Dudley Innovation fund – Round Two

Hold the date: Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund Round Two- Launch Event

Date: Tuesday 12th March Time: 5–8pm

Venue: Amblecote Christian Centre,102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote DY8 4BS

Following the successful launch of the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund in December 2017, Dudley Council is about to launch Round 2 of this exciting initiative for the borough.

The background to the Fund was the recognition by the Health and Wellbeing Board that we need to work together to do things differently in Dudley to achieve longer, safer, healthier lives for all.

We have a strong history across Dudley borough of people working together to improve their local communities. In order to support this approach, Dudley Council has identified the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund to enable people in our local communities to do more of the things they do best.

We all have an active role to play in helping to make this happen – individuals, families, communities, organisations and local politicians.


We are inviting you to this event to find out more about how this different way of investing money in our communities might benefit you in supporting new, innovative ideas for improving health and wellbeing.

If you are from a voluntary, community or faith sector group or organisation and you are working with communities in Dudley borough, please come along to find out about this exciting initiative.

Please register for the event using this link: https://innovationfundround2launchevent.eventbrite.co.uk

Staff or Volunteer of a Dudley VCO? You are invited

Dudley Children Young People and Families Network Meeting

Friday 1st March 2019

9.30 – 11.30

DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

Dudley CYPF Network is open to any staff member or volunteer that is involved in a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation which exists to support children, young people and families in Dudley Borough

We look forward to welcoming new and existing members to the next network event where members have asked for time to meet, get to know each other and explore opportunities to share, learn, collaborate and work together on existing agendas and exciting new plans.

The next round of the Dudley Innovation Fund opens on the 12th March 2019 so this meeting will be a great opportunity for any of you interested in submitting joint bids to find new contacts.

We would like to challenge each and every member to bring along a colleague or friend from another organisation who has not attended before!

As always a warm welcome and lots of great, inspirational people await you

Booking is not essential however an email to nicki@dudleycvs.org.uk to let us know you are coming helps with planning

PCC Victims Fund

The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson is encouraging organisations across the West Midlands to submit applications to his ‘Victims Fund’, which helps pay for support services for people traumatised by criminal activity.

Individual funding of up to £20,000 is available for each voluntary or community organisation that helps support victims to cope and recover from their experiences. Groups can apply on their own or they can join together and form a partnership.

The Victims Fund will open on 1st February 2019 and will be taking application from agencies through to 18th March 2019

Please follow this link for further information and details on how to apply;



Kind Regards,

Dudley CVS is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join our existing team

Youth and Community Development Officer (37hrs p.w)

SCP9 £20,344 – SCP19 £24,799 dependent on experience

Are you a creative thinker and doer? Do you have an ability to communicate effectively and support others to influence change? Are you passionate about the work that voluntary organisations and charities do to enhance the lives of children young people and their families? We are looking for an experienced individual who is comfortable with ambiguity and able to thrive in a fluid environment to support youth involving organisations and statutory partners to deliver a vibrant range of universal and Early Help services and activities across the borough to best meet the needs of our youth and their families.

Duration of posts:

Youth and Community Development Officer 13/14 months end date 31st March 2020

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 8th February 2019

Interview date: Week commencing 11th February 2019


For application forms and job descriptions, please contact

Dudley CVS, 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, DY5 3EE.

Tel: 01384 573381. Email: dale@dudleycvs.org.uk

or download an application pack from https://bit.ly/2fin9vz


Dudley CVS is an equal opportunities employer


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

Dudley Serious Case Review – Briefing Session

On Thursday 31st January 2019, Child A Serious Case Review will be published and uploaded onto the Dudley Safeguarding Board Website (link below).


A 90 Minute Multi Agency Briefing will take place on Monday 11th February 2018, 12:30pm until 2:00pm at Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY.

Can you please ensure the above information is disseminated within your agency/ organisation and the names of staff or volunteers attending sent to donna.thorneycroft@dudley.gov.uk


DFE Consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements in a range of voluntary sector organisations

 DfE have launched  a consultation regarding safeguarding arrangements for Out of School settings including religious groups, home education environments, tuition settings, youth centres, uniformed youth organisations and extra-curricular clubs which are not currently regulated by education or childcare law meaning such providers are not subject to the same safeguarding requirements as registered schools or childcare settings.

The DfE says that while there are many examples of exemplary providers that create positive and safe environments for children to flourish, there are also examples of settings that “lack sufficient safeguards” and in which children are at increased risk of harm to their physical or mental health; intellectual, emotional or behavioural development, or can be exposed to unsafe or hazardous environments.

It is important to share this information with unregistered childcare providers (those offering provision for children over the age of 8yrs and some holiday play-schemes) to encourage them to respond.

The consultation closes on the 24th February”. click the following link to complete


It would be really helpful if after you have completed the consultation you notify us through this blog so that we can calculate the number of Dudley responses.




Child Development in the Early Years Training

Please note there are a limited number of spaces still available for Child Development in the Early Years on Thursday 17th January 9:30-12:30pm


The course will:

  • Explore attachment theory and how it affects children’s personal, social and emotional development, behaviour and learning
  • Recognise that a child is a unique individual whose development usually follows predictable patterns
  • Provide an overview of development areas and the terminology most frequently used
  • Recognise that many factors affect a child’s development.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will: 

  • Have a broad overview of child development and will have considered their own professional development needs
  • Have an awareness of attachment theory and its affect on child development
  • Identify development areas and use these to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child
  • Know about the factors that may affect child development.

Who is this course for?

Professional workforce who work with and support young children and their families.

If you are interested in booking on please enrol on the link below:



For more information on our other courses please visit: https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/events-list