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Partners commit to forging an inclusive borough for all

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Borough partners marked the UK’s first ever Black Inclusion Week by committing to create a borough that is inclusive for all.

Black Inclusion Week took place last week (May 10-16) to raise the importance of Black inclusion and to create a platform for true equality for people of African and Caribbean descent.

The week reflected a long-term commitment by partners to build a borough and a workforce that is inclusive for all and to aid this, Black residents and workers shared their lived experience throughout the week.

Building on ongoing work to strengthen community cohesion in the borough, West Midlands Police and Dudley Council hosted an online question and answer session with residents on May 14.

The event saw one of Dudley’s police constables share his lived experience as a Black member of the police force working on the frontline of the borough.

Paul Davies, chair of the Community Cohesion Strategic Group, said:

Marking and acting upon Black Inclusion Week reflects our commitment to building a cohesive community. Community cohesion means creating a safe, peaceful, and healthy community where there is mutual respect, fairness and justice for all.
I am delighted that partners are working together and listening to residents to build a stronger community.

Leader of the Council, councillor Patrick Harley, said:

I am proud that Dudley Council is marking the first ever Black Inclusion Week by committing to working with our partners to celebrate the contribution of Black people to our community and council to create one borough where everyone feels valued and included.

Chief Superintendent Kim Madill from West Midlands Police added:

West Midlands Police is committed to working with our partners to help build strong, peaceful, cohesive communities. We are listening to the experiences of all members of our borough in our efforts to represent the communities we serve, as we vow to continue this vital work together.”

Learning from these sessions will be shared with employers to further improve equality and diversity practices.

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