Our strategic objectives

To develop a high quality and pro-active voluntary sector for the benefit of the
residents of the Dudley Borough by positively engaging partners in support of
voluntary activity



Health & Social Care

Dudley Council for Voluntary Service invites you to an exclusive Voluntary and Community Sector Health Network event on
Tuesday 7 August 2012, 9.00am for 9.30am start, 12.30pm close, at Brierley Hill Methodist Church, Bank Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DA
Our Health, Our Sector, Our Chance Health and Wellbeing Boards are at the heart of the Government’s plans to transform health and care, and achieve better health and wellbeing for local people.  Two core responsibilities of the Board are to develop:
- a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
- a Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Dudley’s Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board are currently in consultation with patients, carers, members of the public and other key stakeholders on these two documents.  At this event we aim to:
- highlight the importance of Dudley’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy and review the content
- explore real life health and wellbeing case studies to identify our sector’s priorities
- discuss the voluntary and community sector’s role in improving health and wellbeing and propose ideas for change
We will share the findings that best reflect the needs of the sector with Dudley’s Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board in a bid to shape Dudley’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
This event is open to staff and volunteers from all voluntary, community and faith organisations in the Dudley Borough.  To book your place please go to http://ourhealthoursectorourchance.eventbrite.co.uk/

New support in Dudley for people with sight and hearing loss
Does your organisation/group have members, (or is in contact with anyone) who has a degree of both sight and hearing loss? If so, a new group is being planned in Dudley whose main aim will be to support them. A start up session is being held at Brierley Hill Methodist Church on 25th July from 1.30pm 3.00pm. Support for the project comes through DeafBlind UK. Jessica Evans is the local project organiser and she stresses that they are keen to support ANYONE over the age of 18 who has a DUAL sensory loss of some kind. Come along on the day, or if you want more information before booking (including transport) call the FREE information line on 0800 132 320 or contact Jessica directly on email at jessica.evans@deafblind.org.uk

Jenny Worwood is Springboard Coordinator for Age UK Dudley; she is keen to come along to any local community group to share information about the varied activities, courses and trips that are run by Age UK Dudley for anyone who is 50+. If you would like your group/members to hear what’s on offer, contact Jenny on Tel: 01384 354651 or via email at: jenny.worwood@ageukdudley.org.uk

FREE Activity Courses for Older Carers!
Are you aged 50 + ?
Would you like to try a new activity? 
Then you can access 10 weeks of FREE activities provided by Age UK Dudley and funded by the Carers Grant.
Come and join us !
We have a range of activities available to suit most people- from Friendship Groups, Exercise classes, Tai Chi, Drama, Choir, Dance classes and a Gentlemen’s group - there’s something for everyone.
All our activities are delivered by experienced tutors in a friendly, relaxed environment at either our Merry Hill Activity & Wellbeing centre, Brierley Hill or Netherton Activity centre.
For more information
call 01384 572365
We look forward to seeing you…..

NHS local are working on a pioneering project with Skype to explore how the public might use online tools in healthcare, in particular in accessing GPs.   

They are capturing views in an online questionnaire found on the link below. The second link provides more detail about the themes that are being looked, such as video link consultations.  It is hoped the questionnaire will stimulate debate and help inform future development of tools that work for the NHS and patients.




The Department of Health has announced a further investment of £19 million for social enterprises over the next year. Since the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) was launched in 2007, the Department of Health has invested more than £100 million in more than 600 social enterprises working across a wide range of health and social care areas, including disability services, mental health, substance misuse, carers’ organisations and supporting people with long term conditions. These enterprises include Jamie’s Farm, Norcare, Jets Foundation and HCT Group.

SEIF investment packages, which include grants and loans, have supported organisations at different stages, helping them become investment ready and then to scale up and grow.
Applicant Workshops

To help potential applicants to the SEIF, the Department is organising a series of workshops in conjunction with Local Partnerships and The Social Investment Business, due to take place this July. The dates for the workshops are:

11 July in Taunton

16 July in Leeds

19 July in London


To apply to attend these workshops, complete and return the SEIF booking form (RTF, 3.5MB) by 26 June 2012.


All existing social enterprises working in health and social care, including public health and children’s services, are eligible to apply. Right to Requests and Right to Provides working in health and social care that are yet to spin out are also eligible. To find out more on eligibility for the fund please either visit The Social Investment Business site or call 0191 261 5200. Details of priorities for the 2012/13 fund will be available shortly.

For more information on the workshops, please see the booking form attached or email providerlandscape@dh.gsi.gov.uk.


Consultation on Clinical Commisioning in Dudley

The Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for buying local healthcare services and has a budget in excess of £388million. The Group is looking to involve local people and organisations in the decisions it makes about healthcare. Many GP practices already have patient panels where patients can get together to discuss issues and find out more about what is going on. There are a number of ways to get involved, including an online survey, go to website: http://www.dudleysurveys.nhs.uk/TakeSurvey.asp?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=3515n30J4n6KG


Dudley CCG is hosting a Nothing About You Without You – Thinking Differently

launch event on Thursday June 14th. To reserve a place contact Helen Ashford, Community Engagement Adviser on 01384 321719 or e-mail: helen.ashford@dudley.nhs.uk


Social Care Funding and Reform

The current need to reduce budgets alongside pressures from a wide range of alliances and pressure groups could leave adult social care frozen like rabbits in the headlights: “With no chance of an emergency stop, the results would not be pretty.” So warns incoming ADASS President Sarah Pickup who, in a wide-ranging speech to members at the Association’s spring seminar, argues that the recent passing of the Health and Social Care Act `only nods to social care’ as being needed to make health service reform work. For more information click here. 

Getting Around Access Guide 2012

Centro has published its 2012 Access Guide, click here to see the full document.



Dudley Group of Hospitals Governor Vacancy 

Dudley Group of Hospitals has a vacancy for a Governor from a local voluntary, community or faith organisation. The appointed Governor may hold office for an initial term of 3 years. The closing date is 12noon on Friday 13th April. Download the following documents: 

Covering letter from Andy Gray, Chief Officer Dudley CVS  

Governor Expectations and Responsibilities  

Application Form  

About Dudley Group of Hospitals 


Health Network Event 

Dudley CVS is hosting a Health Network event on Wednesday 18th April at Brierley Hill Methodist Church, Bank Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3DA. Registration begins at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start; the event is scheduled to close at 4.30pm. The primarily focus will be on Health and Wellbeing….. Where are we now?  

As we all know, there are huge changes taking place across the NHS and the event will explore the routes that patients, communities and the voluntary sector can use to influence strategic decisions around health and wellbeing in Dudley Borough.

The event will provide and opportunity to update the structures of the health sector in Dudley since the first Health Network meeting in November 2011. There will also be a progress report of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board and an update on HealthWatch, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, the future of Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Group and much, much more.
This event is open to staff and volunteers from all voluntary, community and faith organisations in the Dudley Borough.  Future Health Network event dates are planned for 18th July 2012, 10th October 2012 and 16th January 2013.

Click on the link below to reserve a place at the 18th April event. 


Dudley's Adult Social Care Annual Report: Improving lives making a difference
Dudley Council has published its first ever adult social care report called ‘Improving lives, making a difference’. The report, which covers the last year, states how the council has performed as a provider and commissioner of adult social care services. It is based around five key areas of information which are;

  • ·              Advice and guidance;
  • ·              Prevention and early intervention;
  • ·              Supporting people with specialist, complex and long- term conditions
  • ·              Safeguarding;             

The report includes plans for the future in each of these areas and calls for people to comment on the report and get involved in future reports.

The report and questionnaire is available at www.dudley.gov.uk/localaccount

The deadline for feedback is Friday 13th April 2012.



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if you would like more information about Dudley CVS or would like to use one of the services we offer, please contact our office :
Telephone : 01384 573381 Visit our office at : 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 3EE

Registered charity No. 517766 incorporated under the 1995 Companies Act No 1998105 DVCS 2010