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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


Swan Hill Therapy & Training Hub

Swan Hill Therapy & Training Hub

Contact: Swan Hill Therapy & Training Hub,

Website: N/Q

Email:  [email protected]

Telephone: 01743 240 004 or 07989 746 333

Address: 5, Swan Hill Court, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NP

My Chat Youth. Do you or a young person you know struggle to make friends, form relationships or find social situations tricky?

Would you like to meet up with like-minded people and enjoy yourself? Want to know more or find out if this is the right group for you? Then please email Ami [email protected][email protected] or call Ami 07989 746 333


NOFAS-UK (The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK)

Contact: NOFAS-UK  (The National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome-UK) 


Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Telephone: Helpline 020 8458 5951. If you are unable to get through and need an urgent response, please call 07920 747 56

AddressNOFAS UK, 022 China Works, 100 Black Prince Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7SJ

The beginning of NOFAS UK. Susan Fleisher set up NOFAS UK after adopting her beautiful daughter Addie when she was three years old. At the time of her daughter’s adoption, she was not aware that her birth mother’s drinking would hurt her daughter for the rest of her life. It was only as Addie grew up that the full impact of FAS become apparent. Individuals with FAS can exhibit attention deficits, hyperactivity, immature behaviour and learning difficulties, along with growth deficiencies and a distinct pattern of facial anomalies. About 50% of people with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome have varied levels of delayed development. However, as her daughter grew up, Susan looked around for support and information in the UK only to find that very little existed. Not only is there very little information about the risks of FAS available to the general public, but also there is minimal support for children and families who struggle everyday with it and the wider spectrum of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

She set up NOFAS-UK with the goal of raising awareness, increasing public education and supporting individuals with FASD, their families and carers.

We offer Support by having a Helpline that responds to enquiries from parents, family members, carers and others needing advice or referrals for children with FASD disabilities. The Helpline also receives calls from pregnant women, midwives and medical professionals.

Provide Resources: NOFAS-UK provides resources that help support those with FASD at home and in school. We make these available as widely as possible.

Provides Training: NOFAS-UK provides full day and half-day in-house training sessions to public and private organisations. We also work with a network of people who can provide training if we are not able to do so.

Works with GPs & Midwives: NOFAS-UK works to increase professional understanding about FASD and the risks of alcohol in pregnancy among GPs and midwives via our publications, our online resources and via special projects. Diageo has provided invaluable support for this work over several years.

Provides Organisational Support: We liaise with fostering organisations, schools and prison services and all others who are interested in developing their theoretical and practical knowledge about FASD.


Follow us on Face Book @nofasuk and twitter @NOFASUK


Registered Charity Number: 1101935

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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 (Welshpool)

Ponthafren Association promoting positive mental health (Welshpool)


Email: [email protected]

Telephone 01938 552770

Address: The Enterprise Centre, 42 Broad Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7RR

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

They 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

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Ethos Group Oswestry (formally Transhouse)

Ethos Group Oswetry (formally Transhouse) 

Website: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Telephone Number: 01691 404359

Address: Ethos Group Oswestry, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG

Ethose Group Ltd is a registered charity ( Charity number: 1040269) for people with spinal cord injuries. We provide short-term accommodation and advocacy support for our clients, while helping them to find and adapt suitable long-term accommodation in their chosen area. By empowering people to gain their independence we are freeing up hospital or nursing home beds. Our unique facilities allow time for Social Care to thoroughly assess future requirements, enabling people to move on with confidence.

The charity has two properties that are able to accommodate up to eight people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities at any one time.

These properties, consisting of two bungalows, are located in Oswestry Shropshire. Each of these properties is fully equipped for use by people with spinal cord injuries.

People can self refer by telephoning us on 01691 404359 or by emailing [email protected] or by completing the form on our website.

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.

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Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Telephone: 01743 245088

Address: The Roy Fletcher Centre, Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

At FIX I.T. you will be shown how to solve your own computer problems. We will not grab your mouse or push you away from your keyboard. Wherever possible we will walk you through fixing your own problems. We believe that this is the best way to help you.
GO-To FIX I.T. is a service open to everyone and particularly welcomes those involved with voluntary or community work.

When you have a computer or I.T. problem, you can leave your equipment at the mercy of a sales-driven computer store or, for £10 or less…

You can bring it to GO-To FIX I.T., where it will never leave your side, you’ll be the most important part of the solution, and you’ll hopefully learn how to solve the issue for yourself next time. 

Click here for GO-TO FIX I.T Shropshire Disability Network clients most welcome flyer: GO-To FIX I.T. Advert A4 (July 2018) with SDN Welcome

Click here for Go-TO FIX I.T informative leaflet, that includes information about the FIX I.T team as well as “Common Questions” and and answers. GO-To FIX I.T. Tri-fold Leaflet (July 2018) with SDN Welcome

Living Paintings


Email: [email protected]  (for general enquiries about our work and services)

Email: [email protected] (any other Library services such as special requests, changes to membership details, extensions to loan periods etc please either phone or email us)

Telephone: 01635 299771 

Address: Living Paintings, Unit 8 Kingsclere Park, Kingsclere, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 4SW

Living Paintings is a unique publishing house and library.

We are the only charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. We call them Touch to See books.

We publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Our wide and growing range is designed to provide education and life-long learning, enhance lifestyle and support leisure interests.

We distribute these Touch to See books through our free postal library.

We lend to anyone in the UK who is blind or partially sighted including:

  • Organizations such as schools, health authorities and care homes
  • Individuals such as teachers, carers and support workers
  • Children at home
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Parents
  • Groups such as societies and book clubs

Our completely FREE postal and online library operates throughout the UK.

All books are dispatched ‘Articles for the Blind’ through Royal Mail. An ‘Articles for the Blind’ label is enclosed for free return.

There are no overdue charges.

To become a member call telephone 01635 299771 or click this link to join

To find out more, visit our website:


Connect For Life

Connect For Life


Email: [email protected]

Telephone:07582 207972

Contact: Alison Humphreys (Project Co-ordinator)

Address: Gatacre Pavilion, Oswestry, SY11 1DP (Not a postal address)

“Connect For Life” started in October 2016, the dream began to form many years earlier over cups of coffee and chats between Alison and Carolyn. Both worked for the NHS and shared the thought that one day they would like to open a high quality Day Centre for Older People.

Alison and Carolyn had a particular concern for older people, especially those with memory difficulties or dementia who are often isolated, lack confidence or feel unable to go out. Whilst working as a Dementia Support Worker Alison met many carers who were struggling with the challenges of caring for someone with dementia and who were often longing for even a few hours away from their caring role.

We provide:

  • A safe, stimulating environment where older people can make connections with others to improve their well-being.
  • Support and respite, particularly to carers of people living with life restricting conditions, including the provision of a safe, supportive environment where the person they care for may be looked after for part of a day.
  • Specialist information and support to people affected by memory difficulties and dementia and we work with other agencies to offer more general information and support.


Our long term vision is to provide more of our high quality day support for Oswestry and the surrounding area. We want to enhance an individual’s sense of well being, giving them opportunities to meet with others and build connections that will help them feel valued and listened to, despite the challenges of living with life limiting conditions such as memory loss and dementia.