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Residents invited to community forums

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Local residents and organisations are urged to attend their local community forum meeting in June.

The meetings offer an opportunity for people to meet with councillors and the police to talk about how they can work together to improve the local area and share information on community activities.

Groups can also apply for a slice of community forum funding to help deliver projects and activities in the local area.

In the last financial year more than £250,000 was allocated via the ten council-run forums to dozens of local groups and projects to contribute towards the cost of delivering activities and improvements.

Further grants of up to £5,000 are now available and people can come along to the next round of community forums, which is taking place next month, to find out more.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

It’s really encouraging that so many voluntary groups want to make a difference in the areas they are proud to call home and I’m pleased we can continue to offer some financial support to help them with projects and activities through our community forums.
The forums are about discussing what’s best for our borough and what action we can all take to make it an even better place to live.
They also provide a great opportunity following the recent local elections to meet with some of our new councillors, who have been elected for the first time, alongside our local neighbourhood policing teams.

The first community forum in this round will be Halesowen North and Halesowen South on Thursday June 6 at Hurst Green Primary School.

Later in the month, on Monday June 17, the community forum for Netherton, Woodside and St Andrews, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood will take place at Dudley Wood Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

On Wednesday June 19, community forums will be held at Cradley Baptist Church for residents in Amblecote, Cradley and Wollescote, Lye and Stourbridge North and at St John’s Parish Hall, Kates Hill, for residents in Castle and Priory, St James’s and St Thomas’s.

People living in Coseley East and Sedgley are invited to the community forum for their area on Thursday June 20 at Christ Church C of E Primary. Also being held that night is the community forum for people in Gornal, Upper Gornal and Woodsetton at The Baggeridge Social Welfare Centre.

On Monday June 24, the Belle Vale, Hayley Green and Cradley South community forum will take place at Caslon Primary School and the Kingswinford, Wordsley and Wall Heath meeting will be at Kingswinford Royal British Legion.

The final forums in this round are happening on Tuesday June 25. They include the meeting for people in Brierley Hill, Brockmoor and Pensnett at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Hill Street and for residents in Norton, Pedmore, Stourbridge and Wollaston at St James’s Church Hall, Wollaston.

All community forums start at 6.30pm.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations and applications for funding must be submitted three weeks before the relevant community forum. More details are available on the council’s website at https://www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/community-forums/community-forum-grants/

Any applications that miss this deadline will be considered as part of the next round of community forums.

For more information on community forums email community.forums@dudley.gov.uk

 

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