SDN Open Meetings

SDN Open Meetings are held 4 times a year and the next one is on Thursday 25th January 2018, postponed from Thursday 14th December  2017 at Oswestry Cricket Club, Morda Road, Oswestry. SY11 2AY from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. has had to be postponed due to weather conditions. We hope to rearrange for the New Year. Members & guests are welcome.

Each meeting features an aspect around current disability issues in Shropshire. The meetings are led by our Chairperson Ruby Hartshorn &  followed with presentations from two guest speakers. You will also have opportunity to network so have opportunity to talk to members.

Our speakers have been selected to enthuse and inform. The topics are varied, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and raise points for discussion. Your views are very welcome and much sought after to inform the way Shropshire Disability Network provides for you. You might think the disability topics discussed aren’t specifically relevant to you, but we are confident that you will be surprised by how inspirational our speakers can be.

Promotion: We also have space available for 2 Information Stands at each of our Members Meetings. We charge a small fee of £25 which includes a non-returnable deposit of £5 on booking. The balance of £20 is payable on the day of the meeting, if not paid before. By offering this opportunity to you, it helps us meet our meeting costs and it helps you to promote what you/your organisation does.

By taking up this opportunity to have a stand, you get the chance to give a brief 5 Minute talk to our members about what you do to help those with a disability, their families and carers. Should you wish to have a stand but not do a 5 minute talk, then we charge £15 including a non returnable deposit of £5. Cheques should be made payable to Shropshire Disability Network or if you wish to pay via BACs please contact us for details. All monies are receipted. For more information on booking a stand please email our Fundraising Lead [email protected]

2017 Schedule of Meetings & Events: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2017-Members-September for updated (1)

Read about previous meetings:

Thursday 21st September (AGM Minutes to be uploaded after approval by our members)

Guest Speakers: Jess Noel-Hiles, who is a Special Olympics Gold Medallist and her Mum Jo Allmond



Thursday 8th June 2017 (Minutes to be uploaded after approval by the members)

Guest Speakers: George Rook on dementia and Inclusively Fit presentation & launch of video’s.


Thursday 9th March 2017 SDN Members Meeting 9th March 2017

Guest Speakers: Jo Allmond & Jess Hiles “Continueing their Journey with Jess the Goth Fairy. David Sandbach also spoke about NHS in a digital age.

Caring for God’s Acre also had an information stand at our meeting.


Thursday 8th December 2016 SDN Members Meeting 8th December 2016 (2)

Guest Speakers: Kelda Wood British Paralypian & Climbing Out & Sara Giles-Crime Prevention West Mercia Police.


Thursday 29th September 2016 Minutes AGM September 2016

Guest Speaker: Fiona Smith-Swimming After Surgery.


Thursday 9th June 2016 sdn-june-2016-qtly-meeting

Guest Speakers were: Katrina Gilman-Equality & Diversity Officer for Telford Wrekin & Shropshire on Hate Crime & Disability Awareness and Kerrie Berroyer from Dazlious, learning the language of Autism.


Thursday 10th March 2016 March 2016 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers were: Andrew Sharman -Remap & Adian Wassell -Shrewsbury Town in the Community.


Thursday 10th December 2015 December 2015 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers wereCarla Siswick Shop Manager at Oxfam & Sophie Davies from Lanyon Bowdler, Solicitors.


Thursday 10th September 2015 agm-minutes-september-2015

Guest Speakers wereTom Kane with his Hearing Dog Harley & Amanda White from TelfordUCare. We also had an in depth presentation by Tom Brettell re Swimming Pool Provision at Quarry Pool, Shrewsbury


Thursday 11th June 2015 June 2015 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers wereMatt Johnson-Area Transport Planning Commissioner (North) and then Michael McCarthy who has written 4 books with the help of his family & carers.


Thursday 12th March 2015 March 2015 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers wereMark Allan-Technical Director from Orthoplastics Limited &  Jo Allmond, mother of Jess, they have written a book called “Jess the Goth Fairy”


Thursday 11th December 2014 December 2014 Members Meeting Minutes

Guests Speakers were:Debbie Gibbon Carers Service Manager from Carers Contact Centre-Telford & Wrekin and Kate Ballinger Manager of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin


Thursday 18th September 2014 AGM AGM Final Minutes Sept 2014

Guest Speaker: Sue Bott CBE Director of Policy Services & Development at Disability Rights UK

Special Presentation by SID (Shropshire Inclusive Dance)


Thursday 11th September 2014 September 2014 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers wereRachel Harding, Project Coordinator for “Me & You” a project at Albrighton Trust & Keith Billson from OSCA (Advocacy)

Thursday 12th June 2014  June 2014 Members Meeting Minutes

Guest Speakers wereDavid Rees Co-Author of the book  ”Why are you pretending to be normal?”  and Lizzie Evans Fundraising & Publicity Officer at Headway Shropshire


Thursday 12th March 2014 

To read the minutes click the link here: Minutes_Qrtrly Members Meeting_March 2014

Guest Speakers wereDementia Friends: with Dr Sal Riding and Sonia Roberts (our Chairperson) both are Dementia Champions. Followed by  Guide Dogs with Lin Stapley from Oswestry joined us with her Guide Dog “Woody” and gave an awe inspiring talk on the work of Guide Dogs.


Wednesday 11th December 2013 

Guest Speakers wereCaptain Nick Beighton-Double Amputee -Paralympian London 2012,  Ben Rowlings-Wheelchair Racer from Newport, Shropshire &  Tony Lawrence-Tai Chi for those with a Disability.


2013 AGM

Guest Speakers wereJim Hawkins -How to take a good snap followed by  Linda Cox, Development Manager of Shrewsbury Dial-A-Ride talking about the various Transport Schemes and  Haydn Jenkins proprietor of Alpha Automatic School of Motoring. Haydn gave us an informative talk on driving with a disability and adaptations to motor vehicles.


Wednesday 12th June  2013

Guest Speakers wereColin Smith MBE Changes to the Benefits System with the latest updates on DLA to PiPs &  Ann Johnston Support Services Manager from Shropshire Housing Alliance re Bedroom Tax also Universal Credit.



Wednesday 13th March 2013  

Guest Speakers were: Wendy Southall and Karen Higgins from CCG and Jackie Jeffrey from CAB Shropshire



2012 AGM Minutes 

including notes from our guest speakers

Rachel Woods – Cooking for People with Disability & Rob Price – Implementation of PIP’s (Rob is Team Leader for the Benefit Options Team at Shropshire Council)



Thursday 13th December 2012

Guest speakers were:

Grania Miller of Shropshire Council-Blue Badges, Margaret Williams, a member of Rotary’s Inner Wheel Club spoke about Limb India, and Sgt David Braid of West Mercia Police talked about Hate Crime.

14th June 2012 General Meeting Minutes

8th March 2012 General Meeting Minutes Wace Morgan Solicitors – Expect the Best, but plan for the worst,   Tina Jones – Listen Not Label

8th December 2011 General Meeting Minutes

9th June 2011 General Meeting Minutes

10th March 2011 General Meeting Minutes

9th December 2010  Dominic Campbell from Enabled by Design

9th September 2010  With Sally Edwards from the Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company

10th June 2010  Jools Payne on Rheumatoid Arthritis

9th March 2010  Guest speaker Jenny Pitts discusses Transformation of social care

Dates of Future Meetings: 

NB: Due to weather conditions we have postponed the meeting due to take place on Thursday 14th December at Oswestry Cricket Club, Morda Road, Oswestry. SY11 2AY. The new date is Thursday 25th January 2018.

Speakers will be: 

  • Laura Kavanagh-Jones from the Fire Service
  • Gill George from Defend our NHS

2018 Meeting dates will be:

  • Thursday 25th January 2018 (postponed from 14th December 2017)
  • Thursday 8th March 2018
  • Thursday 14th June 2018
  • Thursday 6th September 2018 and 
  • Thursday 13th December 2018


For further Information please contact :

Email: [email protected] (Secretary) or call the Secretary Mobile on 07398 350 255 to speak to Ann

We have Sign Language Interpreters (BSL)  at all our meetings.


2017/18 Schedule of Meetings & Events: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2017-Members-October 2017

Schedule of Events for 2018: SDN-Dates-Events-for-2018 -Master