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Community Action Wyre Forest

Supporting communities to participate in their futures.

CAWF is a local development agency, third sector enterprise and fundamental social firm committed to developing and building the third sector in Wyre Forest and Worcestershire CAWF was established in 2000, following research conducted by Professor Angus McCabe from Birmingham University that identified the need for a dedicated support organisation in Wyre Forest. Since 2008 we have been working to initiate, establish and sustain third sector enterprises, social firms, social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations.

CAWF is a three tier organisation: 
  • a strategic organisation in that it undertakes and uses extensive research into both current and future sector needs that help us to better understand the nature of the sector 
  • an operational organisation concerned with service delivery and capacity building for all third sector economy organisations 
  • an individual service deliverer that responds to identified gaps in local community needs, developing and delivering bespoke tailored services for example with long term unemployed, mental health service users, and homeless people 

A third sector enterprise

CAWF is a not for personal profit organisation and a registered charity that reinvests surplus we generate into creating new jobs, supporting existing employees and delivering and achieving our social objectives

A fundamental social firm
CAWF has an ethos that ensures we create employment opportunities for people severely disadvantaged in the labour market. Indeed in 2010 we were formative in developing and incubating Wyre Forest’s and Worcestershire’s first dedicated Social Firm – Community Support Initiatives Ltd (CSI).

Quality and first class services
CAWF has successfully delivered business support, volunteering services and individual projects funded by Worcestershire County Council, Advantage West Midlands, Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund, Capacity Builders, Big Lottery, NHS Worcestershire and Santander. We have thrived and grown during times of extremely adverse economic conditions nationally and intense financial pressure within the sector, through the delivery of flexible, quality and responsive services which have exceed both the expectations of our investors and recipients.

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Unit 3, The Ashlane Centre, Worcester Road, Kidderminster DY10 1JR
Tel: 01562 862757   Email:

Charity Registration Number 1083587. 

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