Free drug and alcohol training at Switch in Dudley

Switch are pleased to announce we are offering free drug and alcohol training for professionals across the borough who are working with either young people or adults. Use links below to see leaning objectives and to book a place :-

Level 1 – Setting the scene- drugs & alcohol

Level 2 – Interventions to support people using drugs or alcohol. (please note, level 1 must be completed first)

New after school group for girls 10 – 16 in Halesowen

New after school group for girls

Girls aged 10 – 16 years old from a minority community are invited to join a new after school club in Halesowen.

The group, run by The Phase Trust, Women’s Awareness Association and Community Development Workers  has been set up to bring together girls from minority communities in a safe, welcoming environment.

There are plenty of activities on offer including dance, sport, recreational activities and we’re even on hand to help with homework.

Sessions cost £1 and run every Tuesday, 4 – 5.30pm at

The Phase Trust
Owen House
Little Cornbow
B63 3AJ

Come along, bring a friend or make new ones!

For more information contact Iram Mann, Community Development Worker, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on 01384 366517 or email

Funding for new innovative community projects

inovation fund

A new fund, which will see money invested in the local voluntary and community sector and boost support for adults, children and young people across the borough, will be launched next month.

 Dudley Council has earmarked funding to be reinvested as part of its special voluntary sector innovation fund. The council is looking for groups and organisations, with new and innovative ideas, which will help improve the lives of adults, children and young people.

Groups and organisations of any size can put forward project plans but to be successful they must show their ideas are new, innovative, sustainable and able to show how they will improve the lives of local people. Groups interested in getting involved can find out more at the launch event on Tuesday December 5 at Revival Fires, Wolverhampton Street, Dudley.


People must register their attendance for the event in advance via eventbrite at

People will be able to get support to develop their ideas during a series of drop-in sessions, which will take place from December through to January. Groups will then be invited to pitch their project in full at an event in March next year, before a final decision is made on the allocation of funding.

NEW – Neglect Training

Please see below details of our NEW Neglect course that is being offered at Saltwells

Course Information

Neglect is an issue that affects a large number of children in the UK. From research, we know that Neglect accounts for approximately 70% of the 144 reviews from 2012 -2015. We also know that; Neglect can be life threatening and needs to be treated with as much urgency as other categories of maltreatment, and Neglect with the most serious outcomes is not confined to the younger children, but can and does occurs across all ages.

The introduction of this basis awareness course ensures practitioners have insight into signs, symptoms and understanding of the need for early interventions and the importance of capturing the voice of the child.

Who is this course for?

This course is for all staff with responsibility for safeguarding children, including education, health, residential, foster carers, youth workers, and all those engage with children and families in any capacity and from any sector or services across the Borough.

Dates and locations

13th December 2017 1.00-4.00 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
19th January 2018 9.30- 12.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
19th February 2018 9.30- 12.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
27th March 2018 1.00-4.00 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY


Booking a place:

Applications for a place on this training can be made by completing the attached booking form and returning to

Switch and Brook offer a new service

Switch and Brook are pleased to announce that Brook,  the sexual health & wellbeing service for under 25s, are now co-located with Switch at 1 Castle street, Dudley.

 Brook services include:-

  • Contraception
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Screening for infections
  • Termination referrals
  • Counselling

Clinic times:

Tuesdays 3.30pm – 8.00pm.

Saturdays 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Brook contact number 07810 701134

Switch contact number 01384 241440

Disabled Access

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence awareness

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the work Safe and Sound, DSCB and DSAB are undertaking around Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse,  Dudley Domestic Abuse Forum invites you to a briefing session on Monday 11th December 2017 at 9.30am.

The briefing session will be presented by Detective Inspector Wendy Bird, West Midlands Police Part time lead for HBA, FM and FGM. The presentation will and last approximately 1 hour, followed by some time for questions.

Please book onto the event using the below link, using the password safeandsound2


Fraud and Scam Awareness Briefing

You are invited to a briefing session to raise the awareness of fraud, scams (online and offline) and rogue traders. This event is open for Dudley residents and those who work with them.

Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door to door and telephone scams.

Scams (or frauds) are often difficult to investigate; they can be complicated and often involve many people (both victims and suspects). They can take a lot of resources to investigate and courts can find it difficult to convict suspects because of the grey area that exists between dishonesty and sharp practice.

Prevention through awareness is therefore a vital strand in combating scammers.

Individuals do not need to be ‘vulnerable’ to be a victim of fraud or a scam, it can happen to anybody, at any age and the increased use of modern technology is another opportunity that is used by scammers.

This event is being delivered in partnership by West Midlands Police, Dudley Council and the Illegal Money Lending Team in order to raise awareness of various frauds and scams and loan sharks among Dudley’s residents and those who work with or support them. It will also provide information of how to report any such incidents and where support or advice can be accessed from.

Please use the below link to book your place on one of the 2 sessions


The Stourbridge Christmas Toy Appeal is happening again!

For the third year running now Tesco’s Stourbridge in partnership with Dudley CVS, the Ryemarket Shopping Centre and Peacocks are collecting presents for children who may not find a present from Santa under the tree this year.

How to nominate a child

If you work with families who live or attend school in the Stourbridge area and will struggle this Christmas you can support them by nominating them to receive an extra gift this year.

It’s really simple all you need to do is:

1 send the child(rens) gender and age to Nicki Burrows at

2 Nicki will return a confirmation email with a code for each child you nominate.

3 Using the unique code Nicki has allocated you then collect a gift for the child(ren) you nominated  from Tesco’s customer service desk the week commencing 9th December.

How can I support the toy appeal? 

You can also support this brilliant scheme by nipping into Tesco’s picking a bauble off the tree with a child’s gender and age on it and buying an appropriate gift (which doesn’t have to be purchased from Tesco) and dropping it off with the friendly elf’s who are located at Tesco’s customer service desk, Crown Centre, Stourbridge, DY8 1YD.

toy appeal

Come on get involved and make a difference this Christmas!