'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 5.8.2022

Staff Member - Michael Hendrickson at Commonwealth Games

Michael Hendrickson

Michael Hendrickson

Great to see West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre represented at the Commonwealth games by Michael Henderickson who is a volunteer greeter at the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Michael is a valued member of our staff team having initially been a volunteer with us and the Kuumba centre. He is enjoying the experience and will have some stories to tell we hope.


Posted 25.07.2022

Maternity Matters - Coffee Mornings

Come along and join us our first session starts on Friday 5th August 2022 at the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre10.30am – 11.30am

Maternity Matters Poster

Posted 30.06.2022

Malvia Campbell - Home Care Worker, saves a client's life

Malvia Campbell

Please can you clap for one of our heros. Malvia is a home care worker who found a client unresponsive when attending a care visit .Thankfully, she was able to remember what she had been trained to do in her emergency CPR training. With guidance of a 999 operator Malvia successfully applied CPR using chest compressions and mouth to mouth breaths and was able to get the client breathing again. She said "I had been doing the training and everything just kicked in and thank God I was able to revive them".

Malvia Campbell

Pictured: Malvia and Shane Ward (CEO)

Malvia pop into the centre this week and we surprised her with a presentation "Thank You" some flower, chocolates and a gift voucher and card. It was well deserved. Well done Malvia.


Posted 22.06.2022


Windrush Boat

Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 21 June 1948. However, passengers disembarked a day later 22 June 1948 – hence why this has come to be known as Windrush Day.

HMT Empire Windrush is best remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom. The ship carried 1027 passengers and two stowaways on a voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948.

Windrush - Group Photo

Todays attendees with staff trustees and volunteers celebrating Windrush Day. They came stayed and survived.

Original Jamaican Bag

An original bag brought to the UK by a Windrush veteran.

Maud Knight

Windrush Pioneer and volunteer Maud reminiscing on her life with Rupert

Mrs Downer

Mrs Downer - We were honoured to have this lady pay us a visit and she says she hopes to be back next week


Posted 18.05.2022


Today we say farewell to our student placements Maryam and Eunique placements who completed their Health and Social Care levels 6 and 3 respectively pictured with Health and Wellbeing Divisional Manager Deska Howe. We thank you for your hard work and wish you both all the best for the future.


Farewell Eunique

Farewell Maryam


Posted 18.05.2022


A welcome visit from Ben Cannon, Lee Arnold and Mike Florey of West Midlands Fire Service presenting a fire safety awareness session to our day service users and staff.

Fire Service 1

Fire Service 2

Fire Service 3


Posted 10.05.2022

Job Vacancy

SAPPHIRE Hospital Support Worker - We have a vacancy for the following position located in our Health and Well Being Division. Open the link below to download the full Job Description & Spec.

Sapphire Hospital Support Worker - Job Description

If you would like to know more about the role or to receive an application pack call Deska Howe - Manager (Health & Well Being Divsion) on 0121 525 9177 select Opt 1. or Angela Mahabeer 0121 525 9177 Select Opt 5. Alternatively, open the link below to send your details to us and we will send you the application pack.



Posted 9.5.2022


West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre is an award winning charity and is recruiting for home care workers to work with ethically diverse vulnerable adults and children in their homes and communities to provide personal care, domestic support and support to access recreational activities . Pay rate starts at £9.70 per hour . Full training given and and you will work minimum of 16 hours per week. For an application form contact us 0121 525 5436.


Posted 8.3.2022


International Women's Day 2022

Posted 23.2.2022

Michael Blackwood

On Monday we said goodbye to Micheal Anthony Blackwood AKA Farda Blacka.
Your family gave you a wonderful send off and the tributes were spot on. whether it was Club Carib or the strictly vinyl Jah Messiah Esq dances, you entertained the people and made them feel good. That’s why they turned up in their numbers . Respect General .????????????????

Posted 13.2.2022

Following the wonderful turnout for Farda Blacka’s nine nights, please see below the details for his home going service. ????????????

Funeral Details Michael Anthony Blackwood

Posted 7.2.2022

Michael Anthony Blackwood (aka Farda Blacka)

Michael Anthony Blackwood (aka Farda Blacka)

We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Farda Blacka one of our resident Saturday night DJ’s and a key driver along with Jah Messiah Esq to establish the centre as a top venue for reggae vinyl revival sessions across the country. He was a keen supporter of the centre following in the footsteps of his father Mike. Always respectful and bringing positive ideas for improvement he was an innovator and motivator. We are thankful for all that he has done to support us and he will be a huge loss . Condolences to the family and hope he can rest in peace.

Farda Blacka Nine Nights


Posted 7.2.2022

Sharon Powell

Sharon Powell

We are deeply saddened to hear this week of the passing of Sharon Powell. A lively positive spirit who brightened our day care group with her energy and encouragement. Condolences to Valarie and the rest of the family.
May she Rest in Peace

Posted 7.2.2022

Trevor Richard Bowen (aka Buck)

Trevor Richard Bowen aka Buck

Today West Bromwich turned out to say farewell to Trevor “Buck” Bowen mentor to
Many young people a big loss to the community

RIP ????????????


Posted 21.12.2021

Mr Basil Blackwood

Basil & Lorretta Blackwood

We are saddened to announce the passing of Mr Basil Blackwood whose death follows shortly after that of his beloved wife Lorretta. They were regulars on a Saturday night and you never saw one without the other so they are reunited again. The family ask if you knew him come and join them in celebrating his life.

Gone But Not Forgotten

The funeral takes place on Friday 14th January 2022 at 11.30am West Smethwick Methodist Church 32 Holly Lane. B67 7JD

Internment at Rood End Cemetery at 1pm. Followed by

Refreshments at the 99 Club 173 Tat Bank Road Oldbury B69 4NH


Posted 21.12.2021

Up and Coming Event

Starting Well Poster


Posted 8.12.2021


We are currently advertising for the following vacancies:

Weekend/Weekly Relief Caretaker:

Job Summary - To open the Centre when there is a function and put away any equipment not being used in the hall. Show hirer how to use kitchen equipment and be available to hirer during set up times. To be present on-site whenever there is a function at the Centre. To provide a comprehensive range of care taking and handy person services including security, cleaning, monitoring health & safety, arranging rooms and other duties as specified. To ensure that the building is clean and safe to operate. The caretaker will be supplied with a job task sheet and will be expected to phone the centre for a weekly job sheet. Weekend/Weekly Relief Caretaker will also be expected to cover all weekly duties in the absence of main caretaker.

Head Cook:

Job Summary - Under the general direction of the Health & Well Being Divisional Manger, to be responsible for the general supervision and organization of the kitchen, including the supervision and welfare of kitchen employees. Taking an active part in the preparation, cooking and serving of the meals, assisting with the ordering of the supplies, keeping kitchen records of stock, inventories, etc., assisting with the planning of menus; ensuring high standards of hygiene.

If you would like to find out more about these vacancies or would like to receive a copy of the full job description/spec and application pack you can either:

  • Call the centre on 0121 525 9177 choose Opt 5 to request an application pack
  • Open the following link to apply via our website, once in website use the drop down arrow to select the job you are interested in applying for, leave your details https://www.wbacrc.org.uk/forms.asp?id=2
  • Call in person to the centre


Posted 1.12.2021

Barrie Poole - Gone but not forgotten

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Barrie Poole who worked within our Employment and Training Division supporting over 50's into work and training. Barrie will always be remembered for his quirky sense of humour and brought hope and joy to people around him. May he Rest in Peace.

Barry Poole

Barry pictured with Shane Ward - CEO

Barry Poole - Steps to Work Staff

Barry with some of the former Steps to Work Staff members


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 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.#


Theory of Change Mission Poster


Coronavirus News

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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

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


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