Working together to improve our communities.
In Dudley we have a strong history of people working together to improve their local communities. Community forum meetings are open to everyone and provide a great opportunity for local councillors, police, local organisations/businesses and residents to come together on a regular basis.
Since January 2017 community forum meetings and Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings have become joint meetings with both ward councillors and a police representative present at all forums.
Many of the issues and concerns that you have about your local area can only be addressed by all of us working together. We have received positive feedback on this new arrangement as it has helped to reduce the overall number of meetings in local areas, as well as improve our ability to come up with solutions and work together to address local issues.
Community forum meetings
All community forum meetings start at 6.30pm and last up to two hours. They take place in a variety of community venues.
- provide an opportunity to share all of the great things which are happening in the local area, as well as to discuss and collectively address local issues and concerns;
- support you to be actively involved in your community through connecting you to other people and groups, enabling you to share ideas, and providing access to support and funding;
- engage with you about local priorities and provide opportunities for you to influence plans and services which will impact on your local area;
- focus on wider community issues rather than individual complaints or individual case work issues. These can be reported in a variety of ways including directly to your local councillor.
There are 10 community forums, each covering two or three wards. Meetings take place four times a year.
Community forum meetings provide a great opportunity for everyone to work together to benefit the local community. To ensure that everyone feels valued and able to contribute we have some guidelines for people attending community forums.
Community Development Workers
People in Dudley have some great ideas about how to make their community better but they don’t always know how to get started. This is where our team of Community Development Workers can help.
We are able to listen, build trust, share ideas and connect you to support; for example resources, venues, groups and much more.
This helps to create stronger, happier, more confident communities who work together and trust each other.
Find out more about Community Development Workers.
If you are unable to join us at a community forum meeting you can still take part through our online forums which take place on the council's Dudley Borough Facebook page and @DudleyMBC Twitter feed, from 6-7pm ahead of each round of community forum meetings. Questions and issues raised via Facebook and Twitter are forwarded onto the relevant council service to be dealt with.
Funding and support
We care about our local communities and we know that you do too. That is why Dudley Council and West Midlands Police provide support and funding to local voluntary and community groups to enable you to make a real difference in your local areas.