Category Archives: News

BBC Three 9 pm tonight-Derwen College

Members may be interested in watching  this programme as several of you have attended or have connections with the Derwen College, Gobowen, Nr Oswestry. Tune in to BBC Three tonight at 9 pm to watch ‘Life Begins Now’ and see how a group of students who left Derwen College last summer got on in their final term.

As part of BBC Three’s ‘Defying the Label’ series, you can see how Jon, Aled & Aled, and Steven, Lizzie & Dan manage their final few weeks at college – and their move to new challenges.

The ‘Defying the label’ series explores what it’s like to live with a disability in the UK today.

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Care Act 2014-Telford & Wrekin Consultation

Start Date:
1st August 2015

End Date:
25th September 2015

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:
23.59 pm

We have reported here from Shropshire Council about the Care Act & have given members who live in the areas covered by Shropshire Council to have a “voice” Now we bring you details of Telford & Wrekin Consultation.

The Care Act 2014 tells local Councils that they must think about how people can be more in control of their own lives, by feeling happy, healthy, safe and fulfilled.

Now there is less money, there is a need for more people to be cared for and supported by family, friends and their local communities. If more people were supported in this way, this will leave health and social services to offer the right support at the right time, to those that need it most.

To help Telford & Wrekin Council to plan they need to understand from you what will help you to be healthy and feel good, safe and in control of your own life. This is because we know that people who feel positive about these things are less likely to need health and social services now or in the future.

This consultation is very important, whether you or your family currently use health and social services or not; we would like as many people as possible to complete our consultation. Thank you for your time. Click here to take part  Wellbeing Prevention paper survey

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Severnside Housing offer to Shropshire Disability Network-Free IT Course for Members.

We are delighted to have linked with Susan Dell, Community Development Manager at Sevenside Housing. They are offering FREE IT courses for our members. The proposed start date for the first course is Friday 7th August 11 am at the Digital Den, Castlefields, Shrewsbury.

This is a 4 week course with the opportunity of 2 more weeks if that would help you. There are 6 places available as we want you to have opportunity to have assistance from the 2 tutors. Do you have trouble searching on-line? Do you want assistance to look for things on our website? Are you worried about internet safety? Are you nervous about using a computer? Do you feel everyone will know more than you? Don’t be. By working with Susan, we have come up with the ideal course for you. 

The programme will include:

  • Internet Safety
  • Setting up and using E mail
  • Searching On-line

May be you would like help or have friends who receive our newsletter-”YourVoice” by post & they would like to learn how to use a computer or you would like to gain the confidence to use a computer. Click here for more information SDN – IT Poster – without bleed

To book a place simply contact our Community Development Team on 0300 300 0059 or email

Or if you want to contact us call 07780 852 229 or email to discuss this further.


We thank Severnside Housing for this great opportunity & we hope members will take it up.





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Defending our NHS-Shrewsbury Meeting -Saturday 1st August

Yesterday 29th July, we received news of what may be a very important meeting for many of us. Julia Evans told us ” I am attempting to start a Shrewsbury Branch of Shropshire Defend our NHS to compliment the hard work already done by the Peoples Assembly & the group from South Shropshire of Shropshire Defend.

I am arranging an informal gathering to see if there is a shared interest in opposing the CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Group) proposed closure of the Royal Shrewsbury Accident & Emergency Department along with all acute services. The NHS as a whole needs saving & is at crisis point through out this country so we need to fight back”  Julia Farrington BSc  (Hons), RGN, ENP

Anyone interested is invited to come along to the Hole in the Wall Pub, 1 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1HF at 2 pm on Saturday 1st August. If there is enough interest Julia will plan further meetings in a more formal setting & format. 

For more information please

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Future Fit – Rural Urgent Care Centre Locality Workshops

The NHS Future Fit programme is currently working on the plans on future urgent care services, and how these services will be developed in communities across Shropshire. As part of this work they are running some focussed workshops for which they are seeking for participants.

Future Fit is a work programme being delivered by the NHS that aims to improve acute and community hospital services in Shropshire. Clinicians and patients are working together to determine how best to provide healthcare for local people; this includes urgent and emergency care, planned care and community care.

Workshops are taking place at Bishops Castle at the Community Hospital (16th July), Market Drayton Festival Square (20th July), Ludlow at the Bishop Mascall Centre (6th August), Bridgnorth at The Old Vicarage (10th August) and Oswestry at the Marches School (13th August)  Each workshop will open at 5.45pm for refreshments, start at 6.15 pm and finish no later than 8.30 pm.

The turnaround for this is on a very tight time scale so Future Fit apologies for the relatively short notice of these workshops.

Attendees should only sign up to one workshop as spaces are limited. Please sign up quickly to avoid disappointment-This can be done by clicking on this link & using the web link, which includes venue details. Future Fit – Rural Urgent Care Centre Locality Workshops

Please note  places are on a first come first served basis.





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Hot News! People2People Drop In Sessions Throughout July

Shropshire Disability Network have only just received information that throughout June and July People2People (P2P) are going to hold 1.5 hour “drop in” from 1.30pm – 3pm clear of any appointments (see leaflet for dates venues and
times) for the public to call in for signposting, advice and information plus other professionals will be available from eg, housing, Age UK and benefits team.

After the two months we would like to evaluate with you if this is something that would be useful.

The P2P Community Contact Team (CCT) is a social enterprise working to support people to remain independent in their community. CCT have been operational for over 12 months and have been running ‘Lets Talk Local’(LTL) sessions throughout the county.

SHROPSHIRE LTL Drop In (generic)

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Severnside Housing Opportunities-What is on offer?

Recently we took part in an awareness day at Mount Pleasant Medical Practice hosted by their Patient Participation Group. Networking is always high on our agenda, enabling us to share with you new opportunities. We met with Susan Dell Community Development Manager from Severnside Housing

They have so many useful booklets/leaflets including:

  • Saving Energy-including advice on condensation
  • Aids & Adaptations for Severnside Housing Tenants
  • Leaflets on Job Clubs
  • Information on Digital Dens and more

Earlier this year Severnside Learning Programme 2015/16 was launched. There are many FREE Courses or at a reduced rate for Severnside residents & just £2.50 to Non-residents unless otherwise stated. Courses are available in all sorts of things including:

  • Financial Courses
  • Safety in the Home
  • Into Work Courses
  • Hobbies Courses
  • Communities Courses
  • DIY Courses

Some courses are run periodically, others for an afternoon or morning while others are weekly sessions for a few weeks. Click here for full details, including how to book & information re transport, disability, childcare, carers, cancellations  Learning_Programme_2015


Did you take part in Learning Disabilities week?

One of Mencap’s biggest ambitions is to change public attitudes towards learning disability. Mencap know they cannot do that without first understanding what people really know and do not know about learning disability. Learning Disability (LD) Week (14th-21st June) represented a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of what people know about learning disability.
They have devised a survey tool to explore people’s current level of awareness or knowledge of learning disability.
The survey should be filled in by people without a learning disability who took part in activities during the LD Week, and who are 16 years of age or older. 
The survey can  be completed electronically, the link being
Click here for a  paper version of the survey which can be printed off and completed by hand. 
The guidelines within the survey attached gives you more information.  The survey itself is from pages 3-6. 
Please send completed surveys to:
C/O Rachel West
Suite 2,
Bromwich Road,
Worcester WR2 4BN