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Places of worship to get multi-million pound funding boost to guard against hate crime attacks

The Home Secretary has today (19 March) boosted funding for next year’s Places of Worship Protective Security to £1.6m to reassure communities and safeguard mosques and other places of worship. This is double the amount awarded last year. In addition a new £5m fund will be opened to provide security training.

The funding boost comes after the terror attack in Christchurch claimed the lives of 50 people and injured 40 more. Following the incident, police presence was stepped up at mosques across the UK to reassure communities fearful of similar attacks.

The Places of Worship Fund, established in 2016 as part of the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan, provides financial support for physical protective security such as fencing, lighting and CCTV. Government previously committed funding of £2.4m over three years.

So far, more than a third of grants under the Places of Worship Protective Funding scheme have been awarded to mosques.

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“The horrific events in New Zealand are a direct attack on the values of tolerance and freedom of worship that unite us all. Nobody should ever fear persecution of their faith and it’s vital we stand together to reject those who seek to spread hatred and divide us. I know many Muslim communities are feeling vulnerable and anxious. But they should seek comfort from knowing we are doing everything to tackle hate and extremism. That’s why we are doubling next year’s places of worship fund - providing physical protection as well as peace of mind.”

In addition, the Government will open a consultation with faith representatives and organisations including the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group, Tell MAMA, the Independent Advisory Group and other faith representatives and organisations, on improvements to existing policy to protect faith communities.

To increase uptake in the fund and ensure it reaches those most vulnerable to hate crime, the bidding process will also be simplified so organisations no longer have to prove they have previously experienced a hate crime incident directly. In addition the Government will be streamlining the supplier arrangements for bidders, after which the programme will open for applications.

Places of worship, including mosques, will also benefit from a new £5m fund over three years to provide protective security training to build on some of the positive work already happening in communities. This is in recognition that physical protective security is only part of the solution, and institutions, their staff and volunteers need to have security understanding to ensure the protective measures work effectively. The Government will engage closely with communities on the scope of this new scheme to ensure it meets the needs of all places of worship covering security. They will then undertake a competitive process to determine providers of the training and plan to start delivering in 2019/20.

Catwalk for Christmas

Support Operation Santa's Catwalk for Christmas on the 23rd May 2019 from 7pm at the Brierley Hill Civic. Guests can look forward to a 'great girls night out' with music, shopping, plenty of browsing time and a great atmosphere!

There will be live music, clothes, accessories, tombola and stalls selling crafts, cakes, sweets and wax melts. The fabulous Bradley Stokes will be performing on the evening, singer/songwriter influenced loosely by rock, blues and Americana. The lovely Eloise Amelia will be performing too, so you are in for a real treat! Tickets are just £5 each and all proceeds will help bring cheer to local children this Christmas. The first 50 people through the door will receive a special goody bag.

Operation Santa is passionate about making a difference to local children, young people and their families. It is a local campaign, which is run by Dudley CVS. Every year donations of new toys, gifts, food etc. are collected and distributed to local voluntary and community groups who support children, young people and families in crisis within Dudley borough.

The money raised at the fashion show will go towards putting on Christmas parties in different parts of the borough, providing a hot Christmas lunch, fun and games, and a grotto with presents, for local children and young people who may otherwise not get a Christmas lunch. Last year’s event was a huge success and raised £1000.

If you would like to book tickets visit: Catwalk for Christmas or call Eileen (Chief Elf) on 01384 573381 for more information. Cash or card payments will be accepted on the evening, and the bar will be open all night.

Catwalk for Christmas, Thursday 23rd May, 7pm - 10pm, Brierley Hill Civic, Bank Street, DY5 3DH
23 May 2019 at 7:00pm
until 23 May 2019 at 10:00pm
Brierley Hill Civic Hall
Bank St
Brierley Hill

Job opportunities with Citizens Advice Dudley Borough

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough has a number of exciting job opportunities due to recently being successful in winning new business development!


Service Delivery Manager: Salary £25,984 - £27,596 (37hrs)

Technical and Quality Supervisor (2 posts) - Generalist advice and Money advice/Debt prevention): Salary £23,118 - £25,984 (16hrs - 37hrs)

Money Advice/Debt Prevention Caseworker: Salary £21,277 - £23,118 (14hrs – 37hrs)

Generalist Advice Caseworker: Salary £21,277 -£23,118 (14hrs – 37hrs)

Claiming Universal Credit Co-ordinator: Salary £19,510 - £20,604 (16hrs -35hrs)


They are also looking to increase their team of volunteers based in Dudley House, Stone Street, Dudley – no prior experience is necessary. All training and support given.

Contact Centre Assessors (Telephone, Email and/or Webchat). Post training, this position can lead to an advisor position if desired.

To find out more about the Organisation please visit their local website at: www.citizensadvicedudley.org or the national website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

If you wish to apply, please email advice@dudleycabx.org for an application pack.

Please note CV’s are not accepted.

Last Date for requesting an application pack is: Friday 12th April, 3pm

Closing Date: Monday 15th April, midday

Job Opportunity - Partnerships Manager with One Walsall

One Walsall provides infrastructure and support for the borough’s voluntary and community sector organisations. We are an independent charity providing support to help local voluntary and community organisations develop and sustain their activities and engage residents in voluntary action. We are a small, energetic team committed to our aim of supporting a strong voluntary and community sector and inspiring local social action.

The Partnerships Manager is responsible for developing and supporting the voluntary sector’s engagement in strategic activities and developments in the borough. The role will be responsible for developing and facilitating a Leaders Forum, bringing together key sector agencies and increasing the breadth of voluntary sector involvement in strategic and partnership working arrangements with public and private sector agencies. The role will also involve leading on, and supporting senior colleagues with, the development of strategic partnerships within the voluntary sector and across sectors.

For more information or to apply please visit: https://bit.ly/2TqMJED

(Closing date 18th March)

Grants for activities still available to support disabled children and their families

There’s still time for local organisations to bid for grants to help fund activities for children with disabilities and their families.

Local groups and organisations can apply to Dudley Council for funding through its small bids programme, which gives grants to help cover the cost of social activities outside of school hours.

Grants of up to £499 are available and can be used to cover a range of activities such as the cost of group transport for a trip, a fun holiday activity or venue hire.

Councillor Sue Ridney, cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“Our small bids grants go some way in supporting activities to give children with disabilities and their families, fun and life-enhancing opportunities.

“There’s still money left in the pot, which has to be committed by the end of March and we want to ensure every penny is spent and used to create wonderful memories and experiences for children and their families.

“I would urge local groups and organisations to either get in touch to find out more or submit an application.”

In some cases, to be eligible, parents and/or the applying organisation must have contributed towards the cost of the activity.

The next deadline is 21 March 2019, though bids will be welcomed for the new round of funding from April 2019 onwards.

Further information about how to apply and guidance notes can be found at: https://bit.ly/2SGBVOf

Afternoon Tea Engagement Invite

Posted on behalf of Dudley MBC
There is an Afternoon Tea Drop in Engagement Session that the PDO team are holding on Tuesday 19th March between 2:00pm – 7:00pm at the DY1 Community Building. The event is for residents who may want to get involved with different aspects of Housing Services or want to get involved in local community forums/projects.

If you would like to attend please telephone or email to book your place: 01384 815 168 or participation@dudley.gov.uk

Please view flyer for further information.
19 Mar 2019 at 2:00pm
until 19 Mar 2019 at 7:30pm
Stafford Street

Funding Opportunities for February 2019

Les Mills Fund for Children

Woodward Charitable Trust

Anthony Bourne Foundation

Biffa Award

Blue Spark Foundation

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Morrison’s Foundation

Pilgrim Trust

Bauer Radio's Cash for Kids Charities

The Laing Family Trusts

Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities

Persimmon Homes Building Futures

Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund

National Lottery Funding Officer availability to meet potential applicants

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

Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund Round Two- Launch Event

Hold the date: Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund Round Two- Launch Event

Date: Tuesday 12th March Time: 5–8pm

Venue: Amblecote Christian Centre,102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote DY8 4BS

Following the successful launch of the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund in December 2017, Dudley Council is about to launch Round 2 of this exciting initiative for the borough.

The background to the Fund was the recognition by the Health and Wellbeing Board that we need to work together to do things differently in Dudley to achieve longer, safer, healthier lives for all.

We have a strong history across Dudley borough of people working together to improve their local communities. In order to support this approach, Dudley Council has identified the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund to enable people in our local communities to do more of the things they do best.

We all have an active role to play in helping to make this happen – individuals, families, communities, organisations and local politicians.

Dudley Council are inviting you to this event to find out more about how this different way of investing money in our communities might benefit you in supporting new, innovative ideas for improving health and wellbeing.

If you are from a voluntary, community or faith sector group or organisation and you are working with communities in Dudley borough, please come along to find out about this exciting initiative.

Please register for the event using this link: https://bit.ly/2BW3BZE

Further details to follow.

Kind regards

Innovation Fund Team

Job opportunity at Dudley CVS with the Integrated Plus team

Dudley CVS is seeking an enthusiastic and creative individual to join our existing Integrated Plus team as:

Voluntary Sector Link Support Worker (37 hrs p.w) Salary: £20,541

Introduction: Are you passionate about helping people? Are you able to build relationships with people? Do you have empathy for others and are able to put people at ease?

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our existing Integrated Plus team as Link Support Worker. The role will help to ensure that people referred to the service are supported effectively to access appropriate services and become more active and involved in their communities. You will be managed by the existing Locality Link Officer in Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal and will provide support to them in working with vulnerable people. The purpose of the Integrated Plus Social Prescribing service is to help direct vulnerable people to alternative sources of non-medical support services. You will carry out a variety of duties on behalf of the Locality Link Officer. These will include: administrational support, gathering people’s experiences of Integrated Plus, assist in gathering and recording outcomes being achieved through client assessments, writing case studies, providing some direct 1-2-1 client support. This role does not involve taking responsibility on your own for complex case loads of clients.

Duration of post: 31st March 2022

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 28th March 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 9th April 2019

For application forms and job descriptions please follow the links below:

Application pack: https://bit.ly/2BLYnzO

Application form: https://bit.ly/2SflWq9

Job description: https://bit.ly/2GShcEQ

Equal opps: https://bit.ly/2BPivB1

For more information contact:

Tel: 01384573381. Email: dale@dudleycvs.org.uk

Dudley CVS is an equal opportunities employer

Registered Charity No: 517766 Incorporated under the 1985 Companies Act No.1998105.

Job opportunity with The Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Salary: £51,250 plus pension

About the post:

Trustees are looking for an inspiring leader to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. This high profile role will have overall management responsibilities for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, providing strong and visible leadership for all Trust staff, volunteers and members.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and Black Country formed in 1980 from a small group of campaigners who worked to save Moseley Bog from development. It was the first urban Wildlife Trust established in the UK. With 7,500 members, 1,885 volunteers, 19 staff, a strong financial position, and a robust business plan, the Trust looks forward to continuing its leading role in urban nature conservation.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of nature conservation policy and practice, preferably in an urban context. You will have a proven track record of successful leadership and management at a senior level coupled with the ability to get the very best from a motivated team of staff and volunteers. If you can act as an advocate for nature, develop strong relationships and network in the local environmental movement, we would love to hear from you!

Closing date: 12/03/2019

Full recruitment pack and online application available here: https://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/jobs/chief-executive-officer