COVID-19 COMMUNITY ACTION AND SUPPORT

Dudley CVS has been asked to lead on co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough, working with existing voluntary and community groups and the volunteer centre and connecting people that need support to assets in their local community.

We will be working in partnership with DMBC Public Health, Dudley Council, West Midlands Police (Dudley borough), the Fire Service and the NHS.

Dudley CVS is the registered body for the voluntary, community and faith sector support across Dudley borough. Dudley CVS is a registered charity (no. 517766) and has been running for over 40 years.

Dudley CVS will be:

  • Co-ordinating community action – The Dudley borough is well blessed with active voluntary, community and faith based organisations and volunteers that will be developing plans to support vulnerable people in localities. There will be an additional groundswell of local people wanting to play a role in supporting COVID-19 efforts. Dudley CVS will look to harness this support in a safe and effective manner ensuring efforts are well co-ordinated and duplication is minimised.
  • Explore the establishment of six new virtual COVID-19 Support Networks, one in each of the following localities. Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal, Dudley and Netherton, Kingswinford and Amblecote, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye and Halesowen and Quarry Bank. We envisage these will involve colleagues from DMBC, the Police, voluntary sector organisations and groups, Fire Service, NHS and other colleagues. These will explore options for mobilising sector support for vulnerable and excluded groups.
  • Providing information and key messages to local voluntary, community and faith based organisations about COVID-19 and understanding from them what assistance they need to continue to provide support particularly to vulnerable groups.
  • Engage with the sector to support business continuity.
  • Explore with the sector, how it can provide new support to vulnerable adults that need to self-isolate or who are stressed and anxious about COVID-19
  • Work with the voluntary and community sector to explore opportunities for the provision of child care for school aged children whose parents provide essential public services
  • Support for residents in Dudley borough – sharing public health information to help keep residents informed of the ongoing and fast moving situation.

 

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