Community Awards- Celebrating Achievements

Sandwell Community Hubs holds annual community awards commissioned by the Sandwell Council and supported by the Local Business which are a celebration of voluntary contribution, hidden talents, success, and achievements of people and organisations living and working in their respective towns. Held across Sandwell, the community award nominees and winners carry connotations of commitment, reputation, and expertise, in turn - making people & organisations feel appreciated and well-respected. We believe that this recognition would do wonders for the winners, as feeling appreciated for the work they do will likely encourage them to continue working with enthusiasm. This award scheme is open to the community, voluntary and faith sector organisations and individuals able to demonstrate that they have improved community wellbeing within the past 12 months. The categories open for submissions are:

- OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD: Someone whose volunteering makes a huge impact to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON AWARD: Young person who makes a positive contribution to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING GOOD NEIGHBOUR AWARD: Someone who helps their neighbours & makes a difference to someone else.
- OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY PROJECT AWARD: A community project that makes a difference to the local community.
- OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP WORKING AWARD: Group has shown that partnership working has had a positive impact.

- OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY ORGANISATION AWARD: A Community Organisation that made a diffrence to the local community.
- COMMUNITY SPECIAL AWARD: An individual that has contributed positive lifelong service to the area.

To enter, organisations and individuals must be based in their local town and all projects must take place in the town. All entries will be judged and marked accordingly by an independent panel involving local councillors. Deadline for the Smethwick Community Awards 2019 is Friday 1st March 2019. All selected nominees will be invited to an Awards Gala Dinner on 15th March 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm which will be held at the Jewels Conference Suite – 171 Rolfe Street, Smethwick B66 2AR. 

Smethwick Community Awards Form Smethwick Awards Sponsorship Form

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to Sandwell Community Hubs. (along with all subsidiaries, affiliates, successors and assigns thereof, referred to hereinafter collectively as “Sandwell Community Hubs”, "we", "our" and/or "us"), our websites and services. Sandwell Community Hubs knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your expectation that we will do so carefully and sensibly.

By visiting this or another Sandwell Community Hubs website displaying this Privacy Policy or a link thereto (a "Website", or collectively the “Websites”), or by otherwise interacting with Sandwell Community Hubs you agree to accept the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is further subject to the Sandwell Community Hubs Services Agreement related to the Sandwell Community Hubs services you utilise and/or purchase. For questions on this Privacy Policy please contact our team via the contact information found on this Website.

Sandwell Community Hubs values your privacy and is dedicated to protecting your personal information and providing you with notice about what personally identifiable information we collect and how it is used, what choices you have regarding the collection, use and distribution of that information, the security procedures we implement to protect that information and what access you may have to correct any inaccuracies in the information we have collected from you.

What Information Is Collected

We receive and store any information you enter on our Websites or give us in any other way, such as via telephone, electronic mail, online or otherwise. For example, this information may be collected when you contact us for customer support.

Here are the types of information we gather:

Contact Information:
We collect and retain personal contact information that you submit to us voluntarily and this includes, but is not limited to, your name, mailing address, web address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information may include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and, where provided, your fax number. Such contact information may be used, for example, to communicate with you when necessary with respect to transactions. Additionally, we may collect contact information provided to us during any correspondence relating to customer support, as well as in connection with products and services offered on our Websites.

Financial Information:
We collect and retain certain financial information from when you purchase our products and services. For example, when you sign up for any other product or service through Sandwell Community Hubs, we require you to provide a credit card number and billing address before we will process that application. We will not sell, share or rent any financial information collected from you except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy or as necessary to fulfil any order for our products or services.

Demographic Information:
We may collect and store anonymous demographic information (such as your postcode, gender and age), and use this data to tailor your experience on our Websites, provide content that we think you might be interested in, perform general improvements to the Websites, and display the content according to your preferences. Such demographic information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated demographic information that is shared with third parties.

Other Information:
We collect and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, our servers track the type of web browser you are using and the page from which you link. Additionally, we log IP addresses (a unique number assigned to every computer on the Internet) in order to improve security, analyse trends and administer the Websites. We may track your movement within the Websites, the third-party website pages from which you were referred, access times and browser types. We use this information to gauge the effectiveness of our Websites, track information for statistical purposes and to improve the products and services we provide. We collect this information to better develop a sense of what services our customers need and identify areas of improvement to the Websites. We may use such information for marketing purposes, and to send information to you that we believe might be of interest. In addition, such information may be shared with partners, market researchers and other third parties on an aggregate, non-personally identifiable basis. No personally identifiable information will be linked to such aggregated information shared with third parties.

We may supplement the information you provide us by acquiring publicly or commercially available information as available in the public domain or from third parties, for instance, to verify your address or to update your information and to create a profile of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information to information in the profile, in order to improve the content of the Websites for you or to inform you about products or services that we think will be of interest to you. From time to time, we may also ask you to participate in surveys or other communications conducted by us or third parties designed to help us improve the Websites or the products or services we provide.

The Websites use “cookies” such purposes as enhancing your online experience by making it easier for you to navigate through the Websites and making certain features work better. Cookies are text files which are commonly deposited by websites on a user's hard drive when the user visits a website. The file identifies a user's computer and can record the user's preferences and other data about the user's website visit. We do not extract information about individual users during this process. Your web browser may enable you to disable cookies, but please note that certain services may not function correctly without it and your experience on our Websites may be hindered.

Third Party Cookies:
We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads on our behalf across the Internet. These companies may collect and use information about your visits to this and other websites and your interaction with our products and services in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. However, no personally identifiable information (such as your name, address, email address or telephone number) will be connected with such information. They may use information about your visits to this and other websites to target advertisements for goods and services and may be used to keep track of user response to each advertisement. These targeted advertisements may appear on our Websites or on other sites that you visit. The anonymous information is collected through the use of a pixel tag or cookies, which are industry standard technologies used by most major websites. If you do not want such companies to collect this information you may opt-out.

To learn more about the use of this information or choose not to have this information used by certain third-party advertising partners, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative at Please note that if you delete your cookies, use a different browser, or buy a new computer, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

Web Beacons: The Websites may contain electronic images (called a "single-pixel GIF" or a "web beacon") that allow a website to track the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. No personally identifiable information will be transmitted via web beacons.

Telephone Recording and Monitoring:
To ensure Sandwell Community Hubs customers receive quality service, Sandwell Community Hubs selects phone calls for recording and/or monitoring. These calls, between Sandwell Community Hubs customers (or potential customers) and employees, are evaluated by Sandwell Community Hubs representatives. This is to guarantee that prompt, consistent assistance and accurate information is delivered in a professional manner. In contacting Sandwell Community Hubs creating an account with Sandwell Community Hubs, or by otherwise utilising any Sandwell Community Hubs products or services, you hereby consent to any such call recording and/or monitoring.

How Personal Information Is Used

Our Use:
We receive and store any personal information you enter on our Websites or give to us voluntarily in any other way and may use it to contact you from time to time. We take steps designed to ensure that only the employees who need access to your personal information to fulfil their employment duties will have access to it. By registering on a Website and providing your telephone number, you agree that this action constitutes a purchase, enquiry and/or application for purposes of telemarketing laws. Regardless of the fact that your telephone and/or cell number may be listed with the TPS, you are providing your express written consent to receive future information (including telemarketing) about products and services from us and/or our affiliates, and you hereby agree and consent to our contacting you using the information you have provided and will provide to us. This means we may contact you by e-mail, phone and/or cell number (including use of automated dialling equipment and/or pre-recorded calls), text (SMS) message, social networks or any other means of communication that your wireless or other telecommunications device may be capable of receiving (i.e. video, etc.). We may also send you information or offers from time to time to the postal address or email address we have on file (as further outlined in this Privacy Policy). You further acknowledge that you are not required to agree directly or indirectly or enter into an agreement regarding our telemarketing efforts as a condition of purchasing any goods or services from us or our affiliates.

Electronic Mail:
From time to time, Sandwell Community Hubs may use your personal information to contact you by electronic mail concerning our services. These communications are often intended to inform you of important information regarding your account, or about general services provided by Sandwell Community Hubs and/or its affiliates. If you do not want to receive email from us or our affiliates regarding new services, please click the "unsubscribe" link which is included at the bottom of any email you receive from us. However, in order to fulfil our service obligations to you, we will continue to send you emails regarding your account administration, as well as any necessary information, such as renewal notices and instructions. By providing us with your email address you consent to receiving communications from us electronically and all notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Service Related Uses:
We may use your personal information to contact you about the goods or services you have purchased from us, or for other purposes in which you have expressed an interest, for example, if you have contacted customer service or made an enquiry. We will also provide you with service and account related announcements. For instance, if the delivery of a service or product is delayed we might send you an email, or other message, or if there is some service issue with something you might have ordered. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to cancel your services with us.

Protection of Sandwell Community Hubs and Others:
We may release account and other personal information when we are required to do so by law, court order, subpoena or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency, including ICANN, in order to enforce or apply our Services Agreement or other agreements, or when we believe in good faith that disclosing this information is necessary or advisable, including for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Sandwell Community Hubs, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection, credit risk reduction or other similar purposes. Sites Other Than Sandwell Community Hubs, Sandwell Community Hubs has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies or information gathering practices of other websites, including those to which we may link and those which may link to us. We strongly recommend that you review the privacy policies of every online service you use before submitting any personal information and direct any concerns to the site administrator of that website.

How Long We Keep Your Personal Data

We keep information only for as long as we need it to provide you services, manage our business or as required by law or contract. Where you have a contract with us, we will retain your data for the length of the contract, and will further retain that information for a time period consistent with our legal or regulatory responsibilities, after you terminate all your services with us to resolve disputes, enforce our relevant Service Agreement, and to adhere to the technical and legal requirements and constraints related to the security, integrity and operation of the Sites. If you have any questions about how long we will keep your specific data, please contact us.

How We Keep Your Personal Data Safe

We work to protect the security of your financial information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer ("SSL") software, which encrypts the information you input on the Site. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure and we cannot guarantee its absolute security. You can further help to ensure your security by taking a few simple precautions. For instance, it is important to protect against unauthorised access to your computer, and to be sure to sign off when you are finished using a shared computer.

Limitation Of Liability

Sandwell Community Hubs assumes no responsibility or liability with regard to any theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information lawfully provided by Sandwell Community Hubs to third parties, or with regard to the failure of any third party to abide by this privacy policy or such third party.

Contacting Us

If you have questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by writing to us at or by mail at Hurst Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 8PD.

West Bromwich Community Awards 2017

West Bromwich heroes were celebrated at a special awards evening on 1st December 2017. Around 170 people attended the Sandwell Community Awards at the West Bromwich Town Hall. The community-led event by Sandwell Community Hubs was supported by Sandwell Council and private sponsors including Tesco New Square, West Bromwich Business Improvement District, and Sandwell College. Award winners were as follows (runners-up in brackets):

  • Outstanding Partnership Award: Busy Bees (Community Advice Service)

  • Outstanding Young Person Award: Bethany Taylor (Bradley Foster and Liam Biddle)

  • Outstanding Neighbour Award: Linda Callaghan (John Coley)

  • Outstanding Community Project Award: West Bromwich Food Bank (Yew Tree & Tame Bridge Community Centre)

  • Outstanding Volunteer Award: Jeanne Mansingh (Pam Jackson)

  • Community Special Award: Pam Jackson (Margaret Whitehouse)

Councillor Steve Melia, town lead member for West Bromwich, said: “This was a fantastic way to celebrate and say thank you to the many people and organisations across our town who go the extra mile for the local community. We are very proud of all the winners, runners-up and finalists and would also like to thank everyone who made this event a success, including the organisers, performers and our sponsors.” Entertainment was provided by Dreemz Group, Blind Faith, Cre-8, Fathia Dance Group, and People's Orchestra. Special guest speakers were deputy council leader Councillor Syeda Khatun, chair of Sandwell Community Hubs Tonia Flannagan, and council chief executive Jan Britton.

Money raised in aid of the Mayor of Sandwell’s charities totalled £592.

Wednesbury Community Awards 2018

Wednesbury community heroes were celebrated at a special awards evening on 15th March 2018. Around 160 people attended the Wednesbury Community Awards at the Wednesbury Town Hall. The community-led event by Sandwell Community Hubs was supported by Sandwell Council and private sponsors including GAUMONT, The Trade Centre Wednesbury, Quadrant Estate, KTC and Playlands Holding Ltd. Award winners were as follows (runners-up in brackets):

· Outstanding Community Organisation Award: Friar Park Millennium Centre [Trident Reach]
· Outstanding Partnership Working Award: Ian Bott [Blast Youth Club]
· Outstanding Young Person Award: Owen Richards [Mollie Mae Smith]
· Outstanding Good Neighbours Award: Lynn Chawner [Tommy Nicholls]
· Outstanding Community Project Award: Academy De Skillz & All Stars FC [Friar Park Junior Youth Club]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Friar Park: Mark Faizey [Vicky Walton]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Wednesbury North: Maureen Powell [Tanya Emms]
· Outstanding Volunteer Award Wednesbury South: Margaret Dorset [Donna Martin]
· Outstanding Community Special Award: In honour of the late Mr Richard Eades for his community services to Wednesbury.

Councillor Pam Hughes, town lead member for Wednesbury, said: “This awards scheme is an excellent way of rewarding people for the outstanding work that they do in the town. Wednesbury has a great tradition for community-minded people getting involved in voluntary work and the panel is anxious to recognise the work they do as individuals or in a group. People who have been helped by these hard-working volunteers should get involved in the scheme and nominate those they believe should be recognised. We hope that there will be a good response to this to mark the excellent work done in the town by so many community-minded townspeople.” Elected finalists will be invited to an awards evening to be held on Thursday 15 March at Wednesbury Town Hall.

Money raised in aid of the Mayor of Sandwell’s charities totalled £355.75.