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Creative Communities - Connecting people and places

Creative Black Country (CBC) is offering small commissions of £500 - £2000 for projects that develop creative activity with and for local communities in the Black Country to make connections and support local people during these extraordinary and difficult times. Inspired by the positive responses around the world from balcony singing in Italy to digital choir platforms and #lockdownkitchendisco, CBC is looking for creative responses to the social distancing challenge which bring fun, joy and creativity to local people in the Black Country, and keep people connected.

Creative Black Country works with communities in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton to explore and develop new creative projects with local people in the places where they live.

The first deadline for submissions is midday Monday 13th April. There may be additional rounds, depending on the initial response to the call, budget capacity and current situation.

For more information visit: https://www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/creative-communities

Funding opportunities for March 2020

  • Alpkit Foundation
  • Churches Conservation Foundation
  • D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
  • Hilden Charitable Fund
  • Football Foundation
  • Localgiving
  • BlueSpark Foundation
  • Allen Lane Foundation
  • Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust
  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Michael Marsh Charitable Trust
  • Geoff Hill Charitable Trust: Apply any time
  • Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust
  • Percy Bilton Charity
  • Ibstock Enovert Trust
  • Tishie Yong Foundation for the Disabled (DTD Charity)
  • Rotary Midlands Community Draw
  • Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2021

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page: https://bit.ly/2UFw8LE

Creative Black Country's Covid-19 resources for arts and culture

Creative Black Country is collating and adding a list of useful resources, happenings, virtual screenings and other bits that the team finds that might be useful.

From Arts Council England updates and resources from our peers, to useful things to get involved with, including creative output as well as ways to connect with others across the globe.

If you have anything you’d like Creative Black Country to add, have noticed anything fun or things they should share - especially from around the Black Country then please email kerry@creativeblackcountry.co.uk.

To access the resources, visit: https://www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/covid19resources

Help us keep Brierley Hill Civic going!

Brierley Hill Civic has had to close during the Covid-19 outbreak and has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help Dudley CVS to cover its continued running costs. If you can help in any way, please visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keeping-brierley-hill-civic-open

You may already know that Dudley CVS runs Brierley Hill Civic. Since we took on the management of the Civic in 2014, our team has worked incredibly hard to expand what Brierley Hill Civic has to offer, as well as making it look even more attractive a place to visit.

The Civic is becoming a popular venue and it brings people together on a regular basis for:

  • Charity use
  • Theatre
  • Gigs
  • Comedy
  • Sport
  • Dancing
  • Community engagement event
One of our plans this year was to work on further ways Brierley Hill Civic can be used as a real asset for bringing communities together in all sorts of ways and we look forward to working on that as soon as we are able.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that Dudley CVS has a whole is now focussed on supporting not-for-profits, partners and individuals in the joint effort to support everyone affected by the pandemic and make sure no-one is forgotten.

Brierley Hill Civic is currently closed. As well as being a community venue, it was one source of income for Dudley CVS and the Civic still has ongoing running costs to cover. If you are able to support the Civic's Crowdfunder campaign while we focus on supporting our communities through the Covid-19 outbreak, we would be incredibly grateful. The Civic is offering various rewards based on the level of support you are able to offer.

To donate, visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keeping-brierley-hill-civic-open

Thank you.

Helping in your community during the Covid-19 outbreak: Information for groups and individuals

This article was last updated on Thursday 26 March

We know that all sorts of people will be feeling isolated from their communities, whether they are vulnerable or not. Some people will be self-isolating, some will be staying at home because they are most at risk of being hospitalised by COVID-19, some will be struggling to carry out every day tasks, and some may have already been isolated and lonely and will be at increased risk.

In light of the government’s recent directive advising everyone to leave their homes only in certain circumstances, we will all be affected by increased social distancing.

The good news is that there is still something we can do to help our communities, whether we are self-isolating, staying home because we are vulnerable to infection or able to go to the shops. And lots of informal voluntary groups are springing up to work together to offer support too.

This page gives some hints and tips to individuals and groups that want to support our communities during the Covid-19 outbreak including keeping safe, helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus, and ideas for helping, whether you are self-isolating or able to get out a little.

For individuals

Think about what you are able and comfortable to offer

Can you go to the shops? Would you be able to pick up a few things for someone else during your shopping trip?

If you’re unable to leave home, do you have a good internet connection which means you could connect with others online for mutual support? Do you have a phone? Could you offer telephone befriending to someone who would like some contact?

Think about how you’re going to keep yourself safe with whatever you will be doing.

This video from our friends at VODA might help

Register what you can offer with us if you want to make it formal

Dudley CVS has set up 6 COVID-19 social support networks which will identify and support those most at risk in our communities, by linking them with people and organisations who can offer basic and essential support. You could register your interest with us, as well and telling us what you are able to offer.

Please register here.

But you don’t need to register with us to be a good neighbour and support your community. Here are a few things you could do:

If you’re self-isolating or cannot leave the home

1. You could donate to a local charity

We know that Black Country Foodbank is currently facing huge demand. You can donate to them here so that they can continue supporting people in poverty: https://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk You can also donate non-perishable food supplies (such as tinned food, packets of pasta, UHT milk) if you would prefer.

Many local causes will be registering with JustGiving or Crowdfunder. Why not search for a local good cause?

Please bear in mind the Charity Commission’s guidance on giving safelyin response to the coronavirus pandemic.

2. You could offer to be a telephone befriender or online befriender

You could start with your current contacts. Call or message your friends or neighbours whose contact details you already have. These might be people you pop to see, meet up with. They might be feeling lonely and might be grateful for you checking in on them.

Our friends at VODA have created a video giving guidance on telephone befriending. Watch it here:

You could also register with us here.

You could also search for a mutual aid group that might have set up in your community. This website also provides some useful information for informal volunteers / volunteering groups: https://covidmutualaid.org/resources/

You could join Facebook groups operating in your local area.

If you have skills, could you share them in an online class or trade school? Perhaps in return you’ll learn something from someone else!

IMPORTANT: Personal data: Only give people your contact details that you are comfortable giving and never expect anyone to give more than they are comfortable with.

If you’re able to leave your home

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you follow current government instructions regarding the circumstances in which we can leave our homes.

1. Offer to help your neighbours

You could complete a “Hello! If you are self-isolating, I can help” card. On this, you can specify what help you are able to offer and you can provide your preferred contact details. If they need some help, they can then contact you directly.

IMPORTANT: Some people may not want leaflets pushed through their doors and may be feeling vulnerable. If you don’t hear back from your neighbours, respect their privacy and don’t contact them again.

2. Pick up some shopping or collect prescriptions

People who need to self-isolate or are unable to leave their homes may need some essential items such as fresh food, toiletries, cleaning products, etc. Offering to do the shopping will be a huge help for these individuals.

IMPORTANT: Supermarkets are limiting how much individuals can buy, so you will need to make sure you are able to buy what is being requested, especially if you are shopping for yourself or for a few other people.

You will need to follow social distancing measures, so think about how the shopping will be dropped off while staying a minimum of 2 metres apart. Also think carefully about how money will be exchanged safely, if it needs to be. NEVER ask someone for their card, their card details or their bank details.

3. Walk a neighbour’s dog

REMEMBER: You are allowed to leave your home for one form of exercise per day. This could include walking a neighbour’s dog.

IMPORTANT: Please follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

4. Gardening

You could offer to do some gardening for a neighbour who cannot leave their home to keep it tidy. Gardening has mental health benefits and could help you to feel less anxious yourself. You could also grow some basic herbs to be used for cooking at home!

5. Bringing up the bins

Perhaps you could bring a neighbours bin up their path while you’re moving yours.

6. Create and share offline and online resources for children

Perhaps you could help to share ideas for keeping children entertained while they are at home. You could share ideas between parents of how to keep their children entertained, such as drawing pictures to be put in windows, making thank you cards for doctors, nurses and key workers.


Keeping people safe is everyone’s responsibility. Some people are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, such as children or adults who need extra support or care. Follow these simple hints and tips:

  • Do not enter people’s homes
  • Do not ask people for their bank details or bank card
  • Do look out for vulnerable neighbours and report anything suspicious to the police
If someone reveals they are being harmed:

  • Listen to them and remain calm
  • Do not promise to keep secrets
  • Do not try to investigate the situation
  • Write down what they say and report your concern to the Council
  • If there is an immediate threat of harm, call the Police
Safeguarding tips from Robin on Vimeo.

Community Action Response : Covid-19

Launched by Eden Project Communities with partners The National Lottery Community Fund, Nextdoor, Neighbourhood Watch, Campaign to End Loneliness and Eco Attractions Group, the Community Action Response has been created because of the unprecedented challenge that Coronavirus presents for people in every neighbourhood in the UK. Eden Project Communities is a UK wide network that has grown out of community building campaign The Big Lunch, which reaches over six million people in communities every year. The organisations are calling for everyone to take steps that will help communities cope when the worst impacts of the virus hit.

Community Action Response – five things you can do:

  • Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in every community will face the challenges of Covid-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell
  • Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch
  • Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations using platforms like Nextdoor
  • Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help
  • Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about Covid-19. Signpost them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

For groups

Get in touch!

Please do register your group with us so that we can work together to support each other and our communities. To register, please complete and return this form to admin@dudleycvs.org.uk or call 01384 573381.

We can also offer some guidance and support, so please get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

We’re building a library of downloadable resources to help not-for-profits :

Beacon Centre has shared some of its guidance for telephone befrienders, which might be useful for your group

Our friends at VODA have made a video with some hints and tips for supporting volunteers

The Covid Mutual Aid website provides some useful information for informal volunteers / volunteering groups: https://covidmutualaid.org/resources/

Nonprofit Natter goes online

Our Nonprofit Natter has gone online while we attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Join us on Wednesday 1 April between 1pm and 4pm using this link: https://join.skype.com/gx4aiDjwHvoc

And we'll see how it goes!

As ever, we can also chat through anything to do with running or joining a not-for-profit, including ideas for coping in these challenging times.

Whether you’re from an existing voluntary group, charity or social enterprise, or you’d like to do more to support your community, join us to get your questions answered, generate ideas and feel supported.
01 Apr 2020 at 1:00pm
until 01 Apr 2020 at 4:00pm
On your own sofa!

Wash your hands of Coronavirus scams

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.

Be aware of people offering or selling:

  • Virus testing kits - these are only offered by NHS.
  • Vaccines or miracle cures - there is currently no vaccine or cure.
  • Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from Coronavirus such as antibacterial products.
  • Shopping or medication collection services.
  • Home cleaning services.

Protect yourself and others:

  • Don't be rushed into making a decision. if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Don't assume everyone is genuine. It's ok to reject refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money upfront. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting the service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.


For advice on scams call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33

To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

To learn more about the different types of scams visit www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

Dudley CVS Covid-19 Community Action and Support

Over the last week, we have been having several conversations with our partners in regards to the escalation of coronavirus and how we can help mobilise community support for vulnerable people and at risk groups.

We are helping to co-ordinate sector partners, statutory partners and people who want to help to make sure that practical support is safe, appropriately channeled and effective. This means that some of our current work and services will be disrupted, so please do bear with us during this unprecedented time.

  • DY1 is currently closed to the public until further notice
  • Brierley Hill Civic Hall is closed to the public until further notice
  • Our events and gatherings are cancelled to promote social distancing
  • Many staff are working from home and will have some access to emails. Some staff are offering support via email or remote gatherings, but do please be patient with us as we are all involved in ensuring the most vulnerable get the support they need
  • There is a small team manning our office in Albion Street, Brierley Hill. Once again, we ask that you bear with us if your enquiry does not relate to the co-ordination of the community response to Covid-19. We will get back to you, but this may take some time.
How we are responding to Covid-19 and how you can get involved

Dudley CVS is co-ordinating local COVID-19 efforts to help establish six COVID-19 Support Networks for each of the following geographical localities:

• Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal

• Dudley and Netherton

• Kingswinford and Amblecote

• Brierley Hill

• Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye

• Halesowen and Quarry Bank

How groups can get involved

If your organisation or group would like to be part of a virtual COVID-19 Support Network to explore options for mobilising local support for vulnerable people, please complete and return this form.

How individuals can get involved

If you are interested in registering as an individual volunteer to help support local vulnerable people, please complete and return this form.

We are collating details and building networks of support across six areas in the Dudley borough. This is to ensure that support is well co-ordinated and channelled to where it is needed most.

We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to mobilise the support that has been offered when requests for support start to come in.

In the meantime, visit our website for the latest information and guidance on Covid-19 (http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/dudleycvs) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/cvsdudley).

Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits

We are building resources to help not-for-profits. This list includes emergency grant funding and links to official help and guidance. It will be updated regularly as the situation is rapidly changing. Please check back using this link Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits. This article was last updated on Thursday 26 March.

Sections updated are as follows:

  • Managing your organisation
  • Financial help
Newer updates appear first.

Dudley CVS group support staff will still be on hand for email and remote conversations to offer support. If you need to get in touch, please email admin@dudleycvs.org.uk and your email will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff. We ask that you bear with us while we work to co-ordinate the community response to Covid-19, so it may take some time to get back to you.

NAVCA is also regularly updating its list of useful links and resources for managing your organisation across a variety of topics: https://navca.org.uk/vcse-resources-hub

What can voluntary and community organisations in Dudley Borough do to prepare for Coronavirus?

One of the most useful things that organisations can do is to think about how their organisation will cope if a high proportion of their staff or volunteers become ill or unavailable at the same time, and what steps you might take to avoid this happening. Many of these steps involve reducing the time people spend together in order to reduce the chances of Coronavirus spreading between them (and affecting a lot of the people you work with at the same time).

Remember that people may be unable to work even if they have not become ill themselves – it could be, for example, because schools have closed and people need to stay at home to care for their children or grandchildren.

Voluntary organisations and community groups may find useful information on the government’s webpage for businesses and voluntary sector organisations. Some of the information will also be relevant to smaller community groups and to volunteers as well as staff. This includes information on when employees should stay away from work, how to respond to employees who need to take time off work, and how to clean premises after someone develops Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

#EveryDayCounts Campaign

The national infrastructure bodies – NAVCA, NCVO, ACEVO, CFG, IoF, Small Charities Coalition, DSC and others – are working together, shoulder to shoulder, to support the sector at this crucial time. They are using all their combined weight and influence to bring about urgent and immediate action to create a meaningful package of financial support for the sector – for those actively involved in the delivery of crisis response, and for the sustainability of the sector as a whole.

Dudley CVS has added its voice to the campaign by emailing our local MPs to tell them of the immense pressure facing the sector at a time when it facing unprecedented and unanticipated demand.

You can also lend your weight to this campaign by visiting this link: https://navca.org.uk/news-and-views/f/everydaycounts

Taking on volunteers to support during the Covid-19 outbreak

Help and guidance for groups taking on volunteers and offering support to communities during the outbreak is now located here: https://interests.me/org/dudleycvs/story/200803

Financial help

It is currently unclear whether government measures announced to support small businesses will also apply to charities and other not-for-profits. We believe the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereby "all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis" may apply. To apply for this and view other government support that may apply, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Health and Care

Managing your organisation

Where to find posters and resources for your place of work or community venue

Public information materials can be downloaded from Public Health England at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5016

Local information

Covid-19: Information from trusted sources

We are building a list of resources and information from trusted sources. This list will be updated regularly as the situation is rapidly changing. Please check back using this link Covid-19: Information from trusted sources This page was last updated on Monday 23 March.

What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019. It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • cough
  • difficulty in breathing
  • fever
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Where to look for general advice on keeping yourself and those around you healthy and safe:

Your wellbeing

Local information