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

Early Help Workshops

Following the recent launch of Dudley’s Thresholds document DSCB is offering a number of workshops which will enable participants to be able to understand and work with the DSCB Threshold guidance.

This training is mandatory for all staff within the children’s workforce.

Levels of need and risk, as well as types of intervention, will be considered through the exploration of case studies.  All those working with children and families will be assisted with the practicalities of assessment and how to refer through to the appropriate level of support. The session will also cover:

  • Why we need a threshold
  • Categories linked to Threshold
  • How to make a referral at the appropriate level
  • What should be included in a referral
  • Professional judgement
  • Stepping up and down process

Please see available dates and locations below.

14 May 2018 1.30-4.30 Dudley Archives, Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ
14 June 2018 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
24 July 2018 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
07 September 2018 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
02 November 2018 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
25 January 2019 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY
06 March 2019 1.30-4.30 Saltwells EDC, Bowling Green Rd, Dudley DY2 9LY

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

Submitted applications will be acknowledged by the DSCB Business Unit and joining instructions sent to registered delegates prior to each event. Please note managers will need to authorise all applications for this training.

Application Form

Welfare Benefits Case Worker – Job Opportunity



Welfare Benefits Caseworker


Hours:                  37 per week. Part time hours would be considered.

This is a fixed term contract until 30th June 2019 (contract may be extended past this date)


Salary:                 £24,184 to £25,984, depending upon experience

SCP28-30 (pro rata)


Location:             Position available in Walsall


Citizens Advice Dudley Borough is a charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to over 15,000 people per year, resolving 55,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the borough, many of whom often have complex support needs or complex casework issues.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced advisor to join our existing team of Macmillan caseworkers working across Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall hospital settings providing advice and casework to cancer patients.


This position is to work in Walsall Manor Hospital and Goscote Palliative Care Centre. You will need to have a minimum 12 months knowledge and experience, or for part time, the equivalent, of providing generalist advice specialising in welfare benefits and be able to demonstrate the ability to undertake casework.


Closing Date:                      Friday 8th June 2018 by 4:00pm

Interview dates:                  Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018

Contract start date:            ASAP


If you are enthusiastic, committed to making a difference to the lives of patients with Cancer and interested in the post, please contact Citizens Advice Dudley Borough for an application pack via email on or if you would like to position in more detail please contact Nikki Saunders, Advice Service Manager on 07929 343025

Neglect Training

There are places still available on the Neglect course taking place on 8th June at 1.30pm – 4.30pm, please see below 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.
Learning from the own local SCR’s we recognise that a key attribute for practitioner’s working with neglect is to ensure a healthy living environment and healthy relationships for children. Prevention and early access to help and support for children and their families are crucial, but so too is later stage help for older children who live with the consequences of longstanding neglect.
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.  
Learning Outcomes:
This course will provide staff across ALL agencies with a shared understanding of neglect and its impact on the safety, wellbeing and development of children, allowing them to:  
·         Recognise the signs and symptoms of neglect
·         Recognise the importance of recording, including capturing and responding to the voice of the child.
·         To understand your professional role in supporting children who have been or may be neglected
·         To understand the importance of early intervention and referral pathways, including the brief overview of the Graded Care Profile (GCP2) assessment tools that has been agreed at a local level to support practitioners to respond to cases of neglect.  
Please note, this introductory course is not suitable for those who have previously completed Graded Care Profile 2 Training.
Should you wish to book a place on this course please complete the attached application form and email