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Plod. What does it stand for? A scheme for people affected by Deafness.

It can be difficult for any of us to go into a police station, whether to report a crime, seek information/advice or may be to see if something you have lost has been handed in. There can be barriers, barriers that need breaking down & that is the aim of a  new scheme Plod (Police Link Officer for the Deaf).

Recently members of Shrewsbury Town Centre Police team met at The Hub (Signal) in the Riverside, Shrewsbury to have coffee with a local deaf & hard of hearing group & to try to improve links with the community. Many of you met Katrina Gilman, Equality & Diversity Officer for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin when she spoke at our June quarterly meeting. Katrina together with PCSO Angie Roberts (who are both currently learning Level 1 British Sign Language) went to the informal coffee morning to explain about the new scheme. Plods will be a scheme available in Shropshire for anyone who is deafened, deaf or hard of hearing.  Plods will use their skills in providing a service for any non emergency situation when communication support is needed as the first point of contact. 

Police Officers will be qualified in British Sign Language (BSL) but will not provide an interpreting service for cases ie interviewing or taking a statement. Katrina said ” The scheme hopes to break down some of the communication barriers many deaf & hard of hearing people experience when dealing with emergency services”.

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Creative Support-New Activities for you

Creative Support is a high quality provider of person centred social care services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health and other needs.

They are starting new activities at Telford Hub which will take place at 67, High Street, Madeley Telford TF7 5AU.

  • Film Nights started on Tuesday 19th July starting at 6 pm & finishing at 9 pm, they will continue each Tuesday. Cost just £3.00.  Popcorn, Cakes & Refreshments will be provided.
  • Art, Craft & Drama Evenings start on Wednesday 17th August with Christian & will take place on alternate Tuesdays.  12 noon bring your own lunch & eat together. From 1 pm -3 pm Activity. Sessions Cost £3.00.

For more information about the film nights and the Art, Craft & Drama sessions contact Gaby Roberts by email [email protected] or call 07816 172 781

Note: People from outside of Creative Support will be asked to fill a short Hub referral form.




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Together We Will

Last week the  National Disability Sports Organisations and English Federation of Disability Sport launched a 3 month campaign called “Together We Will” to encourage & support more disabled people, along with their friends and family, to be more active.

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The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey. First-hand experiences from people with different impairments or health conditions, about why being active is important to them will also be shared.



Click here to read the recent press release: Together We Will launch press release – Embargoed until Thursday 14 July 00.01

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Sharing news on Jess the Goth Fairy

We would like to congratulate Jo & Jess on the publication of their second book “Jess Makes a New Friend” Jo spoke at our March meeting in 2015 & shared their journey with us. We were delighted to have Jo & Jess join us at our meeting last month, catching up with friends & enjoying hearing from our guest speakers & enabling people the opportunity to see their second book. Jess 2 Both Jo & Jess are not only members of SDN but they also volunteer for Safe Place Shropshire, which we lead on. Many of you will have read the first book but if you have not, it is also worth a read as it gives some clear messages ie “It is Ok to disabled & it is OK to be different”  Through both books, Jess shares her experience & feelings of living with a disability. Jo like her daughter Jess enjoy helping other people especially those who are less able. Jo & Jess have many book signings this summer & new dates are being added all the time so it is worth checking on this link If anyone wants to purchase either book, let us know & we can link you up with Jo & Jess. Here are a few dates when book signings are taking place:

  • Waterstones in Redditch-Saturday 23rd July 2.00-4.00 pm
  • Great Holm, Café Milton Keynes Monday 25th July 11.00-1.00pm
  • Kingfisher Café Bristol Saturday 30th July 4.00-7.00pm
  • Macintyre Warrington (still waiting for exact location & time) Friday 19th August.
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All In- Summer 2016 Programme

The Summer Edition of the ‘All In’ activity programme has information about activities and opportunities that are taking place. It is packed with details of activities for children & young people with disabilities or additional needs , enabling you to have fun & meet friends & make new ones. For details click here: All-In-magazine-Summer 2016 All-In-Newsletter-Summer-2016-final

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) What’s on in July?

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 6th July 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library.

We will be having a talk from Oswestry library as well as finding out more about Charles Bonnet Syndrome and the charity Esme’s Umbrella.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 11th July 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow.

We will be going for a gentle walk led by a member of the ‘Walking for Health’ team followed by a cuppa and chat.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 20th July 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 25th July 2 pm -4 pm at The Roy Fletcher Centre, Cross Hill, Shrewsbury

We will be meeting for a cream tea and a game of Boccia as well as finding out more about Charles Bonnet Syndrome and the charity Esme’s Umbrella.

If you need any more information on anything above please do contact me on 01743 342163 or [email protected]

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Do you care for a friend or a loved one?

Start Date:
1st July 2016

End Date:
31st July 2016

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:
23.59 pm

Throughout July Healthwatch Shropshire are asking you to share your experiences, so if you care for a friend or loved one they would like to hear from you. Your story can be good or bad, of accessing and using health & social carer services in Shropshire.

What is a carer? A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or relative, neighbour or family member with long term physical or mental health issues, a disability or problems associated to old age.

How to share your comments:



Any comments you have around this topic will help us build a better picture of services in the county

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Rally Saturday 2nd July 2016 -Save our Swimming Pool

Many of you completed surveys earlier this year saying you wanted Shrewsbury Swimming Pool to be kept in Shrewsbury Town Centre as it is a central location. You have sited your reasons for this being transport, access, the beautiful setting as you use the Quarry for picnics, enjoyment of the Dingle & much more . Also that you use the pool and then go on to use other facilities in the town centre or while you swim other members of your family enjoy doing other things in Shrewsbury Town.(Shopping, Cinema in the Square, Coffee, Visits to the Castle, Museum etc

The Quarry Swimming & Fitness Forum have planned another march this Saturday 2nd July at 11 am. Starting from the top of Pride Hill (join in at any point on route)  followed by a rally in the Quarry. Shropshire Council will be making their decision on Wednesday 13th July on the preferred location & there is a real probability it will not be the current location. If you feel strongly that you want the pool to remain in Shrewsbury Town Centre please join this rally & ask your friends & families also to support you. 

For more information click here: A4Poster-RallyJuly2- simple

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Inclusive Sports Festivals-Opportunities for You

Opportunities this Summer to take part in Inclusive Sports Festivals are being brought to you by the Inclusively Fit Project which Shropshire Disability Network are an equal partner in. No need to book, just go along to take part in the FREE activities provided. This is for you & all your family & friends to partake in fun inclusive activities that are being provided by this project.

  • Saturday 18th June Shrewsbury Carnival.
  • Sunday 3rd July Oakengates Carnival.
  • Saturday 9th July Church Stretton Games and
  • Sunday 25th September Oswestry Games.

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Deaf N Able-Coping with Deafness

Hearing Loss can affect our lives in so many ways, whether in our homes, out socialising, in relationships etc. To loose this sense can affect us (both hearing & those with hearing loss) & what we do in so many ways but help is available by joining one of Tom Kane’s lip reading classes which will be fun & in a safe environment. 

Tom from Deaf N Able will be holding lip reading classes at Signal Hub,  Unit 20-22, Riverside Mall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1PJ on Monday mornings between 10 am & 12 noon. Cost £5 for 2 hour sessions and you can join at anytime. Please contact Tom to find out dates. Tom can be contacted via email [email protected] or on this number 01952 418056

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