New Training Dates from Switch

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Switch are pleased to announce that we are offering free drug and alcohol training for professionals across the borough who are working with either young people or adults. The content has been updated and refreshed. These are all the remaining dates so book whilst there is still space
Use links below to see learning objectives and to book a place :-
Level 1 (one day) – Setting the scene- drugs & alcohol
Level 2 (one day) – Interventions to support people using drugs or alcohol. (please note, level 1 must be completed first)
Vicky Winnall
Service Manager for Dudley Switch &
Team leader for Swanswell Worcestershire YP service

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Volunteers available!

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Do you have any groups, events or activities running 20th-24th August?? We could bring a team of volunteers!!
On the week of 20th August we have a Youth Social Action week here at Amblecote Christian Centre. We have around 45 young people staying with us from the local area and we get involved in helping in the community. In the past we have run community events, sorted out overgrown gardens for those in need, done litter picking, helped the homeless, run kids clubs and more.

We are looking for projects that our young people can get involved with on the week and hopefully be inspired by!

Our young people will be accompanied by adults with a DBS and we can do a visit before the week to find out more and work out how many young people to bring, how much we can help with and whether we will need…

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Difficult Conversations with Staff or Volunteers


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Difficult conversations. We, volunteer managers don’t want to have them, but from time to time, we must. A complaint is lodged against a volunteer and we go numb. This shouldn’t be happening, because well, volunteers are selfless, caring souls who just want to help, right? Won’t we drive them away by reprimanding them?

To make matters worse, what about when a volunteer has an issue with staff and hopes that you will intervene?  Our hearts skip a beat. We’ve just spent hours recruiting and cultivating this volunteer, and now we imagine all that time evaporating.

It’s a part of our jobs we wish to avoid because initiating these conversations is uncomfortable. We exist in a world where we inspire and motivate, so correcting is somewhat foreign to us, a skill that needs to be dusted off once in a while.

But, in order to effectively…

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Kids swim free this summer!

Dudley (CYPF) Network

Kids swim free this summer holidays!

Let’s get kids active this summer with FREE swimming at Dudley borough leisure centres

School’s out for summer – swimming is in! Let’s get kids active with free swimming sessions at Dudley borough leisure centres.

Children aged 16 and under who reside in the Dudley borough are eligible to swim for free at Dudley Leisure Centre, Halesowen Leisure Centre and Crystal Leisure Centre in Stourbridge during public swimming times.

Free swimming will be offered during the school summer holidays, starting on Saturday 21st July and finishing on Sunday 2nd September, the day before most children return to school.

Swimming is a great way to get children active, keep them healthy and have fun during the six-week break.

To access this offer, registration must be completed in advance and parents can sign their children up from Tuesday 17th July to Saturday…

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Dudley Take Five

Dudley (CYPF) Network


Please could you circulate to any groups or young people you are in contact with who may be interested in this activity over the summer – the age group says 16-18 but there is flexibility from 14 (and up to 25 if the young person has a disability) …. Many thanks J

Dudley Take Five, Saturday 28th July at DY1 Community Building, Stafford Street,  DY1 1RT 11-3pm

Young people of all ages across Dudley are getting involved in film, art and music to promote wellbeing, having a creative look at ways to make every day feel better.

If you’re aged 16-19 you would be very welcome to join us in central Dudley on Saturday, July 28, 11am-3pm to find out more about the young adults’ programme.

Professional artists will be showing and sharing some of the activities on offer over the summer and explaining how you can get involved…

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The groups making new friends on Wednesdays and Fridays

Dudley CVS blog

As part of the work I’m doing with Age UK to understand and celebrate the local activities that keep people connected, I’ve been meeting groups that help people to build new friendships in Brierley Hill and Dudley.

New Friendsmeets at 8pm every Wednesday at the Storehouse in Brierley Hill. I visited them recently and enjoyed an evening of conversation, quizzing and laughter!

The informal group was set up by Barbara, who wanted to expand her social circle after losing people close to her. So Barbara posted on Facebook, asking others if they would like to get together, meet new people and become friends, using this poem to grab people’s attention:

I used to have a comfort zone, where I knew I couldn’t fail.
The same four walls of busy work were really more like a jail.
I longed so much to do things I’d never done before…

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