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A Beginners Guide to Universal Credit 

15 Aug

Universal Credit (UC) is on its way, with roll-out in Sandwell scheduled for 14th November 2018.

Dental Hygiene advice to carers of people diagnosed with Dementia 

15 Aug

Stacey Quinton, Dental Nurse Specialist from Community Dental Services, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining BUDS on Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10.30 am to 12 noon, at South Staff Water Community Hub.

Sandwell Valley Giant Car boot 

15 Aug

There’s a big car boot, funfair and lots more this August Bank Holiday weekend at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Five Priorities for Improving Children’s Mental Health 

14 Aug

The mental wealth of the nation is critical to our future – young people’s mental wellbeing should be paramount.

Young People’s Mental Health​ 

14 Aug

Half of lifelong mental illness starts before the age of 14.

Community Asset Transfer & Property Information Workshop 

14 Aug

As part of its commitment to provide developmental support to small and local charities, Lloyds Bank Foundation is offering a FREE workshop, in partnership with the Ethical Property Foundation and Birmingham City Council , to help charities looking ...

Black Country Sport and Physical Activity Awards 

14 Aug

There are thousands of people across the Black Country doing fantastic things to inspire people to lead healthier, fun and active lives, from netball to boccia, football to zumba.

First Aid Qualification – Places Available 

13 Aug

The most important life-saving techniques are often the simplest.

How the Collaborative Approach is Tackling Digital Exclusion 

13 Aug

According to the 2018 Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index, just over eleven million people in the UK have limited basic digital skills such as being able to use a search engine, shop or manage their money online.

Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ Small Grants Programme 

13 Aug

Grants of up to £25,000 available through the Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ small grants programme.

Staying Safe From the New Cyber Menace 

13 Aug

Ransomware sees cyber criminals unleash malware onto users’ computer systems that can lock anything from a single PC to hundreds or thousands of machines.

New fund tackling loneliness opens to applications 

10 Aug

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.

Free Enterprise Masterclasses 

9 Aug

Gecko Programmes, a Wolverhampton-based training company, is offering free of charge Masterclasses to enterprises and the self-employed in the Black Country.

Volunteering for a Healthy Mind and Body 

8 Aug

Psychology and health research are increasingly showing the positive impact of volunteering on the well-being of volunteers.

National Express Foundation 

6 Aug

The National Express Foundation is central to National Express Group’s support for the wider community in which it operates in the UK.

Catch The Youth Bus This Summer 

6 Aug

Every Tuesday throughout the summer holidays Sandwell’s Youth Bus and climbing wall will making visits across Sandwell.

Ending Poverty the Way to Better Health 

6 Aug

We must tackle the economic causes of ill health, says John Bird, and Martin Houghton-Brown praises the contribution of volunteers to the health service.

Young People’s mental health is a ‘worsening crisis’ 

6 Aug

One recent report called the problem a “silent catastrophe” while a survey of teachers labelled it an “epidemic”.

Fundraising from Millenials 

6 Aug

At FSI’s Fundraising Conference this June, Morgan Kainth from Raise Your Hands, gave her insights into millennials as a source of new donors in the fundraising world.

Funding for Projects that Address Disadvantage and Support Less Popular Causes 

6 Aug

The next closing date for applications to the Hilden Charitable Fund is the 11th September 2018.

Funding for Research and Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities 

6 Aug

Schools, voluntary organisations and charities can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering severe learning difficulties.

ICO fines charity £100,000 for data protection breach 

30 Jul

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the British and Foreign Bible Society £100,000 after cyber hackers gained access to more than 400,000 supporters’ personal data.

Free Falls Prevention Guide 

30 Jul

Having a fall is not an inevitable part of ageing.

Free counselling for carers of people with dementia 

30 Jul

BUDS is offering a free confidential counselling service to carers of people with dementia.

Would you like to be a Volunteer Driver for Murray Hall? 

30 Jul

People often struggle to find appropriate transport to attend hospital appointments.

Improving the health and wellbeing of the people in Sandwell and Western Birmingham 

30 Jul

Could you play a part in further developing integrated care in Sandwell and Western Birmingham? Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is looking for people from local communities to be part of a group of patients and carers, who ...

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust 

30 Jul

The next deadline for applications to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust is 1st September 2018.

Co-ordinator Sought to Grow Sandwell Early Help Partnership 

23 Jul

Are you are passionate about making a difference for children and young people in Sandwell, helping them to get the best out of life? Sandwell Early Help Partnership aims to build a strong network of support across a wide range of agencies spanning ...

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Tom Watson MP & the Bookies. 

15 Aug

Local readers will appreciate what a nasty piece of work Tom Watson is.

Life’s a Beach…. 

10 Aug

This promises to be something special… Two caravans each one a specially created performance space, each one a different part of an experience shared across cultures the British seaside.

Bearwood Road bedsits refused 

9 Aug

Plans by a developer to convert the rooms above the shops on Bearwood Road into nearly 50 bedsits have been rejected by Sandwell Councils Planning Committee.

URGENT – Save Londonderry Fields! 

7 Aug

Before reading on please note that the Save Londonderry Lane Playing Fields Campaign is holding a public meeting on Sunday evening at 6.

Racist GMB Man Finally Goes? 

7 Aug

I wrote about Steve Dawson on 22nd March, 2018 and told the tale how, in 2015 (yes 2015!), he had racially abused a co-worker in front of an independent witness.

Did Sandwell Unison F*ck Own Member? 

4 Aug

On 1st March, 2017 I heard that the head of Sandwell's bent paid service, Jan Britton*, had been personally involved in firing a long-standing and popular SMBC employee with nearly 40 years service at the behest of his Labour puppet-masters.

Cllr Hackett – Help Please? 

4 Aug

Many of you have been anxious about contacting The Skidder since bent West Midlands Police took my phone to try and hinder production of the blog.

Sandwell’s £6,000 Boat Piss-Up! 

2 Aug

When the Local Government Association came to Brum recently it was inevitable that pathetic pygmy Steve "The Milkman" Eling and his arse-rimmer in chief would be attempting to "cut the big" in front of the great and good of Town Hall glitterati.

The “Legend” of Lion Farm…. 

30 Jul

Those of you familiar with the works of John Le Carre will know that one aspect of spycraft is the creation of "legends".

Lion Farm Technical Blog #1 

30 Jul

On Thursday 26th July the following report was put before the Audit Committee in a blatant attempt to pour a bucket of whitewash over the bent Lion Farm deal.

August e-Bulletin 

30 Jul

The August edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out todayand can be downloaded here .

What A Real Conservative Can Do 

28 Jul

While Fake Conservatives Run “Our” Government any true Conservative knows that to kick start your economy you use Tax cuts to put money in the pockets of the Blue collar let them spend but this spend can only be used for internally produced ...

Bent Cops Drop Malicious Skidder Attack! 

27 Jul

I am delighted to say that after nearly five months of immense stress the "Complex Crime Unit" (yes, honestly) phoned me last night to say that they were taking no further actions against me in respect of the malicious allegations by Cllrs Eling, ...

Jan Britton Promotes Leaker! 

27 Jul

When I was giving evidence to two officers of the Regional Fraud Team back in 2015 we discussed who was benefiting financially from the fraud and corruption within Labour Sandwell Council.

Lion Farm – Fight The Knight! 

26 Jul

Many of you will now be aware that I have been well and truly shafted up the derriere by Peter Durnell and am longer part of the "official" Save Lion Farm Campaign.

Bizarre Letter From Crooked Cops! 

19 Jul

Where did it all go wrong? When did the corruption at Labour Sandwell Council spread to pollute West Midlands Police (WMP?) When did it become legal in this country to be able to "buy-off" a police investigation? The ludicrous "partnership" between ...

Cllr Piper’s Hate Speech! 

18 Jul

Well last night in Oldbury was bizarre even by Sandwell ("aka Sadwell") standards! Before I spill the beans let's take a trip down memory lane...

Here It Is – The Skidder “Million” Quiz! 

16 Jul

As promised - it is finally here! To commemorate one million views of the Skidder blog (DRUMROLL PLEASE) about an unknown Labour dictatorship who have spent over 40 years turning a West Midlands Borough into a sh*t-hole I present a "prise" quiz.

Where are the Tories Hiding? 

15 Jul

Warning On this very blog on Saturday, 16 th July 2016 to be precise, I foretold that Mrs May would be the last leader of the Conservative Party, how true that prophesy seems today.

Lightwoods House Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.

The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.

Wife-Beater’s Picture Removed! 

4 Jul

Only bent Labour Sandwell Council could have glorified a wife-beater by placing a photo of him directly outside the Council chamber.

July e-Bulletin 

28 Jun

The July edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out today…and can be downloaded here .

Lion Farm Scandal – Who Did Kerry Tell? 

26 Jun

Before I start on the latest Lion Farm news can I remind you of tomorrow night's event - which is important not just to Lion Farm folk but for all those who want to stand up to Sandwell corruption and to protect the local environment with its toxic ...

More Proof of Eling’s Lies! 

22 Jun

There was panic at the Oldbury Kremlin yesterday when a national media organisation threatened to publish a major story relating to Steve "The Milkman" Eling's (aka Elying's) bizarre lie (when he was savaging James Morris MP like a crazed stoat) that...

Lion Farm – Nothing from Government Yet. 

22 Jun

Back in March I wrote to the then Secretary of State for Local Government etc, Sajid Javid, who also happens to be my MP.

Skidder Shorts #33 – Coincidences Again… 

21 Jun

In 21st May, 2018 I sent the following by first class post to what I believe to be the home address of a female - "If you are the xxxxxxxxx who works for Sandwell Council I would appreciate a quick and private discussion.

Why Were These Councillors/Officers Lying? 

21 Jun

Nothing should surprise me any more with regard to the comrades at bent Labour Sandwell Council but this is an odd one even by their gutter-level standards.

Threats of Violence by Elings “Frivolous”! 

18 Jun

Recently the corrupt Labour Council in the rotten Borough of Sandwell announced that there is now to be"zero tolerance" to verbal and physical threats to SMBC staff or to the binmen/women who work for private company, Serco.

Public Notice to All Sandwell Labour Councillors. 

15 Jun

Here is a notice that I have sent to all the Labour Councillors at corrupt Sandwell.

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