Outstanding Citizen Awards- Who do you know who is an outstanding citizen?

Outstanding Citizen Awards 2018 – Nomination Form

Please find below details of the Outstanding Citizen Award for 2018 which was launched at the end of January and is looking for  the unsung heroes of the West Midlands to be nominated for the Award.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following categories:

Outstanding Citizen

Outstanding Young Citizen

Outstanding Community Project

Individuals or organisations who are nominated for the awards will be voluntary or community based and will have shown consistent dedication to their community over a period of time, giving up their own time and helping others in ways which contribute to community safety or reducing crime and disorder.  The closing date for nominations will be Monday 9 April 2018, and there will then be an Awards Ceremony held on Thursday 5 July 2018.  As with previous years custody visitors will also be presented with long service awards on the evening , as well as thank you for their work this year and a welcome for new visitors.

Having a Blast! Making an Impact!

Dudley CVS blog

As the Children, Young People and Families in Communities team enters its sixth month together we are taking the time to celebrate the progress we have made during this time. It’s been a blast and we are loving every minute, we wanted to share some of our highlights and achievements with you!

What an honour!
The team attended Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice’s staff recognition awards at Himley Hall. It was a wonderful event which celebrated the achievements of staff and recognised those that go the extra mile. CYIC award
What was really special and humbling was that the Centre for Professional Practice gave an award to recognise people who work with children and young people in the community and…WE WON!!!!! It was really an honour to be recognised by partners and the award takes pride of place on the fireplace in our office at Dudley CVS. Read more about the award…

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PAPYRUS Bedtime stories campaign to save children from suicide

At PAPYRUS we know that cyberbullying is driving younger children to seek help with suicide thoughts. Today, to mark World Safer Internet Day, we have launched our Bedtime Stories campaign with a hard-hitting film to raise awareness of the impact of online bullying. We know from calls to our helpline, HOPELineUK, that online bullying is a contributing factor for many young people having thoughts of suicide. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. We need everyone to be aware of the impact that online bullying can have on children and young people’s mental health. This Safer Internet Day, we want to unite against bullying and consider what we can do to make our online environment safer.

Bedtime Stories

This new film is part of the charity’s year-long campaign to Save The #ClassOf2018. Over 200 schoolchildren die by suicide every year in the UK. Suicide is the main cause of death of all young people under 35 in the UK. The message through this film is to say to parents ‘a better internet starts with you’ and to encourage them to ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’ by engaging with their children in a conversation about their online activity.

How can you help?

share our film: #BedtimeStories – a hard-hitting film about online bullying https://youtu.be/yuqlg_pyZks

Download our resources: https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice/resources/bedtimestories-online-bullying

Update your profile picture: Show that you are part of the effort to help stop online bullying by updating your Facebook or Twitter profile picture with our new frame

Join the conversation online: Share our social media posts and how you’re helping to stop online bullying using the hashtags #SID2018 and #BedtimeStories

West Midlands Fire/ Combined Authority Consultation

 

Would you mind taking a few minutes to watch the video link  and complete the consultation please.

http://www.wmca.org.uk/wmfs

As you may already be aware, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will be carrying out a public consultation on whether West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) should be run by the WMCA in the future.

The public consultation, starts on 11th January and runs until March the 8th. It follows an independent appraisal of how WMFS is currently run and governed.

This appraisal looked at how a new governance model would impact on the community, deliver improved public services, improve scrutiny, transparency and accountability, while providing value for money.

Following this it was felt the WMCA would be the best option in helping the fire service meet its overarching vision: Making the West Midlands Safer, Stronger and Healthier and meet government expectations of the fire sector and other blue light services.

A scheme outlining the proposed arrangements and responsibilities was then put together which details how the fire service would operate within the Combined Authority and who would be responsible for making decisions. WMCA’s seven constituent local authorities have all approved the scheme for it go to public consultation.

Benefits of moving under the Combined Authority include a more joined up way of working with local authorities, health providers and the police, while having a shared vision for the region. In addition, public services will be delivered at a reduced cost in a more coordinated, integrated and collaborative way.

If the changes were to be agreed, the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, would become the single point of accountability for the fire service and the Chief Fire Officer would report directly to the Mayor. A Fire Advisory Committee would advise and support the Mayor.

We are committed to maximising engagement levels as much as possible during the public consultation, in order to reach the diverse range of communities which exist across the West Midlands.

  1. The consultation questionnaire and corresponding background documents can be accessed by visiting https://www.wmca.org.uk. Paper copies of the consultation will also be available at a number of public locations, including Civic Offices. It can also be downloaded from the WMCA website.

 

 

 

 

Young People can remove sexual images of themselves which have been shared online

New Service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online

A brief summary statement of what the article is about:

Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation have come together to provide a service where children can request the removal of sexual images of themselves which have been shared online. As part of that process the child would be asked to provide a link to where the image is stored online, rather than send the image itself.

The child is also required to verify their identity and age and this is done through the YOTI app. YOTI will not store images of the child’s ID following the verification process.

Below are a couple of online resources which contain details regarding this service:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting – There is a section which covers what you can do if you’ve lost control of a sexual image and refers to the YOTI app.

https://contentreporting.childline.org.uk – This is the portal where you can report images and videos for take down and again refers to using the app to verify age.

Brierley Hill Project

Brierley Hill Project

Fantastic project for anyone living in Brierley Hill with all kinds of support, coaching etc also there have a food bank available on a Monday & Wednesday 12-3pm.
01384 572227

The Brierley Hill Project envisions a community in which every person experiences hope, belonging, purpose and personal value. Through building strong relationships and being an active participator in the community our hope is that each person will reach their full potential being capable of making informed and responsible decisions.

Mission Statement (Mentoring & Session)
The mission of the Brierley Hill Project is to provide targeted life support through mentoring, coaching, and tailored activities for the people from the chapel street estate and wider Brierley Hill area.

http://www.brierleyhillproject.org.uk/who-are-we/

Top Church Young Men’s Group 18-29

Top Church
Young Men’s Group

aimed at young men between the ages of 18-29 who are not in employment, education and training.
We are especially targeting those who are isolated!

Are bored with no routine / direction in life.
Weekly group sessions, including sessions at the boxing gym and pool at the Brierley Hill Project, alongside an array of off site activities and 1-2-1 support.
If you have any young men that you feel may benefit from this support please contact me buy email topchurchtraining@btconnect.com

or telephone 01384 262114.

Skills Training UK – Traineeships

Skills Training UK

Traineeships

Enrol now for our Traineeship Programme!

Aged 16-24 and interested in taking the first step towards an Apprenticeship, employment or Further Education course?

Our Traineeship Programme could be right for you!

we support learners into Level 3 apprenticeships in IT (Infrastructure Technician) and Digital Marketing. We also work with Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeships in Customer Service and Business Administration

We have venues in Wolverhamton, Walsall and Dudley

Just Straight Talk (IAG)

 Just Straight Talk

Information, Advice, Guidance & Support

Just Straight Talk provides advice and guidance to people who are looking to enter employment and learning opportunities, whilst improving housing and health.

The project aims to provide support to people aged 16 and over to address barriers, support, mentor and empowering people to reach their goals.  It aims to provide an individualised and broad approach to give those with multiple barriers tailored support to move closer to employment.

Working within communities we offer the following:

·         A dedicated worker to help support you and to provide information, advice and guidance

·         A range of local options and opportunities on offer to help meet short and long term goals

·         Hand-holding through complex situations with councils, housing providers and other organisations

·         Supporting you to ensure your utility bills are affordable and setting up payment plans, completing applications etc

·         Help to increase your confidence, esteem, aspirations and motivation

·         1:1 pre-employment sessions  and careers advice

To refer yourself or anyone you know please contact the team on 01902 256 744 or by email info@juststraighttalk.org

Just Straight Talk

The Hub EBC, 30 Ebenezer Street, Coseley, WV14 9LJ.