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Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival

Sign Language Interpreters (BSL) will be present at the showings of “Mom’s Apple Pie” & “Raising Hell” on Saturday 17th October (1 pm)  at Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival which takes place between 16th & 18th October.

“The Way he Looks” which will be shown at 8 pm after the Opening Ceremony at 7.30 pm on Friday 16th October at the Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury will have subtitles.  “Appropriate Behaviour” showing at 8 pm on Saturday 17th October and “For 80 Days” showing on Sunday 18th October at 4.30 pm will have subtitles. 

For full details of What’s on at the 10th Shropshire Rainbow Festival Click here Rainbow Film A5 2015  Note: “The Way He Looks” is a Brazilian film, not USA (Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival apologise for this printing error)

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Scoping research into under reporting of Hate Incidents in Shropshire.

Everyeatens of thousands of peopliBritaiarupset or hurin somwabecause of hothearseen bothers. It can include physical violence and brutality, as well as harassment such as being spat at,being called names,being threatened,being bullied through social networking sites or text messages and damage to your house or car.These arall called hatincidentand affect all kinds of peoplfrom all walks of life. Sometimes incidents might seem trivial at the time, but when repeated they can cause the same enormous damage to victims,theifamilies and friends,and twider communities as bigger incidents.

FRESh(Fairness,Respect,EqualitShropshire Ltd) have been funded by the Shropshire Hate Crime Group to do scoping research into under reporting of Hate Incidents in Shropshire. It would help if people can take part in a survey that forms part of this piece of work.

Click here to take part in the survey FRESh Final SHORT Hate Incident survey Details of how and where to return the survey are contained in the document.

You can also report hate crime incidents to us at 





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SDN Supporting an Accessible Dana Footpath

Making the well known, popular Shrewsbury Dana footpath accessible for all would benefit people with disabilities. With that in mind SDN is supporting the petitioning of Shropshire Horticultural Society to take forward a plan by Shropshire and Shrewsbury Town Councils which is supported by English Heritage.

You can add your support by signing the petition on


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AFC Telford United Offer-Kids go Free!

AFC Telford United are offering all primary and secondary schools In Telford & Wrekin the chance to claim as many FREE Junior tickets as they wish for our next home game against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday 17th October 3 pm kick off.

AFC Telford United pride themselves on being a community club and want to use this initiative as a way to encourage as many children as possible to support their local football club. Please fill in our school free ticket form and return by email to” who will then action your request.

Click here for application form School Form Tickets

Andy Smith from Our Arleston Community Development said “This is a fantastic offer for children under 16 in telford to go and watch their local team for free! If anyone lives in the Arleston/ college area and would like tickets please contact myself on 07818 638 850 or email me at & I can sort this for you.

Note this is the day we-Shropshire Disability Network have our bucket collection at the Bucks Head so we look forward to meeting many of you on 17th October.

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Don’t forget to get your flu jab!

Don’t forget the 2015/2016 flu jab programme is about to start, so it’s time to check with your Gp practice to find out when flu jab clinics are taking place & take up the opportunity of this vaccination if you need one. If you can’t attend the clinic then ask about attending at some other time.

Each year, the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified in advance and vaccines are made to match them as closely as possible. The vaccines are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO has announced that the 2015/16 flu vaccine will protect against three types of flu virus:

  • A/H1N1 – the strain of flu that caused the swine flu pandemic in 2009
  • A/H3N2 – a strain of flu that can infect birds and mammals and was active in 2011
  • B/Phuket/3073/2013

Flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.

If you are unsure whether you should have the flu injection, ask the question and make sure you are protected this winter. Remember that this injection will not guarantee you will not get flu (& will not stop all flu viruses) but by having the vaccination it is more likely to be milder & shorter lived.

Do you use an Electric Blanket? Then advise is to get it checked.

It is that time of year again when we need to be prepare ourselves for colder nights.

With colder nights coming, many of us will look forward to getting into a nice warm bed. So if you have an electric blanket, ensure you get it checked. Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service have teamed up with RMW Electrical to offer free electrical blanket tests in the county throughout September & October.

Alison Teece, fire safety officer said ” a quarter of electric blankets were condemned as a dangerous fire safety risk after they failed the same test last year. It may appear safe especially if it is not very old, but damage is not always visible and could cause a fire” She is appealing to people to take advantage & call 01743 260200 to book a test.  Places are limited so book now.

Free blanket tests will be carried out at:

  • Louise House, Roman Road, Shrewsbury on 30th September
  • Market Drayton Fire Station on 1st October and
  • Ludlow Fire Station on 2nd October

For more information contact Alison Teece at Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Shrewsbury on 01743 260258 or visit


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West Midlands Dementia Support Public Survey

You have until 30th September to take part in the West Midlands Dementia Support Public Survey.

This survey is aimed at anyone who may be access services by people living with dementia, their families and carers. It will take around 20-30 minutes to complete. Responses should be from individuals rather than on behalf of a group.

If you know that someone will not be able to complete the survey online, please visit the following links:

Paper version of the survey for people living with dementia

Paper version of the survey for people caring for someone living with dementia

The documents above are pdf versions are optimised for printing. If you
need paper copies to be sent to you, please let Sharon Adams: know approximately how many you will require.

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Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s new Cerebral Palsy (CP)Football Sessions.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s new Cerebral Palsy (CP) Football Sessions for children (age 5 +) and young people. Sessions will take place at Sundorne Games Hall, Shrewsbury from 5-6pm every Monday during term time only. Click here for more information isev-stct-cpfootball-flyer-print

Contact call 01743-289177 Ext 216 if you are interested.