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Senior officials in Dudley borough have pledged their support to The Dudley Dignity Charter at a launch event in Dudley today on National Dignity Action Day.
Attendees joined the Mayor of Dudley to back the new charter, designed to improve dignity in care for people all across the borough.
Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disability in Action consulted widely with people in the borough to ask what dignity in care means to them and worked with Dudley Council and Healthwatch Dudley to draft the charter.
The charter is made up from top ten actions, which includes making sure people are included when making decisions, making sure people can understand and be part of a conversation and treating people fairly.
Local agencies and organisations including care providers are being encouraged to sign up to it. People can view the charter online at www.dudley.gov.uk/dignity
Ken McClymont chair of Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living said:
We all want to be treated with dignity and respect, and hope that this charter will start a conversation.
This charter is unique in that it has been created by the local people themselves. We do hope that many residents, businesses, voluntary groups and others with connections to the borough will sign up to the charter to encourage everyone to make dignity a thing of importance.”
Councillor Judy Foster, deputy leader of Dudley Council, said:
It is an honour and a privilege to have joined those at the Dudley Dignity Charter launch event today. By working together, we can rightly put dignity at the heart of care here in Dudley borough.
The charter has been over four years in the making and it is a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living and Disability in Action.”
The Dudley Centre for Inclusive Living is working to establish a Dudley Dignity Council, made up of volunteers, who can monitor the implementation of the charter and hopefully award a dignity charter mark to organisations who work to implement and promote the charter and dignity in their field. People who would like to get involved can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07989515771.