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Six-week consultation re Travel needs re Children and Young People with disabilities

Start Date:
18th March 2019

End Date:
26th April 2019

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Shropshire Council have begun a six-week consultation on proposed changes to travel assistance for nursery pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and post-16 students.

The council is proposing a change to the policy about how post-16 transport is funded and proposing to reduce the subsidy for mainstream post-16 transport, and to introduce contributions for SEND children that are in line with the mainstream scheme. It’s also proposed to remove the council’s financial support for nursery SEND transport over time.

The consultation itself will seek feedback from members of the public and from all the relevant stakeholders and interested parties, including councillors, town and  parish councils, schools and colleges, parents and students.

All responses to the consultation will be carefully considered before the consultation findings, and recommended next steps, are considered by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet on 22 May 2019

Any changes would come into effect from 1 September 2019 and will be applicable to new applicants only.

To read more click here:

Shropshire Council Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment (ESIIA) download the document by clicking this link: esiia-part-one

How to respond to this consultation. If you have any comments or views on these proposed arrangements from September 2019, please use one of the following methods of communication to put forward your views.

Email: [email protected]

Reply by post to: 

Transport Consultation
Passenger Transport Commissioning Group, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, 
Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND

Note this Consultation ends on Friday 26th April 2019

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Public Consultation review of Residential and Nursing Bed Rates

Start Date:
18th March 2019

End Date:
26th April 2019

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Shropshire Council are seeking views on the review of the published rates for residential and nursing beds funded by Shropshire Local Authority. The document:

  1. Outlines the commissioning policy direction to create a sustainable market place
  2. Sets out a proposed model and rates for the purposes of the consultation to seek views on the review of the currently published rates.

Shropshire Council wish to receive feedback from anyone with an interest in the prices they pay for beds so that relevant views and evidence can be considered in deciding the best way forward.

Impact assessment:
The Proposed review of Residential and Nursing Bed Rates consultation document has been subject to an Equality and Social Inclusion Impact Assessment (ESIIA)


Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care writes:

“Our transformed adult social work model is based upon a clear set of principles that includes maximising the use of resources and developing resilient communities.

Shropshire Council believes that creating and maintaining a sustainable and vibrant market place that offers real choice for individuals who need residential and nursing care is vital in Shropshire.

We also want to facilitate key partnerships with local communities and work collaboratively with our partners to provide high standards in care to meet the care needs of our residents.

Our current arrangements for commissioning of residential and nursing beds is being reviewed to ensure that we can meet the evolving needs of our population.  This is during a time of significant change in the way that public services are funded, commissioned and delivered. We need to work with our provider market to ensure that the way we commission residential and nursing care is fair, supports a sustainable market and allows the Council to demonstrate value for money.

The scale of pressures for the county, including an aging population and downward funding from central government means that we need to do things differently to make a permanent improvement for our residents and communities.

We are suggesting a new approach for commissioning and funding of Local Authority funded beds in residential and nursing care homes.

This is the beginning of the review and starts with a consultation on the review of the rates used for the commissioning of beds in residential and nursing homes.

We hope you will share your views”.
Lee Chapman

Click below for related documents including questionnaire:




Click here to go to Shropshire Council Survey enabling you to send your views.

Note this Consultation ends on Friday 26th April 2019


Telford Tinnitus Support Group


Email: [email protected]

Contact: Fiona Checkley

Telephone: 01743 358356

Address: C/O Signal, 8a College Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1LZ

This Support group is for people experiencing tinnitus and provides opportunity for people to meet others. It also:

  • Enables people to come together to share their experience of tinnitus in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
  • It is facilitated by the Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust’s Audiology Department and local hard of hearing charity-Signal & is affiliated to the British Tinnitus Association.
  • A member of the Audiology Department attends the group meetings to offer further support and guest speakers provide additional information & advise.
  • Quarterly Meetings take place in Telford at Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS

For more information please email [email protected] or telephone 01743 364644


Find us on Twitter @shroptinnitus 

Registered Charity Number 1151615

Sports Association

UK Sports Association (for People with Learning Disability)


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 7490 3057 (9.30 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday).  You may reach our answerphone during these and at other times, please leave us a message and we willreturn your call.

Address: UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability, PO Box 1318 Enfield, Middlesex EN1 9ZH

The UK Sports Association (UKSA) supports talented athletes with Learning Disability in the UK to excel in National and International competitive sports.

We work with sports governing bodies and other agencies to ensure that athletes with learning disability are included at all levels, with the appropriate support and training needed.

We implement, manage and lead the eligibility and classification system for athletes with learning disability from across the UK and across a number of sports.

We select, manage and support the GB Team at various Championships, including the Inas Global Games and support the athletes and families to be as prepared for the rigors of international sport. In some sports, we support the National Governing Bodies as they select and manage athletes to Inas World and European Championships.

We are the organisation that implements, manages and leads the eligibility and classification system for athletes from across the UK.

We work to raise the profile of sport for people with learning disability, and raise the profile of the athletes whilst celebrating their successes across the sports. We challenge outdated attitudes to open the way for people with learning disability to have a choice and control in their daily lives. We advocate a cultural change in approach to disability.


Find us on Face Book @uksportsassociation and Twitter @uksapld

Registered Charity Number 1050767




Email:  [email protected]

Contact Form:

Telephone: 01296 395995  

Address: Stoke Mandeville, Guttman Road Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP 

Wheelpower: The British Wheelchair Sports Foundation (BWSF) is the national organisation and charity for British Wheelchair Sport.

The aim of the organisation is to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport

We have been providing opportunities in sport for people with physical impairments for nearly 70 years.

Based in Stoke Mandeville, the home of the Paralympic movement, WheelPower is at the heart of wheelchair sport.

While sport can develop confidence and improve your health, it’s also a great way to put a smile on the faces of those taking part. Each year, WheelPower supports over 100,000 disabled people to participate in sport and activity across the country.

Blind Veterans

Blind Veterans Association


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 7723 5021

Helpline:  0800 389 7979

Address: Blind Veterans UK, 12-14 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HD

We are here to support anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, or who has done M=National Service, and who is now living with significant sight loss.

We help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services.

We give veterans much needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired veterans since 1915.


Find us on Face Book @BlindVeteransUK and Twitter @BlindVeterans

Registered Charity Number 216227

AMEND (Association of Multi Endorcrine Neoplasia Disorders)


Contact Form:

Telephone: 01892 841032

Address: The Warehouse, Draper Street, Tunbridge Wells Kent TN4 0PG

The Association for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Disorders (AMEND) is a patient group set up in 2002 to support and inform anyone affected by or interested in multiple endocrine neoplasia disorders and their associated endocrine tumours. AMEND is run by patients, for patients.

AMEND provides information and support services to families with multi endocrine neoplasia and associated disorders.


Find us on Face Book @AssociationforAMEdisorder and Twitter @AmendInfo

Registered Charity 1153890

Veterans in Action

Veterans In Action (Rebuilding Futures)


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01264 771658 Out of Hours: 07889 400830

Address: Veterans in Action, The Old Grain Store, Redenham Park. Nr Andover, Hampshire SP11 9AQ

Veterans in Action (VIA) started as  an idea in early 2008 by three ex Royal Engineer friends, two of who had been injured physically and one who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) who wanted to raise funds for injured troops both physically and psychological.

The idea was based around their own experiences in the Royal Engineers was to take a group of veterans on an overland expedition driving from Headley Court to South Africa and back. The aim of the expedition was to carry out small tasks on the way, giving aid to locals with the aim being that they would “help themselves by helping others”


Find us on Face Book and Twitter @viacharity

Registered Charity Number 1128026

Wheelyboat Trust

Wheelyboat Trust (The)


Email:  [email protected]

Contact Form:

Telephone: 01798 342222

Address: Andy Beadsley, Director,The Wheelyboat Trust, North Lodge, Burton Park, Petworth West SussexGU28 0JT

Our work benefits people of all ages with a wide range of sensory, learning and mobility impairments.  Wheelyboats can be operated independently by disabled people who are less dependent on others; they can organise their own trips and can train for and attain RYA powerboating and other qualifications increasing their skills and enabling them to mentor others.  (The Royal Yachting Association’s new schemePowerabilityhas the specific aim of encouraging more disabled people on the water in motor and powerboats).  Those at the opposite end of the scale of independence enjoy the sensory stimulation of being on the water.  For people with complex needs like autism and epilepsy, boating activities have been shown to provide a calming experience enabling them to take an interest in their surroundings.  For older people whose mobility is declining, Wheelyboats play an increasingly important role in helping them remain active.


Find us on Face Book @Wheelyboats and Twitter @WheelyboatTrust

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Safe Place Shropshire at Barclay’s Bank Bridgnorth

Each year, courtesy of Barclay’s Bank Bridgnorth, a raffle is held to raise funds for the work of Safe Place Shropshire.

Again this year there are some lovely prizes to be won, including a Hamper, Teddy Bear, set of Jess the Goth Fairy books and a few others.
If you call in anytime this week (Monday 18th and Friday 22nd March 2019) between 0930 (1000 on Wednesday 20th) and 1630 not only can you buy a raffle ticket giving you the chance to win a lovely prize, you can also pick up one of our “I need Help” cards. Tickets cost £1 per strip.

We thank Jo and the staff at this branch of Barclay’s Bank for this opportunity to raise funds for us. Barclay’s Bank will match fund the amount raised.

We thank Jo Allmond for organising this event and the volunteers from Shropshire Disability Network and the staff of Barclays Bank for staffing this event. Thank you to all who have donated prizes.