We’ll help you dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities @DudleyCVS

 Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
 Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
 Do your volunteers sign a contract?
 Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?

Many volunteer-involving organisations are not aware of the legal implications when working with volunteers. Our session aims to dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities. We also use actual case studies where volunteers have taken organisations to court, to help demonstrate bad practice when involving volunteers.

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Building friendships for people with dementia and their carers in Brierley Hill

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Meet Paul and Alison. They’re the team behind the lovely Alzheimer’s and Friendship Group that meets at the Storehouse in Brierley Hill on most Monday evenings. It’s a place where people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and their carers can come to meet others, share mutual support and make friends.

I visited them recently to learn more about them and what the group means to the people that attend.

As soon as I got to the door, I was greeted by Paul, who welcomed me into the Storehouse coffee shop which was laid out nicely so that everyone could see and talk to each other, or talk in smaller groups if they wanted to. I introduced myself to everyone and soon people started telling me their own stories about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, which I think was a sign of how comfortable they felt in their surroundings.

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Tips for being successful with your funding applications

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Organisations in the voluntary, community and faith sector have, over many years, carried out essential and important work helping people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, lonely and unable to access services for a variety of reasons. As a consequence of what they do they are able to apply for grants from a variety of funding bodies such as trusts/foundations (e.g. Lloyds Bank Foundation, Henry Smith Charity and Garfield Weston Foundation) as well as national funders such as BBC Children in Need and the Big Lottery.

In these times of austerity and poverty the role of charitable organisations in society and communities has increased massively however many of them have experienced funding cuts and, as a result, there has been a massive strain on their resources affecting their ability to support vulnerable people to the extent that they used to.

So what are the options facing these organisations? Some…

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Why not join Steve Waltho for the Peace Walk on 21st September? @stevejwaltho @DudleyCVS @StJohnschurchPG @bishopdudley #worldpeaceday

Following the tremendous success of our Fort William visit last month we have worked with St Johns Preservation Group and are staging the event below on World Peace Day this coming Friday 21st Sept. I will be leading the Peace Walk (about a mile if that) to Cawney Hill which is geographically the highest point in the borough. We hope to announce that plans to build a Peace Cairn to commemorate the great Bert Bissell (who built the Cairn on the summit of Ben Nevis) will be commenced in the future.

Please feel free to join us and bring friends. We hope the event will then become an annual feature in our calendar. Thank you, 

Peace and best wishes,

Cllr Steve Waltho

(Chair Bert Bissell Memorial Society) 

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT STEVE ON:

Cllr.Steve.Waltho@dudleymbc.org.uk

A club for everyone! Dudley Rowing Club

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You’d be forgiven for not associating landlocked Dudley with watersports! But did you know there are lots of opportunities to get on (and in!) the water without venturing too far from home? There’s the canal network, where Stourbridge Arm Canoe Club paddle; there’s the lake at Himley Hall that I once fell in after an argument with an uncooperative kayak, and which is home to Himley Hall Sailing Club; there’s all sorts going on at Dudley Watersports Centre based at Lodge Farm Reservoir in Netherton, including waterskiing and wakeboarding, sailing, scuba diving and open water swimming!

One of the newest additions to Dudley Watersports Centre is Dudley Rowing Club, a friendly group that wants to pass its love of rowing to anyone and everyone. I met with them recently to find out more about them, discuss their plans and help them to find some funders that might support…

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Volunteers and the Law – Clarify myths and understand your legal responsibilities

  • Do volunteers have the same rights as employees?
  • Health and safety doesn’t apply to volunteers does it?
  • Are you aware how easy it is to create a contract with volunteers?

Many volunteer-involving organisations are not aware of the legal implications when working with volunteers. Our session aims to dispel myths and clarify your legal responsibilities. We also use actual case studies where volunteers have taken organisations to court, to help demonstrate bad practice when involving volunteers.

We are planning to run our popular Volunteers and the law training on 20th November 2018 in Brierley Hill. To book your place please visit our Eventbrite listing

 

The charge for the training is £10 to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments.

What will the session cover?

  • Defining volunteering and when someone is not a volunteer
  • Who can or cannot volunteer and conditions that may apply
  • How current legislation has implications for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations
  • Identifying volunteers’ rights and the responsibilities of organisations when involving volunteers
  • Taking steps to avoid creating employment conditions with volunteers
  • Evaluating a legal case study and discuss the likely outcome