Author Archives: Daniel Watkins

Wellbeing Wheels

Wellbeing Wheels

This is an opportunity to offer vital outreach services for those that are physically, socially and geographically isolated.

Colleagues from across health, social care and the voluntary sector are currently exploring the potential for a mobile service which can visit communities across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. This could include a range of information and advice and services such as medication reviews; physical health checks or immunisations.  The ‘offer’ on the bus could be tailored to the community it is visiting and/or current health and wellbeing priorities and it could also be used for staff facing activities, for example visiting inpatient areas at weekends.

The bus could travel to isolated rural communities and/or target hard to reach groups wherever there was an identified need and sufficient population.  The bus could also visit existing events such as farmers markets. Each journey would include a clinician who would be supported by health and social care colleagues; experts from the services represented; support from volunteers and/or the voluntary sector.

The planning team are currently looking into the practical aspects of putting a bus on the road and seeking support and input from across the community.  If you have any ideas about services that could be provided by having this bus, where you would like to see it go, whether it would be useful to you, your friends and family or any other suggestions please contact: [email protected]


Dan Watkins – #CovidLeadersList Winner

Dan Watkins, a new volunteer with Shropshire Disability Network won the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List award in December 2020. He is very passionate about listening to those with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism to see how they have been affected throughout the pandemic.

Dimensions UK, Learning Disability England and VODG partnered together to create the #CovidLeadersList as they wanted to recognise the amazing people who have inspired others to do great things throughout the pandemic.

You can read more about Dan’s award by clicking here!


Macmillan Support Groups and Grants

Macmillan Support Grants, up to £5,000

All applications are welcome to support people living with and affected by cancer in response to Covid-19, in particular those that are supporting all communities to help overcome the social effects during this time.

Information about the Support Grants

For more information, please contact Jean Garner (Macmillan Engagement Lead) on 07458 009689. Or please email: [email protected]

Mind Your Head Campaign – Shropshire Council

The annual Mind Your Head campaign which is run by Shropshire Council aims to raise awareness of Mental Health in the rural and farming community.

A spokesman from Shropshire Council says: “We know that poor mental health in the farming community has been a growing issue over the past few years and being, but is often seen as a “hidden” problem.”

Furthermore, they said: “The Mind Your Head campaign seeks to address stigma talking about mental health. A schedule of events is planned via the website including videos, blogs and links to further information”.

Read more by clicking here: Helpful Emotional Wellbeing Resources for farming communities 2021

Hamar Centre

Hamar Centre for Counselling and Wellbeing

The Hamar Centre provides counselling services for individuals who have been diagnosed with a life threatening or an acute on-going illness such as cancer or renal failure. Currently the Centre is only providing a telephone counselling service due to COVID19. If you would like to access the counselling services at the Hamar Centre then you can be referred by a healthcare professional or you can self-refer by calling the Hamar Centre on 01743 261035 or email: [email protected]

Counselling services at the centre are free and are provided by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Read more by clicking here: hamar-centre-tifold-leaflet-for-patients.pdf