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Success stories of £3m voluntary fund celebrated

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More than 100 people turned out at a special evening to celebrate success stories from projects handed cash by Dudley Council’s Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund.

More than £3 million has been given out over two rounds of the fund, with the latest in October last year.

Groups and organisations who benefited from the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund gathered for a celebration evening

It was open to voluntary, community or faith sector organisations that help improve local neighbourhoods and provide support for adults and young people to live longer, safer and healthier lives.

The Mayor of Dudley, Cllr David Stanley, with Karl Denning, community panel rep for the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund

Some of the success stories were showcased at a celebration event being held last night (Tue) at Revival Fires, Apostolic Revival Centre, in Wolverhampton Street, Dudley town centre.

They included a project by Black Country Housing Group and Victim Support to work with victims of anti-social behaviour which included a rap competition called Boss The Mic being held for youngsters at Black Country Wellbeing Centre in Gornal.

Merisha Smith, community development officer for Black Country Housing, with Councillor Nicolas Barlow (left) and the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

Voluntary and community groups play such an important part helping people in our borough, often on very tight budgets and with little room to manoeuvre.
That’s why we were delighted to be able to set this substantial pot of cash aside to help such groups.
It was a real honour and a privilege to be at the celebration event, to see first hand the very real difference this money has made to the lives of people in the borough.

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