Dudley CVS Covid Heroes Awards 2020 DUDLEY BOROUGH

Recognise the outstanding contributions of volunteers, staff and local groups in Dudley borough


Information, advice and resources for community groups, organisations and the general public on COVID-19.

Dudley CVS’s vision is for a borough that has caring, vibrant and strong communities where everyone can fulfil their potential.

In this snapshot of our year, you can learn more about how we’re connecting, inspiring and championing the people, communities and organisations that want to make wonderful things happen in Dudley borough. 







Dudley CVS works with anyone within Dudley borough to help realise our vision. We work with people, volunteers, groups, partners and organisations, businesses, doers, makers and creatives.


Doers, makers and creatives

Organisations, partners and businesses



We support all sizes and types of voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises, however formal or informal, as long as they benefit the people of Dudley borough.



Discover more about our work with groups and volunteers

Supporting small groups by demonstrating the difference they make

We linked with Wall Heath Ladies Choir to build a picture of potential members, promote the choir, help them to secure a venue and set …read more

Supporting Jen to find a volunteering opportunity to suit her interests at Discover U

We supported Jen to find a volunteering opportunity to suit her interests at Discover U, a charity aiming to break down barriers into employment for …read more

Raising awareness of the increased risk of county lines and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) in Dudley borough through the NAVIGATE project

Child Criminal Exploitation and ‘County Lines’, is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children, young people and vulnerable adults. Often these people …read more

Read more about our work with groups and volunteers

Our work with people

Not everyone feels that they are in a position to get more involved in their community without some support and encouragement. People can often have barriers, especially if their own physical and mental health or their day-to-day responsibilities present challenges to participation for them.

Discover more about our with people

Supporting participants of the Dudley Deaf Focus group to share their views with decision makers

Our Healthwatch Dudley colleagues have supported Dudley Deaf Focus group for the last three years. Our well attended sessions help participants to share their views …read more

Helping people to feel less isolated and better equipped to cope with challenges

We build a network of support around individuals, ranging from practical help, financial support and community activities to help them to become more socially connected …read more

Supporting carers to identify options for care

Our Carer Coordinator provides information and support to unpaid carers. This includes people who provide care to family members or friends in an informal capacity. …read more

Read more about our work with people

Supporting people in crisis and those with complex needs through Integrated Plus’s new High Intensity User (HIU) service

Our HIU service offers a robust way of reducing avoidable frequent user activity to 999, NHS 111, A&E, and hospital admissions, freeing up front line resources to focus on more clients and reduce costs. It uses a flexible and innovative non-clinical approach, targeting high users of services and supports the most vulnerable people within the community to flourish and find purpose in their lives.

“The voluntary and community sector plays an important part in both providing and enhancing health and care services, so it is important that Healthwatch organisations are well connected and able to work across and have influence in all sectors, to ensure that local decisions are driven by the needs of our communities. I’m really proud that the Healthwatch Dudley Team sits under the umbrella of Dudley CVS representing local people from across the health and care landscape, particularly those who do not have the strongest voices.”

Andy Gray, Chief Executive, Dudley CVS

Healthwatch Dudley Annual Report 2018/19

Supporting Dudley Deaf Focus Group to introduce awareness cards as a quick and simple way of informing people about their communication needs.

Read more about our work with Dudley Deaf Focus Group

Our work with local doers, creatives and makers

We’ve bringing together local doers, creatives and makers to nurture new creative spaces and experiences to help cultivate a more creative, kinder and connected town centre.

Read more about our work with doers, creatives and makers.

We worked in collaboration with Midland Film and Art (MFAA)/The Art Yard, a collection of artists, craft workers, writers, performers and film producers, who were applying to the Arts Council (England) for funding towards a Character Portraits Project.

Portraits were created of volunteers from across Dudley in recognition of what they do to help their local communities.

Read more about the Character Portraits Project

Our mission is to connect and inspire people and organisations to achieve positive change, while championing their value to partners and the wider community.

Read more stories of our work last year

Working collaboratively with people to set up strong not-for-profits (Airtime, Deafscope Link CIC, Black Country Arts Council)

We’ve worked to establish 13 new not-for-profits and strengthen many others, whether they’ve been a user-led community group like Airtime, set up by and for …read more

Listening to children and young people’s experiences of health and care

Dudley’s Young Health Champions are young people between the ages of 11 and 25, who are using their skills, talents and networks to deliver health …read more

Recognising volunteers doing great things in their communities through the Character Portraits Project

We worked in collaboration with Midland Film and Art (MFAA)/The Art Yard, a collection of artists, craft workers, writers, performers and film producers, who were …read more

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Be a part of our collective story and share how you’ve been involved in our work or how you’d like to get more involved!