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Members of Dudley Youth Council have been shortlisted for a top policing award after sleeping over at the Dudley Canal Trust.   

The young people aged 11-19 years old, took part in a sponsored sleep-over to raise funds for a homeless charity.  

The group raised over £700 for CHADD, a Dudley-based organisation which helps vulnerable people in the borough to access housing.

The Youth Council represent the views of young people in Dudley, developing and leading projects and promoting a positive image of young people.

The group identified homelessness as a key issue in the borough and have now been campaigning and raising awareness of the issue for over two years.

Following the success of last year’s homelessness campaign, the focus for the next project is knife crime.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said:“The Dudley Youth Council do fantastic work representing the views of young people in the borough and raising money for charity.

“This group are a real asset to their community and are working hard to improve the area they live in. They fully deserve this recognition”.

Harley Keasey and Holly White from Dudley Youth Council, added:“When we asked the young people of Dudley what they would like us to campaign on, homelessness was top of the list.

“We have been working closely with CHADD to see how we can raise awareness and funds for something we all care so much about.

“We are grateful to Dudley Canal Trust for giving us accommodation for the evening and to everyone who donated. We hope every contribution big or small, will make a real difference to the lives of our peers.”

The Awards take place on 11th July 2019.

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