Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Transhouse (new name Ethos Group Oswestry)

Transhouse (new name Ethos Group Oswestry) 

Website: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Telephone Number: 01691 404359

Address: Ethos Group Oswestry, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG

Ethose Group Ltd is a registered charity ( Charity number: 1040269) for people with spinal cord injuries. We provide short-term accommodation and advocacy support for our clients, while helping them to find and adapt suitable long-term accommodation in their chosen area. By empowering people to gain their independence we are freeing up hospital or nursing home beds. Our unique facilities allow time for Social Care to thoroughly assess future requirements, enabling people to move on with confidence.

The charity has two properties that are able to accommodate up to eight people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities at any one time.

These properties, consisting of two bungalows, are located in Oswestry Shropshire. Each of these properties is fully equipped for use by people with spinal cord injuries.

People can self refer by telephoning us on 01691 404359 or by emailing [email protected] or by completing the form on our website.

Follow us on Face Book @EthosGroupOswestry and Twitter @EthosgroupO

Charity No. 1040269.

Fordhall Farm

From outdoor cooking to feeding pigs, Fordhall Farm has lots to offer.

Thank you to Bex, Manager is Care Farm Manager at Fordhall Farm, she share with us about their work.

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative has been running a Care Farm since September 2015 having initially worked closely with the Wayfarers group in Market Drayton to enable adults with learning difficulties to come to the farm and experience the community at Fordhall.

Some of you may be asking what is a Care Farm, so here is the official definition from the Care Farming organisation that provides a voice and support for care farmers.

“A Care farm provides health, social and educational care services through supervised, structured programmes of farming-related activities for a wide range of vulnerable people (Care Farming UK 2014).”

At Fordhall we are able to offer a wide variety of opportunities for adults with learning difficulties who wish to experience working outside in a range of settings.

We grow, cook and eat produce from raised beds in the community garden, help with conservation work on the farm, enjoy walks in the woodland and creatively engage in a variety of activities 48 weeks of the year.

We work to help build people’s self-esteem, their communication skills and a sense of place and belonging within the community.

The atmosphere at Fordhall is relaxed and informal and anyone coming to the sessions is seen as being part of the team, helping and contributing to create a welcoming and enjoyable place to visit.

Primarily the group works in the community garden where we grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. We plan what to grow each year and everyone is involved in sowing seeds, weeding, helping to grow the plants and harvesting them.

Food that we grow is taken home by anyone who helps in the garden. We also have regular outdoor cooking sessions when we get to cook and eat the wonderful produce grown and surplus is used to make chutneys and jams to sell in the farm shop. Our wonderful clay oven is fired up to make great pizzas which everyone enjoys.

Our group also has time to stretch their legs and go for a walk; a favourite is down to the woods to sit on the bench and look out across the Tern valley, an opportunity to take in the scenery and enjoy the peace of the woods.

We have noticed since people have been coming to the Care Farm group that they are fitter and healthier as a result of being outside, working on the farm.

Here are some observations we thought you might like to read,

MrsT wrote to us recently….

PT really enjoys coming to the farm; every Tuesday he gets his bag ready for the next day, I don’t know what you are doing that is different but long may it last”

Her son has struggled to attend other services but each time he arrives at Fordhall he is grinning from ear to ear!

CF enjoys making chutneys and jams and makes sure everything is tidied up and put away at the end of our cooking session.

“I like to feed the pigs, it was lovely.” RL

Some background information about the sessions:

This is a chargeable service and support is given to each individual from fully trained and experienced staff.

We currently run a service one day a week, on a Wednesday from between 9 am and 4pm, and we are now looking to expand the service to a Thursday as more people want to come and join us.

Light refreshments are provided but not lunch.

If you are aware of somebody interested in attending our sessions, please call:

Bex Syrett our care farm manager.

As Bex is freelance it is best to contact her by phone: 07875 742 522 (please, not on a Wednesday) or e-mail: [email protected] and she will arrange an initial visit and taster session them.

If you would like to visit Fordhall just to have a look around, we are open everyday except Monday and there is no entry charge. Our website is www.fordhallfarm.com

And to find out more about care farms go to www.carefarminguk.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lanyon Bowdler

Watch Out The Aussies!

It’s the Shropshire Disable Cricket Team

Neil Larimer who is the Partner in charge of the Personal Injury Team at Lanyon Bowdler, one of our valued supporters, has sent us this video of Shropshire Disabled Cricket Team. What can we say, this is truly inspirational.

You can find out more about activities for you by going to our Be Active page to read about what others are doing in Shropshire or go to our Useful Organisations and search for activities near you.

Note: Our new search facility is coming and will be launched in the middle of February. 2016.

kelda training team

Kelda’s News from Belo, Brazil-one week in!

Kelda‘s News from Belo, Brazil-one week in!

We’ve now been out in Belo, Brazil for just over week. It’s been a fantastic experience, but it hasn’t all gone according to plan! Firstly, it rained solidly for 3 days. None stop!! So much for getting to paddle in better conditions! On the plus side, it has still been warm…..but not quite what we expected!!

The Olympic and Paralympic Squad together in Brazil

Last Saturday we did our first time trials of the season. This is where we treat it as a race day and go through all our processes, both mentally and physically, and then deliver 2 x 200m’s under race conditions.

I’ve put a lot of things in place with both my coach and the team psych to help with this “race day” preparation, and I was really happy with what I delivered. It felt solid, focused and one of the best 200m I’ve done.

However, when I found out the time, I was incredibly disappointed! Both my runs had been 57 seconds – that’s 4 seconds slower than my PB!

Now water and weather conditions play a big part in the times we can hit, so I could cope with the slow time, but I was 5 seconds behind Anne Dickens, my rival for the slot for the Rio paralympics. I’ll be honest, I was gutted! After all the hard work over the winter and the gains that have been made, I expected to be much closer to her than I was.

I’ve always said I wanted this blog to be open and honest….so I’m not going to hide from admitting that I struggled for a couple of days. It really knocked me. 5 seconds is a huge amount of time over 200m and I really started to question whether I was capable of making up that amount of time over the next 5 months.

The trouble is, once you start to doubt yourself it then starts to impact on your sessions. The next day I had a bad session in the gym, followed by a couple of poor sessions on the water. It turns into a vicious circle, the more poor sessions I had the more it reinforced my thoughts that maybe I couldn’t do it.

I desperately wanted the feisty, determined, gritty Kelda back…..but it just wasn’t happening!!

I guess sometimes you just have to be kind to yourself and accept that you’re only human and can’t be smashing it 365 days a year!

Our team psych then said to me “Kelda, you have a choice, you either say 5 seconds is too much, and you give up and stop trying. Or you say to yourself, ok, 5 seconds is a lot, so I’m going to use every session I’ve got to try and close that gap.”

I didn’t like being dweeby….and I knew I definitely didn’t want to give up!!!!!!

I woke up the next morning with a new sense of purpose. 5 seconds in 5 months…..that’s 1 second a month….that’s 0.25 a week…..now that seems achievable!!

I went in and smashed the gym!! BOOM!!!

It just shows how much of what we’re capable of achieving is all in our heads and in our mind set! Our only limitation, is the limitations we place on ourselves

So, it’s time to give myself a kick up the bum and approach things with a similar attitude to when I missed out on selections for the World Championships. I know what I’ve got to do, so let’s push any doubts or negativity out of my mind and get out there and give it my all. Time to believe, time to work hard…..time to make it happen!!!!!

 

CCG 250-253

Winter Health Awareness Event in Oswestry

Start Date:
4th February 2016

End Date:
4th February 2016

Start Time:
2 pm

End Time:
4 pm

Event title: Winter Health Awareness Event in Oswestry
Venue: Oswestry Cricket Club, Oswestry
Name: Shropshire CCG
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 612 3806 to book your place or use link below
Event description: 4 Winter health awareness events are being held to give you a guide on how to use the NHS and stay well this winter. Each event will include a presentation by NHS Stay Well this Winter campaign including hints & practical tips on staying well this winter.

This event will help you:

  • Avoid common illnesses this winter.
  • Get treatment & advice at the right place at the right time should you need it.
  • Know the best thing to do or place to go, should you be ill.

Dates of other Events-All held between 2 pm & 4 pm

  • Friday 22nd January at the Bishop Mascal Centre Ludlow.
  • Wednesday 27th January at the Shrewsbury Museum.
  • Friday 5th February at Meeting Point House Telford.

There will also be presentations from other healthcare & wellbeing charities & organisations.

The events are being supported by a number of organisations including Shropshire Royal Voluntary Service, The British Lung Foundation and Shrewsbury Rural Community Council.

People who wish to attend are asked to book in advance. They can do so online at:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/shropshire-ccg-9370896292 or call 0121 612 3806

The key target audience are people who can be most severely impacted by cold wintry weather – including those aged over 65, people with long-term conditions and those acting as carers.

Click here for a leaflet on Staying well this winter (local services) Stay-well-local-services-leaflet_2015-12-07_11

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Subtitled Screening of The Big Short

Start Date:
24th March 2016

End Date:
24th March 2016

Start Time:
5.30pm

End Time:
7.40 pm approx

Event title: Subtitled Screening of The Big Short
Venue: The Old Market Hall Cinema The Square Shrewsbury SY1 1HL
Name: The Old Market Hall
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 281281
Event description: Similar to our usual screenings, except with close caption subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

This screening of the Big Short is classed 15.
The Big Short is about -During the booming housing market of 2005, people bought houses they couldn’t afford, with money they didn’t have, whilst the banks grew evermore greedy, negligent and corrupt. This is the true story of four individuals who predicted the unavoidable crash, bet against the American economy and made it big. – Staring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt.

Audio Aids.
Sennheiser Infra Red enhanced hearing headsets are available in the Old Market Hall to amplify sound for hard of hearing patrons. They can be worn with or without a hearing aid.

What are Caption Subtitles?
Deaf or hearing impaired customers who cannot use our audio aids because of incompatibility with their hearing aid, or due to a greater level of hearing loss, may rely on subtitling to let them ‘hear’ the film dialogue (in the same way hearing customers rely on subtitles to understand a foreign language film).

These Caption Subtitles provide much more information than “normal” English subtitles. They also inform the cinema goer when something is sung rather then spoken, when significant music is happening, often providing the lyrics, or of significant sound effects (eg phone rings, doorbell chimes, etc) – especially those taking place off screen.

Booking Information:

If you have a disability you are entitled to receive 50% discount off full price seats. Should you need the service of a companion, their ticket is also half price. Proof of eligibility will be required. Patrons must state discounts and produce proof of eligibility at the time of booking, as discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.

Matinee and early evening showings:

Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £6
To book Wheelchair/Disabled concessions and groups of 10 or more, please contact the Box Office on 01743 281281 between 11 am and 7 pm, Monday to Saturday

OMH 250-253

Subtitled Screening of Joy

Start Date:
18th February 2016

End Date:
18th February 2016

Start Time:
5.30pm

End Time:
7.30 pm approx

Event title: Subtitled Screening of Joy.
Venue: The Old Market Hall Cinema The Square Shrewsbury SY1 1HL
Name: The Old Market Hall Cinema
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 281281
Event description: Similar to our usual screenings, except with close caption subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Joy is a 12A film, The inspiring true story of Joy Mangano, inventor of the ‘Miracle Mop’ and home shopping pioneer. Breaking free from a troubled upbringing, her overpowering father, and a series of personal heartaches, Joy emerges to be an empowered and determined matriarch of both her business and her family. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

Audio Aids
Sennheiser Infra Red enhanced hearing headsets are available in the Old Market Hall to amplify sound for hard of hearing patrons. They can be worn with or without a hearing aid.

What are Caption Subtitles?
Deaf or hearing impaired customers who cannot use our audio aids because of incompatibility with their hearing aid, or due to a greater level of hearing loss, may rely on subtitling to let them ‘hear’ the film dialogue (in the same way hearing customers rely on subtitles to understand a foreign language film).

These Caption Subtitles provide much more information than “normal” English subtitles. They also inform the cinema goer when something is sung rather then spoken, when significant music is happening, often providing the lyrics, or of significant sound effects (eg phone rings, doorbell chimes, etc) – especially those taking place off screen.

Booking Information:

If you have a disability you are entitled to receive 50% discount off full price seats. Should you need the service of a companion, their ticket is also half price. Proof of eligibility will be required. Patrons must state discounts and produce proof of eligibility at the time of booking, as discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.

Matinee and early evening showings:

Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £6
To book Wheelchair/Disabled concessions and groups of 10 or more, please contact the Box Office on 01743 281281 between 11 am and 7 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Sign Cafe

Sign Cafe

Website: See Old Market Hall website for details www.oldmarkethall.co.uk

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Telephone Number: Alex 07769 031 619 or Linda 07791 225 102

Address: Meets at Old Mark Hall, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 ILH

The Old Market Hall is home to a group for all sign language users. Meeting on the second Monday of the month the group has been set up by friends Alex Hiam, Nina Davies and Linda Harlow.

The group is open to anyone with a knowledge of sign language, whether they are new learners, seasoned signers or people who are a bit rusty and want to brush up on their skills. The group is open to everyone, whether they be hearing or deaf, and is proving to be very popular.

So if you are a sign language learner, or someone who wants to practice why not join us/ It is fee to come & there is no need to book-just turn up. All are welcome, may be you are a Deaf sign language user who would enjoy helping us.

The bar/cafe will be serving drinks and cakes. Informal conventional setting.

Telford Cycle Centre

Telford Cycle Centre

Website: www.CycleExperience.com/telfordcyclecentre

Email: [email protected]

Telephone Number: 0330 024 1783

Address: Telford Cycle Centre, Visitor Centre, Telford Town Park, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4EP

At Telford Cycle Centre we have a wide variety of bikes and equipment ready for hire, including mountain bikes, tandems and many adapted and specialist bikes. Bikes are available to hire every day of the week and include, trikes, hand cycles and a front loading bike (wheelchair accessible).Child seats and trailers are also available, all ready to ride out into the town park and beyond.  Pre booking is essential.

TCC opening times: Summer opening times: Tues – Sun 10 am – 4.30 pm. Pre booked groups can make use of the Telford Cycle Centre outside opening hours.

The Green Oak Foundation

The Green Oak Foundation

The Green Oak Foundation

Website: thegreenoakfoundation.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Telephone Number: 01743 340880 

Address: Unit B, Silkmoor, New Street, Frankwell, Shrewsbury SY3 8LN

Description:  We are a Community Interest Company (not for profit) based in Shrewsbury. A Community Interest Company has a stated social

We are dedicated to supporting Shropshire people by providing safe, friendly and affordable counselling and well-being services.

We genuinely care about the people we support and understand the need for people to be seen for counselling as quickly as possible.

 We understand the pressures that people face in their lives often compounded by financial difficulties and therefore we offer affordable counselling at a donational rate of £20 per session. Concessionary rates may also be available.

We work with individuals and couples who self-refer. We are supporting Shropshire families by working with children and young adults.

We treat all enquiries with complete confidentiality.

We are providing help and support for the following issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Low Self Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Divorce/Relationship Issues
  • Work Related Issues
  • Unemployment

 Find us on Face Book @TheGreenOakCIC and Twitter @TheGreenOakCIC