Black Country Radio is working with our partners at Dudley CVS who are co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 across the Borough.
We have launched a Community Hotline, to allow the vulnerable members of our society to be able to ask for support - and for the less vulnerable to be able to offer it.
Anyone who needs to contact the hotline can do so, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling:
01384 465 375 (Please note: This is an automated service; messages will be forwarded immediately)
Dudley CVS are working with existing voluntary and community groups, and the volunteer centre, to connect people that need support to assets in their local community. They're working in partnership with Dudley Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS over the coming weeks.
Dudley CVS will be:
- Co-ordinating community action - The Dudley borough is well blessed with active voluntary, community and faith-based organisations and volunteers that will be developing plans to support vulnerable people in localities. There will be an additional groundswell of local people wanting to play a role in supporting COVID-19 efforts. Dudley CVS will look to harness this support in a safe and effective manner ensuring efforts are well co-ordinated and duplication is minimised.
- Establishing of six new virtual COVID-19 Support Networks - with colleagues from Dudley Council, the Police, voluntary sector organisations and groups, Fire Service, NHS and other colleagues. These will explore options for mobilising sector support for vulnerable and excluded groups.
- Providing information and key messages - to local voluntary, community and faith-based organisations about COVID-19 and understanding from them what assistance they need to continue to provide support particularly to vulnerable groups.
- Engaging with the sector to support business continuity.
- Providing support to vulnerable people - that need to self-isolate or who are stressed and anxious about COVID-19.
- Working with the voluntary and community sector - to explore opportunities for the provision of child care for school aged children whose parents provide essential public services.
- Supporting residents in Dudley borough - sharing public health information to help keep residents informed of the ongoing and fast moving situation.
Dudley CVS is co-ordinating local COVID-19 efforts to establish six COVID-19 Support Networks for each of the following geographical localities:
- Sedgley, Coseley and Gornal
- Dudley and Netherton
- Kingswinford and Amblecote
- Brierley Hill
- Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye
- Halesowen and Quarry Bank
How groups and individuals can get involved supporting the community or need further advice.
If your organisation or group would like to be part of a virtual COVID-19 Support network to explore options for mobilising local support for vulnerable people or you are a non-for-profit organisations and need advice, help and assistance visit Dudley CVS's COVID-19 Support website.
Caring for someone?
Dudley Carers Hub
Dudley Carers Hub is providing support and assistance to those who are caring for people in the community.
Carers Advice line
T: 01384 818723
(Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
Other Local Authority areas:
SCVO, as the support body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, is working alongside Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Public Health, West Midlands Police (Sandwell Borough) , West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS to coordinate the community response to COVID-19 in Sandwell.
Their role has three distinct themes:
- Details of activity taking place across each of the six towns (updated on a rolling basis)
- Coordinating volunteers
- Information and guidance to voluntary sector groups
Visit their website: SCVO Covid-19 support
Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre (part of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council) is working with City of Wolverhampton Council to link people who are offering to help and those individuals and organisations that are asking for support.
Visit their website: WVSC Cod-19 support
One Walsall is the voice of the voluntary sector in Walsall. They are supporting local not-for-profit organisations such as community groups, charities and social enterprises.
Visit their website: One Walsall