Nominate Young People Now!

There are only 7 days left if you wish to submit a nomination for this year’s Dudley Youth Awards

The event, now in its 13th year, is organised by Dudley Youth Council in conjunction with Dudley Council’s Youth Service and will take place on Friday, 3th March 2017.

Young people (aged 11 to 19 or up to 25 for those with a disability) can be nominated for seven awards – creative arts, sport, contribution to school or further education and environmental.

There are also two inspiration awards for extraordinary young people – overcoming adversity, which recognises commitment, positivity and courage, and the inspiring others rewards commitment, compassion and the very best in a role model.

There is also a group award for community, charity and voluntary work. This recognises groups of young people who have made a joint impact on the lives of others in their local community.

There is also a final category for inspirational adults called The Mary Growcott Award. This is for people who have made a real difference to the lives of young people who they work with and nominations must be made by young people.

Nominations are welcome from  anyone – professionals, relatives, neighbours

For more information visit

Dudley Youth Service

7 St James Rd

Dudley DY1 1HP.

01384 815173

An insight into the emotional health and wellbeing of young people from minority ethnic communities in Dudley

On behalf of The Dudley Children and Young People Alliance Board

We would like to invite you to a Drama Performance and Discussion Workshop

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Himley Hall, Swimming Pool Room

An insight into the emotional health and wellbeing of young people from minority ethnic communities in Dudley

Thanks for Asking is a collection of monologues developed by Women & Theatre, through a research process involving individual interviews, group sessions and participatory workshops. The pieces capture different people’s experiences and perceptions of issues affecting Young People’s wellbeing in the borough of Dudley, their access to services and their views on the cultural competency of them, as well as effective tips and strategies for maintaining positive mental health and celebrating the impact of good practice.

Public Health commissioned this research, to gain a better understanding of the potential determinants of ethnic inequalities in mental health and wellbeing for children and young people; this will support the work of the Children and Young People’s Alliance and partners in developing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Transformation plan.

We are holding 2 dissemination workshops to share the findings from this research with cross-sector organisations, services and relevant groups. If you are interested and would like to attend please see details below. Places are limited so it will be first come, first served.


Amarjot Birdi & Jill Edwards, Programme Managers

Public Health, Dudley Council



To book your FREE place or for further information, please contact:


Karen McCrone on              Tel: 01384 814430              Email:

Kathy DeCicco on                 Tel: 01384 816284              Email:


Date:                      Wednesday 7th December 2016 (please choose one session)

  • Morning Session                 30 am – 12.00 pm or
  • Afternoon Session                 30 pm – 4.00 pm


Venue:                   Himley Hall, Himley, Dudley, DY3 4DF


Please note:  Car parking passes will be issued but we are requested to use the main car park only and not Himley Hall forecourt as this is reserved for other groups on that day.

Job Opportunity with Barnardos

Please find attached an advertisement for a vacancy we have on our website. The details of the advert and link to the site are attached below.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate this advert as widely as possible across your known networks.

The closing date is 2/12/16

Children’s Service Manager – Birmingham Space

Job Ref: MSW707

Area(s): Midlands

Based: 40 Rupert Street, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4PS

Full Time: 37 hours per week


Salary: £35081 – £42883.

This Children’s Services Manager’s Post will have key responsibilities for the Barnardo’s West Midlands Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Services. These services include Amazon Counselling services for children who have been sexually abused, Birmingham Space CSE, Think Family CSE, Warwickshire BASE, West Mercia BASE and Black Country BASE services. The main hub for the West Midlands CSA/CSE services is 40 Rupert Street, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 4PS, Tel: 0121 359 5333.


Closing Date: 02/12/2016

Interview Date(s): 20 December 2016

Best Wishes




Jane Middleton

Assistant Director Childrens Services – Birmingham Locality

Tel: 0121 550 5271

Mob: 07701 294960




Great Cornbow


B63 3AB


Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016
Alcohol Awareness Week is taking place between 14th to 20th November 2016, the Office of Public Health is promoting its local alcohol harm reduction campaign – Let’s Talk Drink. The campaign is designed to get people talking about alcohol and raise awareness of existing services which can support people to change their drinking behaviour.
This year theme is Alcohol: Know the Risks This year Alcohol Awareness Week aims to get people talking and thinking about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Alcohol Concern are leading this year’s theme and have made suggestions on how we can tackle the week. They have broken the
week down so different risks can be highlighted each day:
Monday 14th November – Alcohol and cancer
Tuesday 15th November – Alcohol and depression
Wednesday 16th November – Alcohol and dementia
Thursday 17th November – Alcohol and breast cancer
Friday 18th November – Alcohol and diabetes
Saturday 19th November – Alcohol and hypertension
Sunday 20th November – Alcohol and brain damage
How can you get involved?
Alcohol Concerns information pack can be found here: this includes printable facts sheets and information on social media. You could use
this pack to put up a display in your venue or distribute key messages/ fact sheets to your staff via
In addition to this the Let’s Talk Drink website ( is available to signpost
people too, were they can sign-up to share their drink-fuelled stories, take an alcohol selfassessment, get information on support services and complete or download the Alcohol and You
online tool.
You can also join in the conversation through facebook – or using
the twitter hash tag #letstalkdrink #AAW2016 #knowtherisks.
If you would like further information please get in touch with Diane Boros, Health Improvement Coordinator.
Telephone: 01384 816257

Meet Sue Butcher- New Chief Officer

Staff and Volunteers supporting children and families in Dudley are invited to the next Dudley CYPF Network on 13th December 9.30 – 12 at DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 3RT

Sue Butcher the New Chief Officer for Dudley  Children’s Services  will be joining us to share her vision for Dudley and hear about all the really excellent work that happens across Dudley’s Voluntary Sector for Children.

Helen Ellis will also be joining us to discuss the implementation and improvement of the Early Help Model and is seeking your thoughts, wishes and ideas!

There will as always be a warm welcome, friendly faces an the chance to network with like minded people.

To book please click the following link

Safeguarding Threshold Training


There are now places available on the forthcoming DSCB Thresholds Training.  This is a new course and part of the DSCB mandatory offer.  It will include the opportunity for experiential learning by working through the application of thresholds with colleagues.  For further information, please see the attached flier.  A booking form is attached for completion and return when reserving a place on your chosen date.

Please see the initial training dates below – more dates will be added to the calendar very soon.  All of the training will take place at Saltwells.

30th November, 9.30-12.30

9th December, 1.30-4.30

15th December, 1.30-4.30


Reach for the Stars

Dudley Staff, Volunteers, Councillors  and  Residents recently came together to produce a DVD to demonstrate that anything can be achieved when we have a simple shared vision.

Change will only occur when we are willing to reach outside our comfort zone. Now we have anything is possible when working to make the lives of children and young people better!

A huge thank you to Phase Trust for supporting this project and producing the DVD and in particular to Rebs and Sam for expertly choreographing, filming and editing the whole production.  Thank you to to everyone who gave up their time and got involved

Here it is enjoy!

Reach for the Stars for our young people

Safeguarding Training


There are still some places available on the following DSCB training courses.  For further information, please use the links provided.  A booking form is attached for completion and return if you would like to reserve a place on any of these events.

Fabricated & Induced Illness and Safeguarding Children – 5th December, 9.30-1.30, Saltwells

Core Working Together

6th December, 9.30-4.30, Coneygre Arts Centre, Tipton

7th December, 9.30-4.30, Saltwells

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse – 7th December, 9.30-4.30, Saltwells