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Digni-tay in Dudley: National Dignity in Care Day 2019

Posted on behalf of Dignity in Dudley team
On National Dignity in Care Day, the Dignity in Dudley team invites you to join them to the launch event of the People's Dignity Charter for Dudley. Following last year's hugely successful event on Dignity action day 2018, the event will be a chance to share ideas about what Dignity means to the people of the Black Country. Participants can sign up to the brand new Dignity Charter, meet other Dignity Champions, become a Dignity Champion and enjoy a light lunch with compliments of Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living (CIL).

If you are already a Dignity Champion or would like to learn more about becoming one, join the Dignity in Dudley team from Dudley CIL and Disability in Action on Friday 1st of February, 12noon-2pm. T

You can book a place call Queens cross on 01384 813460 (ask for Julie or Ian). OR call Ken at Dudley CIL on 07804 652212. Alternatively you can email: julie.bishop@dudley.gov.uk or tracymcclymont@gmail.com

The team hopes to see you and wants you to help them to SPREAD THE LOVE in Dudley on 1st February and every day.
01 Feb 2019 at 12:00pm
until 01 Feb 2019 at 2:00pm
Dudley Archives & Local History Centre
Tipton Rd

Near Neighbours training for faith-based organisations

Near Neighbours is offering a range of training courses to faith-based organisations. There are three training days running in February at the low cost of £5 per day with lunch included.

The training is designed with faith groups in mind but is also relevant for those working with community organisation and charities.

All of the workshops are supported by a wealth of tools, examples and written resources that participants can take away for use in their project.

Please email ruth.burgess@tctogether.org.uk for details on how to book.

Training on offer includes:

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday 7th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm

Frank F Harrison Community Association

Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action.

This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups, how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.

Faithful Applications

Thursday 14th Feb 9:30am to 3:30pm

Frank F Harrison Community Association

Cost: £5 (lunch included)

Making Grant Applications for Social Action in Faith Based Organisations

This session will cover:

Writing Techniques & Formats and writing applications

Faithful Organisation: Governance Training

Thursday 28th Feb 9:30am to 1pm

Frank F Harrison Community Association

Cost: £5 (lunch included)

The roles and responsibilities of Trustees, Directors. Committees, Staff, Volunteers and Membership in the Governance of Faith Based Community Organisations and Places of Worship.

A half day workshop that will explore topics of interest including

  • What is an Accountable Body
  • Understanding Organisational Language

  • Choosing a Legal Structure

  • The Charitable Context

  • Ensuring Trust & Credibility

  • Why Risk Management

  • Showing Who’s Involved

  • Visionary Thinking

  • Operational Planning

  • Policy & Procedure

  • The Good Committee

  • Clear Budgeting

  • Involving and Sharing Work

Supported by examples and good practice handouts using real life experience of national and local situations from a wide range of organisations and communities.

Book here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faithful-organisations-governance-training-tickets-53951780227

The Black Country Society: More Than Just Bricks & Mortar, a talk by David Travis-Smith

Posted on behalf of Black Country Society
The Black Country Society welcomes all those interested to attend these informal and informative evening presentations.

The next event will be More Than Just Bricks & Mortar by David Travis-Smith

THE WORK OF BUILDING PRESERVATION TRUSTS – What do Building Preservation Trusts do and is their work more or less relevant for the Black Country today? Born into a traditional manufacturing family business (cooperage) in the Black Country, David has a particular interest in industrial heritage, David’s passion for building conservation came about as a volunteer member of the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust. He is a Chartered Director and has an honours degree in Business Studies from the University of Bradford.

David acts as a Project Organiser working on a project-by-project basis for several Building Preservation Trusts. He provides mentoring support, (Heritage Lottery Fund register of mentors), and consultancy support, (Locality consultancy Pool). From canal restoration schemes to regeneration schemes centred upon the repair and viable re-use of historic buildings.

Admission: £2
27 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm
until 27 Feb 2019 at 10:00pm
The Dudley Canal Trust Portal
Birmingham Road

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Gillian Reeves from the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, a wellbeing charity situated in West Bromwich, runs a suicide support group on the second Monday of each month (6pm-8pm) at the Lion Health Centre in Stourbridge. People who are bereaved by suicide are welcome to attend the group and the group is free of charge to attendees. Please see the poster for more information.

Free Deaf Awareness Workshop

Posted on behalf of Castle & Priory NLC
There is a free Deaf Awareness Workshop at Castle and Priory Learning Centre on:

Thursday 24th January 2019, 9.30am -12.30pm.

The session will also help you to communicate with hearing impaired persons.

For more information please view: https://tinyurl.com/y7bsvj7q

For more information please contact:

Ashok Patel

Outreach Worker

Castle & Priory NLC

Limes Road



01384 812336
24 Jan 2019 at 9:30am
until 24 Jan 2019 at 12:30pm
Castle & Priory NLC
Limes Road

Free Office Equipment from Defensive Driver Training

Defensive DriverTraining are relocating their offices in the very near future and have kindly offered to donate office equipment to any voluntary organisation that may be able to make use of it.

They will have the following:

3 computer desks, metal frames with a formica top, measuring 165cm x 75cm

3 pedestal units (2 have filing drawers 1 has 3 drawers)

A glass fronted bookcase 100cm x 35cm

A printer table 60cm x 75cm

A side table 76cm x 76cm

An Ikea coffee table 115x75cm

5 upholstered visitor chairs (bucket style)

They also have two telephone systems, each has the control box and 6 handsets:

Samsung DVS-816 plus 5 x KPDCS-128 handset plus 1 basic handset

Panasonic A-309 system plus 6 x VA-30920UK handsets

A couple of printers:

1x Aficio C7521n/LP221c/CL3500n (colour laser)

1 x Samsung ML-7300N (mono)

They also a few portable televisions, some with VHS players incorporated and one large plasma TV screen

There may be other bits and pieces

All items are available now and would need to be collected. If anything is of interest to voluntary groups please contact Operations Director Fraser Dryburgh on 01384 442233 or email fraserd@ddtgroup.com

The Black Country Society: My Journey to the Black Country, a talk by Steve Jackson

Posted on behalf of Black Country Society
The Black Country Society welcomes all those interested to attend these informal and informative evening presentations.

The next event will be "My Journey to the Black Country" by Steve Jackson

Steve Jackson did not have the smoothest start on the journey to where he is now.

By the age of nineteen he was an educational failure, homeless, and jobless, with convictions at Mansfield Magistrates Court. How he subsequently turned his life around has been an extraordinary adventure which involved working underground as a coal miner and then joining the Royal Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain. In 2010 he joined the Royal British Legion to design and deliver the national Battle Back Centre based at Lilleshall. Steve is an accomplished mountaineer and is part-time lecturer at Leeds Trinity and Worcester Universities

Hear about his time at Bevercotes Colliery and Thoresby Colliery, what got him from the lower deck to the Wardroom and his eventual role at Mary Stevens Hospice. His mining experience and views on aspiration and achievement are highly relevant to anyone interested in the Black Country.

Admission: £2
23 Jan 2019 at 7:30pm
until 23 Jan 2019 at 10:00pm
The Dudley Canal Trust Portal
Birmingham Road

Free Programme & Grants for Community Organisations & Social Enterprise

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Midlands have the following two new support programmes on offer:

Community Business Trade Up – aimed at community organisations wishing to increase their trading income. Free to attend and with a grant of up to £10,000. 10 organisations will be supported. The deadline for applications is Thursday 14th February.

There are some information sessions coming up:

Central Birmingham - 16th Jan


Leicester - 23rd Jan


Smethwick - 30th Jan


For more information please visit: https://tinyurl.com/y97mf3ct

Social Enterprise Programme – sponsored by Lloyds Bank to support individuals who are starting or running an early stage Social Enterprise. Free to attend with a grant of £1,000. Open for applications mid-February with closing date mid April. A minimum of 40 places will be available. Anyone interested can sign up to receive an application pack and reminders. Application pack available from https://tinyurl.com/zerarz3

Working for a fair deal for Dudley - Have your say on how your money is spent

Dudley Council is working for a fair deal for Dudley when it comes to how much money is allocated from central government to run vital services.

The amount the council gets is not fair compared to some other local authorities, which leaves your services short of millions of pounds.

Political leaders at the council have written to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government with a number of recommendations to address that imbalance – calling for a fair deal for Dudley. The council wants your views on this year’s budget proposals and for you to back calls for changes to the way funding is allocated to the authority to run services.

Have your say on Dudley Council’s budget proposals here https://online.dudley.gov.uk/surveys/budgetconsultation18/budget_consultation_2018.htm

Read more here: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/media-centre/communications/working-for-a-fair-deal-for-dudley/

Online Safety Conference 2019

Online Relationships – Good or Bad?

Dudley’s 3rd Annual Online Safety Conference

Friday 8th February 2019, 9.30 – 3.00

Saltwells EDC

The Online safety sub group of Dudley Safeguarding Children's and Dudley Safeguarding Adult's Boards would like to invite you to their 3rd annual conference.

The theme will focus on online relationships, and will include presentations around Grooming, Online frauds and scams, Stalking and Cyberbullying.

This Conference is aimed at BOTH the Adult's AND Children’s workforce in Dudley

To book on this conference please click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y9mzhqs9