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“October is Black History Month where we collectively celebrate the contributions of Black people to UK society. This year’s theme is ‘Saluting our Sisters’ highlighting the achievements of Black women in shaping history, inspiring change, and building communities. Black History Month provides an important focal point for us all to learn, understand and also recommit to driving out the racism that is very real for many people. SDC’s Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Working Group is committed to working to ensure Stroud district is a vibrant, inclusive place where diversity is celebrated, and everyone belongs. 

Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being and Tuesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day; the key message this year is “mental health is a universal human right." More information can be found hereSDC is one of the few councils in Gloucestershire to have a Health and Wellbeing Plan and our dedicated web page can be found here.

It’s almost half term and the difficult decision has been made to close the Pulse in Dursley for that week due to a major £5million project to replace aging gas boilers with a new renewable heating system. We understand that some people will be disappointed, but it means that school swimming lessons and all exercise programmes taking place during term time, will not be disrupted. Alternative swimming, gym and fitness sessions will be available during half term at Stratford Park Leisure Centre in Stroud. The new heating system will save hundreds of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and is a key part of SDC’s pledge to do everything in its power to ensure the district becomes carbon neutral by 2030.

This week's blog was written by Cllr Natalie Bennett, Deputy Leader of Stroud District Council

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