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Charity Titan Zip Wire Challenge, October 2018 by Ann Shaw, Secretary SDN

Titan Zip Wire Blog

Part One

My friend Jess is a very brave person.  She continually pushes the boundaries of what people believe a person living with disabilities can achieve.  She has published 3 books with her mum, Jo.  She has won a gold medal for playing Boccia in the Special Olympics, despite only taking up the sport recently.

Each year she raises money for charity by challenging her mum to take part in something that takes Jo out of her comfort zone.  Last year it was abseiling down the MK Dons’ stadium in Milton Keynes.

I had no idea that I would be so closely involved with this year’s challenge – the Titan Zip Wire Challenge in North Wales.  Jess wanted to raise £1500 to be shared equally between Guide Dogs (for whom she volunteers), Macintyre (they provide care for Jess) and Shropshire Disability Network (SDN).

Jess was bitterly disappointed to learn that she would not be able to take part on the day.  The organisers have strict medical guidelines, and, because of Jess’s eye problem, she found out she would be excluded.  This was where I came in.

Back in February, I think I must have been feeling particularly rash.  When Jo mentioned a zip wire event in October, I signed up straight away.  I also signed my husband Allan up.  If I was doing it, so could he.  At least that was what I thought.

Jess and I both have a ‘thing’ about teddy bears.  Cuddles is her constant companion and my house bears are Murphy and Alf.  They became our mascots – the Three Muskebears.  The idea was that they would take part in the zip wire, tucked down our overalls.

If any of you have seen the video on the Titan Zip Wire website, you will know that participants take part in groups of four.  The search was on for a fourth brave bear.  Maude was found lurking in a charity shop.  She had the sort of face that said, ‘pick me’.  So, I did.

 We decided quite early on that the mascots would wear the colours of each charity – purple for Macintyre, Blue for Guide Dogs, Pink for SDN and orange for Safe Places (part of SDN).  Luckily, I can turn my hand to most things.  I made the t-shirts that the bears would wear on the day.  They all looked very smart.

The following seven months came and went, and, to be honest, I didn’t really think too much about what we were doing in October.  Suddenly, I realised the day was nearly here and I had done nothing to raise any sponsorship money for the three charities.  I soon put that right and was amazed at the generosity of my friends and colleagues.  I’m sure many of them just wanted to see me throw myself down Snowdon.

Two weeks before the big day, Allan backed out.  His fear of heights was too much for him.  He thought that I, too, would chicken out when I was presented with the zip wire.  What would happen next?

 Look out for part 2 of this blog to find out whether I made it.

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Telford Mind is celebrating

Start Date:
15th November 2018

End Date:
15th November 2018

Start Time:
1100

End Time:
1300

Event title: Telford Mind is celebrating
Venue: Court Street Medical Practice, Madeley TF7 5EE
Name: Telford Mind
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 588367
Event description: Telford Mind is celebrating.
Friends of Telford Mind, old and new are welcome to join them to celebrate their first year anniversary of being at their new premises at Court Street Medical Practice, Madeley. Details as follows:

Join us on Thursday 15 November 2018 from 11am – 1pm for:

  • Cake
  • Games
  • Coffee and tea

Hope to see you all there!

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Keep Shropshire Warm

Start Date:
20th November 2018

End Date:
20th November 2018

Start Time:
1330

End Time:
1645

Event title: Keep Shropshire Warm
Venue: The Gateway, Chester St, Shrewsbury SY1 1NB
Name: Keep Shropshire Warm
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 277114
Event description: Keep Shropshire Warm is a partnership between Marches Energy Agency and Shropshire Council.

The event is hosted by MEA / Keep Shropshire Warm and aims to bring various public and voluntary sector partners together to discuss affordable warmth activities for the coming winter. The event will include presentations and workshop sessions. Topics covered will include heating and insulation funding, low cost solutions for households, rural off-gas heating and reducing fuel poverty.

To attend the conference, please book a place at http://bit.ly/2D6cUZp

The conference is free to attend.

Click here for poster with details of workshops: Shropshire-Affordable-Warmth-Conference

For more information contact [email protected] or telephone 01743 277114.

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Workshop to consider how the local community and voluntary sector is involved in supporting people’s personal and practical support needs.

Start Date:
21st November 2018

End Date:
21st November 2018

Start Time:
1400

End Time:
1630

Event title: Workshop to consider how the local community and voluntary sector is involved in supporting people’s personal and practical support needs.
Venue: Walker Room, Meeting Point House, Southwater, Telford.
Name: Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: Mobile: 07562 108426 tel: 01952 739540
Event description: Telford and Wrekin Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny committee is undertaking an analysis of people’s experience of accessing adult social care and support and how that support is enabling well-being and independence.

Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, as part of this piece of work, is holding a workshop to consider how the local community and voluntary sector is involved in supporting people’s personal and practical support needs. We welcome voluntary and community organisations supporting Telford and Wrekin citizens to join us and help us work together to tell Telford &Wrekin Council what works and where the gaps are”

Chair of the Committee, Councillor Andy Burford will be taking part in the discussions.
Light refreshments will be available

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Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event

Start Date:
6th December 2018

End Date:
6th December 2018

Start Time:
0900

End Time:
1100

Event title: Cancer Health and Wellbeing Event 2018
Venue: Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Road Telford, TF1 6TF
Weblink:  www.sath.nhs.uk
Name: Sath
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01743 261000 ext 3449
Event description: If you have been diagnosed with cancer, please attend one of our Health & Wellbeing events. Carers are also welcome!

The aim of the event is:

  • To introduce you to the services that you may or may not need to access during your pathway
  • To give you the opportunity to hear from the service leads
  • To allow you the opportunity to take away any relevant information of your choice
  • To give you the opportunity to meet some of our Clinical Nurse Specialists and ask questions or discuss any concerns

Speakers include:

  • Macmillan Information & Support Centre Manager,
  • Macmillan Welfare Rights & Benefits Service,
  • Macmillan Integrated Therapies team member,
  • Chemotherapy advisor,
  • Radiotherapy Manager,
  • Macmillan Exercise Advisor,
  • Research & Trials Sister,
  • Counsellor,
  • Lead Cancer Nurse and
  • Hamar Help & Support Centre Manager.

For further information please feel free to call Jessica Hancox, Lead Cancer Nurse, on 01743 261000 ext 3449

Booking is not required & parking is free for you to attend.

Shropshire Libraries

Shrewsbury Book Club for people living with chronic illness or disabilities

Start Date:
12th November 2018

End Date:
12th November 2018

Start Time:
1400

End Time:
1500

Event title: Shrewsbury Book Club for people living with chronic illness or disabilities
Venue: Shrewsbury Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AS
Name: Shrewsbury Library
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Shrewsbury Library are launching a new book group for adults, especially catering to those living with long-term health conditions (If you have carer(s) they are welcome to accompany you). Starting on Monday 12th November 2 pm -3 pm at Shrewsbury Library, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AS.

The book group will consist of a half-hour ‘coffee and chat’ (refreshments provided) to help encourage a relaxed environment, and a half-hour book discussion. The book we have chosen for the first group is ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’, and we have quick read and DVD copies available also. Books can be collected at Shrewsbury Library.

There is no cost to join us. 

Members of the group will also be encouraged to choose future books themselves.

 

There is no cost to join us. For more information please call 01743 255308 or email [email protected]

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Wem Library-Hearing Aid Clinic

Start Date:
15th November 2018

End Date:
15th November 2018

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1200

Event title: Wem Library-Hearing Aid Clinic
Venue: Wem Library, High Street, Wem, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5AA
Name: Wem Library
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Today we have a drop in session for hearing aid tube changing, battery collection and advice on hearing aid care.
This Clinic is staffed by NHS audiology trained volunteers.

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A Christmas Carol (Subtitles)

Start Date:
20th December 2018

End Date:
20th December 2018

Start Time:
1200

End Time:
1345

Event title: A Christmas Carol (Subtitles)
Venue: Old Market Hall Cinema, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Weblink: www.oldmarkethall.co.uk
Name: Old Market Hall
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 281281
Event description: About the film: Filmed on location in Shrewsbury, Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas when the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future teach him to open his heart to the joys of family and friends.

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

To book tickets: https://www.oldmarkethall.co.uk/BookEvent.aspx?eventID=391182

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.

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Memory Cafe

Start Date:
26th November 2018

End Date:
17th December 2018

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1200

Event title: Memory Cafe
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.

The Memory Cafe will take place on:

  • Monday 26th November 2018 10 am to 12 noon and
  • Monday 17th December 2018 10 am to 12 noon.

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

For more information, please telephone 01743 258555 or  email  [email protected]

 

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Market Drayton Library -Prostate Cancer Awareness

Start Date:
21st November 2018

End Date:
21st November 2018

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1600

Event title: Market Drayton Library -Prostate Cancer Awareness
Venue: Market Drayton Library, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 1PH
Weblink: https://prostatecanceruk.org/
Name: Prostrate Cancer UK
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Do you have questions about prostrate cancer? Come along to the library and have a word with a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer. The event is in support of the Movember campaign, which raises awareness of men’s health issues.

There is also a session at Whitchurch Library on Tuesday 20th November 10 am to 4 pm