The Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands is looking for Volunteers

to become Independent Custody Visitors

Do you have 2-3 hours to spare each month to volunteer as an Independent Custody Visitor, visiting police custody sites to check on the health and wellbeing of people who have been detained in custody?

Can you communicate well with a diverse range of people?  Do you work well in a team? Do you have a general interest in people and care about their wellbeing?

Would you be confident in raising issues or concerns if you had to?

If you can say yes with confidence to these questions, then you could be what we are looking for.

We are recruiting NOW for Independent Custody Visitors in Oldbury, Perry Barr, Coventry, and Wolverhampton.


What’s in it for you?

Learn and experience something new

Do something that is out of the ordinary

Learn new skills / improve existing skills

Meet new people and share an interest

Make a positive contribution to a fair and just society for all


For more information please visit:


If you would like to speak to someone informally please call Sarah Matta on (0121) 626 6060

News and Scam Alerts from Coventry Trading Standards – 14 November 2017

In this issue:

Prosecution news: Jail for rogue trader who targeted Coventry pensioners

YasinThree rogue traders pleaded guilty to offences under Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations following an inspection into roofing work at the home of an elderly couple in March 2016.

The plight of the pensioners, both in their 90s, only came to light thanks to the vigilance of staff at the city centre branch of the Coventry Building Society. They raised concerns with Trading Standards after the brother, a veteran of World War II and his sister had been escorted to the branch by one of the traders, Nadeem Yasin, to withdraw nearly £7,500.00 to pay for roofing work being undertaken at their home.

The picture is Nadeem Yasin outside Coventry Magistrates Court after a previous hearing in January 2012 for similar offences.

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Alcohol Awareness Week … and the perils of cheap vodka

alcoholTrading Standards is supporting Alcohol Awareness Week.

​The event runs all this week and is part of a national campaign to talk more about the stigma around alcohol abuse, addiction and the effects on people who drink too much and those close to them.

The Public Health Team has recently commissioned a Drug and Alcohol community service, which will be run by the organisation Change, Grow, Live.

The service is part of Public Health’s work to tackle substance abuse in the city, support victims and reach out to vulnerable people in Coventry. You can find out more about the service on their website.

In recent national Trading Standards news, the dangers of buying cheap vodka have been highlighted following a prosecution from North East Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

The fake vodka came to the attention of Trading Standards officers last year when a woman said a bottle of Chekov vodka she had bought for £10 smelled of screen wash and she became ill for a number of days after drinking it.

Investigations later showed the alcohol in the bottle exceeded permitted levels and was also found to contain an organic agricultural chemical.

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Warning: Whapsapp Asda voucher scam

asdaTrading Standards is warning Whatsapp users to be on their guard for a scam message doing the rounds.

The message tells WhatsApp users that, to celebrate Asda’s 68 anniversary, the retailer is offering everyone a free £250 voucher.

All you need to do is click on a link and fill in your details.

There are two tell-tale signs the scam is fake: the spelling and grammar mistakes and, if you manually type in the supposed url mentioned in the offer ( ), you will see that the page does not exist on Asda.

Trading Standards advise people to avoid unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, suggests anyone who has fallen victim to this scam to report it online or call 0300 123 2040.

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Will Aid Month

willNovember is Will Aid Month in the UK. 

The scheme provides cheaper access to legal services for writing a will. People can have their will written up or amended by a participating solicitor in exchange for a donation to one of several approved charities 

Recommended suggested donations are £95 for a single will and £150 for a basic pair of mirror wills.

 For more information go to

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Aldi Recall: Clancey’s Barbecue Flavour Coated Peanuts

Aldi is recalling its Clancy’s Barbecue Flavour Coated Peanuts because they contain cashew nuts, which are undeclared on the label. 

Product: Barbecue Flavour Coated Peanuts
Brand: Clancy’s
Pack size: 200g
Best before end: 07/2018
Batch code: 7292 7291 

Advice: If you have bought the above product and have an allergy to cashew nuts, do not eat it. Instead return it to the store from where it was bought.

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We provide a safe place where we can be ourselves, enjoy good fellowship, growing as believers, sharing, praying, studying and discussing the bible together.

Meetings start at 7.30pm every Wednesday!

Informal gathering for the women of the church to get to know each other better, enjoy hot drinks, sometimes enjoy games, quizzes, sing-songs, crafts, and have a ‘thought for the evening’.


Every Wednesday from 9am Limbrick Wood Baptist Church is open for a free cuppa, friendly chat with a biscuit… toast… or even some other delicious treats that have been donated.

The Café is run by volunteers from the church and funded by the church and other local organisations including the ‘Good Neighbours Project’.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Free Tea and Coffee
  • Free refreshments
  • Friendly chat
  • Puzzles, craft and games
  • Outdoor spaces including our new playground
  • Other seasonal activities

Kidz Klub exists because we think Kids are amazing! God loves children just as much as adults and we believe that God wants to share his amazing love with them. The Kidz Klub team are desperate to see the kids of Coventry with a smile on their face and for them to know they are loved and made for a purpose.

For more info please see their website:

Team Leader: Sarah Adamson
Contact number: 07890 868390
When: Tuesday afternoons
Times for team: 3.30pm (set up) or 4.30 – 7.30pm
Times for kids: 5.00 – 6.15pm