Monthly Archives: June 2019

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Shropshire Council-Carers Survey

Shropshire Council is reviewing its offer to carers in the county by inviting carers to be involved and help shape the services offered in Shropshire for carers of all ages. Shropshire Council is asking people who look after someone who could not manage without their support to complete this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCCarersSurvey2019

All questions have been based on the All Age Carers Strategy five priorities, which have been identified through consultation and surveys with carers, local and national best practice and a local multi-agency working group. These priorities focus on the overarching aim, which is: 

“Carers are supported to remain emotionally, mentally and physically well and feeling safe.”

The five priorities of the All Age Carers Strategy are:

1.    Carers are listened to, valued and respected.  

2.    Carers are enabled to have time for themselves.

3.    Carers can access timely, up to date information and advice.

4.    Carers are enabled to plan for the future.

5.    Carers are able to fulfil their educational, training or employment potential.

For more information, or if you would like more involvement, please contact Margarete Davies, carers and engagement lead, on 01743 255776 or [email protected] 

British Blind Sport

Have a Go Day- Wolverhampton

Start Date:
7th July 2019

End Date:
7th July 2019

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1500

Event title: Have a Go Day -Wolverhampton
Venue: Aldersley Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton, WV6 9NW
Weblink: https://britishblindsport.org.uk/
Name: Alex Pitts, Participation Officer
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01926 424247
Event description: Have a Go Day Wolverhampton is a sports taster event for people with a visual impairment. Come along and try your hand at a range of inclusive sports including football, cricket, guide running, tennis and much more!

This event is FREE to British Blind Sport members and £5 to non-members.

Please complete the online form here https://britishblindsport.wufoo.com/forms/zkqgtkz1pbf5uy/ to register for this event.
This event is FREE for BBS members and £5 for non-members. BBS membership is free for juniors (under the age of 18) and £20 per year for adults (18+). If you would like to become a British Blind Sport member, please select this option in the form below.

Note: Registrations c:lose on 30th June 2019

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Sanskriti: A Celebration of Indian Culture

Start Date:
22nd September 2019

End Date:
22nd September 2019

Start Time:
1500

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Sanskriti: A Celebration of Indian Culture
Venue: The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Lime Walk, Oakengates TF2 6EP
Weblink: http://theplacetelford.com/whats-on
Name: The Place
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 382382
Event description: A charity event presenting a glimpse of rich heritage of India.

The program involves traditional and Bollywood dances along with highlights of different regions of India. It finishes off with a fashion show highlighting the rich costumes of the brides and bridegrooms.

There will be stalls with Indian snacks, Henna, Clothes and Jewellery.

The proceeds from the event will support charities such as “The Stay –changing the lives of Homeless people” and others.

Cost: Adults £10. Children £5
To book tickets click here: https://theplacetelford.com/bookevent/sanskriti-a-celebration-of-indian-culture/215211AGSKCHBKVTGQSJHMLTNNPTGPNTT

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Telford-Celebrating Armed Forces Day 2019

Start Date:
29th June 2019

End Date:
29th June 2019

Start Time:
1100

End Time:
1700

Event title: Telford-Celebrating Armed Forces Day 2019
Venue: Telford Town Park, Telford . Telford. TF4 3NZ
Name: Armed Forces Covenant
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 382362
Event description: This Family Fun Day in our flagship Telford town park, QEII Arena, at the centre of the town, for Armed Forces personnel, veterans, their families and all local residents. Connecting the military community with their local community and nurturing understanding.
This is a day of free family fun in the town park to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2019 and the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and show their support to military personnel in our local community including serving troops and their families, reservists, veterans and cadets.

All of the usual family fun activities are planned including:

  • Special military vehicle displays
  • Group shows from local forces reserve units, cadets and regular forces from all three services (Army, Navy and the Royal Air force).
  • Circus skills workshops
  • Have-a-go archery and tennis
  • A music and entertainment stage
  • Funfair
  • Inflatables
  • Craft activities
  • Food and drink stalls

Special offers and discounts will also be available at all stalls for anyone with proof of service either current or veteran.

This is another opportunity for our communities to come together in a relaxed family atmosphere and pay tribute to those who serve and have served our country from all cultures and backgrounds.

Please note some activities may be chargeable. On the day of the event photogrpahy and filming will be taking place at this event.

Telford Angling Association

Access to Angling

Start Date:
27th July 2019

End Date:
27th July 2019

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
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Event title: Access to Angling
Venue: Little Apley pool. Address. Off Apley Avenue, Wellington, Telford, TF1 3DX.
Name: Jon Portman from Telford Angling Association
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07990 570779
Event description: This event is open to everyone of any age but especially people with disabilities, special needs or mental health issues.
All fishing equipment and bait is supplied with 1 -2-1 coaching for 30 mins and at the end of you session you will get a Access to Angling Medal and certificate but it don’t stop there, everyone who takes part in the fishing also gets a burger or Hotdog and yes I forgot one more thing ITS FREE, YES FREE.

  • Level 1 and 2 coaches with expert volunteers and DBS checked.
  • Bouncy castle
  • Sweetcart
  • Photo area
  • Food area
  • Games and more.
  • Plus more stalls giving you information about what they can offer people with the above issues.

Please book a time slot, 10 am start and runs every 30 mins.
If you want to set up a information stall to help people with disabilities, special needs or mental health issues get in touch. This is a friendly family fishing day and its Free so what have you got to loose?

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Disability Awareness Day

Start Date:
14th July 2019

End Date:
14th July 2019

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1700

Event title: Disability Awareness Day
Venue: Walton Hall Gardens, Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN
Weblink: https://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk
Name: Disability Awareness Day
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01925 240064
Event description: Disability Awareness Day (“DAD”) is the world’s largest ‘not for profit’ voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Visitors to the show can expect to find around 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marquee, Centre Arena and family entertainment. The show opens at 10 am and finishes at 5 pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme.

Click here to see what events are taking place in the days leading up to this Disability Awareness Day. https://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk/events/

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SDN, Your Charity Needs You!

Shropshire Disability Network is run in its entirety by Volunteers and without people giving of their time, our charity would not exist.

We appreciate all who volunteer for us, whether it is one hour a week or occasional help at Awareness Days and Bucket Collections etc, writing an article for our website and/or newsletter or serving on our Management Committee or working behind the scenes enabling SDN to be the place for disability information in Shropshire as well as helping give disabled people and carers in Shropshire a voice.

SDN will not be able to sustain its work or continue to grow without members/people coming forward to take up volunteer roles. 

We have several opportunities available, here are a few.

A-Z Listing of Useful Organisations: Our listing of over 700 local and national organisations is an important resource, used by many people, professionals and organisations. People visit as they are seeking much needed information for those in the region living with disabilities as well as their families and carers. 

We are looking for a volunteer, who will keep this directory up to date ie check information is current, website links work and logos are correct etc . The volunteer will need to be able to work methodically. Training will be given. For the right applicant this could be a very rewarding opportunity. If you think this is something you could do, you will be helping SDN and the wider Community.

Events: We offer the opportunity to have events listed on our website. This is one of our most popular website pages https://shropshiredisability.net/events/ It is always helpful when people use our easy fill form, at this link https://shropshiredisability.net/submit-an-event/ as we can then verify and authorise publication. Using the form is the quickest way to get your event publicised and by using it, you help save our Webmaster, Chair and Secretary time as you know your event better than us. While we would prefer people to use the form at the link above, we are looking for one or two people who would be willing to complete and submit forms to us. Training will be available.

Website: We do not need programmers! We would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in overseeing our website, with a view to taking on the role of webmaster. We would also like one or two people who we can train to upload information onto our website. A little creativity and an eye for what makes a good picture now and again otherwise this is perfect for somebody who likes to spend a little time on line.

Why Volunteer? Volunteering for SDN can help you in many ways by building confidence that has often been lost through having the added difficulties in life of having a disability. Some Volunteers tell us, they find it enjoyable and fulfilling but also have become part of a new family. Some people start to volunteer as a way to get back into employment. If you would like to volunteer for a good local charity, we would like to hear from you.

If you would be interested in volunteering for any of the above, please email [email protected] or complete this form https://shropshiredisability.net/contact/ or for an informal chat please call SDN on 07780 852229 (answerphone available)

Note: SDN will request References. We do offer necessary out of pocket expenses. 

 

 

 

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People with learning disabilities are human too – we must all demand change

Recently the BBC’s Panorama programme exposed appalling abuse of autistic people and people with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall Hospital in County Durham. Despite political promises, it appears that nothing has changed since the Winterbourne View scandal eight years ago.

The parallels between these two cases are striking; in 2011, Panorama showed patients at Winterbourne View being pinned down, assaulted and bullied by staff who were entrusted with caring for them. Eight years on, a similar undercover investigation found residents of Whorlton Hall being needlessly restrained, physically and psychologically abused by care workers.

In 2012, the Department of Health committed to moving many more people with learning disabilities out of institutions, back into their local community and closer to their loved ones. Yet more than 2,000 are still in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs) or other inpatient provision. ATUs were intended to provide short-term secure placements for mental health treatment, but the average stay is over five years.

Successive governments have failed on the promise to ‘transform care’ for autistic people and those with learning disabilities. A lack of community-based services means people are stuck in institutions that are inappropriate for their needs. Patients are isolated from the outside world, governed by inflexible regimes and given little chance to express their own identities. Instead of building greater independence, this environment reinforces dependence and foments a culture of dehumanisation.

Policymakers deserve criticism for failing to deliver a transformation to a new model of person-centred care in the community. However there are deeper questions to be asked about how society views people with learning disabilities. Winterbourne View was horrifying, and yet the initial calls for action were quickly pushed down the political agenda. If voters remain ambivalent towards demanding an adequate social care system, the human rights abuses at Whorlton Hall will be quickly forgotten, and nothing will change.

Society is contributing to the attitudes exposed by Panorama. People with learning disabilities are ‘othered’, subconsciously deemed inferior in ways that justify lower standards of treatment. I have no doubt that there are many good, compassionate individuals working in the care sector. However, some staff don’t understand nor relate to the people in their care. Patients are sometimes treated like children, denied the freedom to make basic choices within a safe environment. In other cases, challenging behaviour is wrongly seen to represent malign intent. For example, autistic meltdown might be misinterpreted as a deliberate act of nuisance. This would be met by an angry response from staff who had failed to identify and alleviate the person’s anxiety trigger.

We must re-shape attitudes to bring about a much-needed culture change. After many years confined in institutions, resources should be redirected towards helping patients make the transition into the community, whether that be residential care or supported living. Investment in care workers is essential, both in terms of attracting suitably qualified and motivated people, but also delivering training to give them the right skills. Caring should be acknowledged as a skilled occupation, with professional registration and development opportunities.

Politicians will not act unless we demand change. It is time for us all to recognise that people with learning disabilities are human beings. They have their own fully-formed personalities and interests, likes and dislikes. They feel the full gamut of human emotions. They have dreams and ambitions they hope to fulfil. They are our equals. When this sinks into the public conscience, we can exert our combined influence so that the human rights of people with learning disabilities are finally protected.

Shropshire Disability Network, thanks Thomas for asking us if we can share his blog on our website

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Do you use Ophthalmology or other Eye Health Care services in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin?

The NHS are looking to improve the quality of Eye Health Services in our hospitals, community ophthalmology and local optometry services. They are asking for your help in improving services by sharing your experiences with them. They are keen to hear your experiences of care during the last 12-18 months so have planned an event and would like you to come to it.

The Local Eye Health Network is holding a “Patient Listening Event” on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at Shrewsbury Football Ground, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ST from 4 pm -7 pm. 

There is no need to stay for the whole event, you can leave once you have spoken to the team.If you wish to join in, please call Jane Shaw on 0121 612 2146 or email [email protected] to book your place.

Note: If you cannot attend the event on 2nd July, and want to tell your story, please email it to [email protected] ir call Jane Shaw on 0121 612 2146 to book a time to talk to someone.

Click here for poster: 20190528 Patient Listening flyer D3

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Patient Listening Event-Eye Services

Start Date:
2nd July 2019

End Date:
2nd July 2019

Start Time:
1600

End Time:
1900

Event title: Patient Listening Event-Eye Services
Venue: Shrewsbury Football Ground, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ST
Name: JaneShaw
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: [email protected]
Event description: The NHS are looking to improve the quality of Eye Health Services in our hospitals, community ophthalmology and local optometry services. They are asking for your help in improving services by sharing your experiences with them. They are keen to hear your experiences of care during the last 12-18 months so have planned an event and would like you to come to it.

The Local Eye Health Network is holding a “Patient Listening Event” on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at Shrewsbury Football Ground, Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ST from 4 pm -7 pm.

There is no need to stay for the whole event, you can leave once you have spoken to the team.If you wish to join in, please call Jane Shaw on 0121 612 2146 or email [email protected] to book your place.

Note: If you cannot attend the event on 2nd July, and want to tell your story, please email it to [email protected] ir call Jane Shaw on 0121 612 2146 to book a time to talk to someone.

Click here for poster: 20190528 Patient Listening flyer D3