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Shrop CCG

Ring NHS 111 Over May Bank Holiday Weekend (27th May)

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have issued a reminder that GP Practices will be closed over this Bank Holiday Weekend.

GP practices are closed this Bank Holiday Monday (May 27), but don’t worry if you need health advice ring 111.

Calls are free from any landline or mobile phone. You will then be advised and directed to any of their services.

Please note that pharmacies are also operating on a rota system over the May Bank Holiday weekend, but don’t worry NHS 111 can direct you to your nearest available pharmacies.

For Pharmacy Opening times this Bank Holiday, click on one of the links below:

Shropshire Pharmacy Opening Times this Bank Holiday: shropshire-pharmacies-may-bank-holiday-2019-opening-times

Telford & Wrekin Pharmacy Opening Times this Bank Holiday: telford-and-wrekin-pharmacies-may-bank-holiday-2019-opening-times

Action for children

Action for Children Summer Holiday Club 2019

The closing date to apply for Action for Children Summer Holiday Club (Allin Members) is fast approaching. This dates for this years holiday club is Tuesday 23rd July to Friday 23rd August 2019.

The programme of activities taking place and the booking form can be downloaded as a word document by clicking on this link. AFC summer 2019

** Deadline for return of forms is Wednesday 5th June 2019

For more information contact  01743 285765,  [email protected] or [email protected]

Omega Care

Floreat Omega II! Plant Sale in Shrewsbury

Are you looking to buy locally grown annual bedding plants and helping a local charity at the same time? All plants are 50p, place your order now and collect from Omega Care for Life, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TX between 3rd and 7th June 2019.

You can now place your order with Omega Care for life, your plants will be ready for collection the week beginning 3rd June 2019. Click  on the poster below to get further details or click this link to place an order now

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NHS Trust takes part in National Insulin Safety Week

The Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals is promoting the message of insulin safety awareness as part of Insulin Safety Week, a national campaign which kicks off today.

In the UK, two in five people with diabetes on insulin experience an error related to the administration of the drug while in hospital, according to the results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit. These errors can have a detrimental effect on patients.

To reduce incidents of insulin errors, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford (PRH) is observing Insulin Safety Week which begins today (Monday 20 May) and staging its own awareness campaign.

Erica Richardson, SaTH’s Lead Diabetes Nurse, said: “Patients can understandably get very anxious when they aren’t able to self-manage their diabetes in hospital. Errors in the administration of insulin can have a serious impact so it’s vital that we work towards getting it right 100% of the time.

“By giving our hospital staff access to training and sharing good practice, we can provide the knowledge and skills required to keep our diabetic patients safe and receiving their medication when they need it.”

 Kate Ballinger, a Type 1 Diabetes patient from Telford, said: “It is great that the Trust is recognising Insulin Safety Week and working towards reducing insulin errors for its patients.

“We manage our diabetes 24/7, and handing over control to professionals can be a really stressful time. Hopefully by raising awareness amongst staff, people with insulin dependent diabetes will have a better experience if they are admitted to hospital.”  

Today, SaTH’s Diabetes Team is running information stands from 1pm at both PRH and RSH where staff, patients and members of the public can learn more about the work done across the Trust to improve insulin safety, play a game and take part in a quiz to win prizes.

The team will also be visiting all wards across the Trust to deliver the latest information and guidance on insulin safety and inviting staff to take part in additional insulin awareness training.


Holiday club at Lower Bush Farm (near Ludlow)

Lower Bush Farm run a holiday club during each school holiday for children with disabilities or additional needs and their siblings. They still have a few spaces available for their holiday club running on Tuesday 28th May and Thursday 30th May.

The centre wish to offer a flexible and fun day for everyone so please get in touch to discuss your particular needs of if a half day would suit your child better.

 Sessions will be based on the groups’ interests – examples of activities include;

  • Forest school
  • animal care (goats, pigs, poultry, rheas, horses)
  • outdoor pizza oven
  • woodwork
  • archery
  • tractor rides
  • green woodwork
  • animal grooming
  • using tools and making/repairing
  • forestry
  • growing vegetables in the poly tunnel and veg patch


Time:  9:00 to 4:00 (or half day by agreement) Ages: 8 to 18th birthday Cost:£10 and £5 for siblings

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Telephone: 07734 295144 or 07817 666267 or email: [email protected] to book a place or receive further information.


BBS UK (Bardet-Biedl Syndrome UK)


Email: [email protected] or for BBS UK Support Officer: Birmingham Service [email protected]

Telephone: 07591 206787 (Amy Clapp BBS UK Support Officer: Birmingham Service)

Bardet-Biedl Syndrome UK is the only registered charity supporting people with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, their families and carers. The aims of the Charity, according to its constitution, are: to preserve and protect the health and promote the welfare of persons living with BBS, and to advance the education of the medical and educational professionals and the general public on the subject of BBS.

For information regarding the clinical features of BBS, click here for our information booklets

All members of the Management Committee are volunteers. They have children with BBS or have the syndrome themselves, and they willingly give up their time to provide support, raise funds and generally do as much as they can to keep the Charity moving forwards.


The Charity produces newsletters,  conference reports, holds an annual family conference, and is an integral member of the specially commissioned multi-disciplinary BBS Clinics. Awareness of the Syndrome has grown massively as a result and the Charity now supports over 500 families and communicates with over 130 professionals involved in their care.


There are no membership fees and no charges are made for information – the work of the Charity relies entirely on donations.


Find us on Face Book  @BBS UK1 and Twitter @BBS UK1

Registered Charity Number 1027384 and SCO41839

Zebra Access

Zebra Access


Email: [email protected]

Contact Form:

Telephone: 01902 421919

Address: Zebra Access, Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Dr, Wolverhampton WV10 9TG

Zebra Access is a Deaf-led charity dedicated to ensuring that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people enjoy equal participation and access without communication barriers.

We aim to provide Deaf role models, enabling Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to have self belief and confidence to achieve their aspirations by breaking down barriers. We provide services to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals along with a variety of events, clubs and activities. We also deliver Deaf Awareness and BSL training to organisations and individuals who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities and individuals.


Find us on Face Book @zebraacess and Twitter @ZebraAccess

Registered Charity Number 1149181

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Inclusive parkruns in Shropshire

“Parkruns are 5 kilometre runs which happen in public parks around the UK and the world weekly. It is free of charge, easy and safe to take part. Parkrun is not a race and participants can run, walk or do a mix of both.

The organisers want to welcome everyone. Three parkruns in Shropshire are especially inviting people with learning disability to join in and get a taste for this sporting and social activity on these Saturdays this summer. 

Participants in parkrun can register and print out a barcode in advance via the website if they want to find out the time they take to finish the run. Participants should bring along the barcode of the day.

To find out more about the special parkruns this Summer on this webpage, published by the charity Bethphage: If you would like support to take part in one of these parkruns, please email [email protected] or call Bethphage on 01743 272880

To read the full article in our March/April 2019 newsletter about Inclusive parkruns in Shropshire, log in here to access Your Voice, our newsletter



The World’s First Poetry Pharmacy

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, we share with you a very exciting project happening in Bishops Castle, “The World’s First Poetry Pharmacy.

The grand plan is for a venue laid out as though it were a traditional pharmacy; instead of sections for skincare, and plasters and bandages, it will be a walk-in pharmacy dispensing poetry. Move through the building according to your mood-  from‘Matters of the Heart’ to ‘For days when the world is too much with us’ and find books, stationery, gifts and local art work chosen to address a particular mood.  Speak to the Dispensing Pharmacist who might prescribe you some poetic medicine for a complicated mix of emotions…or if it’s more serious, lie down on the consulting couch and have a full length consultation with poems hand-picked for your emotional ailment.

To read more about this exciting project, click the link below:

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See and Hear Exhibition this Wednesday

This Wednesday (15th May) the See and Hear Exhibition takes place at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Harlescott Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ from 10 am-4 pm.

It will be opened by Julian Jackson from Vision Bridge who last year completed his Big Blind Walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

See and Hear is a day not to be missed as there is always something new. With over 70 exhibition stands from national and local companies, services and charities there is so much to visit. There will be information sessions and demonstrations. 

Pauline Rose, manager for Vision Technology and Training Shropshire and organiser of the See and Hear event, added: “We hope plenty of people take the opportunity to come along, as it really is a great opportunity to see the support and information that’s available. There is no need to book for the exhibition – just come along between 10 am and 4 pm, unless you wish to attend the seminar for which you are advised to book.”

Shrewsbury Sports Village, in Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, is fully accessible, with a free car park. A free shuttle bus will run from Shrewsbury train station every 30 minutes starting at 9.3 0am.

To find out more information click on the links below.

Click here for the See and Hear Poster: Poster2019finalSeeHear

Click here for a full programme of  what is happening during the day See and Hear 2019 Programme