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Adult & Community Learning Open Day

Posted on behalf of Adult & Community Learning
Adult & Community Learning are holding an open day on the 18th July. Drop in between 9:30am – 12:00pm

Various start dates, short courses and flexible learning available (see flyer for more information).

FREE COURSES in Functional Skills Maths & English from Entry 1 to Level 2

(Initial Assessment Required)

For more information contact 01384 812337
18 Jul 2019 at 9:30am
until 18 Jul 2019 at 12:00pm
Castle & Priory NLC
Limes Road

Admin volunteer needed to support the BeeHIVe project

Posted on behalf of BeeHIVe Project

Line Manager: RachelLawley. Project co-coordinator

Background to the role

The BeeHIVe project (What?Dudley) is funded by Public Health to provide the following services to peopleof all ages in the Dudley Borough:

· HIV testing at the What? Dudley and variousoutreach venues including GPs, community settings, night clubs and other placeswhere the need is identified

· Educational programmes for Doctors,pharmacists, community and voluntary sectors, schools and colleges

· Advice for people living with HIV on a rangeof issues including sexual health, housing and benefits

· Support and counselling for people livingwith HIV, their families and LGBTQ+

· A range of therapy and support groups for:

o Peopleliving with HIV

o Families,partners and carers of people living with HIV

o LGBTQ+ community

Website: www.beehivewhatcentre.co.uk

Staffing for this projectincludes a counsellor / project co-ordinator and two advice / outreach workers.There are also several arts therapists, counsellors and youth worker volunteersthat are based in the What? Dudleybuilding.

Role Description:

The role of the admin volunteeris to support the project for 2 days aweek – Monday and Wednesdays (timings are negotiable). Duties for this roleinclude:

1. To be a first line of contact for serviceusers telephoning the Centre, which will include taking referrals, checking onappointments, giving information on groups and signing clients up to groups.

2. To assist in maintaining the Centre diary.

3. To meet and greet clients and ensure they aremade to feel comfortable

4. Enter statistics onto Centre databases asrequired.

5. To assist the advice workers in maintainingthe project Facebook page, twitter and Instagram account, helping to ensure that they are kept up-to-date and usedeffectively to promote the project.

6. To assist the advice workers in creatingresources for support groups

7. To ensure that all groups are promotedthrough Dudley Council for Voluntary Services.

8. To assist with the production of printedmatter e.g. photocopying

9. To assist with filing and storing paperworkin accordance with data protection

10. Take notesas necessary at meetings and write up for the records.

11. Undertakespecific training as required by the organisation, e.g. safeguarding

12. Takereasonable measures to maintain office security and data protection.

13. To be awareof and ensure compliance with all Health and Safety issues.

14. Any otheradministrative tasks as reasonably required for this post to support theproject co-ordinator and advice workers

This role requires the following:

· A full DBS (essential – please do not applyif you know any reasons why you would not pass DBS check)

· Experience of admin role (desirable)

· Excellent people and telephone skills(essential)


Please send a copy of your CV and a cover letterspecifying how you meet the role description and criteria above to rachellawley.whatcentre@gmail.comWhen writing your cover letter please pay particular attention to the skillsyou have used in other roles and relate them to skills needed for this post by detailingany appropriate experience (maximum of 2A4 sheets).

Equal Opportunities:

TheWhat? Centre is an equal opportunities employer and we positively welcome applicationsfrom volunteers who feel they have the right skills for this role toapply. . Our building is wheelchairaccessible and we have a fully integrated Equal Opportunities Policy.

In order to ensure that wehave everything prepared for your interview date we would ask you to let usknow if you have any special requirements for the interview day.
11 Jul 2019 at 4:00pm
until 02 Aug 2019 at 5:00pm
31 Priory Street

BeeHIVe - Be HIV engaged

HIV testing, sexual health advice,support groups for LGBTQ+ and people affected by HIV, and counselling

About BeeHIVe Project

The BeeHIVe project is a public health-funded initiative with the primary aim of HIV prevention, early diagnosis of HIV and supporting people living with HIV, their families, partners and carers.

Another important part of the project is to support the LGBTQ+ community in the Dudley borough.

The project runs from the What? Dudley, which is conveniently situated in Dudley town centre.

We offer a range of free and confidential services for all ages of people living in the Dudley borough.

We are a fully-funded project and encourage self-referrals to all of our services.


Our friendly, informal advice services offer practical and emotional support on a wide range of issues including:

• Sexual health

• HIV prevention

• HIV testing

• Other STI testing

• Safe sex (including condom and lube distribution)

For people living with HIV, their families, carers and partners, or for people attending our support groups, we can offer advice around:

• Housing and homelessness

• Benefits

• Health and Wellbeing

• Debt management

Contact via email, telephone or text for an appointment.

HIV Testing

We offer HIV testing from The What? Dudley and various community settings.

HIV testing clinics at The What? Dudley (call for an appointment) run on:

Mondays 7.30am - 4:00pm

Wednesdays 9:00am - 7:00pm

If you wish to be seen at the What? Dudley at another time in the week, contact us via phone, email or text to book an appointment.

Community testing venues include:

• Local libraries

• Leisure centres

• Bars and nightclubs

• Pharmacies

• GP surgeries

• Community centres

• Charities and voluntary sector settings

Visit our website or contact via phone, email or text to find out our next drop-in clinic near you.

Support Groups

We have a range of support groups running from various locations across Dudley. These include:

• People living with HIV

• Families, partners and carers of people living with HIV

• Gay men’s group

• LGBTQ+ group

• Transgender group

To find out when and where groups are running, please visit our website or contact via phone, email or text.

If you haven’t attended a group before,one of our team will be there when you arrive to meet you and make you feel welcome.


We offer counselling to people living with HIV and their families / partners / carers and to the LGBTQ+ community. A range of appointments are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, including before and after work.

Sessions take place in a quiet, private room within the warm and welcoming environment of the What? Centre, Dudley. During counselling you will be encouraged to explore your emotions and talk about how you are feeling. Your therapist will listen and support you without judgment. Our counsellors provide a supportive, confidential space where you can freely voice your feelings.

Therapists are trained to degree or Masters level, with experience working in sexual health. We encourage self-referral through phone or email.

An initial appointment for an assessment will be made to find out whether counselling may be of benefit.

For Professionals

The BeeHIVe Project offers free HIV and LGBTQ+ training and advice sessions to GPs, pharmacists, schools, colleges, community centres and charities.

If you are interested in us visiting your venue, running a screening clinic, or would like to refer into our counselling or support group services, please contact us via phone or email.

Get in touch

The What? Centre,

What? Dudley, 31 Priory Street, Dudley DY1 1HA

Telephone: 01384 885488

Text: 07523 340866

Email: beehive.whatcentre@gmail.com

Website: beehivewhatcentre.co.uk


2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding and free training for health charities

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training andnational recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’shealth and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three yearsold, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, withincome between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

Winning organisations will havea film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set ofpromotional materials. They will also be offered free training and developmentvalued at a further £9,500. In 2020 there will be three days of trainingleading up to the GSK IMPACT Awards ceremony in London. After this participantswill be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which connects past awardwinners both online and at meetings, to get and give support, share bestpractice and continue their professional development. Many participants havecommented that the training, the new ideas and enthusiasm that they take away,and the connections they make is even more important than the award money.

To apply go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

Closing date for applications: 23September 2019

Understanding and Working with Substance Misuse

Please see the flyer on behalf of Dudley Community Church for details of a two day workshop in August focusing on understanding and working with substance misuse.

Funding opportunities for June 2019

People's Postcode Trust

Postcode Community Trust

Postcode Local Trust

MSE Charity

Golsoncott Foundation

Veolia Environmental Trust

DWF Charitable Foundation

Black Country ESF Community Grants Programme 2019-2021

Inter Faith Youth Trust

Social Investment Business

Peter Cruddas Foundation

A B Charitable Trust

Impetus Youth Endowment Fund

Involving beneficiaries through CO-PRODUCTION

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

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

June's Funding News

People's Postcode Trust: 2nd round in 2019 stage one (Expression of Interest) 31st July-14th August/stage two (Full Application) 11th-25th September

Size of grant available: £500-£20,000 for maximum 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: The 3 priorities for 2019 are prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights and combatting discrimination

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply for grants over £2,000

Contact details: Telephone 0131 322 9377

Email: info@postcodetrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/1rCRetV

Postcode Community Trust: 2nd round in 2019 stage one (Expression of Interest) 31st July-14th August/stage two (Full Application) 11th-25th September

Size of grant available: £500-£20,000 for maximum 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: The 3 priorities for 2019 are to improve community health/wellbeing, arts/physical recreation and reduce isolation

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply for grants over £2,000

Contact details: Telephone 0131 322 9399

Email: info@postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/1qqSUGM

Postcode Local Trust: 2nd round in 2019 stage one (Expression of Interest) 31st July-14th August/stage two (Full Application) 11th-25th September

Size of grant available: £500-£20,000 for maximum 12 months

Aims and outcomes of funder: The 3 priorities for 2019 are green space improvements, increase community access to outdoor space and renewable energy/flood prevention

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply for grants over £2,000

Contact details: Telephone 0131 322 9388

Email: info@postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2j5gBQv

MSE Charity: Life Changing Transitions, apply 2nd-30th September 2019 for Grant Advisory Panel meeting 6th November

Size of grant available: Up to £7,500 (maximum 40 applications considered per round)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects building financial capability skills focusing on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement

Additional information: Only small/medium sized organisations with income below £500,000 a year can apply

Contact details: Katie Birkett (Operations Manager)

Email: info@msecharity.com

Website: https://bit.ly/2RwTJMP

Golsoncott Foundation: Apply by 31st January, 30th April, 31st July or 31st October for quarterly trustee meetings in February, May, August and November

Funding available: Up to £3,000 averaging £900 in 2017/18

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support projects demonstrating/delivering excellence in the arts promoting, maintaining, improving and advancing education of the public in the arts and fine arts/music focusing on delivering audiences to the arts/the arts to new audiences

Additional information: Interested in music, ballet, theatre, museums, literature, fine arts and crafts

Contact details: Hal Bishop (Administrator), telephone 01392 252855

Email: golsoncott@btinternet.com

Website: https://bit.ly/2X5zN9N

Veolia Environmental Trust: Next stage one application deadline 29th August 2019 and stage two application required by 3rd October for Board Meeting 3rd December with project window 7th January-16th March 2020

Size of grant available: £10,000-£75,000 (maximum grant 90% of total cost)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support capital improvement projects for community buildings/rooms, outdoor spaces such as parks/gardens etc. or play/recreation areas such as skateparks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms

Additional information: Only organisations planning projects that can be completed within 12 months and with a total cost below £250,000 are eligible to apply

Contact details: Telephone 0203 567 6820

Email: uk.environmentaltrustinfo@veolia.com

Website: www.veoliatrust.org/funding

DWF Charitable Foundation: Apply any time, next deadline 31st July 2019 for meeting in September

Size of grant available: One off grants up to £5,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support development/improvement of local communities to achieve their full potential focusing on education, employability, homelessness and health/wellbeing tackling community issues affecting excluded people/enabling young people to develop their skills

Additional information: Only registered charities can apply

Contact details: Clare Beavan (Foundation Manager), telephone 07736 121046

Email: clare.beavan@dwf.law

Website: https://bit.ly/2J1KBvO

Black Country ESF Community Grants Programme 2019-2021: Apply any time for projects lasting up to 6 months

Size of grant available: £5,000-£20,000

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support hard to reach and multiply disadvantaged unemployed/economically inactive people aged over 16 progress towards or obtain employment with priority for over 50s, females, disabled, ethnic minorities, homelessness and lone parents

Additional information: Only small organisations with annual turnover below £300,000 delivering a range of skills and employment support activities can apply

Contact details: Telephone 01922 654351/658042

Email: communitygrants@walsall.gov.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2LaaVGA

Inter Faith Youth Trust: Apply by 24th August 2019

Size of grant available: Small Grants up to £800

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support inter-faith activities for children/young people aged 11-25 from different faiths/backgrounds understanding and cooperating with each other promoting positive action that addresses shared problems

Additional information: Funding available for activities during Inter-Faith week 10th-17th November 2019 with priority for projects that actively involve young people in planning, running and evaluation

Contact details: Telephone 020 8989 8990

Email: info@ifyouthtrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/1nErwf3

Social Investment Business: Youth Endowment Fund, apply by 23rd July 2019, grant assessment period 24th July–6th September (Grants Committee meeting 25th September) with notification of outcome week commencing 30th September for projects that can start week commencing 7th October

Size of grant available: 1st round grants +/- £200,000 per year for 1-2 years with £100,000 to be spent in the first 6 months (October 2019–March 2020)

Aims and outcomes of funder: Support programmes/community partnerships working with children and young people aged 10-14 at risk of being drawn into crime and violence delivering early intervention work to tackle youth offending preventing youth crime and violence

Additional information: Applications invited from individual organisations or partnerships involving any legally constituted organisations from the voluntary/community, public and private sectors

Contact details: Telephone 020 3474 1032

Email: youthendowmentfund@impetus-pef.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2Y5vsjm

Peter Cruddas Foundation

The Peter Cruddas Foundation support registered charities that work with and help disadvantaged/disengaged young people aged 16-30. They prioritise projects that allow young people to pursue pathways into education, training and employment providing them with work experience and skills to help them become financially independent.

Applications are invited twice a year by 1st March/September.

For more information contact Stephen D Cox (Foundation Administrator):

Tel: 020 3003 8360

E-mail: s.cox@petercruddasfoundation.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/1FHkXVn

A B Charitable Trust

The A B Charitable Trust provide grants that vary in size however most are £10,000-£20,000. They are interested in the promotion and defending of human dignity/rights encouraging respect for vulnerable people supporting those who are marginalised/excluded focusing on:

• migrants, refugees, asylum seekers;

• criminal justice/penal reform;

• human rights/access to justice.

Only registered charities with annual income £150,000-£1.5M can apply and trustees meet four times a year in January, April, July and October. The 2019/2020 deadlines are:

1. 28th July/27th October 2019 for trustee meetings in October 2019/January 2020.

2. 26th January/26th April 2020 for meetings in April/July 2020.

For more information contact Sara Harrity MBE (Director):

Tel: 020 7313 8070

E-mail: mail@abcharitabletrust.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2N6QTzr

Impetus Youth Endowment Fund

Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business (SIB), are looking to support early intervention work tackling youth offending and antisocial behaviour focusing on vulnerable 10-14 year olds at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. In this first open call round grantees will need to spend £100,000 or more by March 2020.

The application period is 28th May-23rd July 2019 with shortlisted applicants considered by the grants committee in September receiving funding in October.

For more information contact:

Tel: 020 3474 1032/07718 976 065

E-mail: youthendowmentfund@impetus.org.uk

Website: https://bit.ly/2KEck9S

Involving beneficiaries through CO-PRODUCTION

Whilst working with organisations on funding applications to the National Lottery I have discussed the involvement of beneficiaries in their planned projects. The Lottery outline requirements of applicants being able to show how their project ideas have been developed by involving the people who will benefit. There are many challenges and issues involved in this process however more and more funders are wanting to see this happening and are asking for evidence to show it is an integral part of project planning and development.

Many funders refer to the process as co-production where they want to see that projects aren’t planned in a top-down fashion based on what applicants think people want or need. They want organisations to provide evidence that projects are based on ideas, aspirations and unmet needs of beneficiaries by actively involving them in planning, design, delivery and evaluation. In many cases organisations are doing this through ongoing discussions, a variety of interactions, questioning and using internal processes for factoring people's feedback and ideas into service design.

There is an article covering this subject at https://bit.ly/1fQ73Hq with a link to how co-production works in social care. Both are well worth a read as they provide ideas around how to involve beneficiaries in an organisation’s work and planning/delivery of projects and services.

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

John Goodman, Funding Officer at the Lottery with responsibility for Dudley borough, is available to meet voluntary and community sector organisations at our office on Wednesdays weekly. He will discuss projects with potential applicants and advise whether the Lottery may be interested in supporting these projects through one of their grant programmes.

If you would like to meet John his contact details are as follows so appointments at Albion Street can be arranged directly with him:

Telephone number (office): 0121 345 7617

Mobile number: 07837 248200

E-mail: John.Goodman@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Website addresses for various funding programmes:

Reaching Communities – https://bit.ly/2D0LSjM

Partnerships – https://bit.ly/2Gd58xC

Awards for All - https://bit.ly/2sWFaq2

DCVS address - 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands DY5 3EE

Black Country Community Grants 2019-2021

The ESF Community Grants Programme is jointly funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and provides small grants to be distributed in the Black Country region between 1 April 2019 and 31 July 2021. The aim of the Programme is to engage with local communities and enable people to make progress towards and enter the jobs market. The administration of the Programme is managed by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

How much can you apply for? Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available. The grant will need to be fully accounted and evidenced against the costs of delivery and cannot be used to match any other funding source.

Who can apply? The Programme is designed to assist small community and voluntary groups, charities or not-for-profit organisations based in and providing services in the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). The eligibility criteria is outlined in the guidance (the link is at the bottom of the page).

What kind of activities will Community Grant Fund? Activities that will help an individual’s progress towards employability / access to employment will be considered.

How to apply: Before considering an application, please fully read the application guidance which can be accessed along with the application form on the Black Country Technical Assistance website. The deadline for the next round is 6 September.

Should you need any further assistance or wish to discuss your initial proposal then please contact ruth.burgess@walsall.gov.uk.

Two opportunities to meet the Community Grants Manager

A workshop for organisations wanting to know more about Community Grants and how to apply will be held at SCVO Monday 15 July, 10am-12pm. Please email Ruth.Burgess@walsall.gov.uk to book a place.

Venue: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 1st Floor, Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Community Grants manager at Dudley CVS's Nonprofit Natter on Wednesday 7 August, 1.30-3:30pm at Café 105 Stourbridge. Please see this event listing for more details: www.facebook.com/events/422419025279449/

Nonprofit Natter - focus on ESF Community Grants

Join Becky, Eileen and Martin for an informal chat in a lovely coffee shop. We can talk about anything to do with:

  • Setting up a project or group – information and guidance on how to get started, what routes you could take, how to get support
  • Running a charity or voluntary organisation – you might want information on leading an organisation, responsibilities of being a trustee, compliance, help with rules and paperwork, finance, planning
  • Recruiting and supporting people to help run your group or activities – you might be looking for volunteers or helpers to make great things happen
  • Getting more active in your community – you might be interested in volunteering, joining local groups, clubs and organisations
  • Connecting with other organisations
Whether you’re from an existing voluntary group, charity or social enterprise, or you’d like to do more to support your community, come along to get your questions answered, generate ideas and feel supported all over a friendly cuppa!

We'll also have special guest Ruth Burgess, Community Grants Manager who'll be on hand to talk to you about the Black Country Community Grants Programme.

We’re looking forward to meeting you there!
07 Aug 2019 at 1:30pm
until 07 Aug 2019 at 3:30pm
Cafe 105
105 High Street

Dudley 2030 Vision Forging a Future for All - Voluntary Sector Contribution

Posted on behalf of Dudley CVS and Dudley Council
You may be aware that partners in Dudley have been working together over the last 18 months to develop a Vision for the borough for 2030 which was launched in September 2018. Information about the Vision is available here: www.dudleyboroughvision2030.org.uk/home

The voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) is already doing lots of fantastic work to contribute to the achievement of the Vision and Dudley CVS and Dudley Council are keen to understand this contribution in more detail and how we can support this important work. We would like to invite you to an event to bring voluntary, community and faith sector organisations together hosted jointly by Dudley CVS and Dudley Council to explore your contribution to the Vision.

The objectives of the workshop are:

1) To understand the contribution that the VCFS is already making to make the Vision a reality

2) To discuss what more the VCFS can do to make the Vision a reality

3) To explore what support Dudley CVS can provide to enable this contribution

4) To inform the development of Dudley Council’s contract with Dudley CVS

5) To inform the content of delivery plans for Vision aspirations

The Location

Brierley Hill Civic Hall is in Brierley Hill town centre, a few minutes walk from the Merry Hill Centre.

Address: Bank Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 3DH. It's on major bus routes to and from Dudley, Merry Hill Centre, Stourbridge and Wolverhampton.

There's ample parking at municipal pay-and-display car parks adjacent to the Civic Hall (Bank Street) and across the road on Level Street.

To register for the event please visit: https://bit.ly/2Y2u292
18 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
until 18 Jul 2019 at 1:00pm
Brierley Hill Civic Hall
Bank Street
Brierley Hill