Connecting people and groups to opportunities

Linking volunteers to good causes

Our Volunteer Centre engaged with 776 who were interested in volunteering
Promoted volunteering opportunities within 32 groups, 13 statutory departments, and 3 schools / colleges
And helped link 6 businesses with good causes to support

Connected SODA with three new volunteers to help the group reach more people

Simon’s volunteering journey has helped him increase his confidence and battle his addiction

Connecting groups to each other and promoting collaboration

Helped at least 500 people, including those from at least 100 groups to connect with each other, either group-to-group or at networking events and at community activities

Reaching For Change, a new group linked with neighbouring groups, funding and learning opportunities to kickstart activities that brought different communities together

Helping people to get extra support

June 2016 brought people with respiratory conditions together to access community support

June 2016, Airtime launched – 57 people have connected with each other to do interactive weekly activities which boosts their health and relieves isolation

One participant shared that he no longer uses medication to manage his anxiety as a result of attending Airtime

Airtime: boosting health and relieving isolation

Integrated Plus worked with 1,150 people who are most at risk of hospital admissions

Robert supported to overcome debt issues and find employment

100 connected to peer support
22 linked to volunteering opportunities
1,986 referrals were made to 316 organisations for extra support
61% of referrals were to 241 voluntary and community organisations [graphic]

94 more Information Champions were trained up by Healthwatch Dudley to join the growing Community Information Point Network, which now has over 200 members.

Our work supporting 756 people who provide unpaid care:

  • Signposted and connected them with services that could help with care and respite
  • Meant that 60% of carers asked felt more confident
  • Meant that 100% of professionals asked felt better connected

Developing places where connections can happen

Brierley Hill Civic Hall

191 booked events

Supported 8 voluntary and community groups as well as statutory partners and schools


DY1 is our thriving community hub in the centre of Dudley and a home to organisations that are passionate about people. It is a vibrant place that fosters collaboration, connecting and learning, thanks to everyone who comes through our doors.

Our hall was booked 393 times for a diverse range of activities from celebrations to learning activities, sharing events, networking sessions and community drop-ins

The Dudley CVS team hosted more than 100 events including training, networking events and workshops which brought more than 1,000 people together

Gather Dudley CIC

Working with a local social enterprise to create an open, welcoming space for all sorts of activities

We worked with Gather Dudley CIC and other local social entrepreneurs to co-create a platform for projects that anyone can participate in

28 people helped to create the Gather Dudley Inspiration Lab

2 existing projects moved there and 9 new projects launched there in 3 months

3-day festival of participation saw 214 people taking part