New Training Dates from Switch

Switch are pleased to announce that we are offering free drug and alcohol training for professionals across the borough who are working with either young people or adults. The content has been updated and refreshed. These are all the remaining dates so book whilst there is still space
Use links below to see learning objectives and to book a place :-
Level 1 (one day) – Setting the scene- drugs & alcohol
Level 2 (one day) – Interventions to support people using drugs or alcohol. (please note, level 1 must be completed first)
Vicky Winnall
Service Manager for Dudley Switch &
Team leader for Swanswell Worcestershire YP service

Volunteers available!

Do you have any groups, events or activities running 20th-24th August?? We could bring a team of volunteers!!
On the week of 20th August we have a Youth Social Action week here at Amblecote Christian Centre. We have around 45 young people staying with us from the local area and we get involved in helping in the community. In the past we have run community events, sorted out overgrown gardens for those in need, done litter picking, helped the homeless, run kids clubs and more.

We are looking for projects that our young people can get involved with on the week and hopefully be inspired by!

Our young people will be accompanied by adults with a DBS and we can do a visit before the week to find out more and work out how many young people to bring, how much we can help with and whether we will need to bring any equipment.

We can’t guarantee we can help yet but we are planning out the week so if you get in contact about what we could get involved with and then we can let you know in advance what we can do. Contact Roxy Smith on or Natalie Start on or call the office on 01384370365

Kids swim free this summer!

Kids swim free this summer holidays!

Let’s get kids active this summer with FREE swimming at Dudley borough leisure centres

School’s out for summer – swimming is in! Let’s get kids active with free swimming sessions at Dudley borough leisure centres.

Children aged 16 and under who reside in the Dudley borough are eligible to swim for free at Dudley Leisure Centre, Halesowen Leisure Centre and Crystal Leisure Centre in Stourbridge during public swimming times.

Free swimming will be offered during the school summer holidays, starting on Saturday 21st July and finishing on Sunday 2nd September, the day before most children return to school.

Swimming is a great way to get children active, keep them healthy and have fun during the six-week break.

To access this offer, registration must be completed in advance and parents can sign their children up from Tuesday 17th July to Saturday 1st September at They will then be issued with a QR code which can be scanned every time they visit one of the leisure centres. Families without access to a computer or internet can sign up at any of the borough’s libraries.

Dudley Take Five


Please could you circulate to any groups or young people you are in contact with who may be interested in this activity over the summer – the age group says 16-18 but there is flexibility from 14 (and up to 25 if the young person has a disability) …. Many thanks J

Dudley Take Five, Saturday 28th July at DY1 Community Building, Stafford Street,  DY1 1RT 11-3pm

Young people of all ages across Dudley are getting involved in film, art and music to promote wellbeing, having a creative look at ways to make every day feel better.

If you’re aged 16-19 you would be very welcome to join us in central Dudley on Saturday, July 28, 11am-3pm to find out more about the young adults’ programme.

Professional artists will be showing and sharing some of the activities on offer over the summer and explaining how you can get involved to create Dudley’s own Take Five YouTube channel. Oh and lunch will be included!

To confirm you would like to attend please email me Faye Hall –

For more information contact

Dudley Counselling Centre – New Newsletter

Hi all,

Please see the below message from Dudley Counselling Centre:

Dudley Counselling Centre has created a mailing list to keep people up to date with news and developments regarding the service. Please see the link below to sign up.
Amy Matthews
Dudley Counselling Centre
01384 239 222
07722 536 644
Subscribe to our mailing list below:

Equaliteas Quiz

Amman Ahmed, a youth councillor, organised an event which took place in Gather, last Saturday to share, debate and celebrate 90 years of all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote. This was part of a national event and there is more information here:
As part of the event he and other members of the youth council organised a quiz – everyone that enters and takes part could win £20 vouchers for any shop in Dudley – it is the winner’s choice!
Please could you support him by taking part in the quiz, which is open to all ages, as well as spreading the link to the questionnaire please? The closing date is on 15th July.
It’s really short and is around equality..
Thank you on behalf of Amman and the other DYC members who supported him to organise the event.

Early Help Survey

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations that come into contact with children and young people are incredibly diverse. They range from small groups such as local drama or art clubs primarily run by volunteers to large national organisations including charities with mainly paid staff.
One thing that they all have in common is the important part they can play in safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that they work with. Often they are in a good position to spot a problem developing at an early stage and put families in touch with services that can support them.

Dudley’s Early Help is about taking action early and as soon as possible to provide support for children, young people and their families who may be facing some challenges.

We want to take up a few minutes of your time to find out what VCS organisations understand about Dudley’s Early Help offer, what are the challenges, what’s working well and what support is needed. Please complete this short survey which will take around 5 minutes to complete all the information you provide will be treated as confidential and anonymised.

(If this link doesn’t work then please copy and paste it in to your web browser as some remote servers will not allow the link to work)

Many thanks in advance,
Luke Hamblett
Youth & Community Work Development Officer
Dudley CVS