Community groups toolkit – meeting safely

Dudley MBC are inviting community group leaders to join us for a webinar to see how and if groups are able to meet safely under the new Government Coronavirus guidelines. This webinar is specifically for those working in community settings or running community groups in Dudley Borough.

To support groups, the Dudley Public Health Team have developed a toolkit which we will share with you at the webinar and discuss how the checklist and resources can be used to support you and your group.

The link to the current checklist is available via the following link. This checklist reflects tier 1 / medium risk guidance only:

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus-communities

This webinar will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. You will receive the invite in due course. For further details and to book a place, please follow this link: https://community-meeting-safely.eventbrite.co.uk

Child Food Poverty – Help this half term.

We know that things are tough at the moment, luckily we have some amazing organisations and business that are rising to the challenge and offering help and support. Here are a few we know about across Dudley Borough – Please comment and add more if you are aware of them. Lets get the message out and ensure no child in Dudley goes hungry.

Harry’s Café – High Street Brierley Hill parents have to say “Harrys Helpers” to staff – Monday -Friday Sit in or take away https://www.facebook.com/HarrysCafe65

The Lighthouse Cafe and Heaven’s Kitchen at Dudley Community Church in Salop Street, Eve Hill Dudley https://www.facebook.com/dccheavenskitchen/
  

Heaven’s Kitchen runs on a Monday Night 6 – 7 and is for those who are homeless, vulnerable or in need due to circumstance and they can get a free hot meal.  For This Week Only they are also operating a Grab and Go service on a Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon where a grab bag of cold food is provided to take away.  After this week it will operate on a Tuesday and Friday at 12 noon.

The Lighthouse Cafe is a newly opened cafe which does charge for meals, HOWEVER if anyone has a family that is in need, they can speak to Jeanette, the manager, and they will be provided with food.  The cafe this week will be open every day 9.30 – 2pm.  After this week the cafe will open 11 – 4 Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday and 10 – 2 on a Saturday.

 Champion’s Church, Netherton – https://www.championschurch.org.uk/community/

deliver around 300 meals every week to families on a Tuesday

Living Hope Church – are delivering around 250 meals to families in Russell’s Hall and the surrounding areas during this week info@livinghopechurch.org.uk / 07866 589 888

Black Country Wellbeing Centre – Gornal deliver meals on a Friday https://www.facebook.com/Black-Country-Wellbeing-Centre

High Oaks Community Centre, Brierley Hill do food collection on a Wednesday https://www.highoak-youth.com/projects/community-projects/

Revival Fires provide food parcels for families https://www.facebook.com/revivalfiresdudley/

Lunch on the Run are doing collection 10-2 you have to email them at enquiries@lunchontherun.co.uk or through their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lunchontherun

Loaves and fishes high street Dudley do a community foodbank https://www.loavesnfishes.co.uk/our-work/foodbank/

St Thomas’s Community Association We have decided in a short space of time that we will provide packed lunches to children in the area during this October half term.  You will be able to pick up a packed lunch from Sledmere Community Centre, The School Drive (off Buffery Road), Dudley, DY2 8EH. The centre is on the left before the main school gates. You will be able to pick up the pack lunch between 11.00am and 12.00 noon. To help us prepare the right number of lunches please email stthomasca@outlook.com or message us directly

Dreamers Distillery Bar https://www.facebook.com/dreamersdistillerybar/ on the waterfront Although we only open Thursday-Sunday currently, we want to do our bit, and will be offering this free Kids Lunch throughout half term. No purchase necessary, just ask for the Kids Lunch when you arrive… and bring your Kid

 Taste from India Pensnett during the half term holiday, Free kids meals shall be available

Tuesday – Wednesday- Friday 11:30am – 1:30pm. 1 meal per child.

Please message us the night before if you require a meal for your child/ children.

As our delivery drivers shall be in their day time jobs, we are looking for volunteer delivery drivers, please message if you can help Delivery area shall be within 3 miles of dy54hy only, sorry for any inconvenience. https://www.facebook.com/tastefromindia2020/

Mick’s Caribbean is supporting kids across Dudley this half term between 12-3pm. 179 Wolverhampton Street, DY1 3AD

 Gather Café Dudley  – free food is available every Saturday 9am-2pm! Working with FareShare and Tesco Dudley, Bring a bag, sanitise your hands and help yourself. Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. They also run a pay it forward scheme https://www.facebook.com/gatherdudleycic

Nemo’s Fish and Chips 14 Lake Street Lower Gornal DY3 2AU – message their facebook page and collect between 4-5pm https://www.facebook.com/NemosFishChips/

Fiddlesticks https://www.facebook.com/fiddlesticksCoffeeHouse/posts/174910734247949 

Fiddlesticks will offer the following to those who are entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS

(must have a letter, voucher or card proving your entitled)

We will provide children from 4yrs – 16 years , which is school ages. A lunch pack to take away, this will include a sandwich (ham/cheese) a pack of crisps, a fiddlesticks cookie. This will be done via a prebook system via the page ONLY. They also run a pay it forward

The Britannia Sports Bar  Stourbridge, working with Splish & Splosh Messy Play will feed any child in the area that needs a Hot Meal, Nuggets, Chips & Beans (im not a great cook but i can manage that) Monday to Friday of the school holiday next week.

Upper Crust Halesowen https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=146210677221460&id=100327715143090 Free cheese or ham sandwich and a piece of fruit at my shop over half term for any child entitled to a free school meal and in need. Upper Crust, 2 Manor Lane, Halesowen, B62 8BY. If anyone would prefer to phone the order through rather than ask in the shop please call 0121 422 5151. No child should go hungry

Wollaston Fish Bar Kids Eat FreeMONDAY THE 26TH – FRIDAY THE 30TH 12pm – 2pm

https://www.facebook.com/merchantsstourbridge/posts/1479522845589068 Merchants Stourbridge Kids eat freeMONDAY THE 26TH – THURSDAY THE 29TH 12pm – 3pm

The Backyard café  1 Charterfield Shopping Centre Charterfield Drive, Kingswinford DY6 7SH

From Wednesday 28th October until Sunday 1st November we will provide any children that need it a free packed lunch. All we ask is that you notify us by email at thebackyardcafe@outlook.com by 2pm the day before.

Lutley Oak Halesowen – you can collect take away meals free of charge from Wednesday 28th October – Friday 6th November 12pm-7pm for more information call 0121 550 3280

Google Map #AllKidsMatter 📍https://t.co/CyK4R7sKFh https://t.co/Ce9AyZSOtW

www.helpoutwhenschoolsout.co.uk 

www.allofustogether.uk free meals for kids during holidays

Invitation from Skills Training

Friday 16th October 2020 09:30 – 15:30

You are invited to come along to our Dudley Centre to meet the staff and get to hear our exciting opportunities for our Vocational BTEC Qualifications to support 16-18-year olds into Employment, Apprenticeships and Further Education. You will get the opportunity to have a guided tour of the centre and to get the insights into our blended learning via our online Moodle platforms. Meet our Mentors to see how we can support your client’s journey on programme through our My Mind programme and you will have the opportunity to meet our current learners on programme and hear first hand on how they are finding the programme

To comply with Government guidance and as a COVID safe employee you are asked to email

trevorcampbell@skillstraininguk.com To book a half hour visit as will be restricting visits to just 2 people at a time. Once you arrive we will explain our COVID procedures, take your temperature and ask you to record your visit for test and trace purposes.

Please do not let the above deter you from visiting us and observing our learners in action.  A warm welcome and a coffee and biscuits await.

Incentives and Progression

As you progress, there will be ‘milestones’ which will trigger incentive and

reward payments.

To ensure you are able to receive these you must:

● Maintain 95% attendance and punctuality.

● Be on track to achieve all qualification(s), as determined by your Tutor.

● Have provided the details of a bank account held in your own name.

Incentive Structure

At the end of Week 7 (if all eligibility criteria met) = payment of £50

Mid-point in programme (if all eligibility criteria met) = payment of £50

On or after Planned End Date of course (if eligibility criteria met) = payment of £100

Further payments of £25 will be triggered when the following qualifications are passed

and achieved at a minimum of Pass grade: Vocational qualification, English, maths


Bursary

You may be eligible for a weekly bursary depending on your personal

circumstances. These might include the following criteria:

● Be currently under the care of the Local Authority, or a recent care leaver.

● Be receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit (in your own name)

because you are financially supporting yourself.

● Be receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own

right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right

Young people support & stress helplines

Let’s face it, this year has been full of challenges and changes and we are not out of the woods yet. We thought it might be helpful for you to have a range of young peoples support and helpline information available to help with exam stress, next steps, back to school worries, anxiety and mental health issues, embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts that young people may have!

Childline – Helpline: 0800 1111

childline.org.uk

Coping with exam results

Back to school time

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.

The Mix – Helpline:  0808 808 4994

themix.org.uk

Coping with anxiety about school and exams

Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.  We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands.

Young Minds  – Parent’s Helpline:  0808 802 5544

youngminds.org.uk

Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown

National charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, their Parents Information Service provides information and advice for any adult with concerns about a child or young person.

Youth Access

youthaccess.org.uk

YIACS provides a holistic response to young people’s social, emotional and mental health needs through a range of services provided ‘under one roof’, including social welfare advice, advocacy, counselling, health clinics, community education and personal support. Our members respond to over one million enquiries a year on a diverse range of issues, including homelessness, benefits, debt, mental health, sexual health and relationships.

Kooth.com

kooth.com

Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems.  Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help.

Student Minds

studentminds.org.uk

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others through our national network of university groups.

Students Against Depression

studentsagainstdepression.org 

I feel anxious

Students Against Depression provides you with the resources you need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

Nightline

nightline.ac.uk

Find My Nightline

Nightlines provide emotional support to university students in distress. Now operating at over 90 universities and colleges, each individual Nightline is run by students for students at their university.  Nightline is confidential and anonymous;.

Papyrus – HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141

papyrus-uk.org

I’m worried about someone

Support for anyone under 35 experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

The Samaritans – Call 116 123

samaritans.org

Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help 24 hours a day.  We won’t judge you and we won’t share what you tell us with anyone else.  Get in touch by telephone, email, letter and face to face in the UK and Ireland.

No Panic

nopanic.org.uk

Youth Hub

Aims are to aid the relief and rehabilitation of those people suffering from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, other related Anxiety Disorders, including Tranquilliser & Drug Withdrawal, and to provide support to sufferers and their families and or carers.

 Smiling Mind App

Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.  Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.

Other links you may find useful

https://www.studentminds.org.uk/

https://www.mrsmactivity.co.uk/top-tips-for-returning-to-school-after-lockdown/

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/supporting-a-child-returning-to-school-after-lockdown/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNTHB_zWGdA

https://www.youthaccess.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/covid-19-resource-hub

The Connect Me Service

The Arts of Change Trust provides counselling and therapy services to disadvantaged and at-risk young people and adults, the main aim being to support people that face barriers to accessing mainstream provision. The Trust helps children, young people, adults, and families by providing counselling and creative art therapies including drama therapy, play therapy and art therapy, all delivered by professionally qualified experienced therapists.

The AoC Trust will be offering up to 6 FREE Counselling & Therapy sessions to people in the West Midlands who have directly been affected by Covid-19. This includes NHS staff, key workers, those that have lost loved ones due to the virus or who have felt trapped during the pandemic.

The sessions can be held in multiple ways including face to face, telephone or Zoom video calls. The work is in association with The Big Lottery Fund who have given them a grant to support those in need

If you or someone you know needs their support then please get in touch on 01384 211 168 or email – support@theaoc.org.uk

Connect time

See, Hear, Respond

Barnardo’s have a new service for children, young people, parents and carers who are experiencing crisis due to COVID 19If you are worried about a child or young person experiencing harm and increased adversity or are looking for advice and help there are 2 ways to access the serviceSubmit a referral through their website www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond or contact them on 0800 157 7015.

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Looking to help with local COVID-19 efforts?

Dudley CVS has been asked to lead on co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough, working with existing voluntary and community groups and the volunteer centre and connecting people that need support to assets in their local community.

Get involved and be part of this…

Organisations and groups:

If your organisation or group would like to be part of a virtual COVID-19 Support Network (more details below) to explore options for mobilising local support for vulnerable people, please complete and return this form via email to admin@dudleycvs.org.uk .

Individual volunteer:

If you are interested in registering as an individual volunteer to help support local vulnerable people, please complete and return this form via email to admin@dudleycvs.org.uk ..

Dudley CVS will be:

  • Co-ordinating community action – The Dudley borough is well blessed with active voluntary, community and faith based organisations and volunteers that will be developing plans to support vulnerable people in localities. There will be an additional groundswell of local people wanting to play a role in supporting COVID-19 efforts. Dudley CVS will look to harness this support in a safe and effective manner ensuring efforts are well co-ordinated and duplication is minimised.
  • Explore the establishment of six new virtual COVID-19 Support Networks, one in each of the following localities. Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal, Dudley and Netherton, Kingswinford and Amblecote, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye and Halesowen and Quarry Bank. We envisage these will involve colleagues from DMBC, the Police, voluntary sector organisations and groups, Fire Service, NHS and other colleagues. These will explore options for mobilising sector support for vulnerable and excluded groups.

Dudley CVS is co-ordinating local COVID-19 efforts to help establish six COVID-19 Support Networks for each of the following geographical localities:

• Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal
• Dudley and Netherton
• Kingswinford and Amblecote
• Brierley Hill
• Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye
• Halesowen and Quarry Bank

Dudley CVS are building resources to help not-for-profits. This list includes emergency grant funding and links to official help and guidance. It will be updated regularly as the situation is rapidly changing. Please find latest updates on our news page Covid-19: Help for not-for-profits.

As always the CYPF Team at CVS are here for you, if you need anything, even just a remote chat get in touch. You can call us on 01384 217 059 / 01384 217 058 or email Nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk or donna@dudleycvs.org.uk. Stay safe, look after yourselves and each other and stay kind.

 

Half Term Wellbeing Activities

Citizen have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Crime Commissioner to run distraction and wellbeing activities over the October Half-Term. They have decided to partner with other organisations to offer some exciting activities throughout the borough.
Citizen Half-Term Activities
Monday 28th October- LEAP DUDLEY: Wellbeing & Trampoline session 8- 25 year olds.  [Waivers for young people under 16 years old need to be completed before attendance]
Tuesday 29th October- PAMPER SESSION @ St Mary’s Church Brierly Hill 16-25 year olds (Lunch provided)
Wednesday 30th October- STREET ART/ VIDEO MAKING/ CUPCAKE DECORATING @ DY1 Building DY1 1RT 8- 25 years old (Lunch provided)
 
PLEASE SHARE this with any young people within Dudley who you feel would be interested.
Places will be filled first come, first served.