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World café event to talk about safety

People have another opportunity to share their views on how safe they feel in their communities at an event later this month.

The friendly, informal session will be held at the activity centre at Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge from 9.30 to 11.30am on Saturday September 21.

Staff from Dudley Council’s public health and community safety 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:

"We held similar events in August and were really pleased with how many people came along to share their views on how safe they feel in the borough.

Stats tell us that we have the lowest violent crime rate in the region and it’s really important we take action to keep it that way by listening to the experiences of our residents and the issues which concern them most."

The session will be informal and everyone is very welcome to attend. For those who are unable to make it, I’d urge them to take a few minutes to complete our online survey.

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.

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

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