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Posted 21.07.2021

Vaccination Seminar & Clinic Poster


West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre in partnership with Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation (Kumba Centre), NHS and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

we will be hosting a question and answer session on Covid-19 vaccination on:

Thursday 22nd July 2021

With Jennifer Pearson - Regional Lead (Midlands) Chief Nursing Officer's Black & Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Group who will present and answer questions on Covid-19 Vaccines

From 6pm and runs until 6.45pm

Vaccination clinic from 7pm-9pm

There is the opportunity for those present to have a Pfizer vaccination administered by a local pharmacist. Both first doses and second doses available.If your first one was 8 weeks earlier please bring your card to show the date of your first vaccine.

This is an opportunity to have a vaccine if you have not done so already and is part of a series local of events.

Open link to find out more: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1szxO4AADpQao80T5vOIWMNaV8OcmMuVU?usp=sharing


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


Posted 06.07.2021


If anyone wants to have a COVID -19 vaccination you can do so by just turning up to the Conference Suite car park Thomas Street West Bromwich B70 6LY between 11am- 6pm on Friday 9th July if you want to get a COVID -19 Vaccination. The NHS mobile vaccination unit will be present with Qualified NHS staff and trained volunteers on hand to guide you through the whole process and answer any questions. It’s your choice. No questions asked about ID. Just turn up

Vaccination Poster

Open the Facebook link below for more about COVID-19 Information Centre


Posted 1.07.2021.

placeholderInternational Reggae Day

The 1st July marks International Reggae Day to celebrate a musical genre that has influenced the world since the 1960s with it’s laid-back rhythmical style and lyrics championing social and political justice, the rights of the underprivileged and universal unity. The impact of reggae music on the world was recognised when it was granted ‘protected status’ by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 2018. UNESCO aims to educate people about the history of reggae and its distinctively Jamaican heritage.

International Reggae Day is marked in Kingston Jamaica (where Bob Marley was raised) with an annual inaugural reggae concert, as well as concerts hosted around the globe. Kingston is where IRG was born after Andrea Davis’s (Jamaica Arts Holdings) visit in 1991. #InternationalReggaeDay


Learn about Reggae's history here: https://youtu.be/olYYISLYLiU


Posted 19.05.2021.


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


Posted 18.05.2021.


1. Maternity Navigator

The role is to provide outreach support to encourage women to achieve a healthy pregnancy and to improve health outcomes for children from preconception to two and a half years old within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups by: -

  • Improving expectant mothers’ mental health and wellbeing;
  • Increasing the number of healthy pregnancies;
  • Reducing expectant mothers’ smoking;
  • Reducing the number of babies born with low birthweight;
  • Increasing breastfeeding of babies;
  • Increasing the uptake of immunisation, and
  • Improving speech and language development

Murray Hall Community Trust is the lead body and West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre are core and delivery partners to the Starting Well project. The postholder will be required to working within the framework of Murray Hall’s policies and procedures and will have additional support from West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre.

Open link below for full job details. Maternity Navigator Job Details


Click on the link below, use the drop arrow to select the job title (Maternity Navigator) and complete our Job Vacancy Enquiry Form and press the submit button. Once we have received your details we will contact you in person before sending you an application form.


If you would like to know more about this vacancy call 0121 525 9177 and ask to speak to Shane Ward.


Are you looking for work? We are seeking to employ a Senior Care Officer and Care Workers for our Home Care Division. Open the links below to find out more about the vacancies.

- Senior Care Officer Job Description & Spec

- Care Workers Job Description & Spec


Click on the link below, use the drop arrow to select the job title (Care Worker) and complete our Job Vacancy Enquiry Form and press the submit button. Once we have received your details we will contact you in person before sending you an application form.


If you would like to speak to one of our staff please call: 0121 525 5436 ask for Shirlee Oliver or Annette Noel.

Thank you.




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 15.04.2021.


We would like to make you aware that we are organising a five-day holiday on Monday 19th July 2021 – Friday 23rd July 2021 to the Warner Gunton Hall Coastal Village. Gunton Hall has a distinctly rural feel, it may be within walking distance of the beach, but it is surrounded by Suffolk Woodland, gardens, a picturesque lake and a pitch and putt course. There is a range of rooms, from luxury Royale rooms, which are part of the original historic building to stunning lodges or simpler chalets in the gardens. The village square, bowls and leisure centre and large dance floor create a buzzing sociable atmosphere that Warner is well known for.

The price of the holiday is £360.00 per person (based on 2 people sharing a chalet), this includes

  • Travel to and from Warner Gunton Hall on an Executive Coach
  • Two full day excursions Cowes | Beautiful Coastal Tour
  • Full breakfast including continental each morning and a three-course meal each evening
  • Night-time entertainment

To secure your holiday a deposit of £50.00 needs to be paid as soon as possible, the balance of your holiday needs to be paid by Wednesday 12th May 2021. In addition, we recommend you take out holiday insurance, if you fall ill before the holiday takes place you put in a claim into the company you have your policy with for a refund. if you do not take out holiday insurance you will lose all the money you have paid, and our centre cannot be held responsible.

We currently have 31 people going on the holiday, we have 20 available, if you have a disability or poor mobility you will need to pay for your carer or family member to come and support, you on your holiday.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Health & Well Being Divisional Manager Deska Howe on 0121 525 9177 or send him an email deska.howe@wbacrc.org.uk


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 08.03.2021

International Woman's Day

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year.


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

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Email info@wbacrc.org.uk

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


Posted 02.02.2021



Unfortunately, we have been experiencing some difficulties over the past few weeks with our internet and telephone lines. We have been working with BT and our systems provider to fix the problem. Hopefully we will be up and running in the next few days.

If you wish to make contact with us please send us and email using our website contact page https://www.wbacrc.org.uk/contact-us.asp or send an email to info@wbacrc.org.uk You will be contacted by a member of our team.



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.



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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