Creating employment, tackling obesity and substance misuse, preserving the borough’s heritage and reducing crime are all included as key priorities in the vision of Dudley's revised Community Strategy for 2010-2013..
The strategy, which runs under the heading ‘my borough – our borough’, is revisited every three years, and outlines the borough’s priorities. It outlines aspirations for improvements under six themes.
The six themes are jobs and prosperity, health and well-being, heritage, culture and leisure, environment and housing, individual and community learning and community safety.
A copy of the Strategy and a summary leaflet can be down-loaded from the foot of this page.
“The purpose of the strategy is to bring together all of the positive aspects of living in the borough. These strengths will be used to improve the quality of life for all over the next decade.”
Sarah Dugan, chair of the Dudley Community Partnership
“We have so many reasons to be proud of the borough but there is also so much more we can do to improve things further."
“Our challenge is to set clear priorities for now and for the future. Our local communities, together with public sector organisations, private businesses and the voluntary and community sector, can then work to achieve these priorities in the coming years.”
Councillor Anne Millward, leader of Dudley Council and a member of the community partnership
The draft reviewed Community Strategy 2010 - 2013 was approved by the Council's Cabinet on 9th December 2009 and by Full Council on 22nd February 2010.
The Strategy was formally launched at an event on 23rd March 2010 - see left for details and a video of the event or use the link here.
Reflecting on current National and local changes.
The Community Strategy was revised in very different circumstances to those we are experiencing currently, with a new coalition government and substantial budget cuts across all the board. We need to take stock of how those changing circumstances may impact on our priorities and activities in order to include appropriate measures for the future.
In light of this, the development of a Performance Management Framework (PMF) for the Community Strategy has been delayed. The cancellation of the National Place Survey, discontinuance of the local children’s lifestyle survey and the uncertainty about National Indicators leaves the selection of performance measures still to be resolved at a local level and thinking of more systematic ways through which to pick up reliable community intelligence.