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A Message from Emma Chaplin-Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

Shropshire Disability Network have received the following message from Emma Chaplin, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer:

“I would like to offer my services to any of your service users who are concerned about their vision during the COVID-19 epidemic.

My role is to offer practical and emotional support to people with a sight condition, their families and carers. I am usually based within eye clinics at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal Hospitals but am currently working remotely.

I can provide advice and information on a  range of matters including:

  • living with sight loss and remaining independent
  • details of latest aids and equipment
  • eye conditions and treatment information
  • emotional support
  • the advantages of certification and registration

Anyone can self-refer, I can accept secure email referrals via [email protected] or you can contact me direct on my mobile - 07808 736449. 

Please note that I am working from home with other family members present so may not always be able to answer the phone, but if you leave a message I will call back as soon as possible.
Please do get in touch if you need any further information.

Kind Regards,

Emma Chaplin
Eye Clinic Liaison Officer
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital Telford

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Coronavirus: Changes to Arriva bus timetables from Monday 23 March

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Arriva have amended their local bus service timetables from Monday 23 March 2020 across the whole of their UK operation, including in Shropshire.

Arriva are having to take these steps in light of the unprecedented challenge to their business caused by coronavirus. They have had to adjust their business to the drastically reduced levels of demand whilst also trying to serve their customers as best they can whilst seeing an increased level of staff absence – and with more expected daily.

A summary of each service and  the changes is below. Shrewsbury Park and Ride is to operate as per a normal timetable.

There may be further adjustments in the coming days and weeks to reflect passenger demands and government advice.

Summary of changes

Note: Saturday service indicates the  service will operate Monday to Saturday using the Saturday timetable.


• Route 1: Every 30 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400).
• Route 2: Saturday service
• Route 3: No service
• Route 8: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 8a: No service
• Route 9: Saturday service
• Route 11: Every 30 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 12: No service
• Route 19: Saturday service
• Route 19a: Saturday service
• Route 20: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 21: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 23: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 24: Every 30 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 25: Every 30 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 26: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 27: Every 30 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route 64: Saturday service
• Route 164: Saturday service
• Route 436: Saturday service
• Route 511: Saturday service
• Route 519: No service
• Route 524: No service
• Route 544: Saturday service
Route 546: Saturday service
• Route 738: Normal service
• Route 740: Normal service
• Route x4: Every 60 minutes (with a limited service between 1200 and 1400)
• Route x5: No service
• Harlescott park and ride: normal service
• Meole Brace park and ride: normal service
• Oxon park and ride: normal service

Telford and Bridgnorth

• Route 8: Saturday service
• Route 9: Saturday service
• Route 14: Saturday service
• Route 14a: Saturday service
• Route 18: Saturday service
• Route 19: Saturday service
• Route 19a: Saturday service
• Route 101: Saturday service
• Route 113: Normal service
• Route 114: Normal service
• Route 115: Normal service
• Route 116: Normal service
• Route 297: Saturday service


• Route 2: Every 60 minutes
• Route 2a: Every 60 minutes
• Route 53: Infrequent service
• Route 54: No service
• Route 70: Every 60 minutes
• Route 70a: No service
• Route 71: No service
• Route 79a: No service
• Route 400 Saturday service
• Route 402: Saturday service
• Route 403: Saturday service
• Route 404: Saturday service
• Route 405: No service
• Route 449: No service
• Route 576: Saturday service


Safe Places Shropshire goes it alone

When the Safe Places Shropshire initiative was created in 2013 the scheme was completely new to the area.  The project team consisted of various local service user groups, Mencap, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police.

It quickly became clear that the scheme would need one umbrella organisation to lead and to increase awareness of the assistance that could be made available to anyone who might be vulnerable, for whatever reason.  Ruby Hartshorn, who was then Chair of Shropshire Disability Network (SDN), was approached with a view to their trustees agreeing to lead this scheme. 

SDN accepted the challenge and has helped Safe Place Shropshire move from strength to strength. We now have over 500 premises signed up as Safe Places. Thousands of ‘Help’ cards have been distributed.  We wish to thank SDN and its members for believing in the scheme.

Now that Safe Places has become an established part of the community, the time is right for Safe Places to seek charity status in its own right.  As from June 2020, Safe Places Shropshire will no longer be a part of SDN.  Work will continue as before. 

We are looking forward to signing up our 600th Safe Place as well as organising our 8th birthday celebrations in July 2021.  Everyone who is part of the initiative, whether it is as one of our premises or as a volunteer, will be invited to this birthday party.  We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

Contact details are:

Chair: Ruby Hartshorn  [email protected]

Secretary: Ann Shaw [email protected]

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) Activities-March 2020

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 4th March, 10 am to 12 noon  at Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

This month you will be put through your paces by Shelly McGlinchey with come Chair based exercise lessons.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 9th March, 10.30 am -12.30 pm at at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

This month Gareth and Robin will be joining you for an interaction workshop in exploring bird songs and sounds.  You will have an opportunity to name that  bird!

Shrewsbury Group meets on Monday 23rd March, 2 pm-4 pm at AMF BowlingBrixton Way, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 3AZ 

Time for a bit of fun after all the flooding, and hopefully things are beginning to get back to normal soon.  At the moment we have Laura, John, Maureen, David and Lottie booked, please email or ring if you are joining us.  Can we arrive at 13.45 pm to start at 14:00 pm, this is a two hour activity with a small contribution towards costs. Refreshments can also be purchased at the venue.

Shrewsbury Cycling SLOG’s Group:

Our regular cycling session will re commence on Wednesday 18th  March at  Shrewsbury Sports VillageSundorne Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ.

This club is aimed at being a fun session for sight loss people to meet up and enjoy themselves on the specially adapted bikes in a very friendly and safe environment. Using specially adapted bicycles and under the supervision of a cycle coach and volunteer helpers, the group ride around the figure-of-eight circuit either on their own, or on a tandem or trike, depending on their level of vision.  Booking is advisable so we can monitor the correct level of support.  Email on [email protected] or call us on 01743 342163

Should you wish to join the Shrewsbury Sight Loss Group for a few games of 10-pin bowling on Monday 23rd March, 14:00 pm to 16:00 pm, don’t forget to book yourself on. Contact details as above. 

Please note that you can still cycle at the Sports Village, every Wednesday, 13:00 – 15:00.  Can I ask you to let us know if you are planning on going along to the afternoon session as we will need to arrange some volunteer support.  

Should anyone like to join the Shrewsbury SLOG group for a game of 10-pin bowling, please, let me know. We plan on the game lasting around 1.5/2 hours, depending on numbers. The will be a small contribution request for this activity.

All SLOG Groups

Due to some activities needing a deposit to secure the booking we now need an expression of interest, please, initially to book the event, followed by confirmation of your attendance two weeks prior to the event, or sooner if you can.  We understand that things can change on the day, this cannot be helped.

The activities where we ask for a small contribution, we will need a minimum of 6 -8 people to participate before we can book the event.  Can we ask that you let us know by contacting us on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected]   or [email protected]


Are you a Volunteer?

Do you volunteer for to help us with events, service on the Management Committee of Shropshire Disability Network or a team member of Safe Place Shropshire? May be you volunteer for another charitable organisation or lother organisation ie Local Hospital, Police etc.

Shropshire and Telford STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) has received some money to work up a bid to NHS England to develop an integrated volunteering programme (this was discussed at a VSHSCF meeting but things have moved on quite a bit since then). This will be an agenda item for the next VSHSCF meeting if you are interested in finding out more.
The STP has put the VCS at the heart of this and Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership has been working with the steering group to progress things on behalf of the sector. Karen Higgins (known to many of you I’m sure) has been appointed to do the bulk of the development work and as part of this, she has constructed a survey to gather evidence of the current activity of volunteers in Shropshire and Telford.
If you volunteer, please would you take a few minutes to complete this important survey. The average length of time taken so far by respondents is 6 minutes so it’s not onerous and its completely confidential but will provide an interesting picture of what volunteering in Shropshire looks like, regardless of the outcome of the bid. Only by taking part will we get responses we hope for (hundreds) and you can help do that..
Click this link to take part in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/62TQZMH


25th Anniversary Celebration Charity Cabaret Evening with Buffet Supper

Start Date:
11th April 2020

End Date:
11th April 2020

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: 25th Anniversary Celebration Charity Cabaret Evening with Buffet Supper
Venue: The Carriages, Cambrian Works, Gobowen Road, Oswestry SY11 1HS
Name: PCAS
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01691650009/01691658008
Event description: Join PCAS (Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service) celebrate 25 years by getting your tickets for an evening of entertainment including buffet.

Tickets – telephone 01691650009/01691658008 See details of entertainment, ticket prices etc  by clicking on the link below. Includes

  • LIVE HEADLINING BAND – THE MIRRORS                                                                           
  • DJ & COMPERE                 - HAPPY SOUNDS
  • DIXIE RIOT                         - COUNTRY MUSIC WITH A PUNK BEAT
  • RUSS JONES                      - COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER                               


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First Steps

Diabetes-First Steps Taster Sessions-Oswestry

Start Date:
1st July 2020

End Date:
1st July 2020

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: Diabetes-First Steps Taster Sessions-Oswestry
Venue: Oswestry Cricket Club, Morda Road, Oswestry, SY11 2TL
Name: Shropshire Community Health Trust
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 277693 / 01743 277694
Event description: Do you have Diabetes? If so why not come along to a FREE First Steps Taster Session and learn more about the X-PERT programme Diabetes Management and Education programme.

This is a 2 1/2 hour session which will answer key questions about self management ie:

  • What is Diabetes
  • What do your health results mean?
  • Nutrition and Health -different dietary approaches
  • Physical Activity…

To book a place on the X-PERT course either contact the Shrewsbury office on 01743 277693 / 01743 277694, or send an e-mail to [email protected] or the Telford office on 01952 581109 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

There are many other sessions being held in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin in the coming months.

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Sight Loss Opportunity Group-Oswestry-Cancelled

Start Date:
1st April 2020

End Date:
1st April 2020

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Event title: Sight Loss Opportunity Group-Oswestry-Cancelled
Venue: Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Name: Shropshire RCC
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 342168/342163
Event description: The group will be hearing about the My Guide service offered by Guide Dogs.

SLOG’s groups offer all kinds of interesting and adventurous activities to encourage people who have sight loss to keep active, stay confident, meet and make new friends and have some fun. Please contact us for a programme.

We provide Information, advice, friendship and support for people with a visual loss.

For more information contacting us on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at [email protected] or [email protected]

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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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Oswestry Peer Support Group (Tinnitus)

Start Date:
16th December 2020

End Date:
16th December 2020

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: Oswestry Peer Support Group (Tinnitus)
Venue: Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/oswestry-tinnitus-support-group
Name: Signal Charity abd British Tinnitus Association
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 358356
Event description: Oswestry Tinnitus Support Group, is supported by Signal Charity and the British Tinnitus Association. This group welcomes new members to join us for a drink and a chat with other people experiencing tinnitus.

On the following Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 am

  • 21st October
  • 16th December

Paid car park next to the venue. Disabled access.

Contact Sarah Thomas on 01743 358 356 or [email protected] for further information.

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