Reaching for Change Organisation is based in Lye, a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley. It was set up in recognition of increasing numbers of Roma Gypsy communities over recent years, to help people to integrate and feel part of the local community. The Organisation provides support and advocacy to individuals, and offers advice and relevant useful information. A timetable of activities are run, including benefit and housing advice surgeries, English classes, and social activities, for around 21 Roma families each week. An online support group has also been developed during COVID, and food parcels delivered to people in need.
At the October 2020 Trustee meeting, a grant of £3,000 has been agreed. The funding is made as a contribution towards general running costs. The work overall benefits people in the Roma community with opportunities for improved learning, reduced isolation, and also works to alleviate the barriers, stigma and discrimination faced through raising awareness of Roma culture.