Our Community Partners
We work with a number of community groups to develop services that are both accessible to all and responsive to individual needs.
Wolverhampton consists of many communities and is truly a super diverse city, with over 80 different languages being spoken. We recognise and encourage the contributions made by all of them and are committed to genuine equality of opportunity.
Working in partnership with Voluntary and Community bodies and organisations is integral to helping achieve these aims.
Some of these include:
All Cultures One Voice (ACOV) is a group drawn from many communities and organisations within Wolverhampton. Its aim is to ensure all housing initiatives and services are fully inclusive and sensitive to the needs of a multicultural society. It wants to see greater representation from black and ethnic minority groups on the panels, forums and committees that influence local services, as well as the greater engagement of these communities generally.
African Caribbean Community Initiative (ACCI) aims to enable people with mental health problems find and develop to their full potential. A Day Resource Centre offers a range of services and opportunities, such as: training, education, employment opportunities, life skills, benefits applications, access to independent and supported living.
Aspiring Futures is a women-led Community Interest Company (CIC) which was incorporated in May 2010. The organisation aims to support women to ‘aspire for better’, through the provision of a range of holistic services that will enhance quality of life, increase economic and career prospects and improve health and well-being.
Inter Faith Council (formerly known as WIFRN) works with the diverse communities living in Wolverhampton in order to foster and nurture mutual understanding and appreciation between different faiths. It has been successful in helping to encourage and support dialogue between different faiths, communities and agencies to encourage tolerance, mutual respect and harmony.
One Voice is an organisation run by people with disabilities, which offers help, advice and support to other people with disabilities, and provides information, training, and advice on issues on disability to other organisations. One Voice is run in line with the social model of disability – people have impairments, but what disables them is an inaccessible environment or disabling attitudes. We are working in partnership with One Voice to develop a “Disabled People’s Befriending” service aimed at reducing loneliness, isolation and to get people active.
Ethnic Minority Council is a network of ethnic minority volunteers, community groups and organisations across the city. It works to influence policy, strategy and the delivery of mainstream services. The network is all about expanding opportunities and aims to challenge inequality and discrimination in all areas of public life.
Engage, Youth, Empowerment Services (EYES) is a grassroots collaborative organisation, which engages young people from diverse, cultures and backgrounds. The focus of the work; helping young people who are at risk from losing their quality of life or potentially their lives from the negative gang culture and its influences.
The organisation undertakes awareness programmes to parents, carers, and frontline practitioners through creative practical mediums to help address this increasing negative culture amid young people. EYES work collectively with individuals, agencies, and organisations that share this common goal to help young people towards positive achievements, which strengthen communities and generate a sense of wellbeing.
The Hope Family Centre Project offers support to people and families in the Heath Town estate to help build a stronger community. There are a number of projects supporting youth intervention, family support, women’s empowerment, older people engagement and volunteering programmes.
LGBT Network Wolverhampton is a network setup to assist in the on-going development of varoius community networks across the city. Their aim to make a positive difference to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community in Wolverhampton.
Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC) – RMC provides a dedicated service to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in the Black Country. Set up in 1999 by volunteers who were themselves refugees, the organisation is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.
RMC is the only organisation of this size and capacity in the region, offering a much needed service and keeping an open door for some of the most vulnerable people in our society regardless of their immigration status or country of origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disablity. It is estimated that the beneficiaries originate from over 120 different countries.
Inter-Faith Wolverhampton work with the diverse communities living in Wolverhampton to foster and nurture mutual understanding and appreciation between different faiths. They have helped to encourage and support dialogue between different faiths, communities and agencies to encourage tolerance, respect and harmony. We have worked in partnership with Interfaith Wolverhampton to develop and arrange “Faith Visits” within the city, to support tenant representatives with awareness and understanding about different faiths.
Women of Wolverhampton is the leading network for women and women’s organisations in Wolverhampton.
WoW provide a platform for women to voice their views, influence decision-making and participate fully in city life. Their aim is to facilitate positive change in the lives of women in Wolverhampton by advancing gender equality and full participation in city life.
Sickle Cell Care develop and deliver services that improve the health, quality of life for people living with Sickle Cell and Thalassemia disease and associated conditions. The organization help identify service needs and bridge the gap between home and hospital, wherever possible, to ensure that the community gets the maximum support needed to live a better quality of life while living with Sickle Cell and Thalassemia.
Age UK Wolverhampton (formerly Age Concern Wolverhampton) is a charity that aims to promote the wellbeing of all older people in the city and help to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. They support all people over the age of 50, both active and frail, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, gender or religion living within the City of Wolverhampton. We are working in partnership with Age UK Wolverhampton and have developed a “telephone befriending service” targeting tenants aged over 60. The service aims to support them in their homes by providing practical, emotional help to enable them to live more independently within their homes.
The Wolverhampton Business Forum (WBF) helps promote, encourage and support the development of all businesses in Wolverhampton and the neighbouring areas.
The WBF encourages companies to engage with them on any business matters that they require support with. Initially, this may be by offering specialist knowledge and advice from within the forum. For other matters the forum will act as a conduit between the business and the city-wide services that it has access to. We have worked in partnership with the WBF to target small or medium-sized businesses, including those from black ethnic minority backgrounds, to create awareness about opportunities in the building and construction sector.
TLC College is a Wolverhampton based organisation, with an excellent reputation for delivering a wide range of projects, to help and inspire others; especially those from disadvantaged communities.
TLC College is open to all the community, offering informal learning and accredited courses in an encouraging learning environment. Class sizes are kept small and consistent, creating a friendly and easy going atmosphere for all clients and students. TLC College staff are dedicated to meeting the varying needs of their student users.
City of Wolverhampton College is one of the region's leading further education providers, offering a superb range of qualifications and support to give students the skills they need to get on in life.
- Last Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2017 13:16