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SALC Community Survey

This survey has been developed in partnership by the Shropshire Association of Local Councils (SALC) and the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA). This survey is designed to encourage community-based groups and organisations to highlight key local issues. A very similar survey has been designed for town councils, parish councils and parish meetings. SALC hope to use the survey to learn more about:

  • How local communities have responded to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Any concerns or issues currently being faced or identified community concerns for the future
  • Organisational support needs
  • How local partnerships are benefiting local people
  • Examples of good practice
  • Ideas, suggestions and opportunities for the future

Co-operation between community groups and town and parish councils has always been important, but the results local partnerships achieve have been recognised more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. Understanding this joint working will be important as we work together to overcome future challenges and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Shropshire Council’s Feedback and Insight Team will support with survey analysis and they hope the results will help form a baseline for future research. They welcome any feedback groups have, so please use the open space at the end of the survey to add any issues not covered within the survey questions.

Ways to take part in this survey: 

  1. Take part in the online survey by clicking this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SALCCommunitySurvey or 
  2. Email: [email protected] or
  3. In writing, via post: Feedback and Insight team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

If you would like the survey in an alternative format, please use the email above to request a copy or telephone Shropshire Council’s Customer Services on 0345 678 9000 and explain any support you need to allow you to respond.

This survey ends on Wednesday 31st March 2021

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February-March 2021 LGBT and History Festival

February and March 2021 sees the 6th Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival. 

The production of the festival has been tailored to adhere with current circumstances, so will be held virtually with a range of live streams, film screenings, lectures, discussions, and Q&A’s, from the comfort of your own home. All events are free and can be booked via the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History website, however donations are appreciated to enable this fantastic celebration of the LGBT+ community and its history to continue in the future.  Thanks to the players of the National Lottery, we are delighted to announce that this year the festival is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and we are proudly in partnership with the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.

The festival is welcoming both members and non-members of the LGBT+ community to learn about significant issues currently faced by LGBT+ individuals that are important to understand when uniting to create a safer, more inclusive future for society. 

Throughout the duration of the festival there are a diverse range of films being shown, such as ‘The Archivettes’ by Megan Rossman streaming on the 12th of February, which is about The Lesbian Herstory Archives – the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. The film explores the fascinating origins of the organisation and is a tribute to second-wave feminism and intergenerational connection, as well as an urgent rallying cry for continued activism in a politically charged moment.

On the 7th of February, the festival is proudly hosting a virtual Q&A with Dan Glass, who is an activist, mentor and author of ‘United Queerdom’ – a book focussing on the history of the Gay Liberation Front and its long-lasting legacy for the LGBT+ culture.

Later in the month on the 23rd of February there will be a discussion with Mark Hignett, who during our 2017 festival led a presentation regarding love letters that were exchanged between two servicemen during WW2 that were found inadvertently in a trunk in 2008. These letters demonstrated how the two gentlemen’s love was constrained by the moral and legal circumstances at the time, and this year Mark is back to discuss what happened next.

The festival itinerary also includes a screening of ‘Say My Name’ on the 26th of February, which is brought to you by our partner, the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.  This film-documentary highlights the issues faced by two transgender women when trying to change their names and gender on official documents and whilst seeking respect from both their families and society, demonstrating the human right constraints the LGBT+ community are still facing.

Click here to tour the LGBT Exhibition:  https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/4353116/shrewsbury-lgbt-festival-exhibition

View information about Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival’s 8 selected short films and other events by downloading this flyer: LGBY History Festival 2021

All events are free to attend but donations are welcome. To book your place for all our on-line events click here: https://www.shrewsburylgbthistory.org.uk/home

For further information please email [email protected] or call 07966 294323

Shropshire Council 250-253

SALC Community Survey

Start Date:
15th February 2021

End Date:
31st March 2021

Start Time:
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End Time:
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This survey has been developed in partnership by the Shropshire Association of Local Councils (SALC) and the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA). This survey is designed to encourage community-based groups and organisations to highlight key local issues. A very similar survey has been designed for town councils, parish councils and parish meetings. SALC hope to use the survey to learn more about:

  • How local communities have responded to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Any concerns or issues currently being faced or identified community concerns for the future
  • Organisational support needs
  • How local partnerships are benefiting local people
  • Examples of good practice
  • Ideas, suggestions and opportunities for the future

Co-operation between community groups and town and parish councils has always been important, but the results local partnerships achieve have been recognised more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. Understanding this joint working will be important as we work together to overcome future challenges and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Shropshire Council’s Feedback and Insight Team will support with survey analysis and they hope the results will help form a baseline for future research. They welcome any feedback groups have, so please use the open space at the end of the survey to add any issues not covered within the survey questions.

Ways to take part in this survey: 

  1. Take part in the online survey by clicking this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SALCCommunitySurvey or 
  2. Email[email protected] or
  3. In writing, via post: Feedback and Insight team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

If you would like the survey in an alternative format, please use the email above to request a copy or telephone Shropshire Council’s Customer Services on 0345 678 9000 and explain any support you need to allow you to respond.

This survey ends on Wednesday 31st March 2021

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Access to GPs during the Covid-19 pandemic (since March 2020)

NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands wants to understand more about patient access to GP services during the Covid-19 pandemic and why fewer people used GP services than had done before. Your GP is your family doctor. 

They are asking for your help to gather experiences from people you work with about accessing GP services during the pandemic. NHS England is particularly keen to hear from patients living in rural areas.  

The online survey can be completed herePlease pass this information on to people you are in touch with through your organisation who would be happy to complete this online, and feel free to share it with family, friends and work colleagues who live in the Midlands.

It is also important that they hear from people who do not have access to the internet or would prefer to answer questions by telephone. If anyone would prefer to speak by telephone to a member of the team about their experience, they or you can complete the following registration link and someone from our team will be in touch to arrange a telephone conversation.

Alternatively, they can call my colleague Karena Matthew-Donawa to book to complete the telephone survey on 07920 782522.

If people would like to complete the survey in another language, they can arrange this through an interpreting service. 07906 398285

The online survey can be completed here. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VHLZ9CH The survey closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 March.

The NHS is very keen to hear from people who do not have access to the internet or would prefer to answer questions by telephone. If this is the case, please complete the following registration link and someone from the team will be in touch to arrange a telephone conversation. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSPC-GPFeedbackC-19

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Changes to Carers Support Service in Shropshire

Last week a new service for unpaid and family carers was launched. 

Shropshire Council’s new Carers Support service will offer support to carers. Crossroads Together, Carer Advice team will be moving into Shropshire Council’s new Carers Support Team and will continue to provide advice and support to adult unpaid and family carers across the county.

The free to access service will offer a wide range of resources designed to improve unpaid carers’ quality of life. These will include:

  • Specialist information, advice and signposting
  • 1:1 support
  • Developing peer support groups
  • Virtual groups
  • Carers Register and identification card
  • Future and emergency planning
  • Supporting and promoting carers events. 

The 2011 Census showed there were around 34,000 known carers in Shropshire. This number did not account for people who do not identify as carers – ‘hidden’ carers, and young carers from 5 up to 18 years of age.

The new service will bring real support to informal carers’ across Shropshire and strengthen the council’s priority for people to stay healthier, happier, independent and active.

Crossroads Together and Shropshire Council are working closely together to ensure a smooth handover, to make sure the support currently being provided to carers moves from one organisation to the other without interruption. The Carer Advisers will continue to work with carers they are currently supporting. Crossroads Together will continue to provide the Carers Pen Pal scheme in Shropshire. 

Unpaid and family carers and professionals looking for information, advice or support can contact the Shropshire Carers Support Team on 01743 341995 or by email  [email protected]

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Access to GPs during the Covid-19 pandemic (since March 2020)

Start Date:
8th February 2021

End Date:
17th March 2021

Start Time:
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End Time:
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NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands wants to understand more about patient access to GP services during the Covid-19 pandemic and why fewer people used GP services than had done before. Your GP is your family doctor. 

The online survey can be completed here. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VHLZ9CH The survey closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 March.

The NHS is very keen to hear from people who do not have access to the internet or would prefer to answer questions by telephone. If this is the case, please complete the following registration link and someone from the team will be in touch to arrange a telephone conversation. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSPC-GPFeedbackC-19

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The Truth about Disability Hate Crime

Have you or are you the victim of Disability Hate Crime? If so, please report it.

The Truth about Disability Hate Crime was shown on BBC 2 on 20th January 2021. The film which cam be watched for the next 11 months at the link below, reveals the abuse and aggression faced by disabled people in everyday life, from verbal name-calling to violent physical attacks. Made by disabled filmmaker Richard Butchins and featuring a wide range of testimony from survivors themselves, it asks why this happens.

You can watch the film here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rh4p/ad/targeted-the-truth-about-disability-hate-crime Click on sign language to see the film with BSL.

Shropshire Disability Network does not tolerate Hate Crime of any type, neither should you.

The Facts: 

  • A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s disability or perceived disability.
  • Disability Hate Crime is massively underreported as many people don’t know who to talk to or how to report incidents. On a national level, hate crimes are under reported; it is estimated that three in five incidents are not reported. West Mercia Police is committed to addressing this issue by giving victims of hate crime the confidence to come forward and report their experience.

Hate Crime could be: 

  • physical attacks such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson
  • threat of attack including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • verbal abuse, insults or harassment – taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.
  • Disability
  • Transgender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different
  • Race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)

Any type of crime can be a hate crime. Here are a few examples:

  • Physical attacks, Damage to property, Arson Offensive letters, Offensive language and harassment, Offensive graffiti, Threats of attack, Abusive or obscene telephone calls, Arson, Anti-social behaviour and intimidation.

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?

It is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

You can find out more about hate crime here via True Vision www.report-it.org.uk/home  This link takes you directly to the hate crime page to report a hate crime  http://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force

If you feel you cannot report it yourself, then tell us & Shropshire Disability Network will do it for you. Contact [email protected] or call 07780 852229

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Blue Badge Holders – FREE parking at RSH and PRH

From the 1st November 2020, parking has been and continues to be free at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) for Blue Badge holders. You just need to register your Badge with the parking attendants.

More details about parking at our local hospitals:

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says: “Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust have designated car parking facilities for patients and visitors. Our hospitals are very busy, so please allow plenty of time before your appointment to park.

If you come to site when there are no Car Park Attendants on site and experience difficulties paying to park please leave site and contact either the Car Park Attendants via the Switchboard on 01743 261000 or the Trust Car Park Department on 01743 261416 on the next working day and we will endeavour resolve your issue”.

Daily Charges at RSH and PRH:

  • Up to 20 minutes-FREE
  • Up to 2 hours £3.50 daily
  • Up to 3 hours £4.50 daily
  • Up to 4 hours £5.50 daily
  • Up to 5 hours £6.50 daily
  • Up to 24 hours £8.50 daily

Payment is on exit at one of the machines located in the exits of the hospital and on the car parks. Patients and Visitors can pay by debit and credit card or cash.

Payment can also be made on-line up to midnight on the day of the visit to the hospital site by logging on to SaTH Parking.

You should pay at the end of your visit to hospital. The system is simple to use:

  • Input three consecutive digits from your registration number. The machine will display an image of your vehicle and ask you to confirm it is yours.
  • It will then calculate the payment required based upon the time you have been on site.
  • The pay machines will accept debit/credit cards or cash.

You can also pay by debit or credit card or on-line before midnight on the day you attend the hospital site.

Blue Badge Holder Information:

If you are a holder of a blue registered disabled badge there are designated spaces at various locations around the hospital sites.

From 1 November 2020 parking for holders of registered disabled badges is free.  To take advantage of the free parking you should report to the Car Park Attendants who will register your vehicle details on their system – please show them your blue badge as evidence of your eligibility.

Remember to display your blue badge wherever you park.

Download a leaflet here about parking at the hospitals: Car-Parking-Leaflet

Multiple Visits

If you are making multiple visits to the same hospital during a 24-hour period you have the option of selecting “daily rate” and you will pay no more than £8.50 for that day, rather than paying the “hourly rate” each time you attend. Please note that this period begins and ends at 12am, not 24 hours from when you arrive.

Staying over a long period?

If you have stayed for over 24 hours or have left a vehicle at one of our sites for a longer period of time (this may be the case if a patient is transferred from one site to another), then please speak to a member of staff. Our car parking team have a “whitelist” to ensure that vehicles where this is the case don’t get fined. Please note that the car has to be added to the list within 48 hours of arrival, so please speak to a member of staff about this as soon as possible.

Other Charges:
Concession tickets – 10 visit concession – £8.50

For patients on long term treatment plans or visitors of patients expected to be in hospital for more than 3 days, you can download a form to apply for concession tickets. These are also available from the Ward/Department and parking booth. The forms must be signed by a member of the Ward/Department and then taken to the Parking Booths for processing. These tickets are valid for a maximum of 12 weeks. The 10-visit ticket costs £8.50 and gives a significant saving on the cost of each visit.

Patients receiving Renal dialysis twice a week or more at RSH – FREE

If you are driving yourself in for Haemodialysis two or three times per week then free parking is available. The departments delivering this treatment will guide you through the process for getting free parking.

Patients receiving Outpatient treatment for cancer – FREE

Patients receiving day case outpatient treatment in the O’Connor Oncology unit can claim free parking. To do this, give your registration details to the desk as you book in for your appointment.

Bereavement – FREE

People visiting the hospital for issues connected with bereavement [e.g. collection of certificates, visits to the mortuary] also qualify for free parking. Normally these visits take less then the 20 minute grace period but should the visit extend the free period the vehicle details will be taken by PALS and passed to the Car Park Department for entering onto the system.

Parents of Sick Children staying in Hospital Overnight – FREE

Parents who are staying in hospital overnight to be with their sick child can get free parking.  You should speak to a member of ward staff who will take your registration details for adding to our exemption list.

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Time To Talk day -Thursday 4th February 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021 is taking place on Thursday 4 February. Choose to talk about mental health and help change lives.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

It is recognised that the more conversations you have, the more myths can busted and barriers can be broken down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many people with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that the nation will be talking about mental health but it needs to happen everyday as it does not go away for the other 364 days of the year. This year’s designated day might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to be, we need everyone to start the conversation on this “Time to Talk day 2021″ and by doing so we can all help to put an end mental health stigma.

For further information on how you can help visit “Time to Change” website at this link  https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day This website gives a lot of information, including useful resources for you to download,

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Because we all care

Start Date:
1st April 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
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End Time:
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CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support