Monthly Archives: March 2018

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Enter if you dare!

How would you react if you received an invitation to enter a Dragons Den?  Would you accept or decline such an offer? When the invite dropped into our Chair’s inbox, all sorts of things entered her head. Would it be a fire spewing serpent or reptile or some monster? Would she get out alive or manage to escape unscathed? Reading further, Ruby discovered it would be similar to the TV programme but the invitation was to “pitch” to some friendly dragons.

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The invite came via Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC).  The aim, to connect businesses for social good, providing a link between industry and voluntary and community enterprises (VCSE) in Shropshire. The Dragons’ Den style charity event would enable local businesses to support community organisations to benefit Shropshire communities and people.

For businesses this is a great way to not only demonstrate corporate social responsibility (CRS) but to create PR and interesting news, connect like-minded people and develop mutually beneficial relationships with community organisations.

The plan was for each VCSE organisation to have a maximum of 10 minutes to pitch to the business judging panel.  Once all of the pitches had been made, the businesses would decide which organisations to support. 

How has Shropshire Disability Network benefited?

After the first “pitch” in Shrewsbury, resulting in a “score” not by a dragon but by another “pitcher” who offered storage for SDN equipment, Ruby dared to enter another den, which was held at The British Ironwork Centre, Oswestry. This has resulted in two way support by one of the friendly dragons.

What does SDN working in partnership with The British Ironwork Centre mean?

Clive Knowles, Owner/Managing Director, was very keen to meet with Ruby, to talk and give support to SDN. But Dragons Den was never meant to be “one way”.  So, SDN are supporting The British Ironwork Centre by using and sharing our knowledge and skills around disability issues to make this 5-star attraction even better.

So far:

  • SDN has benefited from a generous donation.
  • The British Ironwork Centre has a link on our website.
  • SDN will be supporting the submitted application by the British Ironwork Centre to Shropshire Council to get the new toilet block completed and open so that it will not be necessary to bring in extra porta loos for the busy seasons.
  • We are making suggestions i.e. to have a “Stoma Friendly Toilet” as well as tweaking some signage and ideas re prevention of trip hazards.
  • SDN will continue to make visits to look at maintaining and expanding upon this “disabled friendly” local attraction. We will introducing an award scheme that we will use for places like The British Ironwork Centre (certificates of bronze, silver, gold and platinum).  When we are invited to engage, we can give awards depending on how we rate them for disability facilities.
  • The British Ironwork Centre is now part of Safe Place Shropshire. They have a supply of “I need help cards”.
  • SDN has made suggestions on having some aids available that visitors can lone while visiting and are supporting on this.
  • The British Ironwork Centre have requested 2 SDN collecting tins, so that they can support our work. They also have SDN leaflets.

SDN are very pleased to have “dared to enter” and accepting the invitation to take part in the Dragons Den style events. By taking part in the Shrewsbury event, it was like a practice run for the second one. As Ruby said when reporting to the Management Committee “There were pluses from Shrewsbury i.e. storage space”.

We are so grateful to Shropshire Youth Association for assisting us with storage as it had become a real issue for our charity. Plus, by “daring to enter” it highlighted that we need to educate and raise more awareness of our work, as some dragon feedback showed a need to understand how SDN charity works.

By working in partnership with The British Ironwork Centre we feel this has been a great outcome from the Dragons’ Den style event and we know that Clive and the staff at the British Ironwork Centre feel the same.

Watch this space for updates of how our partnership working develops.

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Sight Loss Opportunity Group Oswestry (SLOGs)

Start Date:
4th April 2018

End Date:
4th April 2018

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1200

Event title: Sight Loss Opportunity Group Oswestry (SLOGs)
Venue: Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Name: Sight Loss Shropshire
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 342163
Event description: We look forward to meeting today. We will be having a talk about “Life on the Road” We will be joined by Pam and Len with a talk on ‘Life on the Road’. Pam and Len toured the country in a horse drawn caravan for many years and will be sharing some of their very interesting experiences with us all.  This will be Pam and Len’s last talk before officially hanging their hats up!
We hope many of you will join us, we have refreshments and look forward to meeting you.

For more information, please call 01743 342163 or email [email protected] Susann will be happy to help.

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Sight Loss Opportunity Group Shrewsbury (SLOGs)

Start Date:
26th March 2018

End Date:
26th March 2018

Start Time:
1400

End Time:
1600

Event title: Sight Loss Opportunity Group Shrewsbury (SLOGs)
Venue: Roy Fletcher Centre, Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE
Name: Sight Loss Shropshire
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 342163
Event description: This month we will be Phenzync Fencing.

For more information, please call 01743 342163 or email [email protected] Susann will be happy to help.

Jay's Computer Donations

Would you help Jay, help others?

SDN heard about a new community initiative based in Whitchurch, Shropshire. It is called “Jay’s Computer Donations”. We contacted Jay to find out more about his ideas and aspirations. Jay said:

” I am a computer engineer by trade. I spend my free time donating working computers and lap tops to worthy causes in the Whitchurch area. Any bits and pieces, I need, I have been financing myself but I need people to help me by donating items so that I can bring them back to life and give to  worthy causes. Some things I cannot repair, so one thing I ask, is that monitors, keyboards and mice are tested to be in working order.”

Jay, kindly donated the first lap top to SDN as with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming in on 25th May 2018, we have need for a second lap top. This is valuable support to our charity and we thank Jay for his help.

Have you replaced your computer, laptop for a newer model, or any other piece of computer equipment ie leads, mice, monitors? Rather than send them to landfill or leave in a cupboard, garage or shed, why not let Jay bring it back to life so that he can donate to more worthy causes.

You can find out more about what Jay is doing by going to his  website http://www.jayscomputerdonation.co.uk/ or face book  page https://www.facebook.com/computerpdonations/

 

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Jay’s Computer donations

Jay’s Computer donations

Contact: Jay

Website: http://www.jayscomputerdonation.co.uk/

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 07483 883 182

Address:  26, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 1DZ

I am Jay, a computer engineer by trade.

I spend my free time donating working computers and lap tops to worthy causes in Whitchurch. This can only be achieved by you donating your old and unwanted computer hardware. If it’s going to the tip anyway, why not donate it, so that I can bring new life to it and give it to someone who really needs it. Only thing i will ask, is that any monitors keyboards and mice are tested to be working (some things i can’t repair!!)

All parts will be tested and put together to create working computers. laptops will be repaired, with any replacement parts will be purchased out of my own money. All machines will be sent out with a version (fully licensed) of windows that is fully compatible with the system specifications.

You can contact me via my website http://www.jayscomputerdonation.co.uk/ or my face book page https://www.facebook.com/computerpdonations/

If you can spread the word about what I do and/or donate items, i will be able to help more people or charitable organisations who have no computer or need a newer one. Thank you.

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Walk Like a Panther (12A) Subtitles

Start Date:
26th April 2018

End Date:
26th April 2018

Start Time:
1730

End Time:
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Event title: Walk Like a Panther (12A) Subtitles
Venue: Old Market Hall Cinema, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Weblink: www.oldmarkethall.co.uk
Name: Old Market Hall Cinema
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 281281
Event description: The Old Market Hall regularly screens films with captioned subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired. These screenings are open to both hearing and hearing impaired audiences.

About the film: A group of ‘80s wrestlers are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark and Trevor Bolton, this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes sets out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

Dan Cadan (2018) UK
Julian Sands, Stephen Graham, Jason Flemyng

For further information and/or to book tickets, click here: https://www.oldmarkethall.co.uk/shows/whatson/walk-like-a-panther-12a-subtitled/

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Direct Payment support Drop Ins

Start Date:
26th March 2018

End Date:
11th April 2018

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Event title: Direct Payment support Drop Ins
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Name: Pohwer
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 456 2370
Event description: POhWER is an organisation who support people in Telford and Wrekin to access direct payments to pay for their care and support needs. Direct payments can be allocated to an eligible individual following a Care and Support Assessment.

POhWER will support people through the whole process of managing their direct payment, from helping to understand what the individual will spend it on, often using it to pay someone to be their Personal Assistant, through to interviewing candidates and then supporting through the process of employing someone.

If you’re interested in knowing more about Direct Payments or you already have one and need some help then visit one of POhWER’s drop-in sessions:

  • 26 March 12 – 2 pm at Darby House, Telford & Wrekin Council, Lawn Central, Telford TF3 4JA
  • 11 April 11 am – 1 pm at The Hub On The Hill, 106 Southgate, Sutton Hill, Telford TF7 4HG
Shropshire Libraries

World Autism Awareness Week (Shropshire Libraries)

Start Date:
28th March 2018

End Date:
6th April 2018

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Event title: World Autism Awareness Week (Shropshire Libraries)
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Name: Shropshire Libraries
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Event description: Understanding the autism spectrum – join author Victoria Honeybourne for a talk in support of autism at the following venues:

  • Bridgnorth Library – Wednesday 28 March 2 pm-3 pm – 01746 763358
  • Shrewsbury Library – Thursday 5 April 11 am-midday – 01743 255308
  • Ludlow Library – Friday 6 April 2 pm-3 pm – 01743 250510

Booking is essential, by calling the number above for the venue you want to attend. It is free entry. Q&A session to finish, and the opportunity to buy a copy of Victoria’s latest book.

Click here for poster: World Autism Awareness Week