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Posted 12.01.2021.

Jenny Thompson

Tomorrow we say a last goodbye to one of or own our original home care workers Jenny Thompson who was one of the first of two home care workers when we established our home care service back in 1995. She of course went onwards and upwards to better things but we are proud that the experiences that she gained with us helped her along her career path.
Her funeral can be seen by following the link above from 9.45am Jenny’s brother Mel Henry also worked for the centre so there is a strong bond with the family. Deepest condolences to Tony and the rest of the family.
Jenny was caring, loving, diligent and discreet and her qualities were the foundation of our ACRC care service which now employs over 40 staff and delivers over 1000 care hours a week to 65 clients . Her work enabled us to get a foothold in delivering home care in the community and will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace Jenny from us all at West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.
Gone but never forgotten ????????????

Posted 05.01.2021

Well we are dotting the i's and crossing the t's before starting the interviewing for our research project. interviewers have been trained and confirmations of interest are starting to flow . We are really excited and the next 6 weeks will be exciting. if you are interested in being a participant please email



Re-Posted 03.12.2020.



Closing date for applications is Friday 11th December.

Successful applicants will be contacted to attend an interview

35 hours per week plus on call

Rate £10 per hour - Basic salary of £18,200 per annum plus on call

Auto enrolment pension scheme (subject to eligibility)

Rated GOOD in our latest CQC inspection report we are seeking to employ a Senior Care Officer for our busy Home care service (ACRC Care). The successful candidate will work as part of the management and administrative team supporting hands on care workers, delivering quality care to vulnerable adults and children within Sandwell and the surrounding areas.

Work will typically involve planning the rota, recruitment, and retention of staff, settling disputes investigating concerns, completing reports, spot checks, service reviews, staff supervision and reporting to the Registered Manager, Chief Executive and Charity Trustees. At times you will be required to directly deliver hands on personal care. Due to covid you may be required to work from home for parts of the week.

Full PPE equipment is supplied plus a travel allowance.

The role is classed as that of an essential worker.

Experience of working within the home care field is essential as it experience of using care planner or a similar type of rostering computer package.

The ideal candidate will have good computer literacy with experience or Microsoft office applications in particular Word and Excel. Good literacy skills are essential. The ability to operate a staff rostering and allocation system is required as we operate the care planner system.

For more information about the role please contact Shirlee Oliver.

For an application form please contact angela.mahabeer@wbacrc.org.uk or call: 0121 5259177 or click onto the link below, select Senior Care Officer and send us your details.


Due to covid interview will be by social distance or online using Microsoft Teams.

Enhanced DBS required.

Posted 03.12.2020.

RIP Faye ????

Faye Parkes 1

Faye Parkes 2

Faye Parkes & Daughter

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elometer “Faye” Parkes 20/05/1936 -26/11/2020 who was a member of our day service from August 2013 and passed away surrounded by her family on Thursday 26th November 2020.

Fay loved coming to the centre and although like many her age had underlying conditions she actively took part in activities including playing dominoes the exercise classes and enjoyed her specially prepared vegetarian meals, trips to other centres and our Christmas meals. In later years Faye required one to one support and formed a close bond with Sean our day care worker. Joan informed us that when other centres gave up on her we stuck with her to the end.

It is heart-warming to know we made a positive difference to her life.

We offer our sincere condolences to her daughter Joan (pictured) and the rest of the family.


Posted 24.11.2020.


Andrea Ryan

The funeral of our dear friend and colleague Andrea Ryan will take place tomorrow. Unfortunately, due to government restrictions only a limited number of people are invited to attend. RIP Andrea ????


Posted 12.11.2020.


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We are pleased to announce that we have started our 3 month pilot project to promote digital inclusion targeting children and young people who do not have access to computers. Appointments only sanitisation station and temperature checks are in place parents/ carers are welcome to accompany children. Thanks to the Wesleyan Foundation for the financial support.

Wesleyan Foundation

Please call to book your place.


Posted: 30.10.2020.


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Andrea Ryan

Andrea Ryan

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Andrea Ryan. Andrea was a tireless worker within our home care division playing the dual role of hands on care worker delivering personal care and support to vulnerable people in the local community of Sandwell and Birmingham aswell as senior care supporting care workers with the benefit of her experience. A dedicated caring social care professional who will be sadly missed. She leaves behind children and grandchildren and we are supporting the family as best we can. The funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised but we will announce as soon as they are . Anyone who wishes to contribute please contact Sudeen Blake within our finance department 0121 525 9177 Gone But Not Forgotten. Rest in Peace Andrea ????????????

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Posted 15.10.2020

Study Support / Job Search

We are well on our way to providing access to computers and the internet for children at risk of falling behind due to Covid and young people facing unemployment . Looking to start in time for October the half term bookings on an appointment and referral basis.

To find out more, contact our office on 0121 525 9177 and ask to speak to Shane Ward or Angela Mahabeer.


Posted - 13.08.2020.

Sandwell Towns Fund

Firstly, a big Thank You to all of those who have completed the last survey about getting shutters to deter burglars. Today we are sharing an important survey which could have a positive major impact on the future of our charity going forward. It is an opportunity to make real the desire for a new African Caribbean Resource Centre based in West Bromwich town centre to serve the local community. We are encouraging our friends and supporters to complete the survey and stipulate that we need a new resource centre to better serve young people, support employment, digital skills education entrepreneurship and the arts. we are depending on you. This in addition to the comprehensive social care, health and well-being program we deliver.

Here is how is was announced

Last year, the Government announced that 101 towns would benefit from the Towns Fund deal – including towns in Sandwell: West Bromwich, Rowley Regis and Smethwick. Councillor Danny Millard, cabinet member for Inclusive Economic Growth, said: “It is very important that the public get to have their say with ideas that will directly shape the future of Sandwell. I am very excited that we take this once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Sandwell for generations to come”.

Sandwell Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Maria Crompton, added: “This is a really exciting opportunity to bring investment into Sandwell, we want to hear from as many people as possible”.

We want you to get involved and have your say in the development of the Town Deal by completing a short survey.


The first survey is now live until 25 August with a phase 2 survey expected in September.

Please feel free to share the survey with your contacts.#


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Last updated: 22.06.2020 - 12:18am

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Updated 04.06.2020 - 9:01am

A big thank you to Robinson Brothers of West Bromwich for their very kind donation of 10 LTrs of hand sanitizer which will support our home care workers and community care support workers as they provide care food shopping and other support to vulnerable people on Sandwell and Birmingham much appreciated Angie Watkins-Ferguson



Updated: Monday 20th April 2020 - 10.30am

We are still operating our community support service and our home care service. Unfortunately, since the lockdown we have lost some service users. Please stay safe and follow guidelnes of regular washing of hands and social distancing. If you do get the chance take your exercise and use the time that you have as a result of furlough or other schemes to do something positive for yourself.


Updated 25.3.2020 3:15pm

The centre will be closed on Friday 27th March until further notice, we will still operate community based services.

Hall hire bookings are also cancelled until further notice and our Day Care and Sapphire Services have been suspended.

Our Community Support Service involving food shopping, telephone support, collection of prescriptions and medications is available for existing service user only.

Our main telephone number 0121 525 9177 will be monitored. Our ACRC Home care service will continue , please contact 0121 525 5436 for any queries.

Post and Emails will be monitored for please bear with us if replies are delayed.

For updates please visit our website www.wbacrc.org.uk



Posted: 3.4.2020.

Despite having some front line staff having to self isolate we have been working hard in the community supporting the vulnerable . Tomorrow we will post some of the kind things people who have benefited have said about what we are doing. Click onto 'Our Community'>'What They Say About Us' to find out more.

Letter to our Staff Members,

I would like to say THANK YOU to all the staff for their positive contributions, flexibility, continued commitment and I am particularly impressed by the way the staff have responded to the situation. It lays a positive foundation for when we get through this challenging time, so I would like to thank you all for your positive contributions.

Please stay safe and remain positive.

Yours sincerely, Shane Ward - Chief Executive


Update 23.3.2020

Unfortunately we have to suspend our Health & Well Being Day Care Service for older people due o the COVID 19 virus. Our service included supporting people with dementia. As we get paid by numbers we could lose out on much needed income. We have offererd Sandwell Council and alternative support package to include shopping support, prescription collection, telephone contact and if required, cooking hot meals on site for distributiion as a way of supporting our clients in the community whilst respecting safe practices; if we do not get their support we will be in great difficulty. Our ACRC Home Care service will continue providing personal care in the homes of individuals in need. Life the NHS staff, charities also provide vital services but we are often overlooked as essential workers. Please support your local charity so we can keep making a positive difference. Click onto our DONATE button on our website if you are able to make a donation. THANK YOU.

Latest Government Advice:

Staying alert and safe (social distancing) 12 June 2020


Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (5th June 2020)


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