Monthly Archives: April 2012

Carers – Crossroads Shropshire Carer Support (now part of Carers Trust 4all)

Crossroads Care used to be Britain’s leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for. We work with over 43,000 individuals and their families, helping carers make a life of their own outside caring. We employ over 6,000 trained professionals, providing flexible services to people of all ages and with a range of disabilities and health conditions.
In Shropshire Crossroads Care is now part of Carers Trust 4All

VIDEO:  You may also wish to watch this short video interview with a member of the Shropshire team which helps to set out what they do.

Carer Support – Shropshire (if you care for a loved one)

If you provide unpaid help or look after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, frail or elderly who can’t manage without your support then you are a Carer. You can benefit from information and support for yourself to help you in your caring role

 Are you feeling isolated and lonely? We are here to listen to you and offer support

  • Do you feel out of loop? Our free newsletter will help you keep up to date with carers issues
  • Not sure about your rights? We can help you to get the support you need, both financial & otherwise , through contact with other agencies
  • Feeling stressed or need training on aspects of caring? Our Learning Together programmes can help you cope with stress and provide you with practical information on moving and handling, nutrition and hydration and so much more.
  • Struggling to get some time for you? We offer a range of events and activities throughout the year, and we can also help to organize respite care.

 To find out more click here to meet our Team or contact us through our Carers Support Line on 01743 341995 (Mon-Fri, 9am- 4pm)

Further details about all the Carer support available via this service can be found here

Macmillan Coracle Relay World Championships

Start Date:
15th June 2012

End Date:
15th June 2012

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End Time:


Event title: Macmillan Coracle Relay World Championships
Start date: 15/06/2012
End date: 15/06/2012
Start time: 2pm
End time: Evening
Venue: The Quarry in Shrewsbury
Event description: Contestants will be hoping to avoid a dunking in the River Severn when they cross the River from the Pengwern Boat Club. There will be 4 members to each team, they will cross the Severn and back again before handing over to the next team member.The winning team will cross the river in the shortest possible time. On the day practice sessions will start at 2pm, with the first race starting at 4.30pm. For the first time, purpose built, identical coracles will be used, supplied by Arrowcraft. Main sponsors of this event are Alan Ward. Fancy dress is encouraged together with as many supporters as possible in the hopes of raising several thousand pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Further information or to download an entry form visit or call Rachel Cooper 07779 280 070

Contact:  Name: Janey Davies
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact number: 07779 280 070

Disability Community Games-Telford & Wrekin

Start Date:
25th August 2012

End Date:
26th August 2012

Start Time:

Event title: Disability Community Games-Telford & Wrekin
Start date: 25/08/2012
End date: 26/08/2012
Start time: TBA
End time: TBA
Venue: Oakengates Leisure Centre on Saturday, Abraham Derby Academy & the Telford Snowboard & Ski Centre on Sunday
Event description: Telford & Wrekin Council have organised this two day Disability Community Games to mark the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On Saturday we have events at Oakengates Leisure Centre, while Sunday see activities at two different venues-The Abraham Derby Academy & at the Telford Snowboard and Ski Centre. Sports already confirmed include boccia , tennis, five-a -side football, walking, swimming, tobogganing, skiing, sailing, tubing & snowboarding. To take part and register an interest or to get more details please email or call the number below. Shropshire Council & Telford & Wrekin Council have announced a Community Grants Fund to help Community/Volunteer Groups fund their games.

Up to £250 matched funding (but not matched with Local Authority Funding) can be applied for.Please contact us for an application form and further details. We are also looking for volunteers to support this event and anyone with ideas on how they can support this event should contact Telford & Wrekin Council’s sports and physical activity manager Rachael Threadgold.

Name: Rachael Threadgold
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact number: 01743 255091

Disability Awareness Day – Coach Trip to Walton Park, Warrington

Start Date:
15th July 2012

End Date:
15th July 2012

Start Time:
Welshpool 9.30 am Shrewsbury 10.15 am

End Time:
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Visit Europe’s biggest voluntary-led pan-disability event, winner of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in 2006. All welcome. Alternatively, you can support us by spending the day in Ellesmere Port at:

  • Cheshire Oaks – the largest designer outlet in the UK
  • The Blue Planet* – Britain’s largest aquarium attraction

Sunday 15th July 2012.   Coach departs from Welshpool at 9:30am, with second pickup at Shrewsbury 10:15am. Arriving back at Welshpool 6pm approx. Tickets £12 per person, family tickets (up to 4 people) £40. Special rate for carers already known to Omega and members of the Shropshire Disability Network; £9 per person.

Entry to the Disability Awareness day is free, The Blue Plant admission costs extra. Contact Omega for bookings and information.  Phone0845 259 3163 Fax 0845 519 1130 Web  Omega, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury SY1 1TX

The Great Walk to Work

Start Date:
24th May 2012

End Date:
24th May 2012

Start Time:
9.30 am

End Time:
3.00 pm


Event title: The Great Walk to Work
Start date: 24/05/2012
End date: 24/05/2012
Start time: 9.30am
End time: 3pm approx
Venue: Start-The Princess Royal Hospital
Event description: This is a 14 mile fund-raising trek between Shropshire’s two main hospitals to help raise £386,000 for the £5 million Lingen Davies Cancer Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. This centre opened on Tuesday 10th April 2012 but money is needed to provide furnishings and equipment. On route staff at The Mytton & Mermaid Hotel at Atcham will set up a refreshment stand in their grounds. Courtesy of Flippin Fish at Meole Brace, they will be giving out vouchers, valid for seven days for walkers to claim free Fish & Chips. Longmynd Travel have agreed to lay on coaches to transport walkers back to the Princess Royal Hospital at the end of the event. Nick Holding event organiser is so thankful for the support provided by local businesses otherwise the event would not take place, The first 100 entrants will get a free t-shirt to wear on the walk. Ensuring safety etc Marshalls will be at various stations along the route. The route to be taken is from Welllington , along the old A5, through Meole Brace before arriving at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. To make a donation or take part please call Nick Holding or go to

Charity Golf Day for Arthritis Research UK

Start Date:
11th May 2012

End Date:
11th May 2012

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Event details

Event title: Charity Golf Day for Arthritis Research UK
Start date: 11/05/2012
End date: 11/05/2012
Start time: 1.30pm
End time: Evening
Venue: Oswestry Golf Club, Aston Park, Oswestry SY11 4JJ
Event description: This event in aid of Arthritis Research UK will see teams of four (ladies, men, mixed) compete. Entry is £200 for a team of 4 and includes a round of 18 holes, full use of club facilities and dinner. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, best ladies team, nearest the pin and longest drive. Teams receive a “goody bag” 18 holes of golf, full use of club facilities, and a two course prize giving dinner. This event is being sponsored by MacBrydes Homes. To enter please complete an application form. 

Contact details

Name: Ruth Owen
Contact email: [email protected]
Contact number: 01492 518760 or 07736 157 800

Legal Advice around Care Costs

Please find below links to paper copies of a number of documents produced by Shropshire solicitors Wace Morgan which will help in providing you with advice to consider when planning for your future. As their representative said to SDN “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” and these documents explain all the things you need to know in simple terms. Please remember that although they were correct at the time of printing, the law changes and policies change too, so you will always need to check the current up to date situation.

Here are all the documents which Liz shared with us.

Continuing Healthcare Funding

Third Party Top Up – Should you Pay?

Advance Medical Decisions

What is a Health and Welfare LPA

Lasting Powers of Attorney Information

What the donor needs to know before completing an LPA

Who Carers Who Pays?

Your Voice – April 2012 is out now

Welcome to the April YourVoice, where you’ll find a wealth of news and info about disability in Shropshire and the wider world. Our main story this month is about concerns over Shropshire Council’s proposed changes to personalisation policies and whether it is missing a big opportunity for change. 

April Edition  Click here

Text only Click here

Audio versions will follow as soon as possible.

If you require a hard copy or know someone who would prefer a hard copy please contact us and we will endeavour to arrange this.