Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Short Breaks Open Morning at Derwen College

Derwen College offers short break holiday provision for young adults aged 18 and over with learning difficulties and disabilities. Guests can take part in a range of activities and trips, as well as making use of the campus facilities. Holidays can be a great opportunity to relax with friends, meet new people and explore local attractions.

The Open Morning will take place at Derwen College, Whittington Road, Gobowen, Oswestry SY11 3JA on Tuesday 29th January 2019 from 10 am-1 pm. You will have the opportunity to view the accommodation, meet the support staff and ask any questions you have about having a short break at Derwen College. Please telephone 01691 661234 for more information.

For other events coming up at Derwen College, click this link: Upcoming events at Derwen College (Jan-March)

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New Hearing Aid Drop in Repair Clinic in Shrewsbury Library.

Shropshire RCC are delighted to announce that from March 2019 they are opening a new hearing aid drop in repair clinic in Shrewsbury Library, Castle Street.

Information, help and advice is available to all NHS hearing aid users and in addition simple hearing aid repairs, retubing and maintenance is available for wearers of NHS hearing aids supplied by
Shrewsbury or Telford Hospital Audiology department.

Drop In dates for 2019 are from 10 am-12 noon on Tuesday 19th March, followed
by monthly clinics every 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Shropshire RCC works closely with NHS Audiology to comprehensively train the
volunteers who staff this clinic. Vicky Sadler, Deputy Head of Audiology at Shrewsbury
and Telford hospital, said:

‘We can thoroughly recommend the Drop In clinic for patients who need re-tubing, advice or peer support with their hearing aids’. As most of the trained volunteers are hearing aid wearers themselves they also know from personal experience about adjusting to hearing loss. If there are multiple or more complex issues then you will be advised to contact NHS Audiology for an

Shropshire RCC volunteers spend as much time as needed to ensure people know how to make best use of their hearing aids in all sorts of everyday situations. This support is also offered through home visits and half day Effective Hearing

For further information about the Sight and Hearing Loss Support Service from
Shropshire RCC or volunteering please phone Susann Mitchell on 01743 342163 or
email [email protected]

Note: SDN Chair said “Now the Signal Hub, in Shrewsbury Riveside is now closed, by having this new drop in facility at central location, it will make it easier for people to get advice and information as well as the other services offered, ie re-tubing of hearing aids.

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Views on Mental Health and well-being Services before, during and after pregnancy.

Healthwatch Shropshire are currently interested in hearing your views on mental health and well-being services before, during and after pregnancy.

Healthwatch Shropshire say: “We want to know more about people’s experience of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the birth and afterwards up to 3 years on. All the responses will be completely anonymous. This is a really important time for us to be doing this in this area as the new community perinatal mental health service is currently be planned and posts advertised”. 

The study needs to be completed by March so if you would like to share your experiences with us.  Please email us at [email protected] or call 01743 237884. Or you can post information to us Freepost HEALTHWATCH SHROPSHIRE or download a form at this link

“Healthwatch Shropshire is the health and social care champion for people and local communities in Shropshire. We are here to help make sure everyone gets the best from their health and social care services – also that those services are as good as they can be and work in a joined up way. We aim to give patients, service users, carers and the wider public a real say in the way health and social care services are run. We use the feedback about health and social care services to hold providers and commissioners to account. Our aim is to ensure that the patient voice remains at the centre of any decisions about service change.

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Memory Café at Ellesmere

Start Date:
29th April 2019

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29th April 2019

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Event title: Memory Café at Ellesmere
Venue: Ellesmere Library, Our Space, Trimpley Street, Ellesmere SY12 0AE
Name: Ellesmere Library
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 258555
Event description: The memory café provides a gathering place for people with memory concerns or a diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s along with their carers or family members.

It is a relaxed, friendly environment enabling opportunity for people to relax and enjoy socialising, refreshments, activities, entertainment, access to information and resources and opportunity to expand networks to reduce risk of isolation.

We welcome everyone who is touched by memory difficulties in their life. This could be concerns about your own memory or if you support of care for a person who is experiencing memory difficulties.

It is not a formal care service or respite service. People that have care needs are welcome to join with their support worker or carer.

Look out for future dates when this Memory Café takes place.

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Ludlow Library – Dementia support drop-in

Start Date:
11th February 2019

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11th March 2019

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Event title: Ludlow Library – Dementia support drop-in
Venue: Ludlow Library, 7-9 Parkway Lane, Ludlow SY8 2PG
Name: Alzheimer”s Society
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01952 250392
Event description: This is a free event.
Alzheimer’s Society can help both carers and the people with dementia. They offer personalised support to help you manage the symptoms of dementia, develop strategies for day-to-day living, and help with making plans for the future.

Come in and have a chat or alternatively you can contact them Alzheimer’s Society on: 01952 250392

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Shropshire CCG’s Care Closer to Home Programme Board

Would you like to be a Representative on Shropshire CCG’s Care Closer to Home Programme Board and use your knowledge and experience to help develop local health services.

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently seeking a Patient Representative to join the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board.

The Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board is responsible for looking at how existing services might be provided differently and more efficiently, co-ordinating and integrating care. The programme aims to give people in Shropshire access to the care they need closer to where they live, either in their own home or in the community.

If you live in Shropshire and have experience of using NHS services then the CCG wants to hear from you.

Dr Finola Lynch, Joint Chair for the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board at the CCG, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we make decisions about health services based on the feedback we get. The Patient Representative role is an important one and will help us to ensure the services we redesign as part of the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme are ones that residents need and can access.”

For this voluntary role as the Patient Representative on the Shropshire Care Close to Home Programme Board, the CCG is looking for someone who:

  • Lives in the County and has experience of NHS services in Shropshire, or a local carer of someone using NHS services in Shropshire.
  •  An ability to work with senior health and social care professionals.
  •  Has experience and understanding of the community and voluntary sector in Shropshire.
  •  Can take part in discussions on agenda items and act as an ambassador for the patient and public voice, working alongside other Programme Board members as equals.
  •  Has the ability to champion the diversity of patients’ views and not just represent their own experience.
  •  Can understand and evaluate a range of information and evidence.
  •  Respect the need for confidentiality.
  •     Can attend 80% of the monthly meetings, which are held during the day at William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury.

If you would like to become the Patient Representative, please write a letter stating why you are interested and what you would bring to this voluntary role as well as contact details.

All letters of expression of interest will be reviewed by a panel, which will include representatives from the CCG, and shortlisted candidates may be invited to take part in an informal chat.

Anyone interested in becoming a Patient Representative must submit their letter by 5pm on Thursday, 31 January 2019, to Barrie Reis-Seymour, Commissioning and Redesign Lead – Shropshire Care Closer to Home, NHS Shropshire CCG.

Email: [email protected]

Post: NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8XL.


Oswestry Library-Singing for Health with Chloe Murray

Start Date:
1st February 2019

End Date:
8th February 2019

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Event title: Oswestry Library-Singing for Health with Chloe Murray
Venue: Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN
Name: Oswestry Library
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Back by popular demand! Relax and discover how Singing for Health can help support your health and well-being. No previous experience or talent required! Chloe is a professional community choir leader in Shropshire and Mid-Wales– visit to find out more. £25 for whole block of 5 sessions or £6.50 per session

Sessions take place on:

  • There is session 5 of 6. A further date will be announced soon.

Prebooking is essential, please book with library staff.


New ME Peer Support Group-Oswestry

A new monthly ME Peer Support Group has been formed in  Oswestry. The group first met on Tuesday 15th January. Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Tuesday each month starting from tomorrow at 1 pm at Kinoculture, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN.

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Support Groups also meet in Shrewsbury, Telford, Whitchurch and Ludlow. If you would like further information, please contact Donna Teague by telephone 07413 2599924 or by emailing [email protected] Alternatively click this link for further information including an enquiry form that you can complete.

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Carers’ Forum Event

Start Date:
7th February 2019

End Date:
7th February 2019

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Event title: Carers’ Forum Event
Venue: Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND
Name: Shirehall
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0345 678 9044
Event description: This is an opportunity for family carers of adults with a learning disability in the Shropshire Council area to meet the director, senior officers, and the carers’ lead for adults with a learning disability. You will have the chance to discuss any issues you may have in an open forum, and also to hear the latest messages regarding developments in Adult Social Care.

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Functional Fitness MOT’s-Bridgnorth

Start Date:
28th February 2019

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28th February 2019

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Event title: Functional Fitness MOT’s-Bridgnorth
Venue: Bridgnorth Baptist Church, West Castle Street, WV16 4AB
Name: Shropshire RCC Wise and Well Team
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01743 360641
Event description: Shropshire Rural Communities Charity invites people aged 65 to 95 for a fitness MOT on 28th February in Bridgnorth Baptist Church.

Many people begin to feel less steady on their feet as they get older. This may be normal but not inevitable. Maintaining strength and balance in later life is vitally important for good health and quality of life in later years.

Anyone who is becoming aware of the risk of falling would benefit from attending this one-off Functional Fitness MOT event which will be delivered by Shropshire RCC, with funding from Shropshire Public Health. Seven basic tasks are measured against the age-group normal-range in the MOT. This gives an overview of the participant’s strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and their functional risk of falling. As well as the one-to-one fitness test, there will be a short film on how to prevent falls and a chance to make a personal Emergency Plan.

The FF MOT event will also include an optional “Elevate” exercise taster session. Attending specific exercise classes is a good way to maintain strength and balance. As well as existing Tai Chi and Otago classes, a new “Elevate” class is due to start in Bridgnorth shortly. The teacher, Wendy Southorn, has qualified at Level 4 in Postural Stability Instruction and will deliver a class which is designed to develop strength and balance for older people.

The event is free of charge but a donation would be greatly appreciated. Appointments will take about two and a half hours and must be booked in advance. To book an appointment, please call 01743 360641.

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