Direct Payments.
  • Carers Centre
  • Carers Direct
  • Carers UK
  • Carers Support Service - Pay as You Go Care Provision at the Stan Ball Centre
  • Carers Support Group
    • Stan Ball Centre, Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 3AZ.
      • Carers are encouraged to join the Carers Support group to share experiences, concerns and support each other
      • Contact Kailey Hammonds (Team Leader) on 01922 403351.
  • Dementia - Memory Lane Sing-along (monthly event)
  • Discounts for carers - list of discounts, grants and other funding for carers
  • Free cinema passes for carers - Apply for a card on the website and you can get into the cinema for free if you are accompanying the person you care for, you need to be in receipt of either Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance and/or registered Blind

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Care homes

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Children, transition

Although the information on this page is mainly for adults, this section has information for young people who are preparing to move into adult services. Information for children and young people can also be found in the Walsall Children and Young People's Service Directory.

  • Transition Together - Information and advice on health issues, leisure opportunities, independent living, relationships, money matters and much more for young people getting ready to move into adult services

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Churches, religious or faith groups

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Drugs and alcohol

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Domestic violence

  • Domestic Violence
    • Walsall Domestic Violence Forum have two free 24/7 helplines
      • Stepping Stones 0800 3895790 and
      • a bilingual helpline through SAYA 0800 3896990 (Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu)
    • Aven House Women's Refuge Outreach & Floating Support Helpline 01922 746574

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Employment, education and learning

  • Accelerate
    • A new and free opportunity for young people to get help in finding employment or a local training course in Walsall
  • Biz Fizz - Coaching and a range of other support for people who want to start up a business of any size
  • Links to Work - information on employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Mencap Employ Me programme - Free employment Support programme for adults (18+) with a learning disability living within the Walsall borough
  • Multi-Media Arts and Sports Project
    • Are you aged 16-18? Unemployed and live in Walsall? Are you interested in music or sports?
    • This project combines music & art studios, dance studio and access to fitness suites whilst improving employability skills, CV preparation and help to identify your potential career pathway
    • Telephone Jane or Richard on 01922 643270, text MAP to 07792 816488, contact your Connexions Advisor/PA or call in to The MAP, units 5-8 Green Lane, Walsall, WS2 8HG (next to Kiddisave)
  • NOVA training for 16-18 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (PDF 201KB)
  • Skill - National Bureau for Students with Disabilities - promoting equality in education, training and employment for disabled people
  • Steps to Work - Employment advice
  • Talent Match - Are you an unemployed 18-24 year old? If so we need your help with designing this new exciting programme. Help us decide how Big Lottery funding should be spent on supporting young people aged 18 - 24 who have been out of work, education or training for over 12 months.
  • Walsall Adult and Community College (WACC)- learning opportunities for adults, either to catch up on skills not learnt at school, to learn for or at work, or learn for fun
  • www.walsallcollege.ac.uk
  • Walsall Lifelong Learning Alliance - Training and qualifications available for working age adults
  • Walsall Works - Council funded initiative to create new apprenticeship opportunities for young people within local businesses
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  • Work support club (Word 18KB) - Free CV support, mentoring, literacy/numeracy, job readiness courses! Manor Farm community centre, Tuesdays 10am to 12 noon

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Equipment, aids and adaptations

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Events and one off sessions

  • Carers coffee and a chat
    • Wednesday 7 May 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm
    • Headway Black Country, Willenhall
    • then every first Wednesday of the month
    • No need to book,just drop in
    • Contact Kerry on 01384 869961

Ongoing or open events

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General

  • A to Z of council services
  • Ablewell Advice Services (PDF 180KB)
  • Age Uk Walsall
  • Awareness Days - Have you ever wanted to know when the national awareness days, weeks or months are?
  • Bridging the Gap Community Resource Centre - Includes free money advice, help with drug and alcohol problems, bereavement support and a charity shop, located at 79a Stafford Street, Willenhall WV13 1RT, Telephone 01902 606615
  • BT Basic - British Telecom's new low-cost phone package replacing the ‘Light User Scheme’. You can usually get BT Basic if you are claiming one of the benefits below.
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Pensions Credit (Guarantee Credit)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Community First Funding - a four year initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities. Groups can apply for grants that range from £250 - £2,500 within Walsall's 10 wards
  • Community Meals by Darlaston All Active
  • Computer help from Ryecroft NRC (PPT 257KB) - a local business that offers computer training for all levels, takes donations of old IT equipment, repairs and updates them before donating them back to members of the public, also offers services and IT training to local businesses
  • Change Making Fund - Application for funding for projects involving young people, please complete the bid form (Word 797KB) if interested or see the guidance notes (Word 1MB) and ticklist (Word 592KB) for more information
  • Counselling Services in the Walsall Area
    • Junction 10 Counselling (based at Small Street Centre): 01922 700950 or 01543 377508.
    • Xpressions Counselling Service Unit 1 Victoria Mill, Longacre Street Walsall WS2 8HP 07869560905.
    • Crisis Point Blakenall Village Centre 2nd Floor 79 Thames Road Walsall WS3 1LZ 01922 476153
    • Support With Budgeting your Money: Walsave Credit Union branches at Walsall The Council House & Bloxwich 181 High Street: 01922 653310.
  • Directgov (now called gov.uk) - information and advice on various services, including benefits, housing, employment advice, healthy living, education, transport, travel
  • Food Bank - The THOMAS project
    • 66 Lancaster Avenue, Aldridge WS9 8RQ
    • Contact: Nicky Thomas – Project Coordinator  01922 452 213 or office@fgcw.org for more information or for food bank vouchers
    • Session will run 2x week -  Wednesdays 10.00am – 1.00pm;  Fridays 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Foodbank
    • The Church at Junction 10, M6
    • Contact Sue Bentley on 01922 639277
  • Freecycle - Free exchange of good quality items you may need or want to pass on
  • Furniture - Pass it on Project
    • Provides access to affordable furniture
    • Telephone 01922 474682
    • There is a cost to white goods and small cost  for furniture items based on individual circumstances.
  • Furniture available for pick up or delivery
    • Please contact Bevil Williams telephone 07916 175911 email bevil@repcltd.co.uk
    • Items are not stored for long periods, items may only be available for a short time.
    • There is also a fee for petrol if the item(s) are delivered and not collected.
  • Housing21 - housing schemes built in partnership with Walsall Council
  • Independent Age
    • Advice and support for older age
  • Loaves and Fishes
    • Cradley Heath Charity providing clothes and furniture for the needy
  • Manor Farm Conference Suite
    • For prices and availability please call 01922 614316 or why not call in – we’ll be delighted to see you!
    • Manor Farm Community Association, King George Crescent, Rushall, Walsall, WS4 1EU
  • Midland Mencap - person centred charity providing a range of choice based care and support services for people with with a learning disability and their family/carers
  • Neighbourhood Community Officer (NCO) service (PDF 300KB) - We visit people over 55 in their homes and provide help and advice on benefits, falls, daily living skills, safety, housing advice and a friendly person to talk to.
  • Safe and Settled
    • We provide a high quality personal service to you, your family, friends and/or carers - supporting you to make right decision about your care and support now and in the future.
    • We are currently working in the West Midlands. If you are a person looking for care and living in the West Midlands or you live elsewhere but are concerned about the care of someone in the West Midlands, we can help you.
  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help - Support groups, housing, children's holidays, volunteering, help with house removals/recycling items
  • Solutions 4 Community Support Ltd (S4CS) - one-to-one support provision
    • supports individuals from becoming socially isolated and ensures their needs are met in everyday life situations. S4CS has solutions to empower individuals to maintain their independence in their homes and local environment.
  • Stan Ball Centre
    • Bloxwich Community Partnership Charity Shop 'New 2 Me' now open at Blakenall Community Centre
      • Run four mornings a week from 9.30am to 1pm entirely by LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
      • Loads of bargains and excellent quality items on sale
      • Over £2000 raised so far
      • Contact Dan Garbett on 01922 712069
  • Tesco Charity Trust
    • Applications for grants for elderly people and adults and children with disabilities. Community and Voluntary groups can apply for grants of between £500 and £4,000 through the Tesco Charity’s Community Awards. Below are examples of the types of projects supported in the past:
      • Befriending schemes; luncheon clubs
      • Specialist equipment for disabled people
      • Day trips for elderly / disabled people
    • The grants range between £4,000 - £25,000 in areas where Tesco operates.
  • Trading Standards Business Needs newsletter
    • This issue includes
      • avoiding making underage sales and reducing waste – especially for food related businesses.
      • a local initiative to improve the health of lorry drivers on the road by providing more suitable food options at truck stops.
      • advice on how to reduce your fire risk and carry out fire-related risk assessments.
      • an article from the Federation of Small Businesses with regards to Business crime and how businesses can reduce their risk.
  • Vulnerable persons officers (VPO)s (PDF 101KB) - West Midlands Fire Service have introduced this new support in Walsall.  These officers have received training to understand the needs of specific groups that may need more than the standard Home Safety Check.   As well as having access to specialist equipment they can also provide advice and guidance for other services.
  • Walsall Hub (PDF 406KB)
    • 17 Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TU
    • Telephone 01922 610691
    • Information centre
    • Personal care suite
    • Internet cafe and wi-fi
    • Meeting rooms, activity and event space
    • Office accommodation
  • Walsall social care leaflets
  • Walsall Council First Stop Express
  • Walsall Council First Stop Shop
  • Walsall children, young people and parents directory - information on local services for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals, including sports and recreational clubs to advice on bullying and educational services
  • Walsall Libraries recommended websites
  • Walsall Partnership - made up of various local organisations to address local problems and make sure resources are better allocated at a local level

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Health

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Help at home (cleaning, gardening, handy man)

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Housing advice and support

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Leisure activities

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Meals and shopping services

  • Luncheon clubs
    • African Caribbean Lunch Club Sugar and Spice
      • 17 Wednesbury Road Walsall WS1 3RU, telephone 01922 616996
      • Lunch costs from: £3.00 including dessert
    • Aldridge Methodist Lunch Club – next to Morrisons
      • Meets Wednesday from 11.45 for coffee, cost £2.00
      • Contact Mary Vass – 01922 457966
    • Beacon Centre Lunch Club
      • Collingwood Drive Great Barr B43 7JL, Telephone 0121 693 7552
      • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Lunch costs from: £3.50 including dessert
    • Bloxwich Community Partnership
      • Blakenhall Community Centre Stoney Lane Little Bloxwich, WS3 3 DW, telephone 01922 712069
      • Lunch Club Monday – Thursday, Costs from: £2.50 including dessert plus 50p membership fees
    • Brownhills & Walsall Wood Fellowship
      • Beacon Way Walsall Wood, Walsall WS9 9HZ
      • Friendly luncheon club every Friday 11.30am to 1.15pm
      • 2 course meal with 2 cups of tea/coffee - cost £4.00
      • The centre has easy access with no steps, caters for the disabled
    • Collingwood Community Centre
      • Collingwood Drive, Pheasey, Birmingham B43 7NF, telephone 0121 360 1484
      • Monday and Friday, Lunch costs from: £3.50 including dessert
    • Darlaston All Active
      • 75 Willenhall Road, Darlaston WS10 8JG
      • Telephone 0121 568 6144 / 07760116330
      • website www.darlastonallactive
      • Now hosting lunch clubs for the community offering 2 course hot healthy meal for £4.20  
      • every Tuesday And Thursday from 10.00am to 2.00pm
    • Frank F Harrison Lunch Club
      • Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Stephenson Square, Walsall WS2 7DY,Telephone 01922 746967
      • Monday and Friday, Lunch costs from: £2.20 including dessert
  • Meal delivery services
  • Shopping delivery services

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Mental health

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Safety

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Sensory support information and advice

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Support groups, clubs and voluntary groups

  • Age UK Walsall - formerly Age Concern and Help the Aged
  • West Midlands Amputee Support Group - foundation offering support to pre and post amputees
    • All Active, 75 Willenhall Road, Darlaston WS10 8JG
    • Contact Mr Paul Felton on 0121 568 6144 / 07981794733 or email spf6957@aol.com
  • Autism
  • Blakenall Local Community Over 50s forum
    • Meets at the Stan Ball Centre, Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 3AZ
    • Third Wednesday of each month, 3.00-5.00pm
    • Free membership - new members welcome.
    • For further information, please contact John Jones (Chair) on 01922 479339
  • Breathe Easy Walsall - support group for people affected by lung conditions including their friends, family and carers.
    • The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 1.00 - 3.00pm
    • The Pelsall Community Centre, Station Rd, Walsall, WS3 4BQ.
    • Telephone 0121 562 2596 or email midlands@blf-uk.org
  • Dementia Cafe Support Groups - Pathways 4 Life
    • Free monthly 'get together' for people with dementia and their carers to share experiences, make friends and get information or advice
    • Join us at our Dementia Cafe support groups, where people with dementia and carers can meet in a safe and welcoming environment. The cafes are a great opportunity to meet others and share experiences.
  • Friends of the elderly
  • Grandparents Group at Stan Ball - could you let us have expressions of interest please on 01922 403351? Short questionnaire to be completed. This group will be in partnership with Bloxwich Children's Centre.
  • HumAnima - Animal therapy to suit your needs and requirements from trained therapists
  • In Touch England
  • Kingsley Fellowship Klub, Pleck
  • Libraries local organisations database - drop down lists of clubs, societies, church groups, scout groups by name, type or location
  • Midland Mencap - link on NHS Equip
  • Pleck Bereavement Group
    • Meets the last Thursday of the month, 1pm-3pm
    • St John's Church, Scarborough Road, Pleck, Walsall
    • Loss is a very painful experience and the purpose of this group is to support those who are bereaved
    • Free but donations for coffee and tea
    • For further information contact Rev Gennie Evans on 01922 639805 or email rev.gen@btinternet.com
  • Rethink (mental health) volunteering opportunity (Word 290KB)
    • Small Street Centre, 1a Small Street, Walsall, WS1 3PR
    • Email enablement@rethink.org
    • Telephone 01902 779615 / 01384 869898 / 01922 707862
  • Stroke and Heart Survivors and carers support group
    • Has your life been touched by a stroke? Are you feeling isolated, confused or even angry? If so, our group provides friendship and support
    • Meets at the Stan Ball Centre, Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3AZ
    • First Wednesday of each month, 11.00am-1.00pm
    • For further information please contact Wendy Smith on 07803 207710
  • Walsall Over 50s Forum - run by Age UK, including fun days out, events, local speakers and more
  • Walsall Voluntary Action database - search for voluntary/third sector organisations by name, area, services offered, location, age group
  • Walsall Black Sisters Collective
  • Walsall Disability Forum
  • Walsall Service User Empowerment

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Transport and travel

  • Free holidays for people over 60 and on low income - through the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged
  • IQS Travel Service - based in Sandwell, offers specific travel help and advice for people with disabilities
  • Jumbulance Trust - makes it possible for severely disabled and unwell adults and children and dependent elderly people to travel on holidays and day outings which for most would be well nigh impossible by air, rail, standard coach or any other means
  • Ring and Ride - transport for older and disabled people who have mobility problems
  • Shopmobility - support for people of all ages with mobility difficulties to visit the shopping, leisure and other facilities in Walsall Town Centre
  • Tourism for all - Supported Holidays UK and abroad for people with LD and other disabilities

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Contact us

If you have any queries or want to add or change any information on this page please contact:

Becky Robinson
Public Information Officer
Council House, Room 34
Lichfield Street
Walsall WS1 1TW

Telephone 01922 658368
Email robinsonreb@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 14 November 2014