Our History

Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association was set up in the early 1980’s 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
Manager

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
Trainer

Tony has 30 years of experience of 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.

Lucia Marcus
Employment Coach

Lucia joined the organisation in 2020, bringing new ideas and insight to the team.

Bringing passion to the support of Lone Parents, she is dedicated to the ethos of the organisation and committed to providing our participant every opportunity that she is able to.  In addition to her Coaching role, Lucia is our Social Media Lead.

Dee Jowsey
Project Officer

Dee joined the organisation in 2021 and brings experience of the Employabilty Sector, Management and Accounting.

Dee has experience of working with Lone Parents and will be taking a pivotal role in the Business Development of the Organisation. 

How You Can Help Us

Donate

We greatly appreciate all donations we receive no matter how little or large. You can safely donate to us via PayPal here.

Volunteer

Our Volunteers are a greatly valued part of our team. You can find out more about current opportunities here.

Promote Our Work

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DCFA-Impact Training is a Service of Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association
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