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The As One initiative provides a unique opportunity to continue to grow the community spirit felt in many of our streets and neighbourhoods across the borough as we were all hit by Covid-19.

We know that people in Dudley borough care about their communities, and never has this been more obvious than during this pandemic.

People from all walks of life came together to support others in their community, and we have witnessed amazing acts of kindness and community spirit. From food shopping, running errands, phoning people who live on their own or are self-isolating and collecting prescriptions, to organising socially distanced street get-togethers for VE day, setting up street-based WhatsApp groups to stay connected, and creating community arts to lift people’s spirits; many people have reached out and are supporting their neighbours and communities in creative and inspiring ways.

As we look to the future, how can we make sure that these strengthened community connections and relationships don’t just disappear as the pandemic lifts? We want to build on the most positive aspect of the last year – this increase in community spirit – and help local people sustain it.

That way, we can together spread neighbourly help for those that need it, share friendliness, have fun together, tackle isolation and create a more positive, supportive environment for all.

The As One initiative aims to inspire and support ALL of us to strengthen our local communities street-by-street and we have highlighted ways to help you get involved where you live. Read about how other people across the borough are filling their street with friendliness. We also share what people, groups and organisations will be doing as the pandemic lifts to bring people together and support community spirit to flourish, including through starting a Street Association.

We also want to help capture and share stories from our local streets, neighbourhoods, communities and from across the borough, so as to inspire others to get involved and make a difference where they live.

Adrian Lowe of Love Dudley, Martin Graham of As One UK and Rachel Adkins, Dudley As One local coordinator, unfurl the first Dudley banner, one of 400!

Dudley Borough’s As One initiative is bringing together a partnership of people and organisations convinced that the community spirit brought about by the Covid crisis must not be lost as the crisis lifts.  I would encourage all residents and organisations to get involved and actively help As One take root where they live and work.

CllrNicolas Barlow, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

The churches of Dudley are thrilled to be a vibrant and committed part of the As One initiative, facilitating local people in each neighbourhood to come together, organise themselves and combine together to fill their own street with friendliness.  Friendship, fun, belonging, a helping hand on each street – what’s not to like?  We can do this and together bring lasting good out of the most difficult circumstances!

Adrian Lowe, Chairman, Love Dudley network of churches

I’m delighted to support the As-One initiative. The people of Dudley came together in a remarkable way during the first Lockdown and as communities we have continued ‘As-One’ ever since. The campaign now builds on that spirit of neighbourliness, encouraging us all to ‘Fill our streets with Friendliness’ and keep doing so in the months and years ahead.   We need to keep looking out for each other as we seek to build a better future for our Borough of Dudley. So lets go forward, As-One!  

Rt Rev Martin Gorick, Bishop of Dudley

During the past few years, the community spirit of Dudley Borough citizens has seen us through many trying times. Now, more than ever, it’s very important to maintain it.  The As One initiative gives us all the tools to sustain and grow it and it will also give us a wonderful legacy from what has been a difficult year.  I urge people of all faiths to back it and take part.  

Rajesh Patel, Co-Chair, Dudley Borough Interfaith Network

Dudley is out in front and is literally blazing this trail, with many parts of the UK following suit. Community spirit has been the great silver lining to the Covid cloud.  I’m thrilled that Dudley is in the vanguard of a national push to keep it going and keep it growing once the crisis is over.

Martin Graham, As One UK

For further information on the Dudley As One initiative, please contact:

Rachel, at dudley@as-one.uk

Jody, at healthycomunities@dudley.gov.uk

Adrian, at adrian@lovedudley.org.uk

Sincere thanks to all the Dudley organisations that have so far actively supported As One in the borough:


1st Coseley Scouts
1st Wordsley Scouts
7th Dudley Scouts
A’s Fast Fit Autocentre
AEG Motorhomes
African & Caribbean Centre
All Saints Church, Sedgley
Alpha House, Sedgley
Amblecote Christian Centre
Amblecote Primary School
Amblecote Wordsley Methodist
Asda, Quinton
Ashwood Park Primary School
Bodywork Solutions
Bridge St Service Centre
Brierly Hill Methodist Church
Brierley Hill Primary School
Brockmore Primary School
Bromley Hills Primary School
Christ Church CofE Primary School
Christ Church Quarry Bank
Christchurch Lye
Church in the Community Wollaston
Church of the Ascension Primary School
Church of the Ascension Wall Heath
Colley Lane Primary Academy
Coop Broadway
Coop, Bells Lane
Coop, Milking Bank
Coop, Spies Lane
Cornbow
Cornerstone Church of God of Prophecy
Coseley Sports Centre
Cradley Community Centre
Crestwood Park Primary School  
Crystal Leisure Centre, Stourbridge
Digraph Transport Supplies Ltd
Diocese of Worcester
Dudley & Netherton Methodist Circuit
Dudley Interfaith Network
Dudley Leisure Centre
Dudley Market
Dudley Metropolatin Borough Council
Dudley Wood Primary School
Enterprise Glass & Glazing Ltd
Eriks
Eve Lane Pentecostal
Five Ways Methodist
Grace Community Church
Greggs, Stourbridge
Guru Nanak Singh Sabha Gurdwara
H2O Carwash
Halesowen Bid
Halesowen Leisure Centre
Hasbury Methodist Church
Hasbury Motors
Hawbush Primary School
Hayes Events Ltd
Himley Hall
Himley Road Methodist
House and Haven
Hurst Green Primary School
Jessons Primary School
Jewsons Partnership Solutions
Laidler Steels Ltd
Lake Street Methodist
Leasowes Nature Reserve
Love Dudley
Manor Way Primary Academy
Mary Stevens Hospice
Mata de Mandir
Midtherm
Mount Pleasant Methodist
Netherbrook Primary School
Netherton Health Centre
New Hope Baptist Church
Norton Saint Michael’s
Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge
Over End Road Hand Car Wash
Pedmore CE Primary School
Pegasus Academy
Peugeot Garage (Arbury)
Queen Victoria Primary School
Red Hall Primary School
Red House Glass Cone
Redhill School
Roberts Primay School
Rufford Primary School
Ryemarket Stourbridge
Saint James Wollaston
Saltwells Nature Reserve
SealCo International
Sedgeley Community Church
Shell Garage, Halesowen
Short Cross Methodist Church
South Street Baptist Church
Splash, Amblecote
Springs Church @Hope House
St Andrew’s, Sedgley
St Andrews
St Augustine and St Barnabas
St Chad’s Catholic Primary School
St Francis’ Church Wren’s Nest/Priory
St James’ Eve Hill
St James’s CofE Primary School
St John’s Church Dudley Wood
St John’s Parish Hall
St John’s, Brockmoor
St Joseph’s RC Primary School (Norton)
St Margaret’s At Hasbury CofE Primary School
St Margarets Well Medical Practice
St Mark’s CE Primary School
St Mark’s, Pensnett
St Michael’s, Brierley Hill
St Paul’s Free Anglican
St Paul’s, Blackheath
St Paul’s, Hawbush
St Pauls Community & Learning Centre, Brierley Hill
St Peters Church, Sedgley
St Peters, Darby End
Telford Tanks Ltd
Tesco, Dudley Road, Halesowen
The Church on the Straits
The Dell Stadium, Brierley Hill
The Dormston School
The Earls School
The Ridge Primary School
The Whitley Pub
The Wordsley School Business & Enterprise & Music College
Top Church
Travis Perkins
Upper Gornal Methodist
Woodside Primary School and Nursery
Wrens Nest Primary School
Zoar Methodist

1st Wordsley Scouts
7th Dudley Scouts
AEG Motorhomes
African & Caribbean Centre
Alpha House
Amblecote Primary School
A’s Fast Fit Autocentre
Asda, Quinton
Ashwood Park Primary School
Bridge St Service Centre
Brierley Hill Primary School
Bromley Hills Primary School
Christ Church CofE Primary School
Christ Church Quarry Bank
Christchurch Lye
Church of the Ascension Wall Heath
Colley Lane Primary Academy
Coop Broadway
Coop, Bells Lane
Coop, Milking Bank
Coop, Spies Lane
Cornbow
Cornerstone Church of God of Prophecy
Coseley Sports Centre
Cradley Community Centre
Crestwood Park Primary School  
Crystal Leisure Centre, Stourbridge
Digraph Transport Supplies Ltd
Diocese of Worcester
Dudley Interfaith Network
Dudley Leisure Centre
Dudley Market
Dudley Metropolatin Borough Council
Dudley Wood Primary School
Enterprise Glass & Glazing Ltd
Eriks
Grace Community Church
Guru Nanak Singh Sabha Gurdwara
H2O Carwash
Halesowen Bid
Halesowen Leisure Centre
Hasbury Methodist Church
Hasbury Motors
Hawbush Primary School
Hayes Events Ltd
Himley Gardens Buildings
Himley Hall
House and Haven
Hurst Green Primary School
Jewsons Partnership Solutions
Love Dudley
Manor Way Primary Academy
Mary Stevens Hospice
Mata de Mandir
Midtherm
Mount Pleasant Methodist
Netherbrook Primary School
Netherend Community Centre
Netherton Health Centre
New Hope Baptist Church
Norton Saint Michael’s
Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge
Over End Road Hand Car Wash
Pedmore CE Primary School
Pegasus Academy
Peugeot Garage (Arbury)
Queen Victoria Primary School
Red Hall Primary School
Red House Glass Cone
Redhill School
Rufford Primary School
Ryemarket Stourbridge
Saint James Wollaston
SealCo International
Sedgeley Community Church
Shell Garage, Halesowen
South Street Baptist Church
Splash, Amblecote
St Andrews
St Augustine and St Barnabas
St Chad’s Catholic Primary School
St Francis’ Church Wren’s Nest/Priory
St James’ Eve Hill
St James’s CofE Primary School
St John’s, Brockmoor
St John’s Church Dudley Wood
St John’s Parish Hall
St Joseph’s RC Primary School (Norton)
St Margaret’s At Hasbury CofE Primary School
St Margarets Well Medical Practice
St Mark’s, Pensnett
St Michael’s, Brierley Hill
St Pauls Community & Learning Centre, Brierley Hill
St Paul’s, Blackheath
St Paul’s, Hawbush
St Peters, Darby End
Tesco, Dudley Road, Halesowen
The Dell Stadium, Brierley Hill
The Dormston School
The Ridge Primary School
The Whitley Pub
The Wordsley School Business & Enterprise & Music College
Travis Perkins
Woodside Primary School and Nursery
Wrens Nest Primary School

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