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Network Rail

Can you easily access your Railway Station?

Over past 12 months several people have approached us regarding access at railway stations. We published an article in our newsletter “Your Voice” about what we experienced while visiting Whitchurch railway station.

For those who missed the article you can download it by clicking on this link:  Whitchurch Railway Station News Article 230618 (1)

Whitchurch is not the only railway station that presents major difficulties to anyone with mobility issues, as well as parents who have children in prams and pushchairs.

Wellington station has better access than Whitchurch, however to get from platform 1 or 2 (and visa versa) passengers have to use steps or have a long walk etc. Ludlow station also has problems, as do several others.

The new lifts and bridge at Telford Central are a great improvement although there needs to be better signage on how to call the lift as it is not that obvious, especially for those with visual impairment. 

People need to use train travel locally as well as across the UK, including the London Underground. By the end of this year, London Underground’s new £15.4 billion Elizabeth Line is due to open but only 13 out of 41 stations on the new network will have level access for wheelchair users and those with mobility requirements. Is this acceptable? We (Shropshire Disability Network) do not think it acceptable, neither does Liam Islam.

Liam is a wheelchair user. He has started a petition calling for all 41 stations on the newly built and generously funded Elizabeth Line network to have full level access in the form of raised platforms which will fully remove the step between the platform and the tube.

To read more about the petition click this link  https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-london-give-the-new-elizabeth-line-full-level-access-to-give-independence-to-disabled-people-levelaccessnow-liam-islam

Please consider signing the above petition which will help many thousands of people with disabilities.  So far 435 have signed this petition, but it will take many more people to sign to bring change, so please tell your family and friends and ask them to help too.

If you experience difficulties with access at any local railway stations please let us know by email to [email protected] or by text/call to 07780 852229 or 07398 350255. Anyone wishing to receive information on the local Passenger Association Groups, with a view to bringing change, please let us know.

 

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Half Term Activities at Albrighton Moat

Start Date:
18th February 2019

End Date:
18th February 2019

Start Time:
1000 and 1300

End Time:
1200 and 1500

Event title: Half Term Activities at Albrighton Moat
Venue: Albrighton Trust Moat & Gardens, Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV7 3FL
Weblink: www.albrightontrust.org.uk
Name: Albrighton Trust
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01902 372441
Event description: These activities will take place on the following dates at Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens during Half Term Week. You can choose either the 10 am session or the 1 pm session.

  • Tuesday 18th February – Creative Crafts. Make a dream catcher. A Dream Catcher originally came from Native American Indians who believed it gives its owners good dreams. 10am & 1pm sessions. £5 per person.
  • Wednesday 20th February – Wild about Nature. Fun sessions learning about the natural world using forest principles, each session is different, outdoor clothing essential – 10am & 1pm sessions. £5 per person.
  • Thursday 21st February – Coached Angling. Coaches available to help novice or inexperienced anglers, they will learn to put bait on a hook, cast a line, land a fish, unhook fish safely, handle fish and return safely to the water. Equipment supplied – 10.00am & 1pm sessions. £5 per person.

Please book your place by calling 01902 372441 or email: [email protected] Sessions are open to all young people with disabilities.

Albrighton Trust

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Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)

Start Date:
4th February 2019

End Date:
4th February 2019

Start Time:
0930

End Time:
1030

Event title: Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)
Venue: Sainsbury’s at Telford Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AG
Name: Sandra and Marg, PR Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge.
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Sainsbury’s, Telford Forge store, PR Ambassadors-Sandra and Marg with the support from the Store Manager arrange a specific time, 9.30-10.30 am on the first Monday of each month called “Friendly Hour”.

Anyone who would appreciate a quieter time to shop may like to take up this opportunity. While lights can not be dimmed, there will be no tannoy announcements and no music. It will be quieter with No roll cages on shop floor to cause noise.

Note: This is an initiative by the PR Ambassadors at this particular store and is not available at other stores. Watch this space for more information.

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Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)

Start Date:
7th January 2019

End Date:
7th January 2019

Start Time:
0930

End Time:
1030

Event title: Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)
Venue: Sainsbury’s at Telford Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AG
Name: Sandra and Marg, PR Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge.
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Sainsbury’s, Telford Forge store, PR Ambassadors-Sandra and Marg with the support from the Store Manager arrange a specific time, 9.30-10.30 am on the first Monday of each month called “Friendly Hour”.

Anyone who would appreciate a quieter time to shop may like to take up this opportunity. While lights can not be dimmed, there will be no tannoy announcements and no music. It will be quieter with No roll cages on shop floor to cause noise.

Note: This is an initiative by the PR Ambassadors at this particular store and is not available at other stores. Watch this space for more information.

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Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)

Start Date:
4th March 2019

End Date:
4th March 2019

Start Time:
0930

End Time:
1030

Event title: Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)
Venue: Sainsbury’s at Telford Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AG
Name: Sandra and Marg, PR Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge.
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Sainsbury’s, Telford Forge store, PR Ambassadors-Sandra and Marg with the support from the Store Manager arrange a specific time, 9.30-10.30 am on the first Monday of each month called “Friendly Hour”.

Anyone who would appreciate a quieter time to shop may like to take up this opportunity. While lights can not be dimmed, there will be no tannoy announcements and no music. It will be quieter with No roll cages on shop floor to cause noise.

Note: This is an initiative by the PR Ambassadors at this particular store and is not available at other stores. Watch this space for more information.

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Adult Social Care – Support and Independence Survey-Telford and Wrekin

Telford and Wrekin Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee (HASC) wants to hear from people or their carers who may have adult social care support needs or have experience of accessing adult social care. 

Objectives of the HASC survey are to examine:

  • People’s experience of accessing Adult Social Care (ASC) and how that support is helping them stay independent
  • How the local voluntary and community sector is supporting people’s personal and practical support needs
  • What needs people are experiencing that are currently not being met and why this is the case. 

The results of this survey will be used to determine what is working well and what needs improving and make recommendations to the Council and local partners.

Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin, Citizens Advice Telford and the Wrekin, Age UK and My Choice Partners are working with HASC in undertaking this piece of work.

Closing date: 10th December 2018
This link takes you directly to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VJJ3MS5
Abode Impact

Largest ever survey on Wheelchair Users needs and their Housing Needs

The largest-ever survey on wheelchair users and their housing needs finds:

  • There is a chronic lack of wheelchair accessible homes in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), according to new research by Abode Impact
  • 4 in 5 are currently living in a home that fails to fully meet their needs as a wheelchair user
  • 91% have experienced barriers to accessing the PRS
  • Wheelchair users report having to be carried downstairs in order to leave their property, and being turned away by estate agents after arriving in a wheelchair

We think this article from Abode Impact is an interesting read. While there is a call for Wheelchair users living in London who are looking to privately rent an accessible home in to register an interest, Shropshire Disability Network believes the issues are across the whole of the UK.

Please read the article at this link: http://abodeimpact.co.uk/abode-impact-largest-ever-survey-on-wheelchair-users-housing-needs/?fbclid=IwAR3wH-SSwujl15ysfWr3NMajAumo-1vSlJa5eRFcs2-NrpoIpxXyNjA-jHY

You can leave a comment in the box below or use this form to contact us: https://shropshiredisability.net/contact/ or email [email protected] and we will pass on (anonymously if you wish) to the relevant authority.

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Purple Tuesday, 13th November 2018

Purple Tuesday, what is it all about? 

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first accessible shopping day, established to recognise the importance and needs of disabled consumers and promote inclusive shopping. It is taking place on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

Purple Tuesday is being co-ordinated by disability organisation Purple, with the endorsement of the Department for Work and Pensions and support from a steering group of Purple Tuesday launch partners.

Participants as well as endorsing and promoting Purple Tuesday, every participant must make at least one long-term commitment aimed at improving the experience for their disabled customers going forward.

The exact nature of the commitment is up to each individual business, depending on their specific resources and needs. However, examples include introducing regular ‘quiet hours’ for those with sensory issues, improving store way finding, or introducing more inclusive marketing and product photography.

To find out who is supporting Purple Tuesday click this link:  https://purpletuesday.org.uk/founding-supporters/

Shropshire Disability Network have been contacted by Sandra and Marg, Community Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge Retail Park to say ALL Sainsbury’s stores will be participating in Purple Tuesday.

Anyone wishing to look at the Purple Tuesday website can look at it at this linkhttps://purpletuesday.org.uk/

 

 

 

Britains Best Cook

Britain’s Best Cook. Your opportunity to apply for the second series!

It is not everyday Shropshire Disability Network are contacted by TV production company Keo Films, producers of Britain’s Best Home Cook or any other TV production company. If you enjoy cooking, this is an opportunity for you. Why?  They would like to encourage applications from people with disabilities to apply for the second series of BBC One Britain’s Best Home Cook that they are currently producing.

They are looking for passionate and talented home cooks from all over the country who love making delicious food for their friends and family to apply for the show.

Anyone wanting more information and an application form can email [email protected] or call Susanna Hudson, Casting Assistant Producer on Freephone 0800 0836 188 to find out more.

More information and the application can also be found on their website: https://britainsbesthomecook.co.uk/ Deadline for applications is Saturday 17th November 2018

 

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This is a great opportunity for our members.  Do let us know if you decide to apply and let us know how it goes.

 

 

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Funcky Friday

Start Date:
7th December 2018

End Date:
7th December 2018

Start Time:
1900

End Time:
21.15

Event title: Funcky Friday
Venue: The Barn, Red House Pub, Wellington Road, Lilleshall, TF10 9EW
Name: The Barn
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: Val : 079467 17963 or Adam: 079312 10941
Event description: Funky Friday at The Barn, Red House Pub, Wellington Road, Lilleshall, TF10 9EW. This event is for young adults, aged 15 plus and for people with sen/disabilities.

A small tuck shop is available with soft drinks, tea etc.

There is wheelchair access at this venue together with accessible toilets. Parking.

Entry £3 per person but no charge for carers.
Adults over 18 can bring their own alcoholic drinks.