Hold the date: Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund Round Two- Launch Event Date: Tuesday 12th March

Venue: Amblecote Christian Centre,102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote DY8 4BS Following the successful launch of the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund in December 2017, Dudley Council is about to launch Round 2 of this exciting initiative for the borough. The background to the Fund was the recognition by the Health and Wellbeing Board that we need to work together to do things differently in Dudley to achieve longer, safer, healthier lives for all. We have a strong history across Dudley borough of people working together to improve their local communities. In order to support this approach, Dudley Council has identified the Voluntary Sector Innovation Fund to enable people in our local communities to do more of the things they do best. We all have an active role to play in helping to make this happen – individuals, families, communities, organisations and local politicians. We are inviting you to this event to find out more about how this different way of investing money in our communities might benefit you in supporting new, innovative ideas for improving health and wellbeing. If you are from a voluntary, community or faith sector group or organisation and you are working with communities in Dudley borough, please come along to find out about this exciting initiative. Please register for the event using this link:...

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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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Dudley Disability Service – Complex Needs Engagement Event

Dear Colleague, Dudley Council are holding an event to bring together service users, families, providers and other stakeholders to gather ideas to develop services that will be delivered in an innovative way to support people with complex needs. The information gathered from this day will help to form the service specification going forward! Some soft market testing has already commenced to gain initial interest and ideas, the event will build on this to continue to work with people in a collaborative way. You are all invited to attend a Market Engagement event on the 23rd October 2018, full details and the boking link are below.   Dudley Disability Service – Complex Needs Engagement Event Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Time: 9.30am – 1pm Location – Dudley College, The Broadway, Dudley, DY1 4AS Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dudley-disability-service-complex-needs-engagement-event-tickets-50950184373     If you would like further information please feel free to contact the lead Commissioning Officer Jay Adams at jay.adams@dudley.gov.uk or the Market Engagement Officer Joanne Basterfield at joanne.basterfield@dudley.gov.uk. Alternatively call Rhys Khan on 01384 815262.     Joanne Basterfield Market Engagement Officer › Dudley MBC, Integrated Commissioning Hub 3 – 5 St James Road, Dudley DY1 1HP ‘ 01384 81...

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My Life, My Way, My Choice- personal assistant/direct payments event Wednesday 18 Sep

My Life, My Way, My Choice. The Face of Personalised Support in Dudley  Do you have someone to help you with shopping, cooking, paying bills and going out to places? Do you get money from Dudley Council to help get the support you need? This is called a Direct Payment and is money provided to you by the Council so that you can get the help you need.  With a direct payment you can ask someone that you know and trust to help you to do the things that you need help with or you can advertise to find a suitable person to provide the help you need.  In each case you would employ someone who would become your personal assistant.  You can also choose to use the money in another way such as getting help from a care agency / care provider.  Whether you employ a personal assistant, use a care agency or use the money in another way we would like to hear from you. We want to find out what people think and feel about direct payments so we are inviting local people to have their say at an event.  Book your place at the “My Life, My Way, My Choice” event for people who employ personal assistants, people who work as a personal assistant and people who use a care agency or use money from the Council to get the support they need in another way. “We would like to ask you to help to improve the way that you get help to make life easier and more enjoyable for you and for all people that need support in Dudley.”  Come along: September 19th 2018  10:30 am—2:30 pm Queens Cross Network, Wellington Road, Dudley West Midlands. DY1 1RB If you would like to help us and want more information about the event please contact Ken or Tracy on 01384 348095 or 07989515771 or email dudleycil@outlook.com To book a place please contact :  Dudley Disability in Action email:                Disabilityinaction.ulo@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01384...

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Good Eye Health events for National Eye Health Week 24 – 30 Sep

The ninth annual  National Eye Health Week (NEHW) takes place 24 – 30 September 2018. In support of this  Dudley Council’s  Vision Support Service are co-ordinating and promoting the importance of good eye health by holding events throughout the week at Queens Cross Network, Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1RB. Monday 24 – throughout the day, meet the team, come and speak to Vision Support staff and discuss any concerns you may being having with vision. Tuesday 25 – 10am Rebecca Stephen from Humanware will be demonstrating an array of electronic aids also Linda Ellis  from Macular Society will share information about the society. Wednesday 26 at 10 am Deb from Day and Night opticians will carryout basic free eye tests. Thursday 27 at 11 am  Aneela Hanif Vision cafe, come along a share ideas of good health care. Friday 28 at 10am Peter Moodie Beacon Bus will be demonstrating and giving guidance of assistive living aids and equipment. At  1.30 Claire Bickley from Black country sight loss council and Dudley Vision Support service will be able to provide advice and support. If you would like additional information regarding events please contact Dolores Wishart 01384...

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