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Telford Eagles Sitting Volleyball

Website: https://telfordvolleyballclub.weebly.com/

Email: [email protected]

Address: TCAT, Telford College (S Block), Haybridge Road, Wellington,Telford TF1 2NP

Contact information: 
  • Anna Mottershaw (Coach) 07815 992509
  • ​Pete Searle (Head Coach) 07722 284208
  • Paul Twitchell (Assistant Coach & Club Welfare Officer) 07854 056639 

The Eagles train on a Thursday evening 6 pm – 7 pm at TCAT Wellington in the S Block. 

Paul Twitchell as the Club Welfare Officer says  “I can offer assurance of a positive experience for players of all abilities and disabilities. I only ask for people who require specialist care to be accompanied for safety reasons”. 

Find us on Face Book https://www.facebook.com/groups/293469509562/

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Hive (The)

Website: https://www.hiveonline.org.uk/

Email: N/A

Contact Form: https://www.hiveonline.org.uk/contact

Telephone: 01743 234970 (Open Tuesday to Friday 9 am -5 pm)

Address: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

We organise funded arts programmes to work with children and young people – some of whom are vulnerable or at risk. It is our vision to support young people to realise their aspirations and help develop confidence and self-esteem for those who face challenging circumstances.

Our projects take place both at the Hive and across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

In addition, the Hive is a vibrant town centre venue offering live gigs, film screenings, training, and a creative environment for people to mix and share ideas.

Find us on Face Book @hiveshrewsbury and Twitter @HiveShrewsbury

Registered Charity Number 1108488

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Feed the Birds project enters a new phase.

A project to tackle loneliness pioneered by Shropshire Wildlife Trust is entering a new phase, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Feed the Birds project involves training volunteers to visit people who are experiencing social isolation, to install and refill bird food containers and chat about garden wildlife. 

Following a successful pilot project from 2016 to 2018 when Shropshire Wildlife Trust trained and matched 12 volunteers with clients who were referred via Community and Care co-ordinators based in GP practices across, recent lottery funding enables them to move on to phase 2. Clients are assessed as being lonely or socially isolated and as a result their health is deteriorating. 

Thanks to National Lottery players, Feed the Birds will reach a further 100 beneficiaries, matching them with 100 volunteers who, following training, will visit once a week. Training and registering of volunteers is done at a one day event and all volunteers are DBS checked and require two references. Once trained, Shropshire Wildlife Trust look for a suitable match with a client who lives within easy walking , cycling or bus journey. Volunteers visit once a week to top up the feeder which is provided by the project, and to check in with the client and chat to them about what they have seen and how they are feeling generally.

Clients can be referred by any organisation or agency. Once a referral is received, the Feed the Birds project officer will arrange to visit the prospective client to go through a short assessment to see that they meet the criteria. Criteria is based on the Office of National Statistics (ONS) measure of loneliness and takes the form of a short questionnaire. If a client meets the criteria, Shropshire Wildlife Trust will find a volunteer to match with them. It can take a while depending on geographical location.

Volunteers undergo quarterly supervision sessions in Shrewsbury.  This is important to enable support and a safe and confidential space to share experiences and to deal with any problems. The project officer is available at other times.

The Trust is looking for volunteers who would like to be part of the project and is also taking referrals from organisations that come across people who are lonely or socially isolated.

Diane Monether said “This is a great opportunity for anyone who is a bird lover and wants to share their passion for feeding the birds with others. We will also be taking Feed the Birds into Morris Care homes and working with Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with the aim of bringing people closer to nature through watching birds”.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Diane Monether (01743 284271) or email [email protected] For details of our next training session click here.

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Sunflower Lanyards come to Telford

Sunflower Lanyards scheme will be available at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge Retail Park this August. So what is this scheme about? It is a scheme to enhance the shopping experience of people with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 

Staff will be happy to provide extra support such as opening a new checkout lane, assisting with finding shopping items or simply giving them more time at the checkout. Lanyards will be available to collect for free and are for each customer to keep so they can wear it every time they come into store. 

Sainsbury’s are the first supermarket to test the initiative, following Gatwick Airport’s successful launch, in which over 10,000 lanyards had been collected up to March 2019. By using the same sunflower lanyards as Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury’s nationally is rolling it out across their stores and hopes to encourage other retailers to follow suit, meaning customers have the option to wear their lanyard in shops across the UK, in the knowledge that store colleagues will recognise what it stands for. 

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Summer Holiday Activities at the Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens

Albrighton Moat have many activities for young people of all abilities to do this Summer holiday. Whether you like nature, crafts, fishing, there is much fun to be had. Each session costs £5 per person and you have the opportunity to take part in either morning or afternoon sessions.

Anyone wishing to take part in fishing there will be qualified coaches on hand to help young, novice or inexperienced anglers have a go at fishing, learning skills such as baiting a hook, casting a line and landing and unhooking a fish. On the last day (22nd August) there will be a Fishing competition.

Click here to download a PDF of all activitiesAlbrighton Holiday Activities July and August 2019

Activities are also listed on our events pages at this link https://shropshiredisability.net/events/

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Action on Hearing Loss-Survey

Five million people of working age are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus, but little is known about the support people are getting – or not getting – to help them in work, and the impact that this has. To find out more, Action on Hearing Loss are asking people who are currently in work to complete a survey.
The survey asks questions to find out:

● what support, if any, you are receiving in the workplace and how this helps
● what support would be helpful in the workplace that you are not receiving.

Results fro this survey will enable Action for Hearing Loss to work with service providers and the government to improve the support services available for people who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus in work.
The information you provide in this survey will be used for research purposes. Your responses are anonymous and you will not be identified in any reporting or publication of the results.
By completing each question in this survey, you consent to Action on Hearing Loss to use this information as described above. You can choose which questions you want to answer and do not want to answer.
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TM8Y58Y?fbclid=IwAR1SGT9V8MsA95IdSOGCtK8-02W0epaetUl9NQcexLzUtn1bRpJh897JECs
If you have any questions about the survey or would like to complete the survey on paper, please email the research team at [email protected]
Action on Hearing Loss are also running focus groups for British Sign Language (BSL) users as part of this research. For more information visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/bslfocusgroups
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Have you the skills to be our next Chair or Secretary?

Shropshire Disability Network, our charity is run entirely by volunteers.  We are committed to improving the experiences of people living with disabilities, their carers and families. We cover the county of Shropshire, including the Telford & Wrekin area.

At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September we election people to serve on our Management Committee and have the following vacancies to fill. Chair and Secretary as well as deputies.

Click here for-Description of the role of Chair: Chair advert (3)

Click here for-Description of role of Secretary: Secretary advert (1)

If you would like to take on either the above roles, or know someone who may be willing to be the next Chair or Secretary of our growing charity, please let us know. 

Volunteering increases self-confidence.  If you have a desire to bring change for people with any kind of disability or their carers and families and to help them find a voice, this role will help provide support for these people.  Our volunteers have found that their efforts for Shropshire Disability Network have given them a sense of accomplishment as well as pride and identity.

If you would like to know more, please contact either Ruby Hartshorn on 07780 852 229 or Ann Shaw on 07970 816 030.  Or email [email protected]or [email protected]

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PCC Outlines New Commitment to Tackling Serious and Organised Crime

John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing a “relentless” new approach to tackling serious and organised crime in West Mercia.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s new proposals include:

  • Measures to better protect the most vulnerable people in our communities
  • Ensuring ‘relentless disruption’ and tough, targeted enforcement action against the criminals who seek to harm our communities
  • Ensuring criminals are stripped of illegal assets and money, and then reinvesting it into our communities
  • improved partnership working and information sharing to create a ‘borderless’ approach, and tackle the root causes of serious and organised crime.

 John Campion said: “The impact of crimes such as child sexual abuse, county lines drug trades, modern slavery and human trafficking can be devastating. They can destroy individuals and damage entire communities.”

“We need to better support victims. We need local and national partners to work together more. We need to empower our communities to work closer with the police. Most of all perhaps, we need to be very clear that our police will be relentless in disrupting this offending, and bringing criminals to justice.”

“West Mercia remains a comparatively safe place, but we are not immune to serious and organised crime. This plan outlines how I will play my part and work with others to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer”.

The Commissioner’s strategy is out for consultation until 15th August. Partners and local communities are invited to read it in full and send feedback via Consultation responses can be sent via this link, or alternatively can be emailed to [email protected], or via mail to OPCC, West Mercia Police, Hindlip, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SP.

Click on this PDF to download and read the consultation: PCC-SOC-Strategy-FINAL-FOR-CONSULTATION

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PCC Outlines New Commitment to Tackling Serious and Organised Crime

Start Date:
10th July 2019

End Date:
15th August 2019

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John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner is proposing a “relentless” new approach to tackling serious and organised crime in West Mercia.

The Police and Crime Commissioner’s new proposals include:

  • Measures to better protect the most vulnerable people in our communities
  • Ensuring ‘relentless disruption’ and tough, targeted enforcement action against the criminals who seek to harm our communities
  • Ensuring criminals are stripped of illegal assets and money, and then reinvesting it into our communities
  • improved partnership working and information sharing to create a ‘borderless’ approach, and tackle the root causes of serious and organised crime.

 John Campion said: “The impact of crimes such as child sexual abuse, county lines drug trades, modern slavery and human trafficking can be devastating. They can destroy individuals and damage entire communities.”

“We need to better support victims. We need local and national partners to work together more. We need to empower our communities to work closer with the police. Most of all perhaps, we need to be very clear that our police will be relentless in disrupting this offending, and bringing criminals to justice.”

“West Mercia remains a comparatively safe place, but we are not immune to serious and organised crime. This plan outlines how I will play my part and work with others to ensure our communities are safer and feel safer”.

The Commissioner’s strategy is out for consultation until 15th August. Partners and local communities are invited to read it in full and send feedback via Consultation responses can be sent via this link, or alternatively can be emailed to [email protected], or via mail to OPCC, West Mercia Police, Hindlip, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SP.

Click on this PDF to download and read the consultation: PCC-SOC-Strategy-FINAL-FOR-CONSULTATION

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Action on Hearing Loss-Survey

Start Date:
1st July 2019

End Date:
31st August 2019

Start Time:
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End Time:
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Five million people of working age are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus, but little is known about the support people are getting – or not getting – to help them in work, and the impact that this has. To find out more, Action on Hearing Loss are asking people who are currently in work to complete a survey.
The survey asks questions to find out:

● what support, if any, you are receiving in the workplace and how this helps
● what support would be helpful in the workplace that you are not receiving.

Results fro this survey will enable Action for Hearing Loss to work with service providers and the government to improve the support services available for people who are deaf or have hearing loss or tinnitus in work.
The information you provide in this survey will be used for research purposes. Your responses are anonymous and you will not be identified in any reporting or publication of the results.
By completing each question in this survey, you consent to Action on Hearing Loss to use this information as described above. You can choose which questions you want to answer and do not want to answer.
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TM8Y58Y?fbclid=IwAR1SGT9V8MsA95IdSOGCtK8-02W0epaetUl9NQcexLzUtn1bRpJh897JECs
If you have any questions about the survey or would like to complete the survey on paper, please email the research team at [email protected]
Action on Hearing Loss are also running focus groups for British Sign Language (BSL) users as part of this research. For more information visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/bslfocusgroups