Being A Parent Groups Launch Across Walsall

Walsall Council has launched a number of Being a Parent groups across the town.

Forming part of the Empowering Parents, Empoweing Communities iniative, the groups will led by parents and give them a chance to share information and learn from each other.

The sessions, which also offer childcare facilities, will focus on different stages of your child’s development.

The Being a Parent groups, which include a specific session aimed at fathers, will take place at the following places:

Fullbrook Nursery School – 3 Walstead Road, Walsall, WS5 4NX Tuesday 16 January- Tuesday 20 March 09:15am – 11:15 am

Fathers Group Central & South Locality -Birchill’s Street, Walsall WS2 8NG Tuesday 20 February – Tuesday 30 April 10am – 12pm

Busill Jones Primary School -Ashley Roadd, Bloxwich WS3 2QF Tuesday 20 February – Tuesday 30 April 09:30am – 11:30am  

To sign up, head to

Free Stop Smoking Programmes Launch in Walsall

As many residents of Walsall are considering their New Year resolutions, two new services dedicated to helping stop people from smoking have launched.

Closeup view of woman breaking cigarette in hands

Firstly, there’s the My SmokeFree Life App, which delivers a 12-week programmes to help people quit. This includes tips, motivational content and the ability to set up a personalised plan.

There’s also the option to self-refer to Be Well Walsall Services, which is available to anyone who lives in Walsall and is registered with a GP.  Help, which can be over the phone or face-to-face, includes access to expert health coaches who can help you plan positive lifestyle changes.

“ We know quitting smoking can be challenging. This is why we are offering a range of free local resources to help you achieve your smoke-free goals in 2024,” said Councillor Gary Flint, portfolio holder for Wellbeing, Leisure and Public Spaces.

“The My SmokeFree App provides a wealth of personalised guidance, weekly content, tips, and support at your fingertips.

We also want you to know you are not alone. Our team at Be Well Walsall are also on hand to help you breathe easy, break free from smoking in 2024 and beyond. “

More information can be found on the Be Well Walsall website. The My SmokeFree Life app is available to download for free via Google Play or the App Store.

State-Of-The-Art Fitness Studio Opens In Walsall

At Oak Park Active Living Centre in Walsall Wood, BOX12 studio is aiming to revolutionise fitness and boxing workouts. Utilising cutting-edge technology, BOX12 offers tailored training experiences that cater to users of all fitness levels, making it an inclusive choice for individuals with varying abilities.

The BOX12 sessions are structured around 12 three-minute rounds, each commencing every three minutes, eliminating the need for book in advance. This means that anyone, regardless of experience, can simply drop in and start their fitness journey immediately. While participants are encouraged to bring their boxing gloves, those without need not worry, as all necessary equipment is provided free of charge.

” This is an exciting new gym room in Walsall with the versatility to be accessible to people who may not be able to attend regularly scheduled classes,” remarked Councillor Gary Flint, Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing, Leisure and Public Spaces.

“The BOX12 studio looks fantastic and is a top-quality facility that Walsall Council is proud to launch.

The studio is a very welcome addition to the already wide range of activities people can take part in at Oak Park Active Living Centre.

Once again, the investment made in our leisure facilities is a further example of the council’s commitment to supporting our residents to lead active and healthy lives.”

The inclusivity of BOX12 extends to participants of all backgrounds, regardless of prior experience. Juniors aged 11-15 are also welcome when accompanied by a participating adult. For those seeking guidance, friendly and knowledgeable staff are readily available to provide assistance and support.

Access to the BOX12 space is seamlessly integrated into the centre’s all-inclusive membership, requiring no advanced booking. For more information and the opportunity to witness a session in action, please visit the official website

Bloxwich Community Partnership Make Me Smile Project

Bloxwich Charity
Make Me Smile Project – Bloxwich Community Partnership

Bloxwich Community Partnership is a local charity based in Bloxwich and Blakenall. We run two community centres, Stan Ball Centre and Palace Play Shop Eat.

Our services changed massively on 23rd March with the closure of our normal activities and the development of the Making Connections Covid 19 Community Response Hub for the North of Walsall.  This service delivered on behalf of Walsall Council now provides vulnerable and isolated people with shopping delivery of basic provisions, fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and cleaning and hygiene products, help with medication and prescriptions, befriending and welfare calls and for those most in need suffering financial hardship free food parcels. To contact this service call the Stan Ball Centre directly on 01922 403351 or email

In addition the ‘Make Me Smile’ project is a partnership working with local primary schools and funded by Big Lottery Community Fund putting together and distributing 300 wellbeing packs.  This project is putting letters, drawings and decorated craft items produced by key worker children in schools together with magazines, adult colouring books, puzzle books and other items to help stimulate, engage and bring a smile to the faces of isolated and vulnerable people.

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