Tag Archives: Shropshire

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Developing Shropshire Care Closer to Home

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be in Shrewsbury Darwin Centre (ground floor) to meet local shoppers to find out what matters most to local people as the CCG seeks to develop a new healthcare service. 

From 1 pm to 4 pm, on Monday 25th February, CCG staff will be talking to people and asking for their feedback to help shape and develop the new Shropshire Care Closer to Home Service.

This service aims to help local people over the age of 65, who have a number of health conditions and receive regular care and support from the NHS and Shropshire Council. It aims to help them get their care in the community, and even in the comfort of their own homes, which could also mean they may avoid a stay in hospital.

The Shropshire Care Closer to Home Team is developing this new service to join up health and social care. They will be on hand to talk about how the new service could possibly look and to get feedback as well as seek ideas to help develop it.

They especially want to know what matters to local people over 65 who have day-to-day experience of care and support from the local NHS and Shropshire Council and if there is anything that could be changed or done differently.

For an informal chat to share what matters to you, and to find out more about Shropshire Care Closer to Home, call in to see the team.

No appointment is necessary and for further information contact the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Team via e-mail: [email protected]

McMillan Step on Board

Questions about Cancer-Step on Board

Start Date:
26th February 2019

End Date:
15th March 2019

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Event title: Questions about Cancer-Step on Board
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Weblink: www.macmillan.org.uk
Name: Macmillan in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0808 808 00
Event description: Macmillan Cancer Support will be out and about all over the county with “Step On Board” from Tuesday 26th February to the end of March.. You will have the chance to talk to one of their friendly specialists. No appointments are necessary.Drop in to get free, confidential advice, information and support about any questions or worries about cancer, for yourself or anyone else.

Look for our big green bus, which will be staffed by experienced Cancer Information and Support Specialists. On board, there is a wide range of information for people affected by cancer, and we can also help with questions about reducing your risk or signs and symptoms. There is space on-board to sit down and talk, but if you are pressed for time you can just pick up some leaflets or ask a quick question. We can also point you in the right direction for other local services.

Dates/Times/Places where you can Step on Board:

  • Tuesday 26 February – 7 am to 4 pm - Newtown, Newtown Market, Broad Street, SY16 2BB
  • Monday 11th March, 9 am – 3 pm – Tesco, Canal Way, Ellesmere, SY12 0EJ
  • Tuesday 12th March, 9 am – 3 pm – Tesco, Cattle Market, Battlefield Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4HA
  • Thursday 14th March, 8 am – 2 pm – Co-Op, 83 Isherwoods Way, Wem, SY4 5NY
  • Friday 15th March, 9 am – 3 pm – Watergate, Whitchurch (in front of TSB bank)

Or phone their free support line on 0808 808 00 Or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

Rising to the Challenge 2019

Rising to the Challenge – 2019 Workshops – Shrewsbury

Start Date:
29th March 2019

End Date:
17th May 2019

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Event title: Rising to the Challenge – 2019 Workshops – Shrewsbury
Venue: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG
Weblink: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk
Name: Autism West Midlands
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 250962
Event description: Rising to the Challenge 2019 Workshops in Shrewsbury for family carers living in Shropshire “Best parent training and support programme” Social Care Award 2017.

This is a series of six workshops during March, April and May for family carers who really want to understand their child’s autism. 

The course consists of 6 sessions as detailed below.

Friday 29th March (9.30 am – 12.30 pm) – Autism as a Spectrum

  • Exploring the world of autism
  • The individuality of children on the spectrum
  • How autism is diagnosed

Friday 5th April (9.30 am – 12.30 pm)- The Sensory World of Autism

  • Sensory Processing
  • How children with autism experience their senses
  • Improving sensory experiences for you child

Friday 12th April (9.30 am – 12.30 pm)-Exploring Communication

  • The developing communicator
  • How your child with autism communicates
  • Communication ideas for your child

Friday 3rd May (9.30 am – 12.30 pm)-Helping your Child Develop Social Skills

  • How children develop social skills
  • Social skill difficulties in autism
  • Promoting social skills with your child

Friday 10th May (9.30 am – 12.30 pm)-Understanding and minimising difficult behaviors

  • Anxious behaviors and autism
  • Coping strategies for dealing with autism related anxiety and anger outbursts
  • Strategies to help your child regulate their emotions

Friday 17th May (9.30 am – 12.30 pm)-Happiness and Well-being

  • Practical strategies to promote self
  • esteem and well-being for your child
  • Reflection time

Booking Information: To book this event please visit the eShop:


Parents and carers must be resident in the Shropshire Council area.

Please provide your mobile number when booking so that we can send you a text reminder.

Cost: £10 individual or £15 per couple.

If the cost is a barrier to you attending, please contact us by email to [email protected] or call 01743 250962

This course is funded by Shropshire Council and Shropshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group so places are only available for family carers living in the Shropshire Council area.

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Views on Mental Health and well-being Services before, during and after pregnancy.

Healthwatch Shropshire are currently interested in hearing your views on mental health and well-being services before, during and after pregnancy.

Healthwatch Shropshire say: “We want to know more about people’s experience of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the birth and afterwards up to 3 years on. All the responses will be completely anonymous. This is a really important time for us to be doing this in this area as the new community perinatal mental health service is currently be planned and posts advertised”. 

The study needs to be completed by March so if you would like to share your experiences with us.  Please email us at [email protected] or call 01743 237884. Or you can post information to us Freepost HEALTHWATCH SHROPSHIRE or download a form at this link http://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/content/speak-out

“Healthwatch Shropshire is the health and social care champion for people and local communities in Shropshire. We are here to help make sure everyone gets the best from their health and social care services – also that those services are as good as they can be and work in a joined up way. We aim to give patients, service users, carers and the wider public a real say in the way health and social care services are run. We use the feedback about health and social care services to hold providers and commissioners to account. Our aim is to ensure that the patient voice remains at the centre of any decisions about service change.

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Shropshire CCG’s Care Closer to Home Programme Board

Would you like to be a Representative on Shropshire CCG’s Care Closer to Home Programme Board and use your knowledge and experience to help develop local health services.

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently seeking a Patient Representative to join the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board.

The Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board is responsible for looking at how existing services might be provided differently and more efficiently, co-ordinating and integrating care. The programme aims to give people in Shropshire access to the care they need closer to where they live, either in their own home or in the community.

If you live in Shropshire and have experience of using NHS services then the CCG wants to hear from you.

Dr Finola Lynch, Joint Chair for the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme Board at the CCG, said: “Patients are at the heart of everything we do and we make decisions about health services based on the feedback we get. The Patient Representative role is an important one and will help us to ensure the services we redesign as part of the Shropshire Care Closer to Home Programme are ones that residents need and can access.”

For this voluntary role as the Patient Representative on the Shropshire Care Close to Home Programme Board, the CCG is looking for someone who:

  • Lives in the County and has experience of NHS services in Shropshire, or a local carer of someone using NHS services in Shropshire.
  •  An ability to work with senior health and social care professionals.
  •  Has experience and understanding of the community and voluntary sector in Shropshire.
  •  Can take part in discussions on agenda items and act as an ambassador for the patient and public voice, working alongside other Programme Board members as equals.
  •  Has the ability to champion the diversity of patients’ views and not just represent their own experience.
  •  Can understand and evaluate a range of information and evidence.
  •  Respect the need for confidentiality.
  •     Can attend 80% of the monthly meetings, which are held during the day at William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury.

If you would like to become the Patient Representative, please write a letter stating why you are interested and what you would bring to this voluntary role as well as contact details.

All letters of expression of interest will be reviewed by a panel, which will include representatives from the CCG, and shortlisted candidates may be invited to take part in an informal chat.

Anyone interested in becoming a Patient Representative must submit their letter by 5pm on Thursday, 31 January 2019, to Barrie Reis-Seymour, Commissioning and Redesign Lead – Shropshire Care Closer to Home, NHS Shropshire CCG.

Email: [email protected]

Post: NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, William Farr House, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8XL.

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Views sought on plans to remove recycling bring bank sites

Start Date:
14th December 2018

End Date:
25th January 2019

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Shropshire Council are seeking your views on plans to remove recycling bring bank sites. This consultation is now open until 25th January 2019.

Shropshire Council and Veolia currently provide bring banks at 120 sites across Shropshire, to enable people to recycle household waste including cans, glass, paper, clothing and drinks cartons. They are typically located in pub, supermarket and village hall car parks. The council is proposing to remove its bring bank sites to help reduce fly-tipping and littering, to encourage recycling, and to save money.

The proposals don’t affect banks provided by private organisations on private land.

To read about the proposal click on this linkhttp://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/closure-of-shropshire-council-recycling-bring-sites/

To take part in the survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bring-site-survey


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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


Right Home, Right Place

Right Home Right Place is here to help identify housing need in Shropshire and to provide information about affordable housing, community housing and housing in general. 

Affordable Housing in planning terms has a very clear and defined meaning and is set out in the Government’s 2012 National Policy Planning Framework (NPPF) prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Right Home, Right Place are asking people to tell them about your housing needs, so that they can plan.

Click here for survey on Housing Needs in Shropshire -parish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/shropshire-housing-needs

Click here for survey on Housing Needs in Shropshire-Shropshire Council Employees: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Housing-needs-survey-for-Shropshire-Council-employees

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Affordable Housing and Section 106 Agreements

Affordable Housing is provided in many ways in Shropshire, one of the more common is through a legal agreement which places an obligation on the developer to provide a percentage of the homes built as affordable dwellings. This is called a Section 106 agreement and it may also contain other obligations for example to provide some public open space.

Currently in Shropshire we have 3 set percentages for the provision of on-site affordables 10%, 15% and 20% The areas for each percentage target rate can be seen on the plan below.

Affordable Housing AreaS

The percentages were set based on the viability of the developments in each of the areas. These percentages will be reviewed in the next viability report early in 2019.

So for example a development of 25 new homes in a 10% area would provide 2 affordable homes on site and a financial contribution for the fraction. (25 x 0.10 = 2.5) and a scheme of 30 homes in a 20% area would provide 6 affordable homes on site (30 x 0.2 = 6)

However national policy has sought to restrict the amount of contributions we can request on smaller sites by adopting the Ministerial Statement November 2014, (following the court of appeal in May 2016) and now reflected in the recent revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF 2018). These restriction now mean we can no longer apply our policy to sites under a certain size. This is 5 dwellings in the rural area and 10 dwellings in the urban areas. Since the majority of developments in Shropshire are for less than 5 or 10 dwellings we are seeing a sharp decrease in the number of affordable units provided in this way. We are therefore looking at different ways to increase the number of affordable units we provide each year and these will be discussed in later newsletters.

As the majority of households on the Housing Register require a rented home we ask for a split of the S106 affordable units in favour of affordable rented tenure at 70% and 30% for low cost home ownership. This may differ in certain areas where we know there is a need for a different mix of housing (for example where we have undertaken a Housing Needs Survey)

Usually the affordable rent and shared ownership units on a development site are transferred to a Housing Association, who will then let/sell and manage the properties. It should be noted that S106 sites do not normally have a local connection attached to the properties so can be let to anyone in housing need with a connection to Shropshire. The developer may sell the low cost homes as Discounted Market Sale dwellings and these will be discussed in January 2019’s Newsletter.

Last year we had 459 affordable homes completed and approx. 50% of these were through S106 sites and all have either been sold or let to people in housing need.

The Beeches in Whitchurch.

The Beeches, Whitchurch

This is a small scheme of only 15 units in a 10% area, so there was only 1 affordable on site, this is currently being marketed for Shared Ownership by one of our Housing Associations.

Sweetlake Shrewsbury.

This is a large scheme of 173 homes in a 20% area so provided 34 affordable homes on site, these were a mix of flats and 2 and 3 bed homes. All of them were transferred to a Housing Association 23 for affordable rent and 11 to be sold as shared ownership units.

Sweetlake, Shrewsbury

In order to be eligible to apply for any of our affordable homes applicants need to be registered on Shropshire Homepoint. https://www.shropshirehomepoint.co.uk/Data/ASPPages/1/30.aspx and keep checking to see when the properties become available.

Next month’s newsletter will be our quarterly Self-Build edition



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Are you or have you been treated for cancer?

Are you or have you been treated for cancer in Shropshire, Telford or Powys?  If so the Living With and Beyond Cancer team at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust would like to hear from you.
This questionnaire is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed and treated for cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Powys. It has been developed by the Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme. 
The aim of this questionnaire is to ask people affected by cancer for their views about receiving an end of treatment summary. At the moment not all cancer patients and their GP’s receive Treatment Summaries and there is some variation in how useful these summaries are.A treatment summary is a document completed by a member of your team within the hospital after a significant phase of your treatment ends. It normally describes the treatment, potential side effects, and signs and symptoms of recurrence. The Treatment Summary aims to inform the GP and other primary care professionals of actions that need to be taken and who to contact with any questions or concerns. You are also offered a copy with the intention of improving your understanding of the treatment you have just received. It will also guide you for anything to look out for during your recovery. The Treatment Summary can also be shared with other health professionals and used to evidence the patient’s treatment, for example when claiming travel insurance.
To read more and take part in the survey, click this link   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDQVFH3
Note this survey has 17 questions, most can be answered by tick box. Deadline for responses is Monday 12 November 2018.