Pain – do you get it? Free public webinar 10 November 4.00 – 5:30pm

Are you living with persistent or chronic pain? You are not alone. 28 million people in the UK live with longstanding pain but often it is complex and misunderstood. Flippin’ Pain™ have organised a live webinar, for Black Country residents on 10th November. The webinar will be taking place via Microsoft Teams, is free, and is the perfect opportunity to learn more about pain and start your journey to recovery. If you would like to attend, please sign up via Eventbrite here. For further details and information please visit the Flippin’ Pain events page. Many...

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Suicide prevention – you can make a difference

Suicide is rare, but it does happen. The good news is that a chat can make a positive difference. Creating HOPE through action is the theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (Saturday 10 September).The advice from public health is that having a short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make the difference between life and death for them. ​There are more than 6000 deaths by suicide in the UK every year – an average of 16 per day. The advice from public health is that having a short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make the difference between life and death for them.This video (trigger warning – it is an emotional watch) from the Campaign Against Living Miserably  is a thought-provoking insight into how suicidal doesn’t always look suicidal. Health and wellbeing pageIt can feel scary when taking care of someone who is considering taking their own life, but it doesn’t have to be. A wealth of support is available on the Suicide Prevention health and wellbeing page on Connect.  As well as providing a step-by-step guide on how to help someone inside or outside of work if they display or admit to suicidal feelings, it provides a link to the free Zero Suicide Alliance training, a link for anyone who is having suicidal thoughts, and a reminder about the staff counselling service. Reach Out websiteAnother excellent resource is the Reach Out website, created by Dudley’s Suicide Prevention Partnership.  This gives advice to anyone thinking about suicide, worried about someone, or affected by suicide.WebinarEveryone is also invited to attend a World Suicide Prevention Day webinar.Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is running the webinar from 10am – midday on Friday 9 September and everyone is welcome. It will be a community-focused suicide prevention event that hears from survivors of suicide, community and national experts on suicide prevention.Register on Eventbrite to book your space.  Who to call in an emergencyIf you, or anyone you know is feeling suicidal:CALL 999 if you believe that a life is in danger and stay with the person until they are seen by a member of a mental health team CALL Black Country Mental Health Helpline 0800 008 6516 to talk to someone 24/7 or text them on 07860 025281CALL Samaritans 116 123 to talk to someone 24/7 Many...

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Fire safety for disabled people

The Home Office has today (10 August), published updated guidance on fire safety tips for disabled people and those who care for them. It provides practical advice and tips that will help protect those with disabilities from the risk of fire. Guidance: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1097046/Sight__Hearing_Mobility_-_Web_accessible__Updated_.pdf https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-for-people-with-sight-hearing-or-mobility-difficulties/fire-safety-for-people-with-sight-hearing-or-mobility-issues-accessible-version https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-for-people-with-sight-hearing-or-mobility-difficulties#full-publication Many...

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Celebrate the Games in Dudley

We have  number of great things that are happening in the borough to celebrate the biggest international sporting event ever to be held in the region. As part of the Games the borough is receiving the Queens Baton Relay on Sunday 24 July 2022 (1.30pm – 7.15pm). The relay will be visiting several locations in the borough culminating in a fabulous free celebration event at the Waterfront, Brierley Hill.Running from 12pm to 8pm, the event will include a huge range of family-fun activities. In addition, we are hosting a number of free festival events, which we have combined with our Play Week from 1 – 7 August, for all the family to enjoy and watch the games live on giant screens. For more information on the events in the borough please visit www.dudley.gov.uk/commonwealthgames The Communication and Public Affairs Team Dudley...

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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

Cycling Time Trials Road Closures Dudley Borough will be welcoming the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games men’s and women’s cycling time trials on Thursday 4 August. A map of the circular course is available at: www.dudley.gov.uk/commonwealthgames In preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer, the Get Set for the Games partnership is working together to support residents in planning ahead. This support will help minimise the impact of the Games on everyday users of the transport network to ensure residents can still get about, and borough operations can continue to meet local needs. Many roads in the north and the centre of the borough will be closed inside and around the time trial route between the hours of 5am and 6pm (roads will re-open at 6pm) on the day of the time trials. A full list of road closures, roads with changed traffic conditions, and crossing points is available on our www.dudley.gov.uk/cgtraffic/ The impact of this disruption may be significant: If you live on the route There will be NO PARKING from: 6:00pm Wednesday 3 August to 6:00pm Thursday 4 August. ANY VEHICLES THAT REMAIN ON THE ROUTE AFTER THE ‘NO PARKING’ TIME WILL BE TOWED. ROAD CLOSURES will be in place from: 5:00am to 6:00pm on Thursday 4 August. If you regularly park on these roads, you will need to find alternative parking. If your vehicle is towed, please contact:01565 872707 to find where your car has been towed to. If you live inside the route   A number of vehicle crossing points will be available around the course, that will enable you to enter/leave the area within the course. The majority of these will be in operation between 5AM to 9.15AM, and 3.30PM to 6PM on the day of the race. Prior to the event and on the day     You can email Info.Games2022@dudley.gov.uk should you have any access problems. On Sunday 24th July, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August 2022 you can also telephone 01384 811542 or 01384 811543. Marshals will be available across the route to aid pedestrian crossing. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these measures, which have been put in place to ensure the safety of the competing athletes and the public during this high-profile international sporting event. The Communication and Public Affairs Team Dudley...

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