Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Wheelchair Users Guide to Accessible Activities in and around Shropshire

Website: (opens as a pdf document that can be saved to your computer)

Produced by the Disabled Holiday Information Group this guide is a tried and tested guide to accessible activities across and beyond Shropshire.

Activities are listed alphabetically and include everything from Abseiling to White water rafting.

The Wheelchair User’s Guide to Accessible Tourist Attractions for Shropshire

Website: (opens as a pdf guide that can be saved to your computer)

The guide has been researched and compiled by Frank Napper a wheelchair user and Chairman of the Disabled Holiday Information Group with the assistance of his wife Sue.

It’s aim is to help address the complex and often confusing tourist information that faces those who have limited mobility when making decisions about where to visit and stay.

Shropshire is one of England’s lesser known counties but with its unspoilt and varying landscape and unique towns and villages it makes an excellent holiday destination.

This is designed to give wheelchair users an insight into the kind of attractions on offer in the county and its surrounding borders.

It will also prove useful to local residents who are wanting to plan a successful day out.

Among the attractions featured are Wroxeter Roman City, The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, the Severn Valley Railway and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

It also includes a section with useful information on a selection of excellent hotels, B&B’s and self catering properties within the county.

Parkinson’s UK

Parkinson's UKWebsite:
Helpline: 0808 800 0303, [email protected]
Address: 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V IEJ

Shrewsbury Branch:
Contact: Fred Jones
Telephone: 01743 872597
Email: [email protected]
Meeting venue: Harlescott Social Club, Roselyn, Shrewsbury, SY1 4LP

A charity which funds research into Parkinson’s Disease, offers support, advice and information to people with Parkinson’s , their carers, families and friends and to health and social services professionals involved in management and care, and has a network of over 330 branches and support groups.

Parkinson’s UK also campaigns to influence Government policy and the development of high-quality services at a local and national level.

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Pain Concern

Email: [email protected]

Help Email: [email protected] 
Helpline: 0300 123 0789
Tel: 0131 669 5951 
Address: Unit 1-3, 62-66 Newcraighall Road, Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh, EH15 3HS

Pain Concern provide information and support to people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. We aim to raise awareness about pain and improve the provision of pain management services, through our policy and campaigning work. Our Airing Pain radio show is a series of audio podcasts featuring the experiences of those managing their everyday pain, and interviews with top, internationally- recognised experts. Our magazine Pain Matters contains news, features and comment on topics including self-management techniques, research into pain treatments, and personal experiences of living with pain. It is available in print and electronic form. We run a helpline staffed by volunteers, who provide information, support, or just a listening ear to people wanting to talk about their own pain or that of a family member or friend, and an online community on HealthUnlocked which provides members with a forum to share experiences. A free information pack on how to manage pain is available.

Council of Disabled People – Warwickshire and Coventry

Council of Disabled=Website:
Email: [email protected]
Telephone/Fax/Minicom: 02476 712 984

The Council of Disabled People (CDP) is a Charity organisation that exists to promote and realise the interests of Disabled people regardless of class, colour, race, sexuality, gender and/or age.

By Disabled people the CDP intend anyone who has a physical and/or sensory impairment, labelled as learning disabled, mental health users and survivors, people with HIV positive status and other hidden impairments and/or conditions.

The Council of Disabled People (CDP) encourages the inclusion of Disabled people in the general community and it also provides services directly to Disabled people.

CDP is a Disability rights provider.

Please note due to losing its main source of funding the Council of Disabled People-Warwickshire & Coventry closed its doors in November 2012. An alternative website to visit may be 

Voluntary Action Coventry

29 Warwick Road,
Coventry CV1 2ES
Tel: 024 7622 0381
Fax: 024 7625 7720
Email: [email protected]

Oswestry and District Access Group

Oswestry and District Access GroupWebsite:
Email: [email protected]
Address: P.O. Box 222, Oswestry, Shropshire
Janis Menage (Secretary) Tel: 01691 659 277

Oswestry & District Access Group is a voluntary group that has been working for over 18 years to improve access and facilities for all those who are either resident in or visiting Oswestry.

In particular, they are focused on supporting:

  • mothers with young children
  • people with disabilities
  • partially sighted people
  • hard of hearing people

In 2003 an Access guide for disabled visitors to the town was produced. An update to the Access Guide is being planned. A campaign is being run to make Oswestry one of the most accessible towns in Shropshire. Entitled “Access for All” it is planned to run until at least the end of 2012. New members are welcomed.

Oswestry and District Access Group on the second Tuesday of every month (except August) from 10.30am-12 noon at Memorial Hall, Smithfield Street, Oswestry. Anyone who is interested in access issues is welcome.

Open University Services for Disabled Students

Open UniversityWebsite:
Tel: 0845 300 60 90 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00, Saturday 09:00-17:00)
Address: Student Registration & Enquiry Service, The Open University, PO Box 197, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ

Over 9000 students with a disability, health condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) study at the OU. The OU offer a wide range of support services and facilities to enable students to succeed in their studies, including:

  • advice about funding
  • arrangements for tutorials
  • arrangements for examinations and residential schools
  • provision of equipment

Omega – the National Association-Care for Life


Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 245 088
Address: FREEPOST RSGB-CYBY-HSCX, Omega Care for Life, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TX

Please do not use Freepost for bulky and heavier items, including items sent in response to our mobile phone appeal. Contact London House if you need advice about posting something to us. 

Our important work is focused upon the following activity:

  • Supporting carers, including those with responsibilty for looking after a patient with a life-limiting or long-term condition
  • Providing bereavement support
  • Raising standards in end of life care in the community
  • Informal dispute resolution
  • Helping other organisations interested in supporting carers and their families to make a greater impact in their community
  • Hosting facilitated group sessions
  • Collating and sharing information and resources in respect of a wide range of care related issue
  • Providing support and infrastructure services to community groups

Lupus UK

Lupus UKWebsite:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01708 731251

West Midlands Lupus Group:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01902 498236
Address: 8 Legge Lane, Coseley, West Midlands, WV14 8RQ
Central address: St James House
Eastern Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 3NH

Lupus is a condition with a wide variety of symptoms, but the two major symptoms appear to be joint/muscle aches and pains and extreme fatigue and weakness. LUPUS UK is a registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis. They have over 6000 Members and a number of Regional Groups around the UK who:

  • arrange medical talks
  • publish local newsletters
  • set up local occasions
  • organise fundraising events

LUPUS UK also:

  • produces an informative national magazine with lupus articles, letters, reports, and photographs
  • operates a strong Grant Programme for research purposes and welfare.

Lupus West Midlands offers:

  • Lupus Drop-In Clinics at the Clinical Research Unit, North Block, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, on the third thursday of the month, 2.15 pm
  • Open Meetings

Leonard Cheshire Foundation

Leonard Cheshire DisabilityNational Information Resource Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 3242 0200 / 020 3242 0307

Leonard Cheshire Disability Wales & West Region
Address: Unit 1, Greenmeadow Springs Business Park, Cae Gwyrdd, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, CF15 7AB
Tel: 02920 544071
Email: [email protected]
Area covered: Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Wales, West Midlands, and Worcestershire

National HQ
Address: 66 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation is a leading charity provider of care and support to people with disabilities, both in the UK and in more than 50 countries around the world. In the UK today Leonard Cheshire provides 140 services, supporting nearly 15,000 disabled people. Leonard Cheshire has links with a wide range of constituencies of disabled people and disability organisations.

Services include:

  • Care at Home, Care Homes
  • Acquired Brain Injury services
  • Short Break and Leisure Services
  • Transition Services
  • Supported Living
  • Day Support services