Monthly Archives: October 2016

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The Ramblings of a (technically) Failed Paralympian

Kelda Writes: The Ramblings of a (technically) Failed Paralympian

So Rio feels like it’s almost a distant memory…..and in what seems like a quick click of the fingers, everyone’s attention is turning to Tokyo.

I’ve always said that life is very much like a sat nav, you put in your destination and set off on your journey, but so often you come across hold ups or diversions that sends you on a different route….and sometimes you change your destination altogether.

Over the last 2 years I’ve been on the most incredible journey, some of it good, some of it not so good….and some of it bloomin’ amazing!! You never know quite where each turn is going to take you, and that’s never been more true than over the last 8 weeks.

Having failed to be selected for Rio, I was feeling pretty lost…..What was my goal? What was my motivation?…….

And then I was given the amazing opportunity to join the AGS Team.

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The Adaptive Grand Slam Team are attempting the mountaineering Grand Slam, that’s the 7 highest peaks in the 7 continents, plus the North and South Pole. This is no mean feat….especially when you consider that they’re attempting to do it with an adaptive team, something that has never been done before. So everyone on the team is either registered disabled, or has been medically discharged from the military as a result of injury.

So just after watching my team mates smash it up in Rio, I headed off to Chamonix for a training week preparing for a summit attempt of Aconcagua, a 7,000m peak in Argentina.

It was the most incredible week with an awesome bunch of guys, and a week full of challenges, support, teamwork….and lots of laughs!

I could easily write this whole blog telling you about the week, the training we did, the highs, the lows, and how stunningly inspiring the mountains were….but there’s actually a different message I want to say. Because for me, the week reminded me of the person I want to be, and the values I want to live my life by. It wasn’t about being ‘the strongest’ or ‘the fastest’ or ‘the best’….it was about working as a team, supporting each other, and the challenge was between yourself and the mountains.

It made me stop and think….was paddling 200m faster than anyone else really so important!! Don’t get me wrong, every athlete wants to win, that’s the whole point in beating yourself every single day in training. But what really matters, what really counts, is about giving it your best. And if every day you strive to be the best version of yourself, you look out for other people, and you live your life by the values that are important to you, that, if you ask me, is what’s really important.

And so I’m smiling on so many levels, because since the end of the racing season, I’ve also been able to put some real time and effort into Climbing Out, something that’s so close to my heart, and something that I feel I’ve neglected while I’ve been focusing on Rio.

To see the growth and development of Climbing Out and the young people involved is something that makes me so, so proud….and there’s some amazing journeys going to happen over the coming months and years with the charity, and these will be journeys that I know will take so many young people to new and exciting places too.

Last weekend we ran a taster weekend involving several organisations that are looking to send young people on our programmes in the future. The passion, energy and enthusiasm from anyone was evidence of the great work the charity is doing, and with everyone working together, we will undoubtedly be able to reach more and more young people in need of support in the future.

So for me, what an amazing journey it’s been, and I’m excited about where it will take me next, and the people we can help along the way.

I didn’t end up going to the place I thought I was going to, but where I ended up, well that’s a pretty awesome place to be!

 

 

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Crazy Creative Mondays

Join our mixed abilities adults group for a full-day or half-day every Monday and we’ll help you to develop new skills whilst meeting new people and having lots of fun. The day is very much free-flow with everyone undertaking their own project, with occasional specialised days where we can all try out something new.

Come for half a day or bring your lunch and spend the whole day with us whatever you decide, we’ll ensure you get the best from your time in the Studio, whilst also ensuring that your support gets the opportunity for some fun too.

To find out more and book a place please call us on (01584) 877272 or contact Nikki Hook by email [email protected].

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Sue Bott CBE, gives evidence to MP’s on disability & the built environment

Sue Bott, CBE Deputy CEO Disability Rights UK together with Zara Todd, Chair, Inclusion London, and Jolie Goodman, Manager and Lead Facilitator, Mental Health Foundation gives evidence to MP’s on disability & the built environment.

Members will remember Sue addressing our members at our AGM in 2014. Courtesy of Disability Rights UK, we share with you the video of the meeting that took place on 26th October 2016.

While the video is long, it is very interesting & very worthwhile watching, covering-accessibility to public buildings ie shops, hotels (includes reference to a hotel in Shrewsbury!), the working environment. hearing loops and much more,  It also touches on shared spaces & transport issues but that is subject to a different report. Later in the video, they include details of planning regulations, building regulations where it applies & guidance plus it features Equality Act information.

Click here to watch the video: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/be79e0ea-79dd-4db9-864a-b40bc425188a

Click here for more information on the session: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2016/october/sue-bott-gives-evidence-mps-disability-and-built-environment

 

Disability Rights UK

Feedback about Assessment & Treatment Units wanted

Start Date:
24th October 2016

End Date:
30th November 2016

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Change with support from Disability Rights UK would like to hear about experiences of people with learning disabilities who have experienced Assessment & Treatment Units (inpatient hospitals) and moving back to the Community.

By completing the survey that is in easy read, your information will help Change, together with partners Disability Rights UK, Win Win Alliance, Shaping Our Lives to find out what works well and what can be improved. It is very important to hear people’s views because findings will be used in Transforming Care with the Department of Health. 

If you would like more information you can speak to Claire or Sarah at CHANGE on: 0113 2426619 Or email us on: [email protected] or [email protected] 

Questionnaires should be returned by 30 November 2016. You can return them by post or email. If you would like paper copies please contact: Claire Drake CHANGE, 4th Floor, Calls Landing, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EW

Click here to take part with the on-line survey: Moving Back to the Community Questionnaire

 

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Do you access Adult Social Care in Shropshire or Care for Someone who does?

Start Date:
24th October 2016

End Date:
31st October 2016

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If you access adult social care in Shropshire or care for someone who does then your help is needed!

Adult social care is the term used to describe the help adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, eating, dressing, getting out & about as well as keeping in touch with family and friends. 

Adults who may need extra care and support include:

  • Older people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • physically disabled people
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with drug and/or alcohol issues
  • carers

Would you be willing to help with this survey, all replies are anonymous. The survey closes on 31st December 2016.

Click here to go to survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CareActImpact2016

If you know of someone who cannot complete this on-line survey, pop into one of the Citizens Advice receptions & ask for a paper copy & prepaid envelope for return. If that is not possible contact [email protected] or call 07780 852 229 and we will help you. (Note this survey has been supported by Healthwatch Shropshire Research Grant.

 

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Oswestry & District Provider Event

Start Date:
16th November 2016

End Date:
16th November 2016

Start Time:
7 pm

End Time:
9 pm

Event title: Oswestry & District Provider Event
Venue: The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry SY11 1LW
Name: Steve Latham-White
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 250308
Event description: Shropshire Council, Oswestry Action Group & the Qube are working together on a new project. To set up a Community Health Club.Do you or your organisation provide a health related service,  Exercise, Social Inclusion, Social Support or Wellbeing?

If that is you, this is the event you should attend. Book your place by email to Steve Latham-White [email protected]

Click here for more details: provider-event-invite

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Ludlow Sight Loss Group (SLOGs)

Start Date:
14th November 2016

End Date:
14th November 2016

Start Time:
10.30 am

End Time:
12.30 pm

Event title: Ludlow Sight Loss Group (SLOGs)
Venue: St Peter’s Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ
Name: Rachel Whitney
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 342163
Event description: This is going to be an interesting morning as we get to know each other better. Please bring a tale or something from your favourite holiday.

We will also have a cream tea and boccia on hand for those who like to play.

For more information call Rachel on 01743 342163

Youth MHFA-Mental Health First Aid Course

Start Date:
7th November 2016

End Date:
8th November 2016

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Event title: Youth MHFA-Mental Health First Aid Course
Venue: Wrekin College, Sutherland Rd, Wellington TF1 3BH
Name: Wendy Brook MHFA Trainer
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7250 8062
Event description: The Youth MHFA course usually takes place over two full days & is for everyone and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds, including young people themselves, although parental consent is required below the age of 16.

The course is divided into 4 manageable parts.

These are:

  • - What is mental health?
  • - Depression and anxiety
  • - Suicide and psychosis
  • - Self-harm and eating disorders.

These are then broken down further. Courses are limited to 16 attendees and places must be booked.

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Sight Loss Group Activities for November 2016

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 2nd November 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN 

This month we are having a session on floral arrangements. We have a floral design tutor joining us to show us how to make a door wreath using either tinsel or conifer.

If anyone has any conifer or evergreen foliage they can bring a long, please do.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 14th November 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

Please bring a tale or something from your favourite holiday. We will also have a cream tea and boccia on hand for those who like to play.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 16th November 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our last cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ for 2016.

 

Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 28th November 2 pm -4 pm The Roy Fletcher Centre, Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

 This month we welcome Sioned from Shropshire libraries to find out more about Living Paintings and a possible Touch 2 See book club.

For more information on any of the above activities, please call 01743 342163, Rachel will be happy to help.

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Helping You Stay Safe & Live Independently Longer

Start Date:
30th November 2016

End Date:
30th November 2016

Start Time:
10 am

End Time:
2 pm

Event title: Helping You Stay Safe & Live Independently Longer
Venue: The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry SY11 1LW
Name: Steve Latham-White
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 250308
Event description: Everyone is welcome to this event, showcasing many ways to help you stay safe & live independently. Supported by Shropshire Fire & Rescue, West Mercia Police, People2People, Oswestry Library, The Qube and many other organisations.

Advice on:

  • Assistive Technology.
  • Care at Home.
  • Staying Safe.
  • Advice on crime and a lot more.

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