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My Wild Neighbourhood: Inspiring Communities, Dudley
The Wildlife Trust (Birmingham and the Black Country)
The Fellows, Dudley

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Festive Fitness Membership Offer

Posted on behalf of Dudley MBC

Offer available from 1 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

Festive Fitness - Adult Fitness Membership

12 months adult fitness membership for £200 - plus a free gym induction. A saving of over £150* equivalent to £16.67 per month. Join Crystal, Dudley or Halesowen leisure centres fitness membership scheme and enjoy unlimited use of:

  • Swimming

  • Lifestyle gym

  • Fitness classes

  • Badminton, squash, racketball and table tennis during off peak hours (Monday to Friday until 5pm and all weekend)

  • Running track at The Dell Stadium

  • Regular programme reviews

  • Seven day advance telephone and online booking for fitness classes, badminton, squash, racketball, five-a-side, netball and basketball

Festive Fitness - Junior Lifestyle Membership

12 months junior lifestyle membership for £120 - a saving of £60* equivalent to £10 per month. Young people aged 17 and under can enjoy unlimited use of:

  • Public swimming

  • Badminton, squash and table tennis from opening to 5pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday

  • Lifestyles gyms from opening to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Please note: Juniors can access the gyms after 5.30pm Monday to Thursday with parent/carer supervision. The parent/carer must be a gym user and have received a gym induction.)

  • Selected group fitness classes

  • Soft play sessions at Crystal Leisure Centre

  • Under 5s gym and play sessions at Crystal Leisure Centre

  • Running track at The Dell Stadium

  • Seven day advance telephone booking for selected group fitness classes, badminton, squash and table tennis

Membership accepted at Crystal, Dudley and Halesowen leisure centres and The Dell Stadium.

Offer available until 31 January 2019.

*against a standard monthly Direct Debit membership

For more information including terms and conditions visit: https://bit.ly/2RJDASK

Invitation: Making the most of arts and culture in Dudley borough

Posted on behalf of Dudley CVS and Creative Black Country
Join us to find out about how Dudley borough can apply to become part of a national Arts Council England initiative, Creative People and Places (CPP) for a 4 year long programme.

CPP is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in an exciting and meaningful programme of arts activity in the places they live.

We and Creative Black Country would love to invite you to an interactive and informal meeting to find out more about maximising this fantastic opportunity.

Who this event is for: Dudley based artists, writers, poets, designers, local community groups, charities and cultural organisations.

The meeting will give you an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the ‘Creative People and Places’ programme

  • Discover the great creative initiatives already happening in Dudley borough and identify what’s missing

  • Network: Meet others, exchange ideas and think about working together

For further information about Creative People and Places click here.

To book, please visit the event listing on Eventbrite.

*Please note that Creative Black Country will be back in touch via email with venue details once we have confirmed numbers of attendance. The venue will be central Dudley.

Image: Flatpack outdoor cinema at Dudley Castle - part of CBC's Imagine That! summer season in 2016. Image by Katja Ogrin.
28 Nov 2018 at 2:00pm
until 28 Nov 2018 at 4:00pm
Central Dudley (to be confirmed on booking)

New fund to support vulnerable EU citizens apply for settled status

The Home Office has announced grant funding of up to £9 million to support EU citizens who might need additional help when applying for their immigration status through the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Home Office has been working closely with voluntary and community organisations across the UK representing the needs of potentially vulnerable EU citizens.

The grant will help these organisations to both inform vulnerable individuals about the need to apply for settled status and support them to complete their applications to protect their status as the UK exits the EU.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said:

"EU citizens are our neighbours, our friends and our family and we want them to stay.

It is essential that those who are more vulnerable and require support are able to access the help that they need.

This funding and our work with the voluntary and community sector will help ensure that every EU citizen who is eligible to stay has their status protected."

Jane Ide, Chief Executive at National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NVCA), said:

"It is encouraging that the government has recognised and actively drawn on the local voluntary sector’s expertise in working with the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of our communities in planning for this crucially important programme of work."

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Home Office to ensure that the local voluntary sector is given all the tools and resources it needs to effectively enable every EU citizen in this country, no matter how vulnerable, to access the support they need at this time of enormous change."

Organisations working with people who might be affected and require additional support can apply for project funding from the end of November.

Earlier this month, the Home Office announced the next phase of the rollout of the EU Settlement Scheme. From 15 November to 21 December the private test phase will be extended to include vulnerable people with additional support needs with the involvement of a small number of local authorities and community organisations. The scheme will be fully open by March 2019.

My Wild Neighbourhood: Inspiring Communities, Dudley

Posted on behalf of The Wildlife Trust (Birmingham and the Black Country)
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are holding a series of My Wild Neighbourhood events during November 2018 to encourage and inspire you to take action for your local environment and wildlife.

They will be joined by inspirational local people at each event sharing their stories about making a positive change to their local communities.

Booking is essential. For more information about the Dudley event please visit: https://bit.ly/2qyvKzT

(Please note the end time is an estimated guess and may be subject to change. Please contact The Wildlife Trust for more information)
23 Nov 2018 at 6:00pm
until 23 Nov 2018 at 8:00pm
The Fellows
1 The Broadway

Dudley Building Society Community Support Fund: Deadline 30 November

Dudley Building Society is welcoming applications for its 2018 Community Support Fund, assisting small projects and charities in the communities in which it serves.

The Society is offering two donations of £1,600 and five donations of £160, as part of the Society’s 160th birthday celebrations.

The communities around the branches have been instrumental to the Society’s enduring success. The Community Support Fund is the Society’s way of demonstrating gratitude for the ongoing support it has received. This is an opportunity to form a long lasting relationship with the Society and support each other over the next twelve months.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 30th November 2018. Please note that applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

For more information and to download the application form, visit: www.dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk/community/

To apply, please email your completed application form to marketing@dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk or post it to: Community Support Fund 2018, Marketing Department, Dudley Building Society, 7 Harbour Buildings, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LN

Reclaim Photography Festival 2019: Open call for submissions

Reclaim Photography Festival returns to the UK from April to June 2019. The programme will include responses to its open call for contributions: Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.

This is an open call for submissions from anyone. If you are interested in submitting your photography, learn more about the Festival theme below.

Submission is free.

Submission deadline: 17:00 (UK time), Friday 22 February 2019.

The aim of next year’s festival is to return to the essence of the Reclaim Photography manifesto, by reclaiming the best in art photography, so the Festival theme is Beauty in imperfection: reclaiming our aesthetic sensibility.It will explore the aesthetic value of Wabi Sabi, as described by Leonard Koren, by proposing that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanency and incompleteness, thus creating an aesthetic consciousness.

The intangible qualities of beauty and imperfection assumes a transcendental significance within photography, directing the sensibility of the viewer to look beyond the immediately apparent and to search deeper within oneself for meaning and essence.

Participants are encouraged to respond to this theme through the use of analogue and cameraless photography (including historical and alternative processes) or digital photography (including photo painting, photo-montage and digital printing skills). Reclaim Photography Festival hopes to attract images in the form of:

  • portraiture – self, individual or group;
  • experimental imagery;

  • still-life photography - objects or the natural world;

  • landscape photography – coastal, rural or urban;

  • and documentary photography.

For more details and to submit, visit: reclaimphotographyfestival.org/submissions-form.

You can also find Reclaim Photography Festival on the following social media platforms:




Funding opportunities for October 2018

Ironmongers Company

Screwfix Foundation

Westhill Endowment

Football Foundation

WHSmith Trust

Schroder Charity Trust

St James’s Place Charitable Foundation

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust

Energy Saving Trust Foundation

British Science Association


Ladbrokes Coral Trust

National Churches Trust

Change of name

BIG Lottery

BIG Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page

Gig Caritas event: Four Seasons

Posted on behalf of Gig Caritas
Gig Caritas presents an evening of classical music from Stourbridge Chamber Orchestra featuring:

Vivaldi - Four Seasons

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Bach - Brandenberg Concerto No. 3

Holst - St Paul's Suite

Conductor: Keith Horsfall

Solo violin: Kathrina Kotineva

Tickets £10 in aid of SODA (Survivors of Domestic Abuse) from www.gigcaritas.org.uk and also at Harris & Son, Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston, and on the door.
03 Nov 2018 at 7:30pm
until 03 Nov 2018
Holy Trinity Church

Higgs & Sons: Regulatory update seminar for charity trustees

Posted on behalf of Higgs & Sons
Join Higgs & Sons on Wednesday 14 November for a free event as part of National Trustees' Week, which will give a comprehensive update on the latest issues affecting the not for profit sector, including a GDPR post-implementation update from an employment expert, navigating the regulatory tightrope, addressing the diversity of your Board and the latest developments in charity accounting.

Topics and speakers

  • Introduction and welcome - Moira Protani, Consultant to Higgs & Sons
  • Navigating the regulatory tightrope. - Kirsty McEwen, Partner and Head of Charity and Not for Profit, Higgs & Sons
  • Addressing diversity on Trustee Boards - Ellie Williams, Solicitor, Charity and Not for Profit, Higgs & Sons
  • Taxing times: Tax and accounting issues for charities - Simon Atkins, Head of Not for Profit, PKF Cooper Parry
  • GDPR – 5 months on, the challenges for charities - Simon Bond, Partner, Employment, Higgs & Sons


10.00: Registration and refreshments

10.30: Presentations

11.30: Break

11.45: Presentations

12.45: Close and questions

1.00: Lunch

To book

Register your attendance by no later than Wednesday 7 November by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/ychcq8e2
14 Nov 2018 at 10:00am
until 14 Nov 2018 at 1:00pm
3 Waterfront Business Park
Brierley Hill

DiscoverU Christmas Fayre

Posted on behalf of DiscoverU
DiscoverU invites one and all to their Christmas Fayre on the 8th of December! There will be crafts forsale, music and lots of cakes.
08 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
until 08 Dec 2018 at 8:00pm
72 Bridgnorth Road