'Black Country Roots'
    Black Country Roots: Written by Multi-Storey a local arts based charity with the Editorial , signposting, design and
    photographic assistance of West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.


    'Extend Exercise'
    Extend Exercise Classes: Day Care Services

Posted 08.10.2021.

Mrs Victoria Frank

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our founder members Mrs Victoria I Frank. She worked alongside 13 others in setting up the resource centre and fulfilled the role of Vice Chair for many years. She also had a short spell as the chair. Mrs Frank was a staunch supporter of the charity and her contribution will never be forgotten. On reflection 50% of the founder members are no longer with us so she can take her place and be proud of her contribution in providing a legacy for African Caribbean people within Sandwell. We send our condolences to the family.


Posted 28.09.2021

Celebrating Our Centre's History

As part of Black History Month, we will be celebrating the Resource Centre. We are inviting you to join us as we look back on the past 36 years of the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.

Come along to our open day, meet the staff, help us to celebrate our history, present work and future plans.

We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you on the day.

If you would like to find out more about the day, please feel free to call us on: 0121 525 9177.


Posted 08.09.2021

RESEARCH PROJECT - Black, Covid and In Lockdown: In our own words.

We are feeling accomplished in that we have now completed our community research: Black, Covid and In Lockdown: In our own words.
An independent report that pulls no punches and is the result of a real team effort. It takes pride in showing what can be achieved when individuals and groups work together. Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for funding the report.
Who are more vaccine hesitant Black men or Black women? Is there a difference between West Midlands boroughs? What influences decisions to take a vaccine or not? How have the Government, NHS, local government, churches and the charitable sector scored in the support that they have provided? How has it affected families? What is the impact of racism on trust and compliance? What has caused people to change their minds?
Get answers to these and many more questions by requesting your own digital copy complete with expansive links to articles videos and reports as well as saving the trees. We hope you find it interesting and thought provoking. Our Chief Executive and Co-author Shane Ward will be on Newstyle Radio on The Charmaine’s Different Angies show on Friday 10th September at 11am.
To request your copy contact us on 0121 525 9177 or email angela.mahabeer@wbacrc.org.uk
Alternatively, open the link below to download a copy

Black, Covid and in Lockdown - In our own words


Posted 27.08.2021


As a partner provider collaborative with 8 other organisations to deliver the local dementia support service across the whole of Sandwell. Partner organisations are: Agewell CIC, Dementia Pathfinders CIC, West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, Murray Hall Community Trust, St Albans Community Association, Better Understanding of Dementia Sandwell, Age UK Sandwell, Alzheimer’s Society and Sandwell Crossroads as the lead provider

We are looking for an empathetic and hardworking individual to join our team. The successful candidates will be working with a variety of professionals across health and social care to provide those affected by dementia in the area the best service possible.

As a Community Dementia Adviser you will support people with dementia and their carer’s in identifying their needs, maintaining their independence, and empowering them to take make decisions enabling them to remain in control of their lives. You will be required to provide relevant information in a variety of formats to meet the service users’ needs as well as signposting and/or referring them to appropriate services.

Salary: £17,160 per annum Circa (£21,164 FTE)

Hours: 30 hours per week based over 5 days (Monday – Friday)

Office Location: Town based in Town Lead organisation

Area role covers: Sandwell

Contract type: 2 year post (potential of 1 year extension)

Open the link below to download the full job advert and details.

Community Dementia Adviser Information

To apply for one of the 6 roles, please contact info@stalbans-cc.co.uk or call Martine on 0121 558 0018 and ask for an application pack.

Please note: This post requires an enhanced DBS check.


Posted 13.07.2021

No to Racism - Footballers

Without you Marcus thousands of children would go hungry during the summer holidays. Without you Jadon quality young players would linger in reserve football in England rather than take opportunities for development abroad. Without you Bukayo my beloved Arsenal might have been relegated. A team wins together and loses together. Those who resort to trying to racially abuse you never supported you or England in the first place. So carry on what you are doing you are making big waves in and out of sport.

Proud of you and your contributions to the success of England in the Euros ????#euros2021



We are pleased to confirm that our staff volunteers and trustees managed to raise £250 in donations to support the volcano disaster relief appeal for St Vincent and the Grenadines.



If you live in West Bromwich and have a B70 or B71 post code you will have noticed our direct mail booklet come through the door. It is a fundraising campaign to support the work of our charity. During Covid we had to close the building to visitors and only opened back to staff in August. Like many charities we have had to change what we do . Many large charities like Prostate Cancer Uk Diabetes Uk Age Uk and the British Heart Foundation use direct mail to boost their income so they can continue the services they provide. We are doing the same thing. We are not closing so please don’t get worried. If you can donate it would be most welcome. The easiest way is to visit our website click on the donate button and follow the instructions . If you are a Uk tax payer don’t forget to gift aid your donation. www.wbacrc.org.Uk
Many thanks.
Direct Mail - Rajwinder & Sudeen
Pictured: Rajwinder Kaur - Senior Care Officer & Sudeen Blake - Senior Finance Officer




We are encouraging you all to try and donate to support those affected by the volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines . The target is £250,000 so let’s help them make it.




Posted 30.03.2021

Meals 1

Today is our final day of our community meal service part of the wrap around outreach service supporting vulnerable people in the local community at the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. Curry Goat and Rice with Veg, a non meat option of Callaloo or Baked Salmon. It is being evaluated and so far we have had a wonderful response. Once the report is presented we will see if it can start again after Easter. After starting with 31 meals we have been making over 100 meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the past few weeks. Many Thanks to #charityaidfoundation for funding the program and #FareShare Midlands for working with us . Special thanks to the staff and volunteers who made it happen.


Posted 28.03.2021

Thank You Donation Letter

We would like to say a big "Thank You" to the Griffiths Family for thier donation towards the cost of providing PPE for our staff also thank you for your kind words in support of our staff for the care they have provided to you. We appreciate your support and look forward providing care for you in the future. Thank you!

Thank You Donation Letter

Thank you donation letter


Posted 28.03.2021

Fried chicken with steamed vegetables, fried dumplings and large sauté potatoes. With over 100 collected or distributed. We have had very good reviews from those who benefitted so it’s been extremely satisfying to deliver this project.



Posted 22.02.2021

FREE HOT FOOD NEWS Continues.....

We are continuing to provide meal with 44 meals provided on 16th, it was a winter warmer Cottage Pie and Veg. Numbers are going up each day.

Thursday's main meal was Curried Chicken with Rice and Vegetables. The vegetarian option is Ital cooked up Callaloo . We even have fresh Melon for dessert. Free Food all available from Tues/Thurs 1pm - 3pm

Hot Meal

Fresh Fruit

Posted 15.02.2021


Tuesday 9th was the first day of our Wrap Around Outreach Service and we gave out 37 meals of curried chicken rice and veg to local people in need. Today we gave out 41 of corned beef, cabbage and boiled potatoes and a vegan curry, all free courtesy of food donated by Fareshare Midlands and funding from the Charity Aid Foundation.

Deliver of Fare Share Food

Fare Share food delivery

Fare Share Food

Fare Share Food

Fare Share Food

Just some of the types food that we will be cooking for the community over the next 6 weeks all free to those in need via Fareshare. Chicken, Tuna, Corned Beef and Fresh Veg. Delivered and ready. Our latest effort to support people in need during this crisis. Special thanks to @charityaidfoundation for funding this project and Fareshare for making it possible.


Meals 2


Posted 09.02.2021


Our emergency Wrap Around Outreach Service starts providing hot main meals for the local community

We are pleased to announce that we have re-established our partnership agreement with the Fareshare charity and with financial support from the Charities Aid Foundation we will be starting our Wrap Around Outreach Service cooking food for collection starting on Tuesday 9th February and every Tuesday and Thursday until 31st March.

We have been able to do this through funding from the Charity Aid Foundation and donations from the Fare Share Food donation program.

There is no charge, and the food is for local people in need of a hot meal.

Meals can be collected between 1pm- 3pm every Tuesday and Thursday

The first meal will meal will be Caribbean Curry Chicken rice and vegetables. There will be a vegetarian option. We will be providing for up to between 80-100 meals. We hope you enjoy our offering.

We cannot let people into the building, but the meals will be handed out from the front entrance.

There is no charge, and we do not require anything to prove to us that you are in need


Tel 01215259177

Visit our website

Email info@wbacrc.org.uk

Visit is on Facebook

West Bromwich Arican Caribbean Resource Centre, Thomas Street, West Bromwich B70 6LY



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.
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 ????????????



Study Support Flyer

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 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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Coronavirus News

See other Coronavirus news articles on our News and Events page

Last updated: 22.06.2020 - 12:18am

We are starting to prepare for when we will eventually get to re-open our building. Our branded floor spacers are designed courtesy of MRCMedia. Let us know what you think

Floor Spacers


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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