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Listening cafes

There’s a chance for people to share how safe they feel in their communities with two listening café events next month.

The friendly, informal sessions will be held at the Cornbow Hall, Halesowen on Wednesday 14 August from 2 – 4pm and the DY1 building in Dudley on Thursday 22 August from 6 - 8pm.

Staff from Dudley Council’s public health and community safety teams and local police teams will be asking local people how safe they feel in their communities and what would help them to feel safer.

People will also be asked if they have any particular concerns about violent crime in their community or if they have been directly affected by violence in their area in the last year. Officers will also be sharing how people can report concerns or incidents to the relevant authorities.

The findings will help contribute to the development of a violence prevention strategy, reflecting the fact that Dudley borough is the safest in the Black Country and looking at what work can be done to keep it that way.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

“Dudley borough has the lowest violent crime rate in the Black Country and we want to help keep it that way.

“These two informal sessions in Dudley and Halesowen will allow people to share their concerns, and discuss any ideas they have to make their communities safer and free from violence.”

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided and every person who attends will have the chance to enter a free prize draw for a £40 Merry Hill Centre voucher.

If people are unable to attend, they can still share their views by completing an online survey at –

For more information contact the community safety team by calling 01384 814735 or

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