**Help Keep The Civic Open**

**Help Keep The Civic Open**

COVID-19 has hit us hard. We are cancelling events for the foreseeable future but the running costs of the venue remain.

The Civic is operated by the Local Supporting Charity - DudleyCVS (Charity Number 517766) not only does the Charity run the Civic but also helps over 200 other charitable projects in the borough and has also been asked to lead on mobilising a community response to COVID-19 so that the most vulnerable and at risk people can be supported. Please see link for more info: http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/

We require funds to ensure this fantastic venue will be able to reopen and remain open after the crisis is over and things begin to return to normal.

We've started a crowdfunding project and hope that you can donate. - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keeping-brierley-hill-civic-open

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

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Building a vibrant community facility

Brierley Hill Civic Hall has been host to artists, performers and theatre production since the 1960s and is in the heart of our community. In recent years, its usage had dropped while costs have remained or risen. The Hall was often closed during the day and it was not operating at its full potential as a hive for all sorts of activity.

Rejuvenating the Civic

In February 2015, Dudley Council entrusted Dudley CVS with rejuvenating Brierley Hill Civic Hall on an 18-month trial. This is part of Duduley MBC's move to become a 'community council', a council that enables and supports communites to do things for themselves rather than being a body that does things to or for people and communities.

During the trialIn the first two months of the trial, Dudley CVS:

  • built relationships with existing users, schools, colleges, voluntary organisations, promoters, artists, businesses and entertainers.
  • welcomed and engaged anyone who wanted to make great things happen at the Civic. In March 2016, Dudley CVS threw open the doors of the Civic. People who had never been before toured the space, sharing their ideas and inspiration, while past users shared their experiences. Around 60 people joined Dudley CVS to share their inspiration. The report (written and visual) can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/ocq2ncj
  • shared and held open conversations with the media, residents, colleges, businesses and promotoers. Conversations have been shared more then 200 times online.
Dudley CVS is looking forward to building upon this, to encourage local talent to use the Civic Hall as a showcase for their skills and ensure that the Civic reflects local heritage and is a vibrant community hub for everyone.
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