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Your Voice January-February 2020

Welcome to Shropshire Disability Network’s first newsletter of 2020!

Check out the invitations to the accessible wildlife session with the Beautiful Burial Ground Project and to SDN’s spring Members’ Meeting.

Read the excellent contributions by SDN members, on topics from accessible nature, to fibromyalgia support, to our libraries’ role in health and wellbeing.

Find out about help with computers, refurbished arts and crafts facilities, the chance to meet ponies, all-ability football, hospital engagement meetings, giving your views on home care, and more.

Log in to the Members’ Area at the top right-hand side of this page, and then download your copy of Your Voice by clicking on the link below. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please email [email protected] . We would love to receive your comments or ideas.

Your Voice January-February 2020

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How is Home Care working in Shropshire?

Healthwatch Shropshire have issued a media release calingl for service user’s experience of Home Care (Domiciliary Care) in Shropshire. 

Home care (also known as domiciliary care) is often seen as the ‘front line’ of social care delivery and is critical to the longstanding intention to enable people to ‘age in place’ and to deliver care as close as possible to people’s homes. In 2015, more than 350,000 older people in England were estimated to use home care services and a further 76,300 younger people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health problems were also estimated to be using publicly funded home care. 

Healthwatch Shropshire, the local health and social care consumer champion, is asking
those receiving home care in Shropshire to tell them about their experiences. Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said “Provision of home care comes with it’s challenges particularly in rural areas. We would like to know about the service users experiences across Shropshire. We hope to build a picture of how care at home works in Shropshire, identifying good practice and if there is anything that could be improved.

We have an online survey, , for people to use or they can contact Healthwatch Shropshire directly on  [email protected] or 01743 237884”

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services. It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

To download and print the press release issued, click here: Home Care project PR


Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis Tournament-Free Taster Sessions

Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis Tournament has announced this invitation giving your child and family opportunity to get involved.

They are offering a free ‘taster’ session for children and young people to take to the court and try out Wheelchair Tennis. Their fantastic coaches will lead this session, offering support and guidance, whilst giving the opportunity to have fun and learn new skills. Participants will also get the chance to meet GB Wheelchair players and the opportunity to watch some of the matches going on throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 2nd June – 11am to 12 Noon – followed by free entry to watch matches.

The tournament hosted by The Shrewsbury Club, Sundorne Road, SY2 4RG will be taking place 1st to 3rd June 2018. This prestigious competition will see over 40 wheelchair players from across the UK heading to Shrewsbury to compete in this fantastic sport.

Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis spokesperson said “Shropshire already has some of the finest adult wheelchair players in the country. We would now really like to continue the excitement that this National event will generate, and take the opportunity to create a junior group to take part in weekly sessions.

Wheelchair tennis really is open to anyone – whether they are a full or part time wheelchair user, are ambulatorily challenged in any way or have limited mobility and therefore may find it difficult to play standing.

We would really love to see you at this free event, all equipment including sports wheelchairs provided”.

To take part or for more information please contact Scott Smith, by email   [email protected] or by calling 07950 404505. 

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Home Made Cake! Coffee Morning Oswestry

Join us for our Coffee Morning on Monday 16th October at a new venue in Oswestry. 1020 to 1230 at Quakers Meeting Room, Oak Street, Oswestry SY11 1LJ

Home made Cake, a raffle and a table where we will be selling  items made by our members. This coffee morning has been organised at the request of our members in Oswestry. We used to hold Coffee Morning at The Centre but due to the introduction of charges beyond our means, we have been looking for a new venue and have negotiated with the Quakers.

Full details here: Coffee Morning Oswestry SDN Oct 2017 Join us and make it a success.

For a list of all our events click here: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2017-Members-September for updated (1)

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Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group seek your help

Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group is asking residents for their thoughts on opening hours and the  location of pharmacies.

Completed feedback will be collated and used to inform any changes that may need to be made.

Jacqui Seaton, head of medicine management for Telford and Wrekin CCG is encouraging you to participate in this study. She said ” This survey is  a great way for local people to tell us more about their community pharmacy services, how convenient they are, and if they are available when residents need them.

This is a chance for users of pharmacy services to give their honest opinion about their local pharmacies and whether any changes are required to support their needs.”

You can complete the survey by clicking on this link:

For more information visit :

The closing date for this survey is Monday 2nd October 2017

See separate survey for Shropshire on this website:




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The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is looking for your help.

 The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is holding a further workshop (Working In Partnership) on Friday 22nd September from 1 pm to 4 pm at Shropshire Education & Conference Centre (SECC), Royal Shrewsbury Hospital,  Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ

Why does SaTH need your help? They are looking for your help to develop and plan for their Academy, Forum and Community & Voluntary Sector. Public involvement in the planning of these initiatives is key to making them successful.

This document gives an outline of what SaTH is looking for: Academy, Forum, Community Assembly Outline

Places are limited and you must book your place by emailing [email protected]uk or calling 01743 261467 for more information.

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Age UK issues warning as freezing conditions grip the UK.

SDN brings this Press Release to you from Age UK.

“With temperatures set to fall over the next few days and freezing conditions forecast across the country towards the end of the week, Age UK is urging older people to wrap up warm and take sensible precautions to keep themselves safe & well.

Research shows that exposure to the cold have a devastating impact on the health of older people, who are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures. As people get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for people’s health. The cold can increase blood pressure and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

That’s why Age UK has produced its Winter Wrapped Up guide which offers practical advice to help older people stay warm and well in winter. The guide includes information on cold weather preparations, tips on staying healthy, ways to improve energy efficiency and advice on how to keep warm both inside and outside the home. There’s also a section about the benefits and concessions older people may be entitled to and in the middle of the printed version there’s a handy pull-out and keep room thermometer. Anyone – whether an older person, carer, friend, neighbour or relative – can pick up a free guide by calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565, downloading it from the Charity’s website or by contacting their local Age UK.


  • 64°F (18°C) is the ideal temperature for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) is the ideal temperature for your living room. Check your thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature.
  • Keep your bedroom window shut at night. Breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
  • Stay active and when you are indoors try not to sit still for more than an hour, if you can get up. Walk around or make a hot drink.
  • Eat well. It’s important to eat well, especially in the winter. Have at least one hot meal a day and have regular hot drinks, as they help to keep you warm. Also stock up on basic food items in case of a cold snap and you can’t get out.

Caroline Abrahams. Charity Director at Age UK said: “The cold weather can be really challenging for older people, particularly those who are more vulnerable because of pre-existing health conditions or who are living in housing that is difficult and expensive to heat. It can also be an especially lonely time, if older people feel it is too cold to go out and about.

“With the weather set to take a turn for the worse, we are urging people to check our advice to make sure they are doing everything they can to protect themselves against the cold weather.

“We’d also urge people to keep an eye on their older family members, friends or neighbours when the weather is particularly bad. Picking up some shopping for them or just popping in to check they’re OK and having a friendly chat can be a real help at this time of year.”

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Healthwatch Shropshire asks “What are your experiences of home care services in Shropshire?

Start Date:
1st January 2017

End Date:
28th February 2017

Start Time:

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Healthwatch Shropshire are starting off the New Year with hot topic that will interest many of our members! Domiciliary Care.

What are your experiences of home care services in Shropshire? Jane Randell-Smith CEO of Healthwatch Shropshire said”  The number of people, especially older individuals, being helped and supported to live independently is increasing & in Shropshire projections suggest that just over a third of county residents will be 65 or over by 2033. We are looking at domiciliary care services. We want to hear from people who may use them, or indeed have been unable to get the support they needed. But we also want to hear from carer’s and professionals to hear their experiences” 

Do you feel your care needs are being met? Are you visited by the same care worker on a regular basis? Do you have a choice on who cares for you? Do you feel involved in your care plan? Have you a good experience to share, please share it. Unfortunately some of you may not have had or are having a good experience, it is important you share that too. 

To share your experience contact Healthwatch by calling 01743 237884 or email [email protected]                               

The more comments received the more influence Healthwatch Shropshire has to improve services for local people.

Click here to read Healthwatch Shropshire Press Release in full: Press release – Dom care Jan 2017


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A Christmas Message from the Management Committee

Shropshire Disability Network Management Committee Christmas Message.

2016 has been an extremely busy year, having had a record number of items on our website as well as 4 very successful meetings, having a presence at many events by being the place & “voice” for disability information in Shropshire.

We thank all who have contributed in any way by volunteering, supporting our fundraisers, providing us with information for “YourVoice” and our website etc. You enable us to be here for so many people. Thank you.

To all our Members, Supporters & Funders we thank you & send you Season’s Greetings and look forward to 2017.

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