CELEBRATE SANDWELL AND DISCOVER COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS

Come along to the Celebrate Sandwell event in West Bromwich on Friday 28 June to find out what community groups and organisations have to offer you and your family.

Following the success of the first two annual Celebrate Sandwell events, organisers have planned an even bigger and better event for 2019 with more than 40 organisations taking part.

The free event runs from 11am to 3pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, with music, workshops, information stalls, fitness sessions and much more.

Free food and refreshments will be available throughout the event kindly provided by volunteers and donations.

Stalls will be themed into three areas – community groups; health and therapy groups; and arts and museums organisations.

It will be a real celebration of community and an opportunity to find out about volunteering opportunities too.

Entertainment includes The Lollipop Ladies comedy trio, a hula hoop dancer, storytelling, musicians, poets and much more.

Community Star Awards will be presented around mental health, disability and community engagement.

Sandwell Council’s deputy leader Councillor Syeda Khatun said: “The council is proud to support the Celebrate Sandwell event, bringing together local communities from all corners of Sandwell. We have amazing people who help and support the community in many different ways and have wonderful things for the people of Sandwell to do and join in.” Event co-ordinator Richard Flatley said: "This free event is a chance for everyone to look at what we have to offer from all areas of Sandwell. "We want people to see that we have an amazing, embracing community, with organisations and services that support the people of Sandwell in many fabulous ways. "It is a mammoth effort and we have received no money to stage this free event, we have been given or gifted all that you can see.

"We have to thank many people; firstly our volunteers as many of us would not be able to run our organisations with them." Co-op has supplied food, drink and volunteers for the event. Local shops and restaurants have supported it too.

Black Country Touring and Multistory have been central to planning and organising the event. Richard added: "We want people to see what is out there, what is on offer and appreciate what they have on their doorstep - a giving, health conscious, creative, artistic and multi-cultural community that is here to support all." Organisers are dedicating this year's event to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There are more than 30 rights listed and organisers particularly cite the following four. - The Right to be involved in cultural activities (Article 22) - The Right to education (Article 26) - The Right to experience art and culture (Article 28) - The Right to be involved in our community (Article 29)

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