Local community groups can find out how to bid for a share of council funding at an event next week.
Dudley Council will outline plans for the second phase of its voluntary sector innovation fund, designed to help groups and organisations to improve local neighbourhoods and provide support for adults, children and young people to help them live longer, safer and healthier lives.
The fund is open to anyone from a voluntary, community or faith sector organisation interested in finding out more with a passion for making a difference and enhancing the lives of local people.
Groups and organisations of any size can put forward project plans but to be successful they must show their ideas are new, innovative, show longevity and demonstrate partnership working. They also need to show how they will improve the lives of local people.
People can find out more about round two at an event, which will be held on Tuesday March 12 from 5 to 8pm at the Amblecote Christian Centre, 102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote.
Councillor Cathy Bayton, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:
We recognise the voluntary and community sector has an essential role to play in our efforts to improve the lives of people in our community and it’s fantastic we are able to invest vital funds in this way.
By engaging with people of all ages and encouraging them to get involved in groups and activities it can really support us as a council and potentially reduce the likelihood of people needing health and social care support and other council services in the future.
I was really pleased with the response we had first time round and that we’ve since been able to support nearly 30 projects, which are helping people of all ages in our communities. It was interesting to see the diverse range of ideas submitted, which included everything from offering self-help guidance, supporting people to find work and housing to providing opportunities to learn new skills and be creative. There have seen some fantastic examples so far and I am excited about what opportunities this next round brings.”
The voluntary sector innovation fund was launched at the end of 2017 and during its lifespan will see more than £2million invested in the local and voluntary sector.
The primary aim of the fund is to create new ways to support people with an increased risk of needing hospital or social care services and to encourage people to get involved in local community activities.
In the last round of funding, 29 projects were successful.