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					                                                                                                       August 2005




                                                         The Monthly Newsletter of Dudley CVS

                                                                                       CONTENTS
          NEW DUDLEY COUNCIL PLAN                                   Dudley Council Plan ......................... 1
                                                                    Local Compact Champions ......................2
Dudley Council has unveiled its council plan for 2005/06            Charity Retailing Code………………………………2
highlighting six key areas in which the council will work to        Home Improvement Agencies………………………2
further improve services and quality of life for people in the
borough. The plan also lists many of the council’s major
                                                                    What’s New ................................... 3-4
                                                                    BT Community Website Builder ............................ 3
performance targets for the next year. The council will focus
                                                                    VAT ...................................................................... 3
its improvement efforts on the following six areas: caring,
                                                                    Running Sport........................................................ 3
environment, learning, regeneration, safety and quality             Acas Free Learning Online .................................... 3
service.                                                            Community Interest Companies ........................... 3
   The plan also confirms the council’s commitments to listen       Youth Green Paper................................................ 3
to local people, respond to what they say and be accountable        Free procurement toolkit ....................................... 3
for its performance. The plan underpins the Dudley                  Eye Tests............................................................... 3
Community Partnership’s 15-year community strategy,                 Commonwealth Youth Exchange Visits ................. 4
  Among the actions the council says it will carry this year are:   News to Use .......................................................... 4
                                                                    IT 4 Communities .................................................. 4
      Schemes to further reduce crime                               Getting involved in Local Area Agreements ........... 4
      Plans to regenerate local towns                               Funding ......................................... 4-5
      Further improvements in local waste recycling                 The Big Lottery ...................................................... 4
      Supporting older people to live at home                       Futurebuilders........................................................ 4
      Improving educational achievements for all people             Sure Start .............................................................. 4
      Providing better access to council services                   Youth Music ........................................................... 5
                                                                    Guardian Charity Awards 2005.............................. 5
  The 2005-2008 Council Action Plan is also now available.          2005 Giving Week ................................................. 5
The Action Plan is the delivery mechanism for the Council to        Getting the facts on fundraising ............................. 5
                                                                    Using the web for arts and culture ......................... 5
deliver the aspirations set out in the Council Plan.
                                                                    Impact Award......................................................... 5
                                                                    The Anchor Foundation ......................................... 5
      Copies of a summary of the plans are available by
      contacting:                                                   Volunteering News .......................... 6
      Tel: 01384 8125228.                                           Diversity ................................................................. 6
                                                                    Volunteers and the Law ......................................... 6
                                                                    Year of the Volunteer 2005 .................................... 6
      To see a summary or full version of the Dudley Council
                                                                    Volunteer Audit ...................................................... 6
      plans visit:
                                                                    Training for Volunteers and Workers ..................... 6
      Website: www.dudley.gov.uk
                                                                    Local News and Events... ............... 7
      For more information on the plans contact Geoff               Domestic Violence ................................................. 7
                                                                    Social Enterprise Trade Fair DVD ......................... 7
      Thomas on:
                                                                    Children’s Services Newsletter .............................. 7
      Tel: 01384 815270 or
                                                                    ASAN and Green-Works ...................................... 7
      Email: geoff.thomas@dudley.gov.uk                             Mentoring & Befriending ........................................ 7

  For voluntary and community organisations an                      Training ............................................ 8
                                                                    Train With TAF ..................................................... 8
understanding of the Council Plan, Action Plan and other
                                                                    Community Education ........................................... 8
local plans can help you to link in with local strategies,
develop partnership working and if your services or                 Spotlight On .. .................................. 8
activities meet local priorities this can help in supporting        Red Dragons ......................................................... 8
funding applications.                                               Core Services ........................................................ 8

                                                                    Dates for your Diary ........................ 8


                                                       1
                                            WHAT’S NEW
Local Compact Champions                                       Housing:
                                                                   Tony Arthurs, Tel: 01384 812508;
   Last months Echo gave information on the
                                                                   email: tony.arthurs@dudley.gov.uk
Dudley Borough Compact. This edition of the
Echo provides details on the Compact                          Social Services:
Champions. Compact Champions have been                             Mike Marshall, Tel: 01384 815146;
designated within each of the service Directorates                 email: mike.marshall@dudley.gov.uk
of the Council and each of the Health Trusts, their                Christine Ballinger, Tel: 01384 813061;
role is to:                                                        email: chris.ballinger@dudley.gov.uk
       Oversee the contact with voluntary and                 Urban Environment:
       community groups                                            Andy Webb, Tel. 01384 815579,
       Review the effectiveness of the service in                  email: andy.webb@dudley.gov.uk
       adhering to the Compact
                                                              Other Contacts
       Provide a point of liaison and referral for the
                                                              Andy Gray, Chief Officer, Dudley Council for
       sector if there are felt to be particular issues
                                                              Voluntary Service, Tel: 01384 71866;
       arising from that service’s contact with the
                                                              email: andygray@dudleycvs.org.uk
       sector
                                                              Kenneth      Rodney, Director, Dudley Racial
  The role of the Compact Champion is not to
                                                              Equality Council, Tel: 01384 456166;
replace the usual, more day-to-day contact
                                                              email:
arrangements.       The Compact Champion will,
                                                              dudley@racialequalitycouncil.freeserve.co.uk
however, try to help organisations with any
                                                              Mike Mason, Voluntary Sector Network,
particular queries or problems under the Compact
                                                              Tel: 01384 77160;
which have not been resolved through the usual
                                                              email: masonbh.methodist@virgin.net
channels. Particular issues can also be raised
                                                              Dennis Hodson, Director, Dudley Community
with Dudley CVS and the other contacts listed
                                                              Partnership, Tel: 01384 814756;
below. Any questions of principle will be referred
                                                              email: dennis.hodson@dudley.gov.uk
to the Dudley Community Partnership’s Compact
Steering Group.
Health Trusts Compact Champions                               Charity Retailing Code
Dudley Beacon and Castle NHS Primary Care                     The Association of Charity Shops (ACS) has
Trust                                                         developed a Code of Charity Retailing as part of
      Valerie Little, Tel: 01384 366111;                      the fundraising self-regulation agenda. This will
      email: val.little@dudley.nhs.uk                         gradually replace the existing Kitemark. It covers
Dudley South NHS Primary Care Trust                           mandatory regulations and a wide range of good
     Alan Torbet, Tel: 01384 366124;                          practice requirements, and from 2007 this is due
     email: alan.torbet@dudley.nhs.uk                         to be a requirement for ACS membership.
                                                                   Website:
Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust                               wwwcharityshopsorguk/CodeCharityretailing
     Ann Close, Tel: 01384 244577;                                                                     Source: Voluntary News

     email: ann.close@dgoh.nhs.uk
Dudley MBC Compact Champions                                  Home Improvement Agencies (HIA’s)
Chief Executive’s/general Compact enquiries:                  HIA’s offer a valuable service to older, disabled or
      Geoff Thomas, Tel: 01384 815270;                                                       s
                                                              vulnerable homeowners. HIA' are small, locally
      email: geoff.thomas@dudley.gov.uk                       based, not-for-profit organisations. They also
      Simon Manson, Tel: 01384 814713;                        provide advice and support on benefits
      email: simon.manson@dudley.gov.uk                       entitlement, help with financial and technical
                                                              issues. HIA’s have also developed: Hospital
Education and Lifelong Learning:                              discharge schemes; '   Handy person'schemes to
     Dewi Williams, Tel: 01384 815184;                        carry out home repairs; Security         measures;
     email: dewi.williams@dudley.gov.uk                       Gardening and decorating schemes; Home safety
      Cindy Peek, Tel: 01384 814206;                          advice; Energy efficiency and affordable warmth
      email: cindy.peek@dudley.gov.uk                         measures. Foundations is the ODPM appointed
Finance, ICT and Procurement:                                 National Coordinating Body for HIA’s in England.
     Menna Flavell, Tel: 01384 814807;                               Website: www.foundations.uk.com
     email: menna.flavell@dudley.gov.uk                              Tel: 01457 891909
                                                                                              Source: CIB Newsletter June 2005




                                                          2
                                              WHAT’S NEW
BT Community Website Builder                                          Community Interest Companies(CIC)
  The BT Community Website Builder allows                               CIC are now available as a new legal form. This
registered UK charities, non-profit making                            is a new type of limited company with an asset
organisations and volunteer led groups to build                       lock ensuring that it carries out activities for the
and maintain their own website free of charge, All                    benefit of the community rather than private gain.
you need is a computer, an internet connection                        These cannot be charities and are not the
and a web browser.                                                    Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) that
                                                                      are proposed in the Charities Bill. CICs are
      For further details please visit:                               intended as a vehicle for non-charitable social
      Website: www.communitykit.co.uk                                 enterprises. Further information:
      E-mail: support@ik.com
                               Source: CIB Newsletter June 2005
                                                                            www.bateswells.co.uk/charityfaq.htm#
                                                                            www.sandy-a.co.uk/managing.htm#cic
VAT                                                                         www.dti.gov.uk/cics/
  If you are supplying services that attract VAT                            www.companieshouse.gov.uk/
(whether zero rated or at the standard rate) and                            promotional/cics.shtml
your supply of these services exceeds £58,000                                                           Source: NACVS’ LINX Issue 21
p.a, you need to talk to HM Revenue and
Customs about registering for VAT. If you are
unsure of whether your services attract VAT you                       Youth Green Paper
can obtain guidance from HM Revenue and                                 On 18 July 2005 the Government published the
Customs helpline:                                                     Youth Green Paper, Youth Matters. It addresses
                                                                      key issues relating to how we support and
     Tel: 0845 010 9000.                                              challenge young people.
                                                                            For further details please visit:
Running Sport                                                               Website:
   Running Sport is Sport England’s club                                    www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/youth/
development programme. It is designed to help
sports clubs and sports volunteers run their clubs                    Acas Free Learning Online
as effectively as possible by addressing key                            Acas has developed a practical series of online
issues such as volunteer management, club                             learning courses to help you understand and set
finances and development planning. The Running                        up the right procedures so your organisation can
Sport Support Team are based in London and                            run smoothly. The courses take you through the
focus on the delivery of Running Sport Workshops                      latest developments in employment law and give
e.g. Funding & Promoting Your Club, Sports                            advice on good practice. They are free and you
Development Planning, Sports Facility                                 can go through any course at any time. It is also
Development, etc. Running Sport have also                             worth looking on the Acas website for their very
recently produced a series of downloadable                            useful advisory booklets and advise leaflets:
resources covering areas such as recruitment and
retention of volunteers, organising competitions                            Website: www.acas.org.uk
and managing events.
      For further information:                                        Eye Tests
      Website: www.sportengland.org                                     Questions have been raised regarding eye tests
      Tel: 0800 363373                                                for employees using computers. For general
                                                                      guidance, and information on good practice, go to
                                                                      the Health and Safety Executive [HSE]:
Free procurement toolkit                                                     Tel: 08701 545500
  A free Procurement Toolkit has been launched                               Website: www.hse.gov.uk
by the Department of Trade and Industry, to assist                                                          s
                                                                        For specific cases, the employee' trade union
social enterprises to bid for and win public sector                   should be able to advise. General advice states
business. To get your own copy visit the Small                        that if an employee uses computers more than
Business Service’s website:                                           occasionally, and asks for an eye test, the
      www.sbs.gov.uk/content/                                         employer should provide it. However, just as
      socialenterprise/procure_text.pdf.                              important as the eye test is ensuring the
                                  Source: AVS Spring Newsletter
                                                                      computer, work station, chair, etc are appropriate.


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      WHAT’S NEW cont’d                                                                         FUNDING
Commonwealth Youth Exchange                                                   The Big Lottery
Visits                                                                          The Big Lottery Fund have now published the
  Young people participate in Commonwealth                                    results from their Phase 2 consultation. This new
youth exchanges via their local organisations -                               document reports on what actions have been
their youth club, community or youth organisation                             taken as a result of the Phase I consultation,
or school. Each autumn the Commonwealth Youth                                 provides a summary of the findings from Phase 2
Exchange Council invites applications for                                     and describes how your comments informed
exchange grants for the following financial year,                             decisions on new programmes for the period
participants are usually aged 15-25 years. Closing                            2006-2009. As a result of the Phase 2
dates are 23 September and 14 October 2005.                                   consultation, a set of themes and outcomes have
                                                                              been agreed that will shape future work and
      For further information please contact:                                 funding programmes. The Big Lottery will hold a
      Website: www.cyec.org.uk                                                range of briefings across the region in October
      Email: mail@cyec.org.uk                                                 with details on their new programmes. Further
      Tel: 020 7498 6151                                                      information will be available in The Echo and by
                       Source: CIB Funding Newsletter July/August 20005       contacting the Big Lottery directly.
                                                                                    For further information:
News to Use                                                                         Website:
  News to Use is a news service to help anyone                                      www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/consultation
producing a newsletter, newspaper, website or                                       Tel: 0121 200 3500
radio for their community. Members get an email
ten times a year giving links to all the new items
that have been posted on this website. All the                                Futurebuilders
material is royalty-free, and produced for News to                              Futurebuilders provides long-term investment in
Use by professionals, but the topics are decided                              voluntary and community organisations that are
as a result of members saying what they want.                                 capable of delivering public services.
  A year' subscription to News to Use will cost
          s                                                                   Futurebuilders aims to invest in the five public
£45 for a single user. A multiple subscription (five                          service delivery areas of: Community cohesion;
named subscribers on the same account) costs                                  Crime; Education and learning; Health and social
£120.                                                                         care; Support for children and young people.
                                                                              Loan funding is a substantial part of every
       For further information please contact:                                Futurebuilders investment, often complemented
       Website: www.news-to-use.co.uk                                         by grants and always backed up by support to
       Email: editor@news-to-use.co.uk                                        help organisations manage loan funding and
       Tel: 01225 338473                                                      move towards long-term sustainability.
                                                                                The next Futurebuilders application window will
                                                                              close on Friday 30 September 2005.
IT 4 Communities (It4C)
  IT4C wants to hear from community and                                             For further information:
voluntary groups across the UK in need of ICT                                       Website:
project support. For further information::                                          www.futurebuilders-england.orguk
                                                                                    Email:
      Webste: www.it4communities.org.uk                                             info@futurebuilders-england.org.uk
                                                                                    Tel: 0191 261 5200
                                        Source: NACVS’ LINX Issue 21                                          Source: CIB Newsletter June 2005




Getting involved in Local Area                                                Lye, Rufford and Wollescote Sure Start
Agreements (LAA)                                                                Funding up to £1,000 available to any voluntary
                                                                              organisation, or group of individuals with a good
  NACVS has published guidance on LAAs.                                       idea, working in the Sure Start area. Funding is for
Getting involved in local area agreements:
'                                                                             activities or services involving children under 5
Guidance for local voluntary and community                                    years and/or their families.
organisations'this can be downloaded from their
new web page on Working with Local Authorities:                                For further information contact:
                                                                                    Arnie Troxler-Core Services
      Website: www.nacvs.org.uk/resources/la                                        Tel: 01384 485458
                                         Source: NACVS’ LINX Issue 21
                                                                                    Email: childrens@dudleycvs.org.uk

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                                                          FUNDING
Youth Music                                                                 Getting the facts on fundraising
                s
  Youth Music' new Programmes                                                 Charity Facts is a new website which aims to be
opened for application on July 1,                                           an independent source of information about
2005. Youth Music will be funding                                           fundraising techniques and will explain how
music-making activities through                                             charities fundraise and why. Launched in March,
three new Open Programmes:                                                  the website is already supported by major
       First Steps will fund music-                                         charities and endorsed by the Institute of
       making activities for children aged 0-5.                             Fundraising.
       Awards will be between £5,000 and
       £15,000.                                                                   For further details please visit:
       Make It Sound will fund music-making                                       Website: www.charityfacts.org
                                                                                                                 Source: Voluntary News
       activities for young people aged 5-18.
       Awards between £10,000 and £30, 000.
       Vocalise! will fund singing and vocal                                Using the web for arts and culture
       activities for young people aged 5-18, with                            Culture Online, the scheme offering
       the focus being on those aged 8-14.                                  communities access to arts and culture via the
       Awards will be between £5,000 and                                    web, is inviting new project proposals.
       £20,000.
                                                                                  For further information:
       For further information:                                                   Website: www.cultureonline.gov.uk
                                                                                                                 Source: Voluntary News
       Website: www.youthmusic.org.uk
       Tel: 020 7902 1060
                      Source: CIB Funding Newsletter July/August 2005
                                                                            Impact Award
                                                                              GSK’s IMPACT awards are designed to
                                                                            recognise and reward the work of voluntary
Guardian Charity Awards 2005                                                organisations with a proven track record in the
  The awards seek to recognise small charities                              area of community healthcare.
that are making an outstanding contribution to                              Key features of the awards:
social welfare at grassroots in the UK. Charities                                Open to registered charities.
with an income from £5,000 to £1m are eligible to                                Ten winners receive £20,000, and one
apply.                                                                           overall winner receives an extra £10,000
   The closing date for entries will be Friday 9                                 In addition, up to ten highly commended
September. The winners will be announced at an                                   organisations receive £5,000
award ceremony in December. The five winners                                     The awards are designed to recognise
will receive £6,000 each and a brand new PC                                      success and achievements for existing work
from Smartchange. For a copy of the entry form
telephone or nominate online:                                                Closing date for applications is Friday 21st
                                                                            October 2005.
      Website: www.societyguardian.co.uk/
                                                                                 For further details please visit:
      charityawards
                                                                                 Website:
      Tel: 01727 898146
                                                                                 www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards
                      Source: CIB Funding Newsletter July/August 2005




2005 Giving Week                                                            The Anchor Foundation
   The web site for National Giving Week 2005 (in                           The Foundation supports Christian charities
October) has been launched by Charities Aid                                 concerned with social inclusion particularly through
Foundation, to "spearhead the campaign which                                ministries of healing and the arts. Applications
this year urges donors to make their giving more                            need to be received by 31st August or 28th
effective, challenges companies to get more in-                             February each year.        Application forms and
volved in their communities, and encourages                                 guidelines can be downloaded from their website.
small and medium-sized charities to make more of                            In any one year, the grant range to a project is
their fundraising.                                                          between £500 and £12,000.
                                                                                   For further information please visit:
     For further details visit:                                                    Website: theanchorfoundation.org.uk/
     Website: www.nationalgivingweek.org                                           Email:
                                              Source: Voluntary News               secretary@theanchorfoundation.org.uk

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    VOLUNTEERING                                                      VOLUNTEERING NEWS
      CASEBOOK

DIVERSITY
  This month’s case study raises the issue of Diversity.
A diverse organisation is one which values difference
and recognises that people with different backgrounds,            Potential Projects for Volunteer Teams ~ We
skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and         now have quite a list and I have passed on the list to
perceptions. Diverse organisations draw upon the                potential teams for their consideration.
widest possible range of views and experiences, so it                 September’s theme is Ability & Disability ~ many
can listen to, and meet, the changing needs of its                    local voluntary groups provide support to the
users, staff, volunteers, partners and supporters.                    disabled, so please let me know if you have any
  “I’m having problems with one of our long-                          special events planned for the month and they can be
                                                                      included in our press releases.
standing volunteers. He’s been really offensive
to several women and people from ethnic                               October’s theme is Community & Citizenship ~
                                                                      local citizens, particularly volunteers, make an
minorities within the organisation. I’ve tried
                                                                      important contribution to their local communities and I
speaking to him about it, but he thinks I’m just                      would like to highlight this our October press release.
making a fuss about nothing. The situation’s                      If you have any events planned please let me know
causing a bad atmosphere, and I don’t know                      and I can highlight these in the monthly press
how to tackle it.”                                              releases which are sent to local media contacts and
  Contact the Volunteer Bureau to find out if they can          also in future editions of ‘The Echo’.
help deliver diversity training, or if they can suggest                 For further information and advice, please
someone who could do it. They can provide you with a                    contact: Eileen Fielding Tel: 01384 78168
range of resource materials from the Volunteering                       Email: eileenfielding@dudleycvs.org.uk
England website, including training exercises on
Diversity.
  Your volunteer is unlikely to be ‘fixed’ after one            Volunteer Audit
session, but a ‘dripping tap’ approach might help him             Thank you to those of you who have completed and
start to see other people’s points of view. If you have a       returned your questionnaire for our Volunteer Audit. Your
training budget, there are courses such as ‘Dealing with        help in gathering an up-to-date picture of volunteering in
Difficult Behaviour’ or ‘Coping with Difficult Volunteers       our Borough will be invaluable.
and Situations’.                                                  The closing date for return of the questionnaires is 12th
  You would also be well within your rights to invoke a         September 2005. A report will be compiled and the results
formal disciplinary procedure, as it sounds as if his           presented at the Dudley CVS Annual General Meeting on
behaviour is upsetting quite a few people.                      12th October 2005. If you would like copies of the report,
  If you don’t already have a policy on bullying and            they will be available after the AGM.
harassment within the organisation, it’s worth thinking                For further information please contact:
about drawing one up, as it would help you clarify what                Eileen Fielding Tel: 01384 78168
you mean by unacceptable behaviour, and what steps                     Email: eileenfielding@dudleycvs.org.uk
you will take should it occur. There’s some quite good
guidance on how to take a structured approach to                Training for Volunteers and
dealing with harassment from ACAS. You can find their
advice leaflet on bullying and harassment at work at:           Workers in Voluntary Organisations
www.acas.org.uk/publications/al04.html.                           The University of Lampeter has its own Department of
                                                                Voluntary Studies and is offering a range of courses by
      For further information and advice, please                distance learning.
      contact: Eileen Fielding Tel: 01384 78168                   The ‘Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers’
      Email: eileenfielding@dudleycvs.org.uk                    course is split into 8 manageable sections, each with an
                                                                experience-based assignment. Topics of study include:
                                                                Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities, Communication
Volunteers and the Law                                          Skills, Counselling, Assertiveness, Listening Skills,
  Many organisations are unclear about the legal status         Decision Making Skills and Dealing with Aggression.
of their volunteers and the responsibilities they have            Other courses include Managing Volunteers, Training
towards them. ‘Volunteers and the Law’, is a new book           and the Voluntary Sector, Mentoring in the Voluntary
from Volunteering England and is intended to be a               Sector and lots more. Organisations may sponsor a
readable and easy-to-use guide for volunteer                    volunteer or the volunteer may apply as an individual.
managers. It covers all the main areas of concern such          Course fees start from £96 (sometimes payable by
as: Expenses,      Benefits, Criminal Record checks,            instalments).
Health and Safety, Data Protection, and avoiding                       For further information or advice about planning
creating employment contracts: and clearly shows                       your course, please contact:
organisations how they can reduce risk. ‘Volunteers                    Dr Clare Fisher, Head of Department,
and the Law’ costs £15 inc p&p.                                        The Department of Voluntary Sector Studies
       Volunteering England Tel: 020 7520 8960 or                      University of Lampeter
       Website: www.volunteering.org.uk                                Tel: 01570 424785 Website: www.volstudy.ac.uk
                                                            6
                               LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
Domestic Violence                                          ASAN and Green-Works
   NCH, Barnardo’s and Dudley Children’s Fund                This is a charity which helps supply surplus
are facilitating a pilot programme for mothers             office furniture at discount prices to community
living in, or who have lived in, a domestic violence       groups and voluntary organisations throughout the
situation. The aim of the programme is:                    West Midlands. Any profits made are reinvested in
     To raise awareness of the impact of domestic          the community to help improve the quality of life
     violence on themselves and their children             for local residents. The Warehouse is at Boot
     To help the mother protect herself and the            Factory, Powlett Street, All Saints,
     children                                              Wolverhampton WV2 1BH
     To place responsibility for the abuse solely
     upon the perpetrator                                        For further information please contact:
        This is an eight-week course, commencing                 Email: asan@greenworks.co.uk
      in September. If you can identify any women                Tel: 01902 572 475
living in the Dudley South Primary Care Trust                             Source: Regional Action West Midlands Email bulletin June 2005
Area [Halesowen, Stourbridge, Lye and Brierley
Hill] who would benefit from this course contact:
Maria McLaren-Stourbridge Family Centre                    Mentoring & Befriending
        Email: maria.mclaren@nch.org.uk                      The       Mentoring         and
        Tel: 01384 392665                                  Befriending Foundation is a new
                                                           Home Office funded project
                                                           created to offer support to any
Social Enterprise Trade Fair DVD                           organisation involving volunteers to deliver a
  A new DVD, costing £20, has been made                    mentoring or befriending programme.
available which features a wide range of social               The Foundation will play a strategic role in
enterprises from across the region. The DVD                promoting opportunities for mentoring and
features different enterprises at the recent West          befriending. The aim is to give local Mentoring
Midlands Social Enterprise Trade Fair and gives            and Befriending organisations support to develop
an excellent overview of social enterprise activity        to their full potential and highlight the benefits of
in the region.                                             the Foundation to the greater community and
                                                           strategic partners.       As the Government is
      For further information please contact:
                                                           committed to encouraging quality provision and
      Black Country Reinvestment Society
                                                           high standards in the Voluntary sector, a key role
      Tel: 01384 342819                                    is to support organisations that wish to achieve
      Email: enquiries@bcrs.org.uk
                                                           the Approved Provider Standard [APS] in
                                                           Mentoring and Befriending. This Standard is
Children’s Services Newsletter                             the only nationally recognised qualification
  The Children and Young People’s Partnership              designed specifically for Mentoring & Befriending.
has appointed Mike O'      Sullivan from NCH as            We are keen to link with interested organisations
development manager for 12 months. Mike will be            and offer free:
producing a bi-monthly newsletter to keep                          Support to achieve the national quality
individuals and organisations informed about the                   standards of APS
work of the partnership and the developments that                  Workshop forums and networking
are being taken forward. This newsletter will be an          Informal tea and coffee mornings are being
excellent resource for all voluntary/community             organized in your area where you will be able to
organisations working with children/young people.          meet your regional development worker, Leonard
  The first edition will be produced in September          Mcdonald. If you think that your organisation
and there will be links from:                              would benefit from the support of the Foundation
www.dudley.gov.uk and www.dosti.org.uk                     please contact:
                                                                  Leonard Mcdonald,
There will also be a link in the near future from                 Regional Development Worker, Mentoring
Dudley CVS’s website: www.dudleycvs.org.uk                        & Befriending Foundation,
                                                                  2nd Floor, 100 Broad Street,
For a paper copy of the newsletter please contact                 Birmingham B15 1AE
Arnie Troxler:                                                    Website: www.mandbf.org.uk
    Tel: 01384 485458                                             Tel: 0121 248 8156
    Email: childrens@dudleycvs.org.uk                             Mobile: 07815 908814



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                  TRAINING                                   SPOTLIGHT ON …
                                                             Red Dragons
                    Train with TAF in 2005                      A community Martial Arts club,
                                                             who have been operating in the
                                                             Sandwell area for almost 10
                                                             years. They are looking to move from their
 OCN Certificate in Counselling Skills                       present venue in Sandwell into the borough of
Dates: 20th September, 4th October, 18th October             Dudley. Red Dragons work with 90 young people,
 OCN Certificate in Project Management                       as well as adults. They support young people in
Dates: 29th September, 13th October, 27th October            crisis and work with young people and adults who
Venue:Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton                  have learning difficulties.
                                                                Red Dragon’s offer:
     For further information and to find out                 Martial Arts Training from 3 years old.
     more about TAF training contact:                        Fitness training.
     Kate Hill                                               The opportunity to gain Coaching Awards and
     Tel: 0121 525 0076                                      First Aid training.
     Email: Kate_Hill@taf.org.uk                                Red Dragons also work with young people on
     Website: www.taf.org.uk                                 substance misuse, healthy eating, good
                                                             citizenship and social skills. If you are aware of
                                                             premises in Dudley for Red Dragons or want to
Community Education                                          find out more about their activities contact:
   The Youth and Community Team provide                             Carl Autie
Introductory and Foundation Youth Work Training                     Tel: 0121 559 6257
as well as training updates for paid and voluntary
staff on a variety of relevant topics. If you would
like further information on their training
programme contact: Joe Deans, Training and                                             DATES FOR
Development Worker
                                                                                       YOUR DIARY
      Tel: 01384 813934                                      Date           Event              Venue       Contact
      Mobile 07799070485.
                                                                                            Lye
                                                                            Support and
                                                             20th                           Community      Zahida Shah
                                                                            building
                                                             September                      Centre         0121 561 3845
Core Services                                                               towards quality
  The Core Team [Caroline, Jayne and Arnie]
provide a comprehensive range of support for any             27th
                                                                            Dosti
                                                                                               Saltwells   Kate Green
community and voluntary organisations in the                                Networking
                                                             September                         EDC         01384 265366
                                                                            Event
Dudley borough.
Dudley CVS Resource Centre                                                  Services for
                                                                                               To be       Arnie Troxler
  Recently opened the Centre is proving to be a              6th October    Children and
                                                                                               arranged    01384 485458
                                                                            Young People
valuable addition to the support we can offer.
  To find out more about the                                                Funding
Resource Centre and how we                                                  Surgery and        To be       Core Team
                                                             20th October
can support your organisation                                               Project            arranged    01384 78166
                                                                            Planning
please contact the Core
Team.                                                                       Roles and
                                                             8th                               To be       Core Team
    Tel: 01384 78166                                         November
                                                                            responsibilities
                                                                                               arranged    01384 78166
                                                                            of committees


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