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Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery


Patients and public are being given their chance to share their views on hip and knee surgery in Shropshire to help the local NHS consider how to spend money more wisely for the future of health care services.

Meetings are being held at various locations in Shropshire enabling you to have a say.

Click here for full details Shropshire orthopedics press release v5 (1)


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Me & You Project

Me & You is a Lottery funded project for disabled and special needs young people during their transition years.

There are places available on the following “Me & You” Taster sessions for 2015/2016:-

  • Monday 14 September 2015
  • Monday 8 February 2016
  • Monday 11 April 2016
  • Monday 25 June 2016

To book please contact us to discuss or enrol a young person. Click on these links for details

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Save The Date! ‘BIG Event’

29th September 2.30pm to 5pm – Shrewsbury Football Ground

Workshops discussing ‘What do these mean to you?’
Childhood to Adulthood
The Care Act

Open to relevant members of VCSA Forums of Interest,
LA and CCG staff, Providers, Service Users and Parent/Carers

Further details to be sent out shortly via Eventbrite from Taking Part
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Support for Kelda as she takes her Road to Rio 2016

Kelda, SDN member who also runs the charity Climbing Out, has one dream & that is Gold at Rio 2016. Please watch click here & watch this  then help by sharing it with others, & if you can help or know anyone who can help Shropshire’s own- Kelda Wood realise her dream , please pass this on. Thank you.

Don’t forget Kelda is also sharing her “Journey to Rio” by writing regular blogs (almost weekly) for us & you can read this ladies amazing story by clicking on the tab “Kelda Writes”

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups in August

All sessions are free unless otherwise stated

Ludlow – Monday 10th August at St Peters Church from 10.30-12.30

Rob Swift from Swifts bakery will be with us for a breadmaking workshop. The cost for this will be £2 per person and you’ll be able to take your creation home with you for lunch!

 Shrewsbury Cycling – Wednesday 19th August at Sundorne Sports Village

Please note the new time of 10.30-11.30am for this!

 Shrewsbury – Monday 24th August at Peng Wern Boat Club, Shrewsbury from 1.30-4pm

Please note that the earlier start time and venue for our planned sculling trip! If you wish to come along please let Rachel know. The cost for this will be minimum £2 donation so that the volunteers from the boat club can have their expenses paid for helping out.

 Other updates

Please find attached information about additional Pedal for Health and Wheels for all sessions around the county as well as a forthcoming fashion show in Telford.

Shared Spaces

Ruby from Shropshire Disability Network has written a blog about Shared Spaces after visiting our Sight Loss groups. You can read it by clickinghere.

Phone Trial

Pauline Rose has some new software that has been developed for Android phones to make them more accessible to people for people with visual impairment (magnification, different colours etc).  The developers are looking for people to provide feedback on the new software. If you are interested in trialling this software or would like more information about what is involved, please contact Pauline Rose on 01743 257746 or by e-mail to

Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent are working in partnership with various organisations within their area to support mutual clients, and promote schemes and tariffs which may help them reduce their outgoings and keep on top of their bills.  Severn Trent can provide information on keeping water charges down and raise awareness of schemes and tariffs that are available to those who may be struggling financially.  They can also provide bills in alternative formats, such as braille or audio.  If you would like more information regarding this please contact Rachel.

Healthwatch Report

Our recent report into Patient Experiences of NHS EyeCare services in Shropshire is available to view on the Heathwatch Shropshire website by clicking here.

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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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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.

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