Blank Canvas: The Start of my Journey

Dudley Young Health Champions, Just Straight Talk and Fixers have the pleasure of inviting you to the launch of Dudley Young Health Champion Becky Lawley amazing pack and film entitled Blank Canvas: The Start of my Journey – a resource that can be used by professionals to support young people experiencing mental health challengesBecky will be launching her pack on:
Tuesday 15th May 2018 at Brierley Hill Civic 3.30pm-6pm
A place at this event can be booked via Eventbrite:
Becky has been working hard to create a new resource for young people to help them understand their emotions. Through the medium of art and film Becky has a powerful story to tell which she has done through a series of postcards and film which will appeal to both young people and adults. This event will mark the launch of her pack of postcards and associated film.
The session will be introduced by Debs Harkins, Chief Officer Health and Wellbeing (Director of Public Health)You will also get the opportunity to take part in ‘Dudley Rocks UK’ a fun way of connecting people
Light refreshments will be available from 3.30pm alongside some of our young performers. The main event will start at 4pm.
Please share amongst your networks – young people are welcome to come along if being supported by a worker.

No One Left Behind Conference

Please see the information below regarding No One Left Behind Conference –

WHAT’s it all about?
No One Left Behind is back! The free to attend, social impact conference tackling the challenges young people in the Black Country are facing in the employment market, will take place on Friday 27th of April 2018 at Copthorne Merry Hill.
The conference, now at its second edition, is an initiative by Talent Match Black Country aimed at local businesses and employers, government authorities, universities and training providers, youth organisations, funding bodies and all those with an interest in the regional employment landscape and the prosperity of the region. Some young people in the Black Country are living through challenging times and it’s important for us to galvanise all stakeholders to get involved, discuss and tackle the problems.
No One Left Behind is here to bust the myths surrounding youth employment, provide a platform for young people in the areas of greatest need to share experiences and entice those with the power to do so, to take action.
The Talent Match BC project is approaching an important 5-year benchmark and, while it is of utmost importance to share achievements and successes, this conference is about looking forward and the transition towards a more focused approach in the years to come.
You will have the chance to meet extraordinary young people, listen to and engage with inspirational speakers and stakeholders and interact with the people driving the successful Talent Match BC project. 
Follow the link for more info and to book –

Mayor’s Community Weekend Grants

On the weekend of 30 June and 1 July 2018, the ‘West Midlands Combined Authority’ are encouraging communities to come together and celebrate our region’s diversity as part of the Mayor’s Community Weekend.

They’re working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund who will be offering grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an event. The event can be anything that brings your local community together such as organising a community picnic in the park, a community sports day, volunteering for gardening duties or a community painting.

You can read more by following the link below:

Early Help Market Place – Book a Stall!

There will be a market place at the below event on 20th April to showcase organisations/initiatives that support children, young people and families. The Local Authority are keen for voluntary organisations such as yourselves to have stalls there to represent yourselves. If you would like a stall please get in touch with Sally Walker (

Transforming Children’s Lives: Our Early Help Journey & Thresholds, The Next Steps

Friday 20 April at Revival Fires, Dudley 9:30 – 11:30

We have been working hard to make sure that the children’s workforce in Dudley are able to identify the needs of children and young people as early as possible, and have the knowledge and skills to provide the right level of support and services at the right time.

Key to our aim of ensuring that Dudley is a place where all children feel safe and can thrive, we want to make sure that our Early Help offer is the best it can be as well as ensuring that we build a children’s workforce where we have the same understanding of the levels of support and intervention. We want to make sure our children, young people and families can be confident with a level of support they can receive. As a consequence we have now revised a number of our approaches.

Dudley’s Children and Young People’s Alliance and the Dudley Children’s Safeguarding Board are delighted to welcome Ian Dodds, DfE Advisor as Key Note Speaker to the event which will mark the launch of our:

  • Threshold document which will clearly set out the levels of support available to our families, children and young people
  • Early Help Strategy
  • Early Help Assessment

We are also using this event to inform you of developments within our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The event will take place on Friday 20 April 2018, 09:30 – 11:30 at Revival Fires, 117-120 Wolverhampton Street, Dudley DY1 3AL.  Registration will take place from 09:15. Book your place here (by clicking this link)

We look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Gray

Chairperson – Children & Young People’s Alliance

Liz Murphy

Chairperson-Children’s Safeguarding Board

(If you require further information, or have any queries regarding the event please contact Sally Walker, Project Support Officer, Family Solutions, DMBC via email;

E-Safety Training for Young People

Dudley Young Health Champions have arranged a FREE training session for young people on Staying Safe Online: E-Safety   which will be delivered by DBMC Community Safety Team. The event will take place on:

Wednesday 11th April 5-7pm. @ Switch Youth Hub, 1 Castle Street, Dudley, DY1 1AY

Drinks and food will be available on arrival.

For any young person who would like to book on they will need to follow the Eventbrite link:

Drugs & Alcohol Training for Young People

Dudley Young Health Champions have arranged a training session for young people on Introduction to Drugs and Alcohol  which will be delivered by SWITCH. The event will take place on:

Thursday  12th April 12-4. @ Switch Youth Hub, 1 Castle Street, Dudley, DY1 1AY

Drinks and lunch will be provided. Please note this training is FREE of charge.

Please could you share this amongst your networks and any young people you work with.

To book their place the young person will need to follow the Eventbrite link: