Festive Time to Talk – 17th December, 11am-2pm

Dudley College students and staff are inviting people who are over the age of 65 and are in need of a chat and a bit of social time to come along to the main hall of the Broadway Campus to have a chat, a drink and a mince pie and some entertainment.

The Broadway campus is accessible and car parking spaces can be reserved if necessary. People from health and social care organisations who may want to come and meet up for the event are also welcome.

Santa Run – Sunday 2nd December

This year Beacon’s ‘Santa Run’ will be held on Sunday 2nd December from 9.30am at West Park. WCR FM will be there on the day providing the entertainment and Wolverhampton Wanderers very own ‘Wolfie’ will be joining in on the action and running along with the kids.

Do get family and friends to come along too and join in the fun. See the poster below for more details. Sign up here: https://www.beaconvision.org/event/santa-run-2018/   

Linking volunteers to the right opportunities is what we do, but don’t just take our word for it. Why not ask @DCTTrips

Helping an organisation and a volunteer build a great relationship is something we love to do, and also helping to ensure that people who manage volunteers have access to a wide range of appropriate support.  This lovely story from Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust has been featured in this year’s Dudley CVS Annual Report, so we thought we would share it with you.  Why not see how we can help you support and recruit the right volunteers?  We hope you enjoy Becci and Ben’s video stories here

Planning an event? Not sure where to start and need some help? We have the ultimate Event Fairy looking for a new challenge.

This year we were very fortunate to have an AMAZING local lady volunteer to help organise this year’s Dudley Volunteer Awards, beavering away behind the scenes doing all the boring but essential jobs to make the evening a great success.

Poppy lives in Dudley and is currently doing an Event Management Course and wants to build her CV with lots of practical experience to hone her skills.  She’s offering to support local not-for-profit groups who are organising events in any way she can, helping with planning and logistics, not physically rattling tins!

Poppy can give you the most valuable thing you need … her time and enthusiasm (which is boundless!)  We can most heartily recommend her skills, commitment and passion to make your event a huge success.

You can get in touch by dropping her an email to:


Resting on Nonprofit Laurels


Resting on Non-Profit Laurels courtesy of gratisography.com

I don’t remember the date, but I remember the conversation. It was the first time I’d heard the word “competition” in relation to volunteer organizations. I was in a community meeting and nonprofit experts were discussing the impact of a newly formed non-profit in the area.

“They’ll be looking for the same resources,” one expert said.

“Yes, we now have competition,” another added.

Huh, competition. That’s one way to look at it. But here’s the kicker statement from the CEO of one of the established titan organizations. It’s a statement that stuck with me. “I wouldn’t worry too much, because we’ve been in this community for years and the public knows us and knows we care.”

I might add that the start-up organization did very well.

Do established nonprofits have a monopoly on compassion? Or on knowledge on how to solve societal challenges? I have always suspected…

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