Mind The Gap…

On the 7th of Jan we held a workshop for anyone interested in Travel and Transport for disabled and elderly people as well as people with mental health issues, in the borough hosted by Disability in Action at Queens Cross Network. We had a brilliant turnout and we were delighted to see such a wide breath of organisations. They included : Access in Dudley Age UK Dudley Beacon Centre for the Blind Community Transport Disability in Action Dudley Support Group for Macular Degeneration Dudley MIND Dudley Disabled Learning & Activities Centre Dudley Voices for Choice Dudley Health Forum DMBC’s Social Care Staff DMBC Transport Halesowen Asian Elders Multiple Sclerosis Society Queens Cross Network Senior Citizen Forum Triple 20 Taxis  Wychbury Patient Panel Group Apologies if I have missed anyone it was a very busy room… Only by working in partnership can we tackle some of the really important barriers facing local people around access to effective travel and transport to enable them to live as independently as possible.    True partnership is about working together, sharing resources and utilising the strengths of people and other organisations. Also there are a number of opportunities that by working together we can access that by working alone we could not. Following on from this workshop we agreed to do a mapping and gapping exercise (hence the title of this blog post) to look at the organisations interested in working together, what they currently do and how they support people with travel and transport related issues. For example, a number of the groups have already agreed between them to look at maximizing the effectiveness of the collective minibus fleet in the borough.  Are too many of the minibuses in the borough sitting idle during the day and in the evening? This is at a time when people are telling us they are facing difficulties getting around and organisations such as Ring and Ride and Community Transport are facing severe financial and capacity challenges. If you would like to participate  in this mapping and gapping exercise, but were not able to join us on the 7th of Jan, we would be delighted if you could complete a short questionnaire about you and your services which can be found using the following link by the end of January. Mind The Gap We will share the results with everyone involved and on these pages. If you have any thoughts on Travel and Transport issues please feel free to provide comments below Name(required) Email(required) Name of Organisation or are you an Individual Website...

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Dudley Innovation Fund – Round 2 Application Goes Live

          Directorate of Adult, Community and Housing Services Dudley Innovation Fund – Ideas That Change Lives Kick Start and Progression Grants   The application form for Round 2 of the Dudley Innovation Fund is now live You can download the application form and associated guidance from the following link DIF-Application-2014 We had a superb response to the surgeries held back in December with some super creative and innovative ideas and very much look forward to seeing this materialise in your applications. We are holding further surgeries on the following dates for people who were not able to make the earlier sessions or for those who would welcome further advice and guidance.  These will be on the following dates. (Venues will be advised in due course) Tuesday 21st January 2014              Central Dudley            10.30 to 2.30 Wednesday 22nd January 2014      Sedgley                             1.30 to 5.00 Thursday 23rd January 2014          Brierley Hill                  12.30 to 5.00 Please contact Justin Haywood on 01384 815875 or email justin.haywood@dudley.gov.uk to book your slot. We will also be running a workshop in conjunction with Kate Green from Dudley Council for Voluntary Services in February for prospective applicants to go through the application form and answer any questions or queries you may have. Please contact Justin if you would be interested in attending this workshop.  ...

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Dudley Innovation Fund – Round 2 Application Goes Live

          Directorate of Adult, Community and Housing Services Dudley Innovation Fund – Ideas That Change Lives Kick Start and Progression Grants   The application form for Round 2 of the Dudley Innovation Fund is now live You can download the application form and associated guidance from the following link DIF-Application-2014 We had a superb response to the surgeries held back in December with some super creative and innovative ideas and very much look forward to seeing this materialise in your applications. We are holding further surgeries on the following dates for people who were not able to make the earlier sessions or for those who would welcome further advice and guidance.  These will be on the following dates. (Venues will be advised in due course) Tuesday 21st January 2014              Central Dudley            10.30 to 2.30 Wednesday 22nd January 2014      Sedgley                             1.30 to 5.00 Thursday 23rd January 2014          Brierley Hill                  12.30 to 5.00 Please contact Justin Haywood on 01384 815875 or email justin.haywood@dudley.gov.uk to book your slot. We will also be running a workshop in conjunction with Kate Green from Dudley Council for Voluntary Services in February for prospective applicants to go through the application form and answer any questions or queries you may have. Please contact Justin if you would be interested in attending this workshop.  ...

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