Our History

Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association was set up in the early 1980s as a result of local individuals within the African Caribbean community seeking to meet the immediate and emerging social welfare needs of the African Caribbean community in Dudley.

Becoming a registered charity in 1987, the organisation provided services predominately, though not exclusively, for the African Caribbean community in the areas of Health and Social Care in the form of culturally sensitive Meals on Wheels, Elderly Day Care sessions as well as a Befriending Service to address social isolation. In addition to this, DCFA also provided Supplementary School Sessions to enable young people, struggling with the National Curriculum to bolster their knowledge and prepare for their examinations.

To address the inequality in adult qualifications and low levels of employment within the African Caribbean Community, the organisation launched Impact Training in 1989. This service enables participants to move closer to the job market or start the process of retraining towards a new career path. Recently, rebranded as DCFA-Impact Training, the service completed a 3 year ESF programme (Building Better Opportunities) before joining the Black Country Futures partnership.

Meet The Team

Levene Bruce

Levene has been our Manager for the last 19 years supporting African Caribbean communities near and far.

Levene has worked extremely hard over the years to keep the organisation going. He has given all his time to ensure that the ethos of the organisation is kept at the forefront of the work we do and is very passionate about maintaining our heritage and culture.

Levene has seen many changes and many people come and go throughout his time as Manager; and as we look to move into the future, he is working tirelessly to ensure that the Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Students, Clients, etc. are ready for this next phase and are working together as part of a team.

Tony Spencer

Tony has 30 years of experience in the Voluntary Sector, with over 25 years working within the African Caribbean Community.

Tony has been with us since 2013, working to help our participants gain better qualifications and secure employment. In addition to teaching, Tony takes the lead for the organisation on Quality Control and Information Security.

Shirnette Collins
Employment Coach

Shirnette joined the organisation in 2021 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team including coaching and mentoring.

Shirnette is also a qualified teacher and Social Worker with over 20 years of community work in Dudley and other areas in the West Midlands.

Staff Changes

It is with regret that we had to say goodbye to our Project Officer Dee Jowsey and Our Employment Coach Lucia Marcus.
Both Dee and Lucia joined us to work on the Time2Soar as part of the funding we received from the Black Country Futures Partnership (National Lottery Community Fund). Both have now moved on to pastures new.

We were sad to see Dee and Lucia leave but were very lucky to have them work on the project.

We just want to say.......
"Thank you, goodbye & good luck for the future, you will be missed by us all".

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