Voluntary Sector Transformation EVENT- 29th January 2019

Voluntary Sector Transformation EVENT- 29th January 2019 Is your organisation within the Voluntary/Third Sector? We need your help, your expertise in this area of work is invaluable to ensure we create a new service model together that utilises the knowledge across Dudley with providers, service users and commissioners. To achieve this we are bringing together as many different stakeholders as possible. We are pleased to invite you to our exciting voluntary sector coproduction event taking place on the 29th January 2019 at Dudley Archives and Local History Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ to help us shape the future delivery of Voluntary services in Dudley. You may recall we started a conversation with key partners in the voluntary sector in September 2018 as we outlined our intentions to; • Transform the offer in relation a range of services that deliver advice, information and advocacy services • Maximise social value • Reduce any duplication and inefficiency • Build community resilience Following this event we recognised the need for greater coproduction to help us shape the new model(s) by developing the key outcomes together. The session will be interactive with some independently facilitated activities. We are keen to ensure that as many 3rd sector/voluntary organisations as possible contribute to this important development and we are also inviting organisations that may not currently be working Dudley, priority will be given to Dudley providers in the event that we are oversubscribed. This is a really important opportunity to contribute to this exciting project. If you want to share this with anyone/organisations not included on this email please forward them the details. Full event details are below, If you have any questions or queries please contact Rhys Khan at rhys.khan@dudley.gov.uk or by calling 01384 814309. Voluntary Sector Transformation Event Location: Dudley Archives and Local History Centre, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ Date: 29th January 2019, 13.30-16.00 Online Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voluntary-sector-transformation-event-29th-january-2019-tickets-50904630119 We look forward to see you there The Integrated Commissioning Team. Many...

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Big Switch

Please see below email for your informatioon. Switch and save on energy bills this winter Sign up to Dudley Council’s Big Switch and save cash on your home energy bills – registration is now open until 11 February 2019. Big Switch has been running for several years and growing in popularity as a result of the great savings that can be made on home gas and electricity bills. Energy bill savings of up to £300 a year are typically made when registering for the Big Switch and market leading deals are on offer, not available elsewhere. With gas and electricity bills on the rise and research indicating that people are reluctant to switch because they find it too confusing, the Big Switch is the perfect solution. Part of a national government initiative, the Big Switch scheme sees councils coming together and taking part in a collective energy switching auction. By joining together they are able to get the very best energy deals through the power of bulk buying. This auction will run until 11 February 2019 and then people will have the option of switching energy supplier to the company offering the very best deal. There is however no obligation to do switch. To register with Dudley’s Big Switch, visit the council’s website – www.dudley.gov.uk/bigswitch. Alternatively people can register simply and easily by calling Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345, they will then be guided through the simple process. They will need to have their current tariff details and fuel usage (shown on their most recent bill) to...

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How you can help others to tackle loneliness and isolation – take Dudley’s On-line Course

Christmas/New Year can intensify the feeling lonely and isolated. This Loneliness and Isolation course from Dudley Council is for anyone who comes into contact with people who might be lonely or isolated. It will provide an awareness of what isolation and loneliness is, who might be vulnerable, how to spot signs that someone might need help and what you can do to help tackle this issue. It is estimated that there are approximately 32,000 over the age of 60 who are said to be lonely or isolated in Dudley. Evidence shows that being lonely has an impact has the same negative impact on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But loneliness and isolation doesn’t just affect older people and according to a recent BBC survey younger people are more likely to feel isolated and lonely than older people. One of the Health and Wellbeing Boards key goal is the reduction of loneliness and isolation in the borough and this is set out in Dudley’s Health and Wellbeing strategy. We want as many staff and partners to take the course and help tackle loneliness and isolation in Dudley together. To take the course go to...

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