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New Dudley CVS podcast: Why funding bids can fail

Martin and Becky talk about why funding bids can sometimes fail . Bringing together a list pitfalls and mistakes direct from funders and sharing their own experiences of what turns funders off, this episode will hopefully help you to improve your chances when you're bidding for grant funding.

You can watch the podcast as a video here

Or if you prefer just to listen, it's available as audio only here.

Funding opportunities for July 2021

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

Barclays Foundation

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

ScottishPower Foundation

Tree Council

Jeans for Genes Campaign

Santander UK Foundation Limited

Hubbub Foundation UK

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Childs Charitable Trust

Green Hall Foundation

Rayne Foundation

Cruach Trust

Co-operative Bank p.l.c.

Fulmer Charitable Trust

Edgar E Lawley Foundation

Allen Lane Foundation

Central Social and Recreational Trust

Kings Fund

Arts Council England

Heart of England Community Foundation

Football Foundation

Baring Foundation

Enovert Community Trust

Idlewild Trust

National Heritage Memorial Fund

Percy Bilton Charity

National Lottery Community Fund

Ragdoll Foundation

BBC Children in Need

Black Country ESF Community Grants 2019-2023

To view these opportunities, visit Dudley CVS's funding page: https://bit.ly/3iYPw2l

Brand new Baden-Powell Scouts group is looking for young members and volunteers

A brand new scouts group based in Amblecote is on the hunt for adventurous children and young people to join in their activities. It is also looking for leaders and volunteers to help out.

Black Country Baden-Powell Scouts is part of the national Baden-Powell Scouts Association and will offer a range of Scouting activities for children and young people aged between 6 and 15 in the following sections:

  • Beavers (6 to 8 years old)
  • Wolf Cubs (8 to 11 years old)
  • Scouts (11 to 15 years old)
  • Senior Scouts (15 to 18 years old).

Taster day - Saturday 18 September, 10.30am-12.30pm

If you would like to see what's on offer, you can join the group at its taster day for 6-15 year olds and their parents / guardians at Amblecote Church Hall on Saturday 18 September, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Volunteer opportunities

The group is also looking for leaders and volunteers to help make their activities happen. Volunteers will receive training from the Baden-Powell Scouts Association and support from current group leaders. Roles will be subject to DBS checks which will be done by the Baden-Powell Scouts Association.

For more information, contact Group Scout Master Alan Williams on 07531 478398 or email gsm.bc.tradscouts@gmail.com.

Community Buddies Needed - Volunteer and Change a Life

Would you like to make a difference by helping people build their confidence to participate in their local community?

Integrated Plus is looking for a team of friendly and caring individuals who will provide short term support to the people we work with. Buddies will help people attend groups, activities and community venues when their confidence is low.

You can download the full role outline here.

To find out more, come along to a cuppa and chat session taking place at DY1 Community Building, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT on:

Wednesday 25th August - 10am till 11.30am

Saturday 4th September - 10am till 11.30am

Or join us virtually on Zoom:

Thursday 26th August - 6.30pm till 7.30pm

Contact nicola@dudleycvs.org.uk to book your place

Cuppa and chat for Volunteer Managers

Posted on behalf of Dudley CVS Volunteer Centre
Our virtual cuppa and chat sessions are for anyone who manages volunteers, be they a paid member of staff or a volunteer.

The aim of these friendly, informal, Zoom sessions it to provide support and networking - from general volunteer management advice to specifics such as lone working. So why not make yourself comfortable, grab a drink and join in our next online gathering on Friday 10th September from 11:30-1? If you would like more information or have a query, please contact Eileen from the Volunteer Centre on eileen@dudleycvs.org.uk

Please join us on Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 838 0156 7184

Passcode: 206643
10 Sep 2021 at 11:30am
until 10 Sep 2021 at 1:00pm
7 Albion Street
Brierley Hill

Latest Covid-19 vaccination update - Information and resources for young people and women of childbearing age

How to access your vaccine

Anyone aged 18 and over can get a jab this week from the COVID Vaccine Van or from a local clinic. No appointment is necessary and you don’t need to be registered with a GP.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment.

Getting double jabbed is the most important thing we can do to stop the spread of the virus and protect our friends and loved ones. Don’t delay! For details visit https://bit.ly/3jAgkrD

Vaccination resources for young people

Useful information and resources for young people can be found here:


Vaccination and fertility - Information for women of childbearing age

If you’ve heard that COVID-19 vaccine can affect your fertility – this is false information. Obstetricians from The Royal Wolverhampton Trust have created this handy poster with valid information to offer you some reassurance: https://bit.ly/3gaEF5o

If you are concerned, please check with your GP - vaccinators can also discuss any issues with you when you attend your appointment

Watch Emma, the Antenatal Clinical Manager from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, talk about the false information some women have heard that the COVID-19 vaccine affects your fertility now or in the future. She talks about a joint statement from The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to say there is no evidence that suggests it will affect your fertility. The vaccine is the best chance of getting back to normality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWbBcD5a2yE

Are you planning to get pregnant or already pregnant? Are you unsure if the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility? Watch Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam’s on fertility and the COVID-19 vaccination https://youtu.be/aF4Hk5C27KU or download a pregnancy leaflet here.

A new page COVID-19 vaccine and women of childbearing age is now available on the CCG website to direct people to for more information, the link to this is: https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/health-advice/covid-19-vaccination/covid-19-vaccine-and-women-of-childbearing-age

Needle phobia

Is a fear of needles stopping you from getting your COVID-19 jab? The vaccinators and staff at local vaccination centres have been trained to support people who suffer from this common phobia to overcome their fears for a brief moment in order to get themselves protected. https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/supporting-those-needle-phobia-get-vaccinated

Job opportunity - Chief Executive Officer One Walsall

Salary: £43,600 - £45,000 (plus 3% pension contribution when matched by employee)

One Walsall is a highly respected local infrastructure organisation representing the voice of the voluntary sector in Walsall, supporting local not-for-profit organisations such as community groups, charities, and social enterprise.

The aim is to support a strong and vibrant voluntary and community sector in Walsall, and to encourage and grow local social action. One Walsall adopts a simple mission statement to capture this ambition; inspiring and supporting social action.

One Walsall Values

· Leadership –we lead by example and encourage others to do the same.

· Equality – We treat everyone fair and equally, specific to their needs, regardless of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

· Authenticity – We act with integrity, openness, transparency.

· People-centred – we value the contribution of every individual.

The successful candidate will need to have experience of working at the highest level, to have a proven track record of both operational and strategic leadership, with knowledge of the charitable sector, as well as the capacity to motivate and inspire. Working with a committed group of Trustees you will be a capable, energetic, sensitive and creative leader.

The new Chief Executive will resonate strongly with the ethos and mission of One Walsall and have an unrelenting focus on achieving a strong a vibrant voluntary sector in Walsall. They will have an up-to-date understanding and knowledge of current policy relating to models of care that the voluntary sector is part of and has so much to offer. They will also be familiar with the regulatory framework within which the Voluntary sector generally and One Walsall as a Charity itself needs to operate within. There will also be a specific requirement to provide vision and direction for the organisation as the sector navigates its journey out of the pandemic, building on the current momentum of volunteer and community responses.

One Walsall has a small management team, so you need to be equally happy working alone and as an effective team player providing strong line management and support. You will provide support to the active Board of Trustees and Board sub-Committees and will need to be comfortable leading and representing the organisation at key Borough-wide engagement processes and committees.

For more information about the Charity and the position, please visit our website: www.onewalsall.org.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dee Lytton via email: davinal@onewalsall.org or tel: 01922 619840

Closing date for applications: Monday 16th August at 5:00pm

Interviews to be held over two days on: 6th and 7th September.

NB: Due to limited resources, feedback to applicants will only be supplied to those candidates who are interviewed.

Job opportunity - Chief Officer for Healthwatch Dudley

Dudley CVS is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, inspiring and self-motivated individual as Chief Officer for Healthwatch Dudley (37 hrs p.w)

Starting salary: NJC PO3 (£35,745)

For this role, we are looking for an experienced and empathetic leader who will inspire and empower others to share in achieving the continued success of Healthwatch Dudley. You will need to be a strategic thinker and a natural relationship builder.

Healthwatch Dudley is the champion for health and social care services in Dudley borough and has been delivered by Dudley CVS since April 2013.

Dudley borough has a diverse community with a wide variety of health issues and needs. Healthwatch Dudley provides meaningful opportunities for local people to influence how health and social care services are provided.

As Chief Officer you will provide effective leadership and overall strategic direction of Healthwatch Dudley and for ensuring that it fulfils its statutory, regulatory and contractual requirements and delivers effective outcomes for the people of Dudley borough.

Mileage paid for all posts at NJC rates where applicable.

Closing date: 11am, Friday 30th July 2021

Interview date: Thursday 5th August 2021

For an application pack, please contact Dudley CVS, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE. Tel: 01384 573381. Email: admin@dudleycvs.org.uk or download the application pack, application form and equal opportunities form here: http://dudleycvsreview.org/job-opportunity-chief-officer-at-healthwatch-dudley/

Registered Charity No: 517766 Incorporated under the 1985 Companies Act No.19985105.

Dudley CVS is an equal opportunities employer

Dudley Kindness Awards 2021

It’s time to thank your Dudley borough heroes who have kept things moving and kept us going!

Nominate your selfless helpers, fantastic neighbours, friendly shoppers, tech enablers, volunteer drivers, brilliant businesses, faithful givers, expert tea makers, supportive listeners, young believers, joyful doers, widest smilers, community dreamers.

Tell us their stories and download the nomination form here

Or get in touch to request a nomination form in the post:


Closing date for nominations: 13 September 2021

Covid-19 vaccination locations across Dudley borough

New variants are increasing the risk of spreading Covid-19 in Dudley. Taking up both doses of the vaccine is the most important thing we can do to stop the spread of the virus.

In addition to bookable vaccination appointments, there are now a number of walk-in locations where no appointment is necessary and you don’t need to be registered with a GP.

Anyone aged 18 and over can get a vaccination by visiting the Covid-19 vaccination van or selected community locations across Dudley borough.

For details of all locations where you can walk in and also book an appointment, visit the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG website at https://bit.ly/3jAgkrD

This web link contains live and up to date information on where people can get vaccinated. Please note - dates and opening times are subject to change, so please keep checking the link.