Ideas Made Real

Dear Friends and Colleagues across the West Midlands,

We’re very excited to announce that our new youth social action campaign ‘Ideas Made Real’ is now live, powered by the Birmingham2022 Commonwealth Games! This is an amazing opportunity for young people to bring their ideas to life with an Ideas Made Real Award of between £5-10K*.

Each successful project will receive a whole package of support and benefits such as; a Youth Social Action Activator assigned to each project, a guaranteed reference, a ticket to the Commonwealth Games, professional mentoring … and so much more!

If you work with 16–24-year-olds across the West Midlands, then we’d love to visit you and hopefully inspire some of the young people you work with to take part. Anyone aged 16-24 can apply, either on their own or as part of a group,  however we are particularly encouraging applications from those who face some kind of social barrier.

We are thrilled to have recently employed 2 Youth Social Action Activators, who are really keen to get out and meet you and your organisations, and young people you work with to get them excited about creating their own social action campaigns in their own communities.

If you would like an Activator to visit your organisation we can:

  • Host a workshop to teach young people about social action and how they can get involved
  • Set up an information stand in Student Unions or communal spaces
  • Hold a lesson or assembly about social action and Ideas Made Real
  • Join celebration days/STEM and career advice fairs
  • Offer a more bespoke offer (depending on availability)

If you would like to get involved, or would like more information, please do either get in touch with me directly, or email the team and we will would be happy to help – gen22@birmingham2022.com

To find out more about the project, and apply, visit: https://www.birmingham2022.com/gen22/ideas-made-real

Dudley SEND Improvement Programme

Joint Local Area SEND Revisit – letter publishedOfsted and the Care Quality Commission carried out a revisit Area SEND inspection between 31 January and 3 February 2022. Today (23 March) they have published their letter.Ofsted and CQC
Progress made but more still to be doneThe recent visit by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission has found improvements in Dudley’s SEND services but concludes that more needs to be done. Inspectors visited Dudley Council to assess its children’s services and what progress had been made within SEND (Special educational needs and disabilities) services since its last visit in 2019.Following this 2019 visit the council and the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG had to submit a written statement of action (WSOA) which was declared fit purpose in December of that year.In the most recent visit, inspectors recognised there had been “sufficient progress” in eight areas, previously identified as areas of weakness.This included an improvement in embedding strategies, better co-production and engagement with parents and carers, improved understanding about inclusion in schools in Dudley and increasing the number of young people with SEND progressing into training and employment opportunities.Inspectors, however, found that more needs to be done to be make progress in six areas including improving parent satisfaction and the management and sharing of information within EHC plans andThe report also recognised that throughout the pandemic we continued to prioritise the needs of children and young people with SEND. Next StepsWe are now required to submit a SEND Accelerated Action Plan (SAAP) to address the six areas of concern where we have made insufficient progress.Over the next few weeks, we will be working with stakeholders including the Parent Carer Forum to develop this plan which will set out how we are going to address the issues, the outcomes that we want to achieve and how we are going to measure success against them.We will submit the plan to the Department for Education (DfE) within 5 weeks. This plan, together with our overall SEND Improvement Plan will be published onto the LocaLOffer and Health and Wellbeing Board website and the SAAP will be monitored at least six monthly by the DfE.We would like to assure parents and carers that we will continue our journey of improvement and are determined to make significant progress across all 14 areas in the coming months.There is further work to do as we build on the progress made. Dudley is in a different place to where we were three years ago, and we are committed to working with parents, families, children and young people to secure continued and sustainable improvements for the future.Read the Ofsted/CQC Letter in fullRead news release issued 23 March 2022
More information:Visit the SEND Local Offer website to learn more about the services available in the borough. To find out more about the SEND Improvement Programme, please visit Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Useful contacts:Service Director for Early Help/Schools and SEND: Helen Ellis – Helen.Ellis@dudley.gov.ukInterim Head of SEND: Toni Dawodu –  Toni.Dawodu@dudley.gov.ukSEND Manager: Sue Powell – Susan.Powell@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager North: Rob Bennett –  Robert.X.Bennett@dudley.gov.ukSEND Team Manager South: Kelly Warne –  Kelly.Warne@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Simon Hickman –  Simon.Hickman@dudley.gov.ukSEND Programme Manager: Paul Klein –  Paul.Klein@dudley.gov.uk
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Invitation to co create a Dudley Borough Inclusion Toolkit

Please share across your networks 

Are you passionate about equalities and inclusion for all?  Do you have ideas about how Dudley can become more inclusive?  

In response to the call to action and recommendations in the ‘Dudley for everyone’ report, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) invites you to join us to talk about what we mean by inclusion for all in Dudley and to co-create a new inclusion tool that will help us all think about how to make inclusion something we do and feel every day in Dudley.    

There a range of ways to get involved, online, in person or by completing a survey. 

Online booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRO

In person booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRR

Can’t make the dates, but want to share your views

If you cannot attend the workshop dates but are interested in being part of this exciting development, please share your ideas by filling out this short https://forms.office.com/r/89zycL0Ara

we are aiming to make the development of this tool as inclusive as possible so would be great if you, your teams or your partners are able to contribute. 

Level 3 Youth Work Qualification

We still have 2 places available for the Level 3 Youth work Certificate Training starting in Dudley tonight. I know thisis very shortnotice – but the training will support you in your youth work and is free!

If there is anyone currently working or volunteering with young people in the Borough on a regular basis, then they should contact me about participating in the course. You must already have achieved a Level 2 in Youth Work Award to be eligible for the course.

Training will be in person at DYI on a Tuesday evening from 6.45-9pm.

Full details of the course are attached – if you would like to be considered for a place, please give me a call on the number below – or email and come to the session this evening.

I look forward to hearing from you

Louise

Tel 07538 271495

Be part of the creation of a Dudley Borough Inclusion Tool

Dear Colleagues 

Please share across your networks 

Are you passionate about equalities and inclusion for all?  Do you have ideas about how Dudley can become more inclusive? 

In response to the call to action and recommendations in the ‘Dudley for everyone’ report, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) invites you to join us to talk about what we mean by inclusion for all in Dudley and to co-create a new inclusion tool that will help us all think about how to make inclusion something we do and feel every day in Dudley.   

There a range of ways to get involved, online, in person or by completing a survey. 

Online booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRO

In person booking link:  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/BNRR

we are aiming to make the development of this tool as inclusive as possible so would be great if you, your teams or your partners are able to contribute.  

We are back!

Hey friends and colleagues working across Dudley, It has been a while since we posted anything to this site for many reasons. Having chatted to a few colleagues recently it was agreed that we would refresh this platform as many have reported how great it was to stay connected and understand what is going on across the voluntary sector and with out statutory partners.

Just a couple of quick updates

Thank you to Emily Phelps from Barnardo’s and Jayne Sargent from Phase Trust who are now your voluntary sector representatives to the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership Board ( DSPPB) in addition Jayne has also agreed to chair the Contextual Safeguarding Sub Group of the board. Do feel free to contact either of them if you wish to share anything or find out more. However I have still offered to deliver safeguarding training and have a long list of people waiting so will be in touch soon with dates and venues etc!

Dudley CYPF Network met on with Dr Catherine Driscoll Director of Children’s Services and Helen Ellis Assistant Director for updates and questions on zoom recently. Helen has already been in touch to say how delighted she was to see new faces in Dudley as well as our long service teams! Children’s Services are keen to explore opportunities to reconnect now that we are beginning to return to some form of normality.

Dudley Holiday Activities and Food Programme ( HAF ) begins again at Easter. Donna and I will now be project managing HAF for the next 3 years and look forward to welcoming our new member of the HAF team shortly ( more info to follow)

Dudley CVS are also looking to recruit or second another team member to the DCVS Children’s Team as our Youth and Community Development Officer, sadly our last round of recruitment to this post did not attract just what we are looking for which is a passionate, creative, dedicated professional to work directly with young people and to also support emerging youth clubs and activity providers across the borough. A new JD will be coming your way shortly so do consider any potential youth workers who have experience in setting up or running youth activities and who may be looking for their next opportunity.

I will be in touch shortly with some more updates!!

Nicki

Consultation on proposed changes to Dudley’s Transport Policy for children and young people

Dudley Council is inviting people to have their say on proposed amends to some of its school transport policy.

The local authority is reviewing how children under statutory school age and those entering further education settings with SEND will receive support with education transport.

The proposals will bring the policy into line with national recommendations and does not affect children and young people without SEND or those of statutory school age.

Emphasis is being placed on offering transport training programmes to help those aged 16 and over gain the confidence and skills needed to travel independently, as we support them into adulthood.

The consultation process will welcome feedback from young people, parents, carers and educational settings over the next 90 days, with a mixture of online sessions and face to face meetings set to take place across the borough over the course of the consultation period.

People can read the consultation document and find out more information online at www.dudley.gov.uk/cyptransport and are invited to take part in the consultation at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DudleyHTSTconsultation

Alternative versions in accessible formats and community languages are also available.

Parents of children with SEND who currently have transport arrangements in place, and continue in their current setting, can be reassured that these will not be affected by the proposals.

All responses to the consultation must be received by 6 June 2022