Our Vision

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

We try to achieve this through our mission: connecting and inspiring people and organisations to achieve positive change, while championing their value to partners and the wider community.

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. 

Who we work with

Groups

The voluntary and community sector that we have supported for the last 40 years

Volunteers and active citizens

People who want to roll up their sleeves and get active in their communities

People

People who access health and care services and those who would like a bit more support to help them link with services and possible get more active in their communities

Businesses

Businesses that want to contribute to the good of our communities

Partners

Partners that want to involve people meaningfully in designing great services and initiatives that work for everyone

Innovators

We’ll also work with people outside of Dudley borough who can bring inspiring and innovative ideas from all around the world that we can develop right here in the borough

People we connected with last year

Our work with groups, volunteers and active citizens

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.

Every day we come into contact with people that want to roll up their sleeves and get active in their communities. They may be people that come to us through our Volunteer Centre, which will signpost would-be volunteers to volunteering opportunities; they may be members of some of the groups we support, or they may be people who are curious about doing things in their communities.

410 were from voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises
410
23 were awarded investment totalling £1,326,194
23
More than 519 contacts with groups
519
19 new groups set up
19
847 wanted to volunteer
847
288 made 30 activities happen in Coseley and across the borough through CoLab Dudley and DoFest
30
At least 1,533 people took part in these activities, building networks, relationships and the desire to do more together
1533

Linking groups to each other, funding and learning opportunities to kickstart activities that bring communities together

Dudley CVS was contacted by local authority workers at Lye Community Project to see if we could support newcomers to the area from the Roma …read more

Inspiring people with possibilities: Do Fest Dudley!

In Autumn 2016 national charity IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) approached Dudley CVS, Healthwatch Dudley and Dudley CCG with an opportunity to host an …read more

Supporting residents to make things happen in Coseley!

In Coseley, a weekly tea dance had been run by the local police neighbourhood team and a local church for about 5 years. The tea …read more

Read more about our work with groups, volunteers and active citizens

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.

We worked with 1,963 who wanted assistance to improve their health and wellbeing
1963
57 people with respiratory conditions participated in a new project called Airtime, linking them with their peers to improve how they cope with their conditions
57
756 people who provide unpaid care got the support they needed to care for their loved ones, access services and get some time for themselves
756
1,150 people who are most at risk of hospital admission were connected to support and opportunities to improve their quality of life
1150

Connecting carers with support to help them cope with the responsibilities and challenges they face

Connecting carers with support to help them cope with the responsibilities and challenges they face A carer got in touch with the Dudley CVS Carer …read more

Supporting people to overcome barriers by connecting them with services, support and activities

Robert had a long career in the building trade and was in a loving relationship with his partner of 15 years. Unfortunately, Robert’s partner passed …read more

Airtime: boosting health and relieving isolation

Last year, Dudley CVS and Healthwatch Dudley worked with Dudley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) to explore community support to people who are living with a …read more

Read more about our work with people

Our Ingredients

The story of our year is as much yours as it is ours! Here are the ingredients we all bring to create caring, vibrant and strong communities:

  • Our people and skills
  • A strong voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • People willing to share, learn and do
  • Places where great things can happen
  • Partners who are willing to engage, listen and learn
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! #dcvsstory

Connecting

Inspiring

Championing

Our Mission

We try to achieve our vision through our mission: connecting and inspiring people and organisations to achieve positive change, while championing their value to partners and the wider community.

How have we made connections that mean something to you?

Without Dudley CVS support, the Dudley Alliance would not have been formed. It has facilitated partnership working in Dudley.

Dudley Alliance

I like meeting new people with various problems (like me), having lunch & coffee, (doing) various activities. I also like having a say in what we do.

Member of Airtime Member of Airtime

A few of us have attended the same group workshops [at Do-Fest] and [it] has helped to cement friendship and future contacts. We have planned to meet at Gather again in the near future.

DoFest Dudley participant DoFest Dudley participant

The Mutual referral process works great at DY1, there is always someone on hand with an answer, truly shows voluntary partnerships in action

Dudley Voices for Choice Dudley Voices for Choice

Find out more about how we have been connecting people and groups to opportunities

How have we inspired you?

Dudley Soup and existence of new projects like that is part of the change in approach in triggering community activism – still ongoing but ace!

Anna Gillespie Anna Gillespie

Supporting us to develop by offering training and helping us connect through the Echo newsletter and inspired us by being there for us.

Dudley CIL

I’m inspired by the collaborative buzz.

DoFest Dudley participant

I so enjoyed Trade School so much that I am looking to learn at college in September.

Trade School Dudley participant

Helping people do by demonstrating the possibilities

Helped 32 groups to plan their projects and activities with will benefit 100s of people across the borough, by encouraging them to think creatively and exposing them to great work from all over the world
32
Hosted Activate sessions and Coffee Shop Chats to inspire 74 people to start open projects that everyone can take part in
74
Inspired 72 people to co-create DoFest, a 3-day festival of doing, 7 Trade School classes, 6 Learning Labs, 10 Lightning Talks
72
Pam Warhurst from Incredible Edible inspired 57 people to get growing and sharing, and wildflower seed bombs were deployed!
57

Dudley SOUP: Exposing curious people to great ideas to bring an international movement to Dudley

Dudley CVS had come across an interesting project initiated in Detroit which celebrates and supports creative projects through micro-funding community dinners. Detroit SOUP promotes connection …read more

Inspiring groups by encouraging them; inspiring others by demonstrating what’s possible

Bayer Street Allotments Association initially approached Dudley CVS to talk about their aspirations and their funding needs to achieve them. The group wanted to be …read more

Inspiring people with possibilities: Do Fest Dudley!

In Autumn 2016 national charity IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) approached Dudley CVS, Healthwatch Dudley and Dudley CCG with an opportunity to host an …read more

Read more about collaborations

For the doers, the encouragers and the curious. Do Fest was a 3 day festival for citizens to get involved in and learn about enjoyable, practical projects invented by local people around the world which have caught the imagination of people who live in Dudley.

How have we championed people, groups and great ways of working?

Very grateful for all the support and expertise we have received to help us continue to delivery vital employment for people with learning disabilities.

Sally Bassett, Lunch on the Run

The difference that Martin has made through having a knowledge of the funders and what they need is so invaluable. I am in no doubt at all that the Youth Investment Fund Bid would not have been successful without Martin’s support and this has brought in just under £250,000 for us to extend, expand and create in the Dudley Borough. As a result of that
intervention by Martin we are able to provide 140 counselling sessions per week and have become more sustainable.

Julie Duffy, The What? Centre

Find out more about how we have championed people, groups and the great things they have to offer

Supporting deaf people to have a voice

Deaf people have been telling Healthwatch Dudley about the challenges they face when communicating with health professionals and we responded by bringing together a group …read more

Listening to people’s experience to influence health and social care services

The People’s Network first came together in 2015 when Healthwatch Dudley invited a small group of people to review the Dudley Council adult social care …read more

A collaborative approach to championing carers and their rights

Dudley CVS’s Carer Coordinator is a partner of the newly formed Dudley Carers Alliance, a partnership of statutory and voluntary organisations as well as individual …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! #dcvsstory