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Your Voice Christmas 2018

This edition of Your Voice has a festive feel – download your copy below!

You will find out how to get your hands on SDN’s Christmas Cards – with designs by Members – and how people with and without disabilities can enjoy a creative Christmas carol service. There is an invitation to the final SDN Members’ Meeting of the year – come along in festive dress if you wish!

We thank our brilliant volunteers, fundraisers and supporters, and we look forward to making a difference together again in the year ahead. We also touch on serious topics of safeguarding and hate crime, as well as, different opportunities to learn more about your NHS or about your local gravestones.

There are features, too, on a successful scheme to put unsold food from supermarkets to good use and on new funding for services for people with deafness and hearing loss in Shropshire.

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 suggestions for future editions, please email [email protected] . All comments welcome!

Your Voice Christmas 2018

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Your Voice October-November 2018

This edition of Your Voice brings you information about help with heating, accessible training in historical research, photography for wellbeing, a TV cookery competition, warding off flu, children’s mental health services, and an inclusive carol service.

It also updates you on Shropshire Disability Network and Safe Places Shropshire’s activities, including, a “high-flying” fundraising challenge.

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 suggestions for future editions, please email [email protected] . Happy reading!

Your Voice October-November 2018


Ponthafren Association promoting positive mental health Newtown & Llanidloes Outreach Group

Ponthafren Association promoting positive mental health Newtown & Llanidloes Outreach Group

Websites: Newtown:


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01686 621586

Address: Ponthafren Association , Longbridge Street,Newtown Powys SY16 2DY

Ponthafren is a registered mental health charity committed to promoting wellbeing, learning and recovery within the community. Our dedicated team of volunteers are there to help:

  • Tackle mental health issues
  • Reach out to the local community
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health issues
  • Provide a platform to mix up people within the community

We achieve this by running a variety of courses and events, which all members of the community are welcome to attend. In doing so, we aim to improve the perception of those who suffer with mental issues, while supporting them and others through their daily challenges and providing opportunities to mix things up with the local community.

Charity Number. 1035326

Care and Repair logo colour cropped

Care & Repair in Powys (Gofal a Thrwsio ym Mhowys)

Care & Repair in Powys (Gofal a Thrwsio ym Mhowys)

Website: or Welsh

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01686 620760   or   0300 111 3333

Address: Care & Repair in Powys, Ty Canol House, Ffordd Croesawdy,Newtown, Powys SY16 1AL

Do you need help to live safely and independently in your own home as you get older?

Care and Repair in Powys provides expertise, advice and practical support to older people or people with disabilities who need to undertake repairs, renovations or adaptations to their home. We do this to help people remain living at home independently, comfortably, safely and securely.

We can:

  • Give expert advice on options to adapt or repair your home
  • Give help on finding sources of funding for the work that needs to be done
  • Give advice on welfare benefits to check you are receiving your full entitlement
  • Assess and advise on safety and security in the home
  • Help you find a reputable building contractor for larger jobs
  • Provide a technical service to inspect the work upon completion
  • Keep you informed on progress and check you are happy with the work done

We cannot:

  • Fund the work ourselves
  • Guarantee the work of contractors
  • Supervise or directly oversee the work of selected contractors

Other: as well as the above:

  • We can provide a Rapid Response service for people aged 50 and over, who own their own homes or are private tenants. The scheme can help people to be discharged safely from hospital, and also helps in preventing hospital admissions by minimising the risk of falls and injury in the home.
  • We run The Healthy Home Service is a Care and Repair based visiting service for older people, living in Powys, to assess and advise on safety and security in the home.

The advisory services of Care and Repair in Powys are free.

Who is eligible to be a client of Care & Repair in Powys? Click here: or in Welsh

What can care and Repair do for me?  Click here: or in Welsh

Care & Repair in Powys is a Community Benefit Society (Reg. No. 29535R) with charitable status.

Back Up

Back Up-transforming lives after spinal injury


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 8875 1805

Address: Back Up, 4 Knightley Walk, SW18 1GZ

Back Up is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 1072216) It exists to transform the lives of everyone affected by spinal cord injury.

That means delivering a range of services to build confidence and independence back into people’s lives, and offering a support network when it is needed most. It also means challenging perceptions of disability – that life with spinal cord injury can be a full and active one. Many of our volunteer and staff team have been affected by spinal cord injury, and have a strong understanding of the challenges an injury can pose. We support over 800 people a year – of all ages and injury levels – to lead the life they want. We are there at every stage, and we are there for families and loved ones too.

Our outreach team deliver vital wheelchair skills training in hospitals and spinal centres, and contact people once they return home, offering an understanding ear and practical advice. Our residential courses help people with a spinal cord injury build confidence, give them a supportive network and opportunities to learn life skills that allow them to be as independent as possible. Our Back Up to Work course and education inclusion service support people as they find their way back to work and education. Our mentoring service matches people with a spinal cord injury and their family members with someone who has been through the same situation. They are there to listen on a regular basis and help people move forwards with their lives.

West Telford VIP (Visually Impaired People) Self Help Group



Telephone: 01952 250110

Contact: Ken

A small number of people with sight problems formed the West Telford VIP Group in 2007.  The group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1pm at Meeting Point House, Southwater Square. Town Centre, Telford TF3 4HS

The aim of the group is to provide a meeting point to improve the lives of all visually impaired people living or working in West Telford.

A wide range of activities include open meetings with talks, outings, and other fun events. The group has both young and senior members, and they welcome both VIPs and their partners.


Deaf N Able


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01952 763578

Contact: Tom Kane

Deaf N Able is an organisation providing advice and support to deaf and hard of hearing people, and offering deaf awareness training.

Deaf N Able is run by Tom Kane who has worn two hearing aids for over 15 years and has a hearing dog. Tom provides advice to affected people and their families and friends, he is also a qualified lip reading teacher.

Tom is a founder member of the Shropshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing Forum and is the Chairman of the West Mercia Police Force Disability Independent Advisory Group.

Deaf N Able organise deaf awareness classes for businesses who are concerned about the welfare of their workforce and customers.


PCAS-Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01691 658008

Contact: Simon Arthur, Service Manager, PCAS Office, Suite 2, Old Station Building, Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1RE

PCAS is an advocacy service for people with any type of disability, helping people who live in Shropshire or Telford and Wrekin boroughs. We work with all age groups, any ethnicity and we offer long term help and support. At PCAS we simply aim to listen to people, put forward their view point and support their rights as an individual. As citizen advocates PCAS support their clients to enable them to claim their rights to benefits and services. PCAS also offer their clients emotional support.

Here are some examples of issues that we can help you with:

  • Helping clients to sort out their community care issues
  • Reading for clients
  • Helping clients to write letters
  • Giving clients the information they need to make informed choices-
  • Raising awareness of disability benefits
  • And most importantly fighting for our clients cause as if it were our own.

Can you help us? If you are able to assist others please volunteer.

PCAS is a registered charity 1102986.

ME Association

ME Association

ME Association


Email: Please use the form on our website.

Telephone: 01280 818964 (Administration)

M E Connect Helpline: 0844 576 5326 This helpline is available every day of the week 10 am to 12 noon, 2 pm-4 pm and 7 pm and 9 pm. The cost of calls to 0844 numbers is determined by your telephone provider. Please check your contract for charging details. The service charge for calls to ME Connect is 7p a minute – from which we receive 3p – plus your provider’s access charge. Calls from mobiles and other devices can be considerably more expensive than from a landline.

Address: The ME Association, 7 Apollo Office Court, Radclive Road, Gawcott, Bucks, MK18 4DF

ME Association is working to make the UK a better place for those people living with ME/CFS. We have a newsletter, membership, helpline, hold information on research into ME/CFS. We also get involved in campaigns and research into ME. Our website has a vast amount of information about ME, CFS and more. We have an on-line shop and hold a directory of local support groups.

ME Support Groups ln Shropshire:

  • Bridgnorth ME Support Group Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from around 12.00 – 2.00pm at the Parlours Hall Hotel. Contact: Elizabeth Gilson Telephone: 01902 758 822
  • Montgomery/South Shropshire ME Support Group Karen and Mike hold meetings in Montgomery about every two months, usually on a Wednesday. If you would like to know more about where and when, phone or email Karen. Contact: Karen or Mike Telephone: 01686 669 685 Email: [email protected]
  • Oswestry area ME Support Group Meetings are held at The Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street, Oswestry 11.00-1.00, on the third Thursday each month. Please phone Meg Campbell to confirm venue before the meeting. Contact: Meg Campbell Telephone: 01691 657 730
  • Shropshire ME Group We run monthly Peer Support Groups in Shrewsbury, Telford, Whitchurch and Montgomery. We also have a Young Person’s Group in North Shropshire and a Carer’s Group in Telford. A casual monthly meeting is held in the foyer of the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury on the first Thursday of the month between 11am and 1pm. We also hold an Annual Conference. Contact: Maralyn Hepworth Email: [email protected] Facebook: Website:

ME Association on Social Media:

Face Book: ME Association @meassociation

Twitter: ME Association @MEAssociation

ME Association Registered Charity Number 801279

Vision Support

Vision Support

Vision Support


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01244 381515 or FAX 01244 282377

Head Office Address: Units 1 & 2 The Ropeworks, Whipcord Lane, Chester, Cheshire CH1 4DZ 

Chester Vision Centre (Blue Coat) Call, fax or email details as above.

Halton Resource Centre: Independent Living Chester, Collier Street, Runcorn, WA7 1HB Telephone 01928 or fax 01244 382377 or email [email protected]

Prestatyn Sight Loss Centre: 38 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BB Telephone 01745 472558 or fax 01244 382377 or email [email protected]

Wrexham Centre: Room 33, AVOW, 21 Egerton Street, Wrexham LL11 1ND Telephone 01978 318813 or email [email protected]

We exist to support vision impaired people and raise awareness of their needs.  Vision Support is a regional charity established in 1876, we now operate in many parts of Cheshire and North Wales providing local support and services within the local community.

We work closely with local authorities and other organisations to ensure we reach as many people as possible, offering specialist advice about any issues relating to vision impairment.  We also provide a wide variety of services within the local community such as:

Social Media:

Face Book: Vision Support Charity @visionsupportcharity

Twitter: _Vision Support @VisionSupport

Registered Charity Number 1068565