Reaching Out Project: Include Me TOO and Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

Include Me TOO's Outreach and Partnership Co-ordinator, Syeda Khan, met with Poppy (SAFS CEO) and Simmi (SAFS Project Support Administator) to discusses Include Me TOO's new project with Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children. 

The project entitled 'Reaching Out', aims to support Black, Asian and other Monirity Ethic (BAME) communities across the West Midlands who care for a disabled or terminally ill child. 'Reaching Out' provides information, awareness and access to specialist care and support through Newlife's care services. 

SAFS raise £230 at Karaoke and Cupcake Fundraiser!

On Sunday 1st March, SAFS held a Karaoke and Cupcake fundraiser in aid of Simmi climbing Kilimanjaro. The event was a complete success - raising £230.70!

The money raised is going to fund a long weekend for the Parents and Carers Group at SAFS.

The event saw families who use SAFS services, friends and family as well as staff come together to show their support and encourgement for Simmi's climb. Simmi made 50 vanilla cupcakes and her grandma donated a big batch of her homemade onion bhajis.

Many thanks to:

SAFS Karaoke and Cupcakes on Sunday 1st March 2015

SAFS’ Project Support Administrator, Simmi Sohal, is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2015 to fund a long weekend for the Parents and Carers and their children.

SAFS raise £195 for Lifestyle Group!

On Saturday 14th February, support workers from SAFS' Lifestyle Group hosted a Valentines theme party. The £195 raised at the event will fund a trip to London this summer, to see the sights of the capital. 

The art behind SAFS' new logo

Madison Shackell-York designed SAFS' new logo. Here is a brief summary on how the graphic designer arrived at the finished product.

SAFS Short Film

See full film here:

This short film captures the core values of SAFS, with families, service users and staff sharing their perspectives and personal journies with SAFS.

Please feel free to share the film on social networks, just be sure to tag us on Twitter @safscare and Facebook /safscare

Cllr. Darren Cooper mentions 'New Year, New SAFS' event

Last week, Cllr. Darren Cooper mentioned our 'New Year, New SAFS' event on his blog, in which he highlighted the "wonderful work" we provide in the local community as well as his support for our new brand. 

In the post, Cllr. Cooper wishes us all the best for the future in "continuing to make a huge difference to families with disabilities children in Sandwell." 

To read the full post, visit: 

Follow Cllr. Darren Cooper on Twitter @sandwellleader for current updates. 

SAFS Valentine's Day Event

SAFS will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Saturday 14th February, giving SAFS' Parents and Carers group, young people who use the Lifestyle Service as well as staff the opportunity to have fun, listen to music and let their hair down!

The event is open to adults who use SAFS services and tickets cost £10 each, with all proceeds going towards funding a trip to London for SAFS' Lifestyle Service.

Please call SAFS on 0121 558 2198 for further more details. 

The Evolution of SAFS

Sandwell Asian Family Support Service (SAFSS) initially began as a research project commissioned by Sandwell Social Services, in which the research was originally collated by Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 1986. The brief being: "to investigate the families in relation to the services provided by Health, Education and Social Services Departments".  The research identified that there was a poor take up of benefits and mainstream services, little knowledge of specific disabilities, lack of adequate housing and few or no skills in written or spoken English.

Thank you to everyone who joined us our New Year, New SAFS event

SAFS were joined by His Worshipful the Mayor, Cllr. Derek Rowley, his Consort, Cllr. Glenis Rowley, the Leader of Sandwell Council, Cllr. Darren Cooper and the Deputy Leader, Cllr. Mahboob Hussain, to recognise, celebrate and support SAFS' new brand and logo; as well as the work they carry out in the local community. 

The Chair of SAFS, Surrinder Bains welcomed the crowd of over 100 people made up of members of local dignitaries, organisations and businesses, thanking them for joining SAFS at the very beginning of something refreshing in Sandwell. 


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