MAC (Midlands Arts Centre)


Contact Form:

Telephone: 0121 446 3232

Address: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

About: First opened in 1962, Midlands Arts Centre – also known as MAC – is a pioneering arts complex for everyone. Our mission: to make art an important part of people’s lives.

MAC’s ethos is based on a set of values which inform the whole of its activities. The tensions within the values help to shape the organisation’s work and add an extra, creative spark to its activities. MAC values the following:

  • artistically experimental activities – and ones striving to engage with their audiences;
  • celebrating diversity – and strengthening social cohesion;
  • offering equal opportunities to everyone – and recognising the uniqueness of artistic talent;
  • increasing the accessibility of the arts – and respecting their complexity;
  • giving users and audiences more involvement in, and control over, programming – and introducing them to new challenges and innovations;
  • helping artists to find their own, unique voice – and to forge productive partnerships with other artists and the general public;
  • making the most of the social benefits of the arts – and valuing the pleasure people gain from their own individual artistic expression.#

We work together with Soundabout choirs in the West Midlands.

Follow us on Face Book and Twitter.




Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01235 797474

Address: Soundabout, John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GP

At Soundabout, we believe that everybody deserves to have a voice. Rather than focusing on what people can’t do, we want to emphasize what they can do. We believe that people with severe and profound learning disabilities including autism should have a life full of expression, passion and enjoyment. To enable this to happen we aim to educate, support and empower through both empowering training and supporting those in our community. That’s why we use music to enable people with learning disabilities to express themselves, connect with others, and feel the warmth of music.

Soundabout was launched in 1995 in Oxford with the aim of empowering school staff working with children and young people with special needs to make music interactively with their pupils with severe and complex disabilities. The overwhelming and enthusiastic response to this project by both pupils and school staff suggested that a permanent staff training programme would be welcomed in schools across the UK and in December 1997, Soundabout was officially founded as an independent charity.

Since then, Soundabout has blossomed and is now a national charity that has pioneered the use of music, rhythm and sound to give disabled children and adults a voice, a way to express themselves and be listened to.

Our training programme in schools has continued to expand and develop around the specific needs of staff in SEN Schools and professionals who support people with severe learning disabilities. Training is delivered by our highly skilled Soundabout practitioners. Some of our practitioners also work as special needs teachers in schools and some are Music Therapists. However, all are highly skilled specialist practitioners with a national reputation for delivering unique in-classroom training.

In addition, we offer children, young people and adults along with their families and carers, regular community sessions which encourage absolutely everyone to take part in their own way, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Once again, all of these sessions are lead and developed by our highly skilled music practitioners.

Soundabout has choirs in Oxford, Bristol, Peterborough, Wiltshire and the West Midlands.

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Derwen College @ Telford


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01691 661234 Fax 01691 670714

Address: Derwen College @Telford, Stafford Park, Telford TF3 3BD

Derwen College welcomed the first students to its new satellite provision in Telford in September 2020. The launch of the Telford site comes in response to a need for more options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the local authority. Students working at the site will receive expert vocational training and independence skills learning.

Derwen College has converted the former business premises at Stafford Park into a new satellite site. From here, a team of expert staff will offer day students with SEND the specialist learning and work placement provision that they would expect from a college with an outstanding reputation.

As a learner at our Telford site you will work within small groups in a friendly, productive environment. Once you gain confidence and your skills progress, you will have the opportunity to work within the local community.

Entry Requirements

The [email protected] Pathway is for young adults aged between 16 and 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities and challenging needs, who live in or around Telford and Shropshire.

Contact us if you are interested in Business Support related training, and are working at Entry Level or Level 1.

How to Apply

For further information contact the Admissions Team on:

Telephone: 01691 661234 ext 401 or Email: [email protected]

Or you can email Lucy Harrison, Area Satellite Manager on [email protected]

Find us on Face Book and Twitter

Derwen College is a Registered Charity No. 1153280

Caudwell Children

Caudwell Children


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 0345 300 1348

Address: Caudwell Children,  Caudwell International Children’s Centre, Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 5NT

Our Aims are:

  • To change the futures of all disabled children providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need.
  • To increase awareness and understanding of the needs of disabled children across the UK.
  • To enable disabled children to lead an active and independent life reaching their full potential.
  • To enable disabled children to lead ordinary lives


  • Family Support
  • Equipment
  • Treatment
  • Therapy
  • Support Breaks
  • Autism Support

Follow us on twitter @caudwellkids and Facebook @caudwellkids

Registered Charity Numbers: RCN 1079770, SC043874

Care by Communication

Website: N/A

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 07722 628442

Address: 17, Ash Tree Leasow, Telford TF1 6NT

Have you ever wishes you could check in on your loved one’s for piece of mind at any time? Would you like to go out of your home but are concerned about the welfare od a dependent?

Care by Communication is about having the right technology enables you to Care when you can’t be There.

Care by Communication provides a service that uses the latest technology to improve quality of life for Carer’s and their family.

Care by Communication enables by the use of the latest integrated monitoring technology you can now:

  • Communicate with your family if they cannot use the phone.
  • Monitor the home when you are not there.
  • Answer the door internally without leaving your chair or remotely from another location.
  • Reduce concerns for family with early onset dementia. You can now see who is calling at their home.
  • Confidentially manage the home when unoccupied for short periods. You can remotely switch on security in their home until they return.

Services we can provide:

A comprehensive Consultation:

  • To find solutions for remote caring that match your needs.
  • Help you use technology that is out there.
  • Software installation and configuration of a product
  • Providing ongoing maintenance and ad hoc call services for support as required * (Service contracts available on request.

Call Janet now on 07722 628442 to book a consultation. (There will be a small fee for consultancy)


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Kick Cancer

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25th September 2019

End Date:
4th December 2019

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Name: Shrewsbury Town in the Community
Email: [email protected]
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Event description: After the success of the 6-week Kick Cancer pilot programme that took place in May 2018, Shrewsbury Town in the community are launching their new 10 week Kick Cancer programme. They are working in partnership with Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, and have created a multi-sport programme helping those living with or recovering from Cancer in Shropshire.

The sessions will consist of different group multi-sport exercise sessions followed by a social session.

Speaking of the programme, Naomi Atkin, Executive Officer at Lingen Davies, said

“I am really pleased that Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Shrewsbury Town in the Community are working together on this exciting pilot project.”

“Physical activity can be really beneficial to people during and after their cancer treatment, and this is a great opportunity for people in our community to get back to fitness or try out a new activity to help their recovery.”

“Lingen Davies is the only local charity supporting active treatment and recovery for people affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales; quality of life beyond cancer is a key theme of our £1.25 million 40th Anniversary Appeal, and we’re excited about the contribution that the Kick Cancer programme will make to this.”

Our next Kick Cancer programme will run from Wednesday 25th September – Wednesday 4th December. See below for times and locations.

  • Shrewsbury Kick Cancer – Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm at Reech Community Hub
  • Ludlow Kick Cancer – Wednesdays – 12 pm – 2 pm at Ludlow Football Stadium

To find out more about the programme, please email [email protected]

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Telford Eagles Sitting Volleyball


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”. 

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Hive (The)


Email: N/A

Contact Form:

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

Victim Advice Line (VAL)

Victim Advice Line (VAL)


Email: [email protected] you can email us and one of our care coordinators will respond to you.

Contact Form:

Helpline: 0800 952 3000 free and confidential phone line, open 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday and 9 am until 5 pm on Saturdays.

Online chat – this option, which can be found on our website it allows you to talk to one of our care coordinators if it’s not possible, or convenient, to talk on the phone

Address: N/A 

The Victim Advice Line (VAL) is a free and confidential service for people that have been affected by crime in West Mercia.

The VAL is designed to make sure that the needs of victims and witnesses are supported at every stage of their journey – whether they choose to report it to the police or not.

The expert and fully-trained Care Coordinators will work with victims to understand exactly what kind of help and support they need in their journey of recovery.

Understanding that everyone’s experience of crime is different, they will agree a specially tailored support package for each person. This might include relevant advice booklets, contact numbers for counselling or other support services, help with insurance forms, guidance through the criminal justice process or talking about the benefits of Restorative Justice.

Our website and the service is funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

To watch a video about VAL, click this link


Find us on Face Book @WMerciaVAL and Twitter @WMerciaVAL


Dimensions-Autism Friendly Screenings


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Telephone: 0300 303 9062

Address: N/A

We provide free national autism friendly training for all cinemas across the country. We also partner directly with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue, Showcase and Picturehouse to host autism friendly screenings at over 350 cinemas nationwide.

On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment.

Adjustments include

  • A relaxed environment where people understand the needs of children and families with autism
  • Lights left on low
  • Sound turned down
  • No trailers or advertisements (unless they are embedded in the film)
  • Staff trained in autism awareness
  • Disabled access
  • Chill out zone, where available
  • Freedom to move around and sit where you like
  • Bring your own food and drink
  • Free entry for carers with a valid CEA Card


Find us on Face Book @dimensionsUK and Twitter @DimensionsUK

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