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Funding opportunities for November 2021

Millennium Point Charitable Trust

Association of Mental Health Providers

Arts Council of England: Developing your Creative Practice

Arts Council of England: Volunteering Futures

Power to Change Trust

National Lottery Community Fund: Platinum Jubilee Fund

National Lottery Community Fund: Social Enterprise Support Fund

Anchor Foundation

Sir James Roll Charitable Trust

Grocers' Charity

Leche Trust

Margaret Westwood Memorial Charity

W F Southall Trust

Shackleton Foundation

Buffini Chao Foundation

Edge Foundation


Arts Council of England: National Lottery Project Grants

ASDA Foundation

National Foundation for Youth Music

Forrester Family Trust

National Lottery Community Fund

Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2023

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page: https://bit.ly/3ragpWX

New Prince's Trust Team Programme for Dudley

Are you 16-25 and living in the Dudley and surrounding area?

Joining a Prince’s Trust Team programme can give you a better chance of moving into a job or further education and training. The programme will help you move forwards with your life.

During the programme you will develop work-related skills including: communication, teamwork, leadership, setting and achieving goals, managing feelings, confidence, reliability, job searching, and leadership. You will also get the opportunity to thrive and gain new experiences, improve your confidence, build social skills and meet new people, achieve a nationally recognised employability qualification, get two weeks work experience in something you’re interested in and complete a community project that you fundraise, plan and deliver.

The last Dudley group last month enjoyed activities included archery, crate stacking and rafting.

For more info visit our homepage here: https://bit.ly/3qZ5eAn

To watch a team in action click here: https://bit.ly/3HICUIs

Domestic abuse: how to get help

Last month, the Home Office added new translations of the guidance on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Translations of the page have been added in Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Welsh.

The guidance covers how to recognise domestic abuse, get help and support and how to check whether someone has an abusive past.

Guidance: https://bit.ly/3HuJwKp

Also the single point of contact (SPOC) for Domestic Abuse in the borough: 01384 455411 (24 hours), text or Whatsapp 07384 466181 (9am to 9pm weekdays).

The SPOC is a single point of contact for victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse in Dudley, including Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Abuse, regardless of gender.

The number gives those who need help a direct line to a range of support services offered by specialist providers including refuge accommodation or additional home security.

The number is also open to victim's families and professionals and helps people get to the right service as easily as possible as and when support is needed.

Ask Marc - support service for male survivors of domestic and sexual abuse - launch on 19th November

On 19th November, for International Men's Day, Black Country Women's Aid are proud to launch Ask Marc, a new support service for men in the Black Country affected by interpersonal violence.

Please join the online launch event, 10am-12.45pm, booking details are here: https://bit.ly/3FrJiSq

They have already had over 200 bookings from professionals from across the region - make sure you don't miss out!

What is Ask Marc?

Ask Marc will offer men living In the Black Country specialist support around rape and sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, grooming and exploitation, domestic abuse, stalking, forced marriage and so-called “honour”-based violence. Ask Marc sends out a clear message of hope telling victims you don’t have to deal with it alone: someone is here to listen. The service has been made possible with funding from the Office of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, and was developed by Black Country Women’s Aid in consultation with male survivors of abuse following many years of men accessing the services.

The website www.askmarc.org.uk will launch on 19th November.

Adult Learning - Upcoming Christmas activities and more

Adult Learning - Christmas Workshops

There are lots of free Chirstmas Workshops running this year on behalf of Adult Learning:

Christmas Crafts:

Dudley Wood - Tuesday 23rd November, 10:00 until 12:00.



Dancing Through the Decades:

Dudley Wood - Monday 29th November, 10:00 until 11:00.



Christmas Crafts in Glass:

Dudley Wood - Tuesday 30th November, 17:00 until 18:00 or 18:30 until 19:30.




Christmas Hanging Baskets:

Castle and Priory – Wednesday 1st December, 09:30 until 11:30.



Using Healthcare Apps:

Castle and Priory – Monday 6th December, 13:00 until 15:00.



Edible Christmas Gifts:


Dudley Wood – Monday 6th December, 12:30 until 14:30.


Castle and Priory – Wednesday 15th December, 12:30 until 14:30.


Sustainable - Christmas Gift Wrapping:

Castle and Priory – Wednesday 8th December, 10:00 until 12:30.



Mental Health First Approach:

Castle and Priory – Wednesday 8th December, 13:00 until 15:00.



Dementia Friends Information

Dementia Friends are holding an information session on the 23rd November, 11am-12pm. To book a place please contact 01384 215190. Please see the flyer for more information.

Imagine a year of beautiful creativity in towns and neighbourhoods across Dudley borough. What might it look like to you?

What if we could all take part in creative events in Dudley borough during 2022? Events which bring to life the imaginative ideas and boundless creativity of people who live in the many neighbourhoods and towns across Dudley borough.

Would you like to contribute to the development of a fun and inspiring programme of creative events and projects that will take place next year?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to organise something. Or maybe you have ideas about the kind of creative events, workshops, or projects that you would like to attend. Maybe you have a project planned already, or maybe you would like to give something a go but are not sure where to start.

If you are interested in producing or taking part in a creative project in Dudley Borough during 2022 we'd love to hear from you.

Creative Black Country's Dudley Creates team and CoLab Dudley are working together with Dudley Council to bring more creativity to the Borough and they'd like to help support people to make more things happen.

They can help connect people, commission projects and help with further funding and ideas.

Please help the teams by filling out this short survey so they can find out how best to support projects in 2022 and beyond.


Alternatively - if you would like to chat in person: CoLab Dudley - 201a High Street, DY1 1QQ

Wednesday 10 November, 6pm-8pm - an opportunity to chat to other creatives for Open Project Night and plan project ideas

Wednesday 8 December, 6pm-8pm - an opportunity to chat to other creatives for Open Project Night and plan project ideas

ONLINE Tuesday 9th November, 5pm-6pm - an opportunity to join us via zoom and get advice. Book a space here.

Just Drop in - Wednesdays and Fridays throughout November

COVID-19 and Teen Mental Health - Advice for Parents

MyTutor have a guide about teen mental health, with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, and links to other important mental health resources.

Since the months in lockdown, school closure and cancelled social events, and more hours spent on social media meant teens are more vulnerable to cyberbullying body dissatisfaction, and other mental health issues.

To view the guide please visit: https://bit.ly/3nJKv09

Trustees’ Week 2021 - ‘Five reasons why I love being a trustee'

Trustees’ Week 2021 (1 – 5 November) is an annual campaign to showcase the wonderful work trustees do and to provide opportunities for more people to become trustees from all walks of life.

As part of the celebrations, Kathy Roper, Chair of Trustees at sight loss charity the Beacon Centre for the Blind, shares her story about why she loves being a Trustee.

Read the story on the Dudley CVS website: ‘Five reasons why I love being a trustee’ https://www.dudleycvs.org.uk/five-reasons-why-i-love-being-a-trustee-at-beacon-centre-for-the-blind-trustees-week-2021/

During Trustees Week on Thurs 4 Nov, Dudley CVS and SCVO (Sandwell) are jointly hosting a session for people to learn more about charity trustees and their role, share their experiences and get support. You can register to join on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/187792471337

West Midlands Fire Service - Safe and Well visits

Safe and Well visits are an important part of the West Midlands Fire Service's prevention activity. They enable the service to advise and educate on safety at home, with a particular focus on vulnerable residents.

Safe and Well visits involve much more than just fitting smoke detectors. Visits are carried out by operational firefighters, based at 38 community fire stations, and usually take around an hour.

There are strong links between health, well-being and lifestyle choices and the risk of fire. This is why, with the residents’ permission, the service will cover a range of topics with a link to fire risk, including:

  • smoking, alcohol, medication and drugs
  • mental health, dementia
  • mobility including slips, trips and falls
  • hoarding
  • loneliness and social isolation
  • healthy eating and lifestyles
  • home security
  • road safety
A handbook complements the visits, providing vital fire safety information, general safety and health or well-being advice. A copy is left with the household, along with information on any actions or referrals/signposting made by the visiting crew.

The service prioritise and target Safe and Well visits, with a focus on the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Staff in the Home Safety Centre carefully assess each referral and identify people who most need the service.

If you’re not eligible for a visit, the service will send you a copy of the Safe and Well handbook, which is packed with great advice on safety in the home.

To find out if you or someone you work with qualifies for a Safe and Well visit complete the form on the website https://www.wmfs.net/our-services/safe-and-well/?partner_id=4484#howtobook or call the team for free on 0800 389 5525.