Bob Jones secures £703,000 for services supporting victims in the West Midlands

Bob Jones secures £703,000 for services supporting victims in the West Midlands

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the West Midlands will receive over £700,000 to support victims of crime in our area.  By cruel irony, the outcome of the bid from West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones for services to support victims of crime was announced today (3 July) just a couple of days after his untimely death. 

West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said,

“I am delighted that we have secured this funding, and it is tragic that Bob did not live to see this success.  It is a testament to Bob and his approach that our bid was based on issues the community identified, notably violent sexual offences, Female Genital Mutilation, domestic violence and offences against the most vulnerable in society.   

Digital Autopsy Facility Sandwell West Midlands


  • New facility will be based at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich
  • Revolutionary, non-invasive and compassionate digital technique  - with huge potential benefits for bereaved families, examiners and investigators
  • New facility will serve Black Country and West Midlands coronors services

An agreement has been reached between iGene, operator of the World’s first Digital Autopsy Facility network and Sandwell Council to create the West Midlands’ first Digital Autopsy facility at Sandwell Valley Crematorium; the £1.2m investment by iGene in technology and facility is expected to open in June 2014.

Chief social worker for England visits Dudley

England’s first chief social worker for adults, Lyn Romeo, visited Dudley today (Thursday 3 April) to learn how social work and helping people to live independently is being transformed in the borough.

During her visit Lyn witnessed the community, access and dementia social work teams in action. She also had a chance to talk directly with social workers and learn from their experiences.

Top of the charts ambition for Black Country anthem

A song celebrating the pride of the Black Country has been declared as the area’s official anthem as the 100 day countdown to the national day in the region’s honour begins.

With national Black Country Day coming up on July 14, community groups and individuals are continuing to work with Dudley Council, to ensure it is marked with a festival of activities.

And now with 100 days to go before the big day, Black Country band, The Empty Can, are looking to break into the charts with their charity song ‘I Vow to Thee Black Country’.

The song, a Black Country version of the patriotic classic, I Vow to Thee My Country, goes on pre-order sale during May ahead of a May 27 release date, after being acclaimed as the Black Country anthem by locals on popular Facebook page The only way is Dudley.

Paediatric consultant to be honoured as Freeman of the Borough

A Walsall paediatric consultant and charity fundraiser will be presented as an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in recognition of his achievements in Walsall over the last 30 years.

Professor Abdul Rashid Gatrad OBE, who has been instrumental in establishing various breakthroughs in medicine for children and holds the highest award of Clinical excellence at the Manor hospital, will be presented with the honour at a special council meeting on Thursday at 6pm.

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