Sunflower Lanyard

Sunflower Lanyards Launch-7th October 2019 at Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s have announced that they will be launching Sunflower Lanyards in all their stores including convenience stores on Monday 7th October 2019.

We appreciate Sandra, Community Champion from the store at Telford Forge Retail Park for keeping us updated on this great initiative.

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 hope 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. 

Friendly Hour takes place at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge Retail Store each Monday from 9.30 am to 10.30 am

Quiet Hour takes place at Sainsbury’s Whitchurch Store each Tuesday from 10 am-11 am

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Consultation on the proposed introduction of a post-19 transport policy

This is a consultation into the proposed introduction of a Post 19 Transport Policy aims to recognise SEND Post-19 learners as adults in education and identify necessary transport needs in line with Department of Education Guidance, specifically our duty relating to section 508F of the Education Act.

Shropshire Council actively encourages young adults to participate in education and training, it is expected that the vast majority of adult learners will make their own travel arrangements and meet the cost of those arrangements. However, with the introduction of the proposed policy, the Council may conclude that it is necessary to make such arrangements for the provision of transport, consequently we anticipate better outcomes for the learner that will aim for or enable a learner to travel and live as independently as possible.

Shropshire Council will now commence a period of consultation on the proposed policy.  We would be grateful for any thoughts and comments you may have on this proposed policy, which if adopted would commence in the Autumn of 2019.


If you have any comments or views on this proposed policy, please use one of the following methods of communication to put forward your views.

We would also request that schools/colleges pass this information on to any potential adult learners who the proposals may affect.

Transport Consultation, Passenger Transport Group, 107 Longden Road,Shrewsbury SY3 9QA

Email: [email protected]

Full details of what the Council currently provides can be viewed here.

Following this consultation, all views and comments will be taken into account before a decision is made.

Download the ESIIA Post Policy PDF by clicking this link

Download the Shropshire post 19 travel assistance pdf by clicking this link

This Consultation closes on Friday 18th October 2019


Pick up the phone you’re not alone…

Pick up the phone you’re not alone: further support for people concerned about suicide.

A new card offering advice and support to those suffering from suicidal thoughts has been launched across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

The launch, at Shropshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, marked World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10 September 2019) whereby communities across the world came together to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The Z cards designed by Shropshire and Telford Suicide Prevention Network in collaboration with those who have been affected by suicide, are aimed at people of all ages who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or who are concerned for others.

The Zcards are small enough to be easily carried in a wallet, purse or pocket so as to be used as reference whenever needed and provides:

  • Brief advice and guidance on how to address concerns
  • Contacts for a confidential, listening ear
  • Urgent contacts to seek immediate appropriate support.

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Suicide affects all types of people and communities and is associated with a wide variety of factors such as depression, alcohol and drug misuse, unemployment, family and relationship problems, social isolation and loneliness.

Between 2013 and 2015 there were 131 deaths formally recorded as suicide across Shropshire and Telford. These numbers are likely to be underestimated due to the legal necessities for categorising a suicide death.

The Zcards will be distributed to various locations across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, including GP practices, hospitals, libraries, businesses, customer service points to name a few.

You can access the cards online at

Anyone, whether you’re a child or an adult needing support or just someone to talk to, should call the Samaritans 24-hour support service on 116 123 or make an urgent appointment to see their GP.

To access adult mental health services, in Shropshire call 0300 124 0365, and for Telford call 0300 303 1601 or visit

To read and find out more, click this link

Shropshire Hills Shuttles

September Shuttles Passenger Survey

The Shropshire Hill Shuttles are very popular with many local residents and visitors. For many they offer a stress free, affordable and convenient way to get into the hills for a walk, or pub lunch. For others they are a vital service helping them get out and about, go shopping and meet friends. Each year it becomes more and more difficult to find the £30,000 funding needed to keep the buses running. 2020 will be very challenging as reserves used for the last two years have been exhausted. Many passengers have generously donated to our Supporters Scheme and these donations have helped make up the funding shortfall. However, next year the gap between what we need and what we have is wider and we are working hard to fill the hole.

How you can help?
Please take the time to complete this short survey, so that we can show potential funders and local businesses the value of the service to local people and visitors. Your comments will also help us provide a better service and show the value of the service to existing funders.

If you are not keen on online surveys, ask for the paper survey on the bus. We’d love to hear from you.

Shuttles Supporter’s Scheme

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has generously donated this year. We’ve raised over £400 which has helped keep the wheel on the bus going round and round. If you’d like to donate please click here

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) Activities-September 2019

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 4th September, 10 am to 12 noon  at Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

The means test thresholds for eligibility for social care have not increased in line with inflation, making fewer and fewer people eligible for public funding each year, even though the number of people in need of care is growing.  This month Graham Fuller will be joining you from fbc Manby Bowdler Solicitors to ’Raise Awareness about the Care System’.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 9th September, 10.30 am -12.30 pm at at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

This month we will have an ‘Introduction to Yoga’.  The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways.  Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance, which helps to boost physical and mental well-being. 

Shrewsbury Cycling SLOG’s Group meets at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 18th September, 11 am-12 noon for our regular cycling session.

Due to the costs there will be a minimum number of 4 to participate.  Should you wish to take part, please book yourself on by ringing on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected] or [email protected]  We need to know by 15:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month before the event on the Wednesday.

You can of course cycle at the Sports Village, every Wednesday, 13:00 – 15:00, for more information please contact Christian Smith the Sports Development Officer at Shrewsbury on 0345 0007 002.

Shrewsbury Group meets on Monday 23rd September, 2 pm-4 pm we will be meeting at  The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

The group are meeting at The Hive is hosting a Pottery Workshop for you. Booking is essential for this activity. You will be using a variety of sculpting techniques to create your own master piece. 

All SLOG Groups

Due to some activities needing a deposit to secure the booking we now need an expression of interest, please, initially to book the event, followed by confirmation of your attendance two weeks prior to the event, or sooner if you can.  We understand that things can change on the day, this cannot be helped.

The activities where we ask for a small contribution, we will need a minimum of 6 -8 people to participate before we can book the event.  Can we ask that you let us know by contacting us on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected]   or [email protected]

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Public Meeting-Whitehall Medical Practice Patient Group

Your help is needed. Whitehall Medical Practice is under threat, and due to close on 30th September. 

There will be a Public meeting at Crowmoor Baptist Church, Criwmoor Road, Shrewsbury SY2 5JJ on Monday 9th September at 7.30 pm.If you or someone you know will be affected by the closure of this GP practice, then go along to see what can be done to avoid its closure. The CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) will be attending.

For further information, please contact Dennis Cheese by text/call 07732 515131 or email [email protected]

Sign the petition here:


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Services, Events and Groups- Alzheimer’s Society locally

David Latcham, Dementia Companion – Oswestry has asked that we share information about services, events and groups being run by or for Alzheimer’s Society locally:

  • Memory Walk 2019 – British Ironworks – 15 September: Run by our volunteer Val Brown, this is a great fundraising opportunity for anyone who wants to make a difference for those with dementia. It’s celebrating the 30th year of Alzheimer’s Society and Val’s efforts so do get involved – Poster attached.
  • CrISP carers information course – Shrewsbury – October 2019: This is an Information programme for carers of people with dementia, running on Tuesday afternoons for 4 weeks in Shrewsbury. Booking required – Contact Tina Harvey at Alzheimer’s Society on 01952 250392.
  • Art Therapy group – Shrewsbury (Redwoods) – From October 2019: Groups aimed specifically at people with dementia to use art to help them with their diagnosis. Runs weekly. Spaces available. Contact Tracie Macpherson at Alzheimer’s Society on 01952 250392.
  • Dementia café – Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry – Last Tuesday morning of each month: Café for people with dementia and carers to meet, have fun, and connect with others with the same experiences. Activities change each month. No need to book, contact 01952 250392 for details
  • Dementia Support: As ever, the support we give to people one to one – on phone or in person – is available to any carers or people with dementia throughout Shropshire and Telford. Referrals can be sent via email to [email protected] please email or telephone for a referral form.



Shared Memory Bags

Shared memory bags are just that – an easily portable collection of items, books and activities to share at home or in a group to prompt conversation. Inside the bag, you may find- An object, a photograph, some music, a word – sometimes it takes a trigger to bring memories flooding back…

Did you know you can borrow a shared memory bag from Shropshire Libraries free of charge for three weeks using your library card?

There are 22 titles available. Themes include:

  • Music
  • Family Life
  • Travelling
  • Sporting Life
  • Seaside
  • Childhood Days
  • Countryside

There is also a dual language English/Welsh bag.

These bags have been developed with the help of a range of organisations across Shropshire.

For further information email


New Mobile (fully accessible) Library van joins Shropshire Fleet

Shropshire Libraries has welcomed a new mobile library to the fleet bringing the total in service to 3.

The Sabrina mobile library went into service earlier this month and replaces a vehicle whose lease had expired. It will visit areas around central Shropshire.

The new mobile is very light and airy and has a custom-built lift making it fully accessible. It carries the usual range of adult and junior books, talking books and also gives access to all stock in Shropshire Libraries via the e-library online catalogue.

Mobile libraries cover 280 stops across Shropshire as they bring libraries to communities and residents in the county.

If you live, work or study in Shropshire you can become a member of Shropshire Libraries – it’s free. Click here to join now and have immediate access to thousands of titles in your local library and online.

You can find more information about all stops and timings for mobile libraries across Shropshire by visiting the Shropshire Libraries website.

This link takes you directly to a map showing all libraries and mobile stops in Shropshire.

If you have any questions about mobile libraries, you can email [email protected] or call 01743 255024.