Funding for new innovative community projects

Dudley (CYPF) Network

inovation fundA new fund, which will see money invested in the local voluntary and community sector and boost support for adults, children and young people across the borough, will be launched next month.

 Dudley Council has earmarked funding to be reinvested as part of its special voluntary sector innovation fund. The council is looking for groups and organisations, with new and innovative ideas, which will help improve the lives of adults, children and young people.

Groups and organisations of any size can put forward project plans but to be successful they must show their ideas are new, innovative, sustainable and able to show how they will improve the lives of local people. Groups interested in getting involved can find out more at the launch event on Tuesday December 5 at Revival Fires, Wolverhampton Street, Dudley.

People must register their attendance for the event in advance via eventbrite at

People will…

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Let’s talk about trustees, board diversity and succession planning

Dudley CVS blog

During Trustees’ Week two years ago, I shared some data and thoughts about the diversity of trustee boards. Back then, the picture revealed that trustee boards didn’t reflect society in all of its diversity; just 0.5% of trustees were aged between 18 and 24 and two-thirds were over 50.

My feelings then were that charities could do more to make trusteeship appealing and accessible, by thinking about the barriers to becoming trustees and actively trying to reduce them, by being clear on what the role involved and what the charity is all about, by considering what gaps are on the board of trustees, by offering training, induction and mentoring.

And now? Having spent two more years supporting charities, my feelings are much the same, something which may be borne out by updated research findings released yesterday. The research commissioned by the Office for Civil Society and the Charity…

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Recruitment rules @DudleyCVS #wiseupwednesdays #volmgttoolkit

recruitTransparency is important for any successful volunteer management programme and recruitment is a key element of this.  It’s important that recruitment systems are structured and information is clearly available, in a range of formats to suit a diverse range of volunteers. If you are for example, looking to recruit volunteers with language skills, it may be helpful to have your recruitment information available in that language, in addition to English.

The selection process needs to be considered, along with how you will deal with volunteers who may not be suitable.

Are you screening processes fair and reasonable?

These are all things to consider and this section of the Volunteer Management Toolkit takes you through every stage of recruitment, from your procedures, to the selection and screening process. There are useful information sheets on recruiting volunteers, hints/tips on things to consider before marketing your opportunities and also information on selection and screening of volunteers.

For more information about the Volunteer Management Toolkit, please visit or contact Eileen at the Volunteer Centre on

OPP OF THE DAY: Group Support – Dementia Cafes (Broad Meadows Assisted Living Centre), Alzheimer’s Society

Group services can inform, educate, support and provide structured activities with defined 

outcomes for attendees in a relaxed and safe group setting. Dementia cafes are for groups of people with dementia and their carer.

You will provide support to the Group Co-ordinator to enable people affected by dementia to engage and socialise with other group members in a welcomin

g and non-judgemental environment. Volunteers are required to attend half an hour before to set up and stay for half an hour afterwards to clear away and have a debrief with the team.

Applicants must be aged 14 years and above.
Most venues are accessible – individual needs can be discussed.

This opportunity is based at Broad Meadows Assisted Living Centre, Red Kite Drive, Russells Hall, Dudley, DY1 2GS. Last Wednesday of each month, 6-8pm.

This role will suit you if you:
Enjoy meeting, talking and listening to people, demonstrating empathy and compassion
Recognise the importance of confidentiality and can show this in practice
Are comfortable volunteering as part of a team of volunteers and employees
Know about, or are willing to learn about dementia and its impact on people
Are prepared to complete induction into the role and attend/complete any necessary training

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Pauline Hollington
Tel: 0121 521 3020

Is Volunteer Management a Science?


Is Volunteer Management a Science

In 1959, novelist and scientist, C. P. Snow gave a lecture entitled  The Two Cultures. Essentially Snow argued that the humanities and science were split into opposing cultures, each one not understanding the other.

Most of us would probably categorize volunteer management as a humanity.  In the post  The Volunteer Investor I likened volunteers to humanity investors.  But while humanity is at the heart of volunteering, isn’t the management of volunteers a science? And, by treating it as a science, does that automatically remove the humanity?

Well, what if we look at other science based professions that serve humanity?

  • Does the researcher seeking a cure for cancer not dream about the potential millions of people saved?
  • Does the engineer developing a new prosthetic not imagine the first time an amputee puts on that device and walks?
  • Does a safety engineer never think about the children she may keep safe?

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