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

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We collectively welcome the opportunity afforded by the devolution deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority, and believe that the local community and voluntary sector has an important role to play in ensuring the WMCA achieves its aspirations for public service improvement, financial regeneration, and positive social change.

Our sector makes a considerable contribution to the West Midlands area. At a conservative estimate, we comprise: 20,000 local groups with an annual turnover of around £1.4bn; 34,000 FTE of paid staff; 480,000 volunteers worth a further £1.3bn per annum to the region’s economy; and a spending power of close to £3.3bn. Between us, we deliver somewhere in the region of 31 million interventions for local people in the WMCA area each year.

The organisations and volunteers we serve identify strongly with the major priority issues being addressed by the WMCA, such as employment and skills, mental health, and working with those with multiple and complex needs through the Troubled Individuals approach. We are eager to contribute through partnership to the development of action plans and activities in these areas.

Our place on the WMCA’s Public Service Board is very welcome, and we have appointed Brian Carr (Chief Executive of Birmingham Voluntary Service Council) as our initial representative, with Stephen Banbury (Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Coventry) as a substitute. Brian and Stephen will be working to link the local sector into conversation with the WMCA and we will shortly be holding a regional event for local groups where they can learn more about the WMCA and its plans.”

· Further information will shortly be available at www.wmvcs.org.uk where it will also be possible to feed in views and to contribute to the developing conversation.

· Local community and voluntary groups are asked to "hold the date" for a free event on 12th April 2016 (timings and venue to be confirmed) at which they can find out more about how to engage with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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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