A snapshot of our work supporting people, communities and organisations over the last year

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I’m really pleased to share the work that my colleagues and I have been doing over the past year in a our most recent annual report. So new, it’s not yet hot off the press, the 2015-16 annual report is a snapshot of the work we’ve done between April 2015 and March 2016 to support individuals, communities and organisations across Dudley borough.

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Dudley groups that got involved in Small Charity Week

Small Charity Week 2016I just wanted to say a big ‘THANK YOU!’ to everyone who got involved in Small Charity Week in Dudley borough and to highlight the organisations that joined in our conversations.

We had quite a few conversations online and some busy activities that I really hope were useful and stimulating for everyone that joined in.

 

 

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How far we’ve come with Brierley Hill Civic Hall

Col Civic

Since taking on Brierley Hill Civic we’ve found that everyone from local small groups to international music promoters are very excited in the work we’re doing to bring new life into this amazing building.

We took on on the Civic in February and we’ve had great support from the council, staff at the Civic, businesses and charities, all helping us in the early stages of this exciting journey. In March we kicked off with an open day to learn more about what the community, organisations, schools and businesses want from their Civic Hall.

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Lye & Wollescote Chapels Development

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Lye & Wollescote Chapels, Cemetery Road, Lye.

As many of you may be aware, Lye & Wollescote Chapels was the first building in Dudley borough to undergo the Asset Transfer journey. Since then there have been others and I am happy to report, more on the way and as and when they do happen, we will keep you posted.

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A call to everyone that wants to build a vibrant community hub at Brierley Hill Civic Hall

What great things could happen in this space? This photo was taken during the set up of our last AGM and Volunteer Awards

What great things could happen in this space? This photo was taken during the set up of our last AGM and Volunteer Awards

On Tuesday 3rd March, 2pm-4pm, we’ll be throwing open the doors of Brierley Hill Civic Hall to anyone who would like to help us bring this wonderful venue to life.

Whether you’re a resident, an artist, entertainer or promoter, or if you belong to a business, college, voluntary group or charity, you’re welcome to come along and see the Civic Hall’s potential for yourself. I’m really looking forward to meeting people who want to make great things happen at the Civic Hall, ask questions, tour the space and share their ideas and inspiration.

There’s so much potential for Brierley Hill Civic Hall to become home to many more groups and activities, particularly during the daytime. Since my last post, we’ve already had some great ideas ranging from socials for older people, vintage cinema events, linking with local businesses, and I want to thank everyone that’s shared their ideas so far. We want to encourage local talent to use the Civic Hall as a showcase venue for their skills; we want to make sure that the Civic reflects local heritage and is a vibrant community hub for everyone.

So please join us at Brierley Hill Civic Hall on Tuesday 3rd March, 2pm-4pm, to share your ideas over light refreshments.

If you can’t attend but would still like to share your ideas, please join in the conversations here by making a comment, on Twitter or on Facebook. Alternatively, you’re welcome to contact me on 01384 573381.

I’m looking forward to working with you.

Brierley Hill Civic Hall: Unlocking potential and creativity together

Dudley CVS will take on the running of Brierley Hill Civic Hall from next month in an arrangement that aims to make the venue an exciting hub and to make Brierley Hill a vibrant destination for entertainment and leisure.

More than just bricks and mortar; community assets are about the people and activities they attract. This photo is of Volunteer Award winners packed into the foyer of Brierley Hill Civic Hall.

More than just bricks and mortar; community assets are about the people and activities they attract. This photo is of Volunteer Award winners packed into the foyer of Brierley Hill Civic Hall.

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Our work gets recognised in high places!

Our work in partnership with the local authority to guide communities through the process of taking on, developing and managing buildings has been held up as an example to be replicated across the whole country in a national paper given to the CLG (Communities and Local Government) Select Committee earlier this week.

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Asset Transfer and Asset Development – the transformation of Dudley Day Centre begins!

One of the office ceilings ripped down by vandals

One of the office ceilings ripped down by vandals

After approximately two years, Dudley MBC has officially signed over the former Age UK building based on Stafford Street to Dudley CVS, however, due to mindless vandalism this once valued and desirable building is in need of some major refurbishment.

As shown on the pictures below, there is much work to do on site and this work begins in earnest today!

DSCF0043Even the newly refurbished toilets did not escape the vandals, as copper piping was ripped from its mountings, again causing water and fixture damage.

Help is at hand however and Dudley CVS is lucky to have a dedicated team of experts working alongside us, and over the next few months we will transfer this building to its former glory.  As the work progresses I will keep you fully updated on the transformation of this building and others that are progressing as a DSCF0047result of asset transfer.

 

If you would like further information or support regarding asset transfer and asset development then feel free to contact me.

Caroline Webb, Senior Development Officer, Dudley CVS
e-mail carolinewebb@dudleycvs.org.uk