Do you look after volunteers? Why not pop along to one of our Connect over a Cuppa sessions?

Eileen from DCVS Volunteer Centre has started some regular monthly get-togethers for anyone who manages volunteers, be they a paid member of staff or a volunteer themselves.

She plans to move them around the borough.  The first one was in Stourbridge on 16th October and we had 8 lovely visitors 🙂  The next one is in Halesowen on 15th November.  Please do pop along, grab a cuppa and have a chat about anything volunteering. Hope to see you there.

Eileen plans to add more dates for after Christmas, so please keep your eyes peeled

Memory Walk – Walk for a world without dementia

It’s time to come together to walk towards a cure for dementia.

This autumn, join over 100,000 people coming together to defeat dementia.

Sign up today at

Sutton Coldfield Memory Walk, Sutton Park – 14th September 2019, 9:30am-2:00pm
Birmingham Memory Walk, Cannon Hill Park – 12th October 2019, 10:00am-1:30pm

Or volunteer to help out on the day.  There are lots of roles available, so rally together your friends and family and take part in an unforgettable event experience at Memory Walk.
Sign up today to volunteer at your nearest

Annual Bert Bissell memorial climb of Ben Nevis is raising funds for Team Jules @WeAreBCR

“On the 8th August a 17 strong group from Dudley will travel to Fort William for our 6th annual visit to honour our famous peace campaigner Bert Bissell and reinforce our towns close links. Whilst there we will pay respects at his graveside in Glen Nevis, visit Duncansburgh church where windows from Dudley’s former Vicar Street church are installed and hold a short memorial service there where Bert was so well known and respected. Then of course some of us will be following in his footsteps by climbing the mighty Ben Nevis. I’ve asked this before but if anyone would care to join us one year please let me know. Meanwhile the Bert Bissell Memorial Society has a Facebook page for anyone interested in a bit of background. Just google it. 

This years charitable cause will be rather more personal than in previous years and the reasoning behind it is that an inspirational mum of four from Wordsley has liver cancer and needs a large amount of money rather quickly to undertake an expensive advanced drug programme. Jules Garratt-Payne still runs a fitness class despite debilitating chemotherapy sessions and has raised large amounts for charity herself … payback time! Her amazing friends have got together to form ‘Team Jules’ and have embarked on a major fundraising programme of events. This is our contribution. Please consider sponsoring our climb and you can do this in one of two ways. The simplest is a reply to this e-mail pledging sponsorship. However it would be wonderful to spread the word further and this can be done by sharing the fundraising page which you’ll find at 

You can also donate directly via the site and if you do it would help us if you put ‘Ben Nevis’ in the comments box so we can identify how much our individual event raises. “


Fundraiser by Michelle Cartwright : Fundraising4Jules

Michelle Cartwright needs your help today! Fundraising4Jules – One of our closest friends is sadly suffering from Secondary Liver cancer, and unfortunately, this is not a cancer that can be cured. She has been having various types of Chemotherapy for the last 18 months, with the aim to find the most suitable one which will delay any further growth of the…