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Dudley borough residents who took part in a recent community safety consultation highlighted the importance of partners and communities working together.

The Dudley: have your say event, organised by safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership, gave local people a chance to talk about safety issues through a range of workshops and questions.

The need for agencies and communities to work together to create a safer environment was raised, along with a call for more intergenerational work and projects to bring communities of all ages and backgrounds together.

Dudley Library will host a special carers’ themed event this week to promote national Carers Rights Day 2014.

Carers will be able to drop into the library, located on St James’s Road, from 10am to 1pm on Friday November 28 to find out about support available to them in the borough.

They can learn about the council’s carer’s peace of mind emergency scheme, which is designed to ensure a cared for person would be supported if their carer had a medical emergency or accident.

Carers will also be able to register with Dudley Carers Network, find out about carer support groups in the borough and get information on how to find out if they are entitled to any benefits.

Life saving equipment and training has been brought into a busy council building in Dudley to help visitors if they are taken ill.

Staff at the Council House in Priory Road are being given potentially life-saving training in how to use the new on-site defibrillator.

The Heart Start training is being given by West Midlands Fire Service and includes how to recognise and treat a cardiac arrest.

People with a creative flare for writing are challenged to take part in a worldwide project to encourage creative writing during November.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) launched on November 1 worldwide and challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month.

To celebrate and encourage people to get writing, a borough library will host a special event later this month for all budding writers.

A cardboard and waste food recycling scheme championed by Dudley market traders and the council, as part of a £6.7 million regeneration scheme, has won a national award.

Over the past year traders and council staff have piloted the scheme which has seen tonnes of unwanted cardboard recycled.

And since March unwanted food waste has gone to Brockswood Animal Sanctuary to make sure Dennis the llama, ponies Molly and Leo and other animals get their five-a-day.