Dudley Police, Dudley CVS and Spaghetti have teamed up to bring together an inventive combination of resources designed to support people of all ages to start and join practical projects which make a positive difference.

For 6 months a series of drop-in chats, Activate workshops and Bring & Share Suppers are taking place  in Dudley and Lye. These are opportunities to find out more, be inspired by imaginative projects and get connected to people who share your passion who want to help you. See upcoming sessions and book places on our Eventbrite page

People who want to start projects will be supported to build their team, design and test out their ideas in real life, and access funding to take their project forward.

Read on to find out more about the approach to Active Citizens being taken by Dudley Police, work around social innovation being explored and catalysed by Dudley CVS, and design expertise being bought by Spaghetti. 

Dudley Police: Active Citizens fund – proceeds of crime monies put to good use

active-citizens-logo_Layout-1_297x294The Active Citizens programme was launched in June. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: ”Community-spirited people who want to make real changes to the neighbourhoods in which they live and work should be celebrated. Active Citizens is a great opportunity to fund projects that makes people’s lives better and community’s safer and I would urge people to get involved.”

Dudley Police are taking a unique approach to delivery of the West Midlands Police Active Citizens fund. By collaborating with Dudley CVS they have helped to create an opportunity which is open to all potential active citizens, including children and young people, and people who are not involved in running local community or voluntary organisations.

Inspector Laura Jones is the key contact in Dudley Police for Active Citizens delivery in Dudley.

Dudley CVS: inspiring, supporting and connecting social innovation

DCVS logoEvery year Dudley CVS supports hundreds of the borough’s local community groups, clubs, societies, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and charities. They help people to start and develop organisations, and to access funding and other resources to help deliver their activities. Though the Volunteer Centre they match individuals seeking volunteering roles with groups and organisations looking for people to bring their passion, skills and knowledge for social good. Dudley CVS have a 40 year track record in this work, and a growing understanding of the individual and collective impact which these local organisations have.

However over recent years people around the world have been engaging in their communities in new, more collaborative ways. A new model of participation is emerging, and for the last 5 years Dudley CVS has been catalysing and exploring this in Dudley, alongside more traditional work. They have sought to involve people from all sorts of settings in local work on social innovation through CoLab Dudley borough.

Learning and experience in these new approaches is informing the direction and activity of Active Citizens in Dudley. It led to the development of A Place To – a civic brand being created with citizens which opens up all sorts of new possibilities and increases the outcomes and impact which can be achieved through Active Citizens in Dudley.

Dudley CVS is investing skills and knowledge (around £25,000 worth of staff time) in this work and contributing to small project testing costs before project teams apply for Active Citizens funding.

Lorna Prescott is the key contact in Dudley CVS for CoLab Dudley / Active Citizens / A Place To
lorna@dudleycvs.org.uk | @dosticen

Spaghetti: design and learning


Daniel Blyden and Chris Sadler, co-founders of Spaghetti, use their design skills to make meaningful change. They make design processes more open and accessible to people in a range of different ways, including through labs. They create opportunities for people to take ownership over both problem and solution, while creating future resilience by building capacity in people through collaboration and problem solving.

Spaghetti worked with Dudley CVS and Healthwatch Dudley in early 2016 to develop the All Together Better Activate Facilitator’s Pack, which has been shared as an open-source design process that groups of people can use to spark ideas and action. A new version of the Activate Pack has been created for Active Citizens / A Place To in Dudley. It has been designed to be put directly in the hands of people so that they can be inspired, explore challenges and design projects together. Accompanying resources are being tested and developed with people starting projects in Dudley. Look out for Initiate and Sustain, coming in 2017 to complete the set.

Daniel Blyden is the key contact in Spaghetti for activity in Dudley.
daniel@wearespaghetti.cc | @danielyep