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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
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A Brierley Hill community centre, garden and allotment is celebrating after successfully applying to become a registered charity, just in time for the first ever Local Charities Day. (http://tinyurl.com/jrpaqry)

Hawbush Community Gardens (http://tinyurl.com/zlgmhho) is an oasis tucked into the Hawbush estate, where over the past few years, local residents have come together to tend the site. Residents and volunteers have created beautiful community allotment space alongside a handful of private allotments open for local people on a first come, first served basis. The facility also has a centre offering indoor space for different types of activities that bring the community together.

In early 2016, the group contacted Dudley CVS for guidance on whether Hawbush Community Gardens could register as a charity. Dudley CVS staff provided all relevant information about the implications and benefits of charitable status and supported the group to develop the paperwork and procedures registered charities need to have in place. In less than a year, Hawbush Community Gardens gained a board of trustees and had its application for charity status accepted by the Charity Commission.

The news has come just in time for the first ever Local Charities Day on 16th December. Local Charities Day is a government initiative that aims to celebrate the great work local charities do every day of the year, which is often overlooked in favour of well-known national charities.

Michelle Betteridge, trustee of Hawbush Community Gardens, said, “We are absolutely delighted to achieve charity status and thank Dudley CVS who have been a huge support with our application. I am quite sure that we wouldn’t have had the confidence to do this without Dudley CVS support. We’re now really looking forward to next year and working with local residents to make Hawbush Gardens a valuable resource for the community.”

Hawbush Community Gardens is now planning to run a variety of outdoor and indoor projects on the site in the new year, from biodiversity activities, health and fitness and fun, educational activities for the community.

Dudley CVS is a charity that supports people and organisations in Dudley borough to make a positive difference in the community. Dudley CVS also helps individuals or groups to set up, run and develop successful voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises by providing free-of-charge training, support and guidance.

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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