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Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Council update on Covid19

In the week of 28 May to 3 June, 31 confirmed cases were reported – an increase of 34.7% on the previous week. While the number of cases is still below the national and regional averages, and there were no COVID-19-related deaths, the figure has been rising in Shropshire over the last month.

Shropshire’s director of public health, Rachel Robinson, is urging everyone to remember the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance.

Rachel  said “The number of reported cases is increasing and although we are below the national and regional averages, it is something we need to pay attention to given the rise in the Delta variant nationally.

“Coronavirus is still in our communities and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread. The advice that was given at the start of the pandemic is just as important today as it was a year or more ago. Hands-face-space-fresh air is key in preventing the spread.

The vaccine uptake in Shropshire is great and I encourage everyone to book their first and second jabs when invited, but it doesn’t stop you from catching the virus and passing it onto others. That is why regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of 2m and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated is still vital along, with regular testing for people with no symptoms”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:

” Thank you to all our residents who have stepped up and played their part in the fight against Covid19, but it does not end here. Please ensure you continue to follow all the Government’s advice to ensure Shropshire is a safe place to live, work and shop. It has been a long and difficult 15 months, but now is not the time to forget about the basic safety measures like hands-face-space-fresh air”

It is vitally important not to forget the advice, which was given at the start of the pandemic.

You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link,  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

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Make Communication Clearer

Shropshire hearing loss charity “Signal” urges shops and public places to help Make Communication Clear

Catriona Nicholls, UK Projects Manager at Signal writes “The reopening of non-essential retail on April 12th marked an exciting moment in the Government roadmap, and the much-anticipated date of May 17th creates even more optimism, both commercially as well as for the general public.

For Signal – a charity based in Shropshire that supports people who are Deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus – the reopening of retail, hospitality and other services comes as an equally welcome relief with many of their face-to-face Shropshire services having been impacted by the restrictions.

However, for many of the people they support, the reopening comes with the anxiety of a significant communication challenge.

Since July 2020, the mandatory use of masks and face coverings – so vital in controlling the spread of Covid-19 – has made communication for anyone who is hard of hearing, a serious challenge. The muffling of speech, combined with the inability to read lips, has had a profound impact on the 1 in 5 people in the county who are deaf or have hearing loss”.

Elizabeth, who has hearing loss, told Signal, “When someone is wearing a mask, the voice is obviously muffled and crucially deprives you of the ability to lipread. Lipreading is invaluable to those of us with hearing loss, and it is surprising how much you lipread without realising it.”

In response to this issue, and thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Signal have launched their “Make Communication Clear” campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that are being faced by people who rely on lip reading, and recommending simple ways in which shops and services can adapt their communication to provide a more inclusive experience.

Signal are asking businesses, shops, hospitality and other public places to join them in the campaign. They have produced a range of free marketing materials that can be used and displayed, which will let deaf and hard of hearing people know that this is a welcoming, “Deaf Friendly” space, where staff know how to adapt their communication methods to ensure a deaf aware service.

Included in the free pack is a colourful poster that helps staff to understand 8 simple communication tips that will support them to deliver an inclusive customer service.

Click this link to watch a short video (with BSL) about 8 simple communication tips https://youtu.be/zTh_z08_U4M

Signal Communication Tips 2021 A5

Also in the pack is a poster promoting the space as “Deaf Friendly” and explaining that, in accordance with Government Guidelines*, deaf-aware staff will temporarily lower their mask to allow their lips to be read, if required.

Finally, there are a range of colourful badges, with positive messages about lip reading, that can be worn both by staff members and people with hearing loss.

Packs can be ordered for free by visiting Signal’s website page www.signal.org.uk/covid-19

Signal hopes when staff working in customer facing roles have a better understanding of the challenges faced by customers who are deaf or have hearing loss, as well as an understanding of how small adaptations can make communication so much easier, life for the 1 in 5 people who experience hearing loss in our county, will be significantly improved: now and beyond the pandemic.

*Government Guidelines state you do not need to wear a face covering, “if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate”.

For further information about the work of Signal visit their website at this link:  https://www.signal.org.uk/






Music Notes

Open Harmony CIC music for wellbeing

Open Harmony CIC is gathering evidence about how the power of music, especially when enjoyed in small groups with like-minded people, can be very beneficial for those who are suffering due to their mental health and/or isolation.  

This survey is for everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities because we can all enjoy music, even if it’s just listening to or enjoying our own music collection at home.  Please share this with your family and friends as it all helps build a picture of the need in the local area that we can then use to grow and reach many more people. 

It’s called Music for wellbeing, only takes 2 minutes, you can stay anonymous and any personal data you choose to give will not be shared: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y78Y9LB

Open Harmony CIC promotes:

  • Connection: strengthening relationships

  • Happiness: increased health and wellbeing and

  • Purpose: confidence and contribution

through music and the creative arts (e.g. dance, visual arts, drama) They are inclusive, passionate and strive for excellence, to find out more have a look at Open Harmony CIC website https://www.openharmony.co.uk/

Have your say

South Shropshire Youth Service

Start Date:
28th May 2021

End Date:
21st June 2021

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Young people telling it like it is! This survey is open to Youth, Parent/Carers and children.

South Shropshire Youth Network is interested in what young people find important and then helping to make it happen. They will follow this up with focus groups to dig down to get some more nitty gritty detail.

They’re talking to young people in the streets and running a 5 minute online no strings attached survey at this link which includes categories like climate change, travel, community clubs and groups and the environment :  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdX7ex7CKDE_u6kjvjB94EqvtIqdFnX6vAIhQmUU_G_BIlHmA/viewform

Note: This survey ends on Monday 21st June 2021

The results will be shared at the online Youth Conference events 28 June – 10 July.

Follow @southshropsyouthforum on Facebook for what happens next.

You can join them at the on-line Youth Conference for South Shropshire when there will be a number of events from 28th June to Saturday 10th July 2021

Carersuk 250-253

Carers Week 2021-Making Caring Visible and Valued

This year Carers Week takes place from Sunday 13th June 2021 to Sunday 13th June 2021. The theme this year is “Making Caring Visible and Valued.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Carers UK say “This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.

So during Carers Week, we’re coming together to help Make Caring Visible and Valued”.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.

To find out more about Carers UK: https://www.carersweek.org/about-carers-week/latest-news/posts-folder/2021/march/carers-week-2021-dates-announced/

To find out what is available to Carers in Shropshire during Carers Week, click here:  https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/18962/carers-calendar-of-events-vs4.pdf

healthwatch shropshire 250-253

Access to NHS Dental Services

Healthwatch Shropshire have asked us to share this press release with you.

Healthwatch Shropshire has been hearing from some Shropshire residents about the problems they are having getting to see a NHS dentist. People are reporting that their dentist will no longer see them on the NHS and they will need to go private, mothers are reporting that they can’t get their children seen by an NHS dentist and those who have recently moved, including military personnel leaving the forces, cannot find a dentist offering NHS treatment in their new location. The NHS provides a ‘Find a Dentist’ service online but many people are reporting that the information is very out of date and despite ringing round dentists on the list none are currently taking NHS patients.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, explained that,

“In the past we have heard of  these problems and when we reported them to NHS England they were able to organise extra capacity in the areas affected but the pandemic has made things much more difficult, especially with the restrictions it has placed on dentists’ ability to see people. Oral health is tremendously important and people are worried about the long term affects this lack of access will have. As we come out of this lockdown we really want to hear people’s experiences of finding NHS dental treatment in Shropshire and find out if this issue is specific to particular parts of the county or widespread”.

People can contact us on 01743 237884 between the hours of 08:45 – 17:00 Monday to Thursday or on Whatsapp 07813 458955 or by using the online link below  https://healthwatchshropshire.uk.engagementhq.com/dentistry-in-shropshire

or via post to Healthwatch Shropshire, 4 The Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6LG 

You can use the Healthwatch interactive map to show us where you are having problems accessing NHS dental care and where it has been easier to access NHS treatment, or leave us a comment below. Use the link below to access the map: https://healthwatchshropshire.uk.engagementhq.com/dentistry-in-shropshire/maps/shropshire-dentist-access

To find out more about the work of Healthwatch Shropshire click the link below:  https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/

Shropshire Telford & Wrekin CCG

May Bank Holiday-The NHS is here for you.

The NHS is still available for you to use this Bank Holiday weekend. Some GP practices will be closed on Monday 31 May 2021, but there are other NHS services available over the Bank Holiday to ensure we all get the care we need.

If you are unwell and you are not sure what to do contact NHS 111 online at: 111.nhs.uk or call 111 free from a landline or your mobile phone.

A trained NHS 111 professional will be able to assess you and, if you should need it, book a time slot at an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department to make sure you can be seen safely. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you have a minor illness such as a sore throat, tummy trouble or an ache or pain,  your local pharmacy can offer you clinical advice and over-the-counter treatments. Some community pharmacies will be open on Monday 31 May – to check opening times please visit the NHS website. You will need to key in your postcode on the NHS website, to find where your nearest Pharmacy.

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) are available in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch and treat minor injuries such as bites, cuts, foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears, minor burns and scalds, sprains and bruises, and wound infections. For opening hours, visit the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust website.

Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) are located at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and treat injuries that do not need emergency treatment. For opening hours, please visit the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust website.

For life-threatening emergencies, such as a stroke or heart attack, call 999 straight away.

COVID-19 information: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as a high temperature, new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell you must stay at home and book a test as soon as possible. You can book a test at this link: book a test online

If you have problems, or cannot use the online service, call 119. You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result and only leave your home to have a test. For more coronavirus advice, visit www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19.

Shropshire Telford & Wrekin CCG

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Website: https://www.shropshiretelfordandwrekinccg.nhs.uk/

Email: [email protected] Please make the topic of your enquiry clear and your email will be directed to the correct place. Please do not send personal information to this email address.

Telephone: 01743 277500 (main switchboard)

Address: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XL

NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG was created as a single commissioning organisation on 1 April, 2021 and is responsible for planning and buying a wide range of health and care services for the whole of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. These include GP and primary care services, hospital care, community healthcare and mental health services.

We also have a duty to monitor these services to ensure they provide a high level of care and are value for money. We are clinically-led and work closely with the 51 GP practices across the county who are all members of the organisation. This enables closer links to our patients, allowing us to develop more personalised local health services.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we actively encourage people living in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to get involved and help to shape our plans. We work with a network of other NHS organisations, NHS England, independent providers, the third sector, and neighbouring health organisations for cross border patients.

MacMillan Cancer Support

Emotional Wellbeing & Nutrition

Start Date:
26th May 2021

End Date:
26th May 2021

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Event title: Emotional Wellbeing & Nutrition
Venue: Microsoft Video Call
Weblink: https://www.sath.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/advice-support/macmillan-cancer-support/
Name: Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 492424
Event description: Before Covid, we invited people to attend our community based Living Well sessions. Over 250 people benefited from these very successful and popular sessions.
Now we cannot meet face to face so we are delighted to offer our new online Living Well At Home sessions. We want the new sessions to be as useful, friendly and supportive as our previous face to face sessions. The sessions enable you to benefit from the knowledge and experience of professionals, other patients, family members and carers.

The session uses a Microsoft Teams Video Call which is free, secure and protects your privacy.
We will send you simple instructions before the session so that you are able to take part.

You will need the following to take part in these sessions:

  • An email address
  • A smartphone, tablet or laptop with a camera and microphone so we are able to see and hear you.

Click here to download a referral form: Community_LWS_H_Referral_Form_2021_v.1 (2)

Click here to download an information leaflet: LWS_H_Leaflet_Mar_Jun21


Out and About – Haughmond Hill Walk for Shropshire Teens

Start Date:
4th June 2021

End Date:
4th June 2021

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Event title: Out and About – Haughmond Hill Walk for Shropshire Teens
Venue: Haughmond Hill SY4 4PW
Weblink: https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/
Name: Autism West Midlands
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Join Wendy and Emma from Autism West Midlands and other young people for a walk up Haughmond Hill.


  • Meet by the circle of stones near the café. Haughmond Hill, SY4 4PW
  • (If following Sat Nav please ensure that you include ‘Haughmond Hill car park’ as SY4 4PW as the post code alone will direct you to residential housing.)
  • There is a parking charge of £2.00 for 2 hours

This free event is for Young people aged 12 – 17 years old must be living in the Shropshire Council Area and be registered with the council’s “All In” Short Breaks Service to take part.

To book please visit our eShop:  https://shop.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/collections/events/products/haughmond-hill-walk-for-shropshire-teens

For more information please contact Wendy: Email: [email protected]

This event is funded by Shropshire Council.