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Scam Alert – Message from West Mercia Police

Phone call

It would appear that the scammers are out and about early as West Mercia Police have received two reports of scams in the Force area.

The first one involved calling a person stating they were from the Ministry of Justice claiming that there is a substantial cheque waiting for you but first you have to obtain some money which will be collected by a courier after you have confirmed that you have the cash, about £280.

The caller is a very convincing person with an English name and an Asian accent.

If in doubt please contact the Police Control Room on 101 as this potential victim wisely did.

E mail

The second scam involves Natwest mentioning that it has upgraded its Security machinery.  It invites the person to log in to find out more.  Please do not do this.

Age UK has produced an excellent booklet on how to avoid the scams.  A good bit of bedtime reading.  also would like to know if you have been a victim of a scam


Cold Weather Updates and Alerts – Issued 15th Jan

The VCS (Voluntary and Community Sector) Shropshire have asked us to share with our members documentation about Cold Weather Alerts which includes a Cold Weather plan. A cold weather alert was put out on 15th January 2015.


Please find below the current situation across Shropshire: Flood Guidance Centre The highest overall flood risk for England and Wales over the next five days is LOW. There is a medium likelihood of minor river flooding impacts across Wales and parts of the west and south of England today (Thursday), with larger rivers continuing to respond into Saturday.

General overview of flood risk Rivers are responding to heavy rainfall overnight last night and this brings a medium likelihood of minor river flooding impacts for Wales and parts of the south-west and south-east of England today, with some rivers in the south-east of England remaining high into Friday, with parts of the River Severn remaining high into Saturday. Strong winds and large waves will continue affect stretches of coasts in south-west England, parts of Wales and the English Channel on today, but any impacts will be minimal resulting in a VERY LOW flood risk overall. Assessment of flood risk Rivers.

Overnight heavy and persistent rainfall has caused rivers to respond across Wales, south-west England , western parts of the Midlands and the south-east of England which brings a LOW river flood risk with a medium likelihood of minor river flooding for these areas. Some rivers in the south-east of England will remain high into Friday, with parts of the River Severn remaining high into Saturday, maintaining the LOW river flood risk for these locations. Impacts in areas with a LOW flood risk may include local disruption to travel, flooding of land and roads and a risk of flooding to individual properties. Refer to specific area of concern map for details. Elsewhere and at other times the flood risk remains VERY LOW.

Met Office ( In addition to some heavy showers today strong and gusty winds will again develop for a time later this afternoon and evening. On the whole I wouldn’t expect any impacts from the winds although with gusts up to around 55 mph possible in northern parts of Staffordshire there could be some minor impacts here and difficult travelling conditions on exposed sections of the M6 for example. The main theme of the forecast however is a change to much colder conditions which is starting to take place now. This will result in some icy stretches on untreated roads and pavements on Friday morning, particularly where seepage occurs following last night’s  rain. These colder conditions will then persist through the weekend and well into next week with highest daytime temperatures likely to be around only 3 Celsius and sharp overnight frosts. There’ll also be the potential for some snow at times but it’s too early to attempt any detail regarding snow at present. 

In addition today’s flood guidance statement shows a yellow (low) flood risk for the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire during Thursday (15th), Friday(16th), and Saturday(17th) as some rivers (especially Severn)  in these areas continue to respond to the rainfall which fell locally and over Wales on the 14th Jan.

Environment Agency are monitoring the situation but at present expect no more than minor impacts. Environment Agency (Click here<>) Flood Warnings:     Nil at the point of email being sent Flood Alerts:          

Tern and Perry Catchments – click here<>

Lower Teme – click here<>

Ledwyche Brook and River Rea – click here<>

Upper Teme – click here<>

River Severn in Shropshire – click here<>

Severn Vyrnwy Confluence – click here<>

For Additional General Information click on the document links below:



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Join a Shropshire Wild Team

Are you interested in getting more physically active and venturing out into the Shropshire countryside?

There are currently limited spaces to take part in a new six month “Shropshire Wild Team” volunteering programme. Each team will consist of eight people and the programme will involve taking part in countryside management tasks. As part of a team you will travel around Shropshire’s amazing landscapes taking on projects such as ground clearance, footpath maintenance, hedge laying and gate installation. You will also have a go at other activities such as basic map reading, bush craft skills and species identification and data collection (or any other preferences voiced within each team). At the end of the six months you will have gained a range of new skills used in the outdoors by professionals and enthusiasts alike. We’d hope you go on to continue to use your new knowledge whether through independent personal interests or even moving into further volunteering opportunities.

At the end of the six months the volunteers will be offered final direction and support to move on with their new knowledge, skills and contacts to continue to engage in the outdoors. A positive outcome for the individual, for local communities and for Shropshire’s wider natural and cultural heritage!

An interest or curiosity in the “outdoors” would be an advantage as we will venture out in all weathers (storms and blizzards probably excluded). Some of the locations may be more remote or offer more challenging terrain. So, while there is no need to be physically fit you will have to be able to physically negotiate these spaces. All activities will proceed at a level and pace people can manage and are comfortable with. You will also have to be able to get to a central meeting point to journey onto each location in our minibus. Or if you prefer and have independent travel means, to meet us there.

There are two teams that meet in Shrewsbury on Tuesday and Thursday and one team in and around Ludlow on a Wednesday. Times, depending on task and place with be on average from between 10am and 3pm.

Click here to download a poster: Join Shropshire Wild Team

If you are interested or would like more details you can get in touch with Simon Brown, Outdoor Development Officer, at Shropshire Council via on 01743 255 055


British Blind Sport

Supporting Visually Impaired People in the Swimming Pool.

British Blind Sport, believe that every visually impaired person has the right to participate in the sport of their choice. They understand & know that there are many hurdles & barriers to overcome in order for each and every visually impaired person to have the same accessibility as a sighted person.


A new resource has been launched aimed at educating leisure centres, swimming clubs & coaches, parent carers, carers and teachers on how best to support visually impaired swimmers. The specific purpose is to support, share ideas and give guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment.


It aims to educate on the ‘small changes’ that can be made to encourage more visually impaired people to take up swimming, and to make people aware of the types of visual impairment that coaches and centres might encounter. Areas that we need to be aware of include:

  • Using basic communication skills to support the needs of people with a visual impairment.
  • Understanding where you can obtain further support to ensure your club is fully accessible and inclusive to people with a visual impairment.
  • How to apply your knowledge to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment.The gala is open to blind or partially sighted young people, aged between 9 years and 17 years. You can enter as a team, a group or an individual. Races are open to all abilities and include free style, breaststroke, backstroke and relays. Hosted by British Blind Sport, this event is the only specific VI Youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting a number of blind or partially sighted young people from across the country. Go along for a fun and competitive day out!Here is the link to the resource you can access:


  • To see full details of this event look under the “Events” tab on our (SDN)) website & click on 15th March on our calendar for full details.
  • On the 11th March 2015 the National VI Youth Swimming Gala will be held at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull
Helen Feedman

Helen Freedman writes her last blog

Helen Freedman writes her last blog for us as Senior Business Manager of Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. SDN wishes to thank Helen for her all her support in all She has done for us by supporting our meetings, writing blogs, alerting us to events that will be of interest to our members & so much more. We have enjoyed working with her & will miss her. Helen, we wish you well  in your new busy role! This is not “bye bye” Helen, we will still have contact with her, She will be keeping an “eye” on us & we will be doing the same. Read on to find out what Helen will soon be doing including how She will support SDN in 2016!


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Cycling 4 All Shropshire – Inclusive cycling opportunities

What is Cycling 4 All Shropshire?

Cycling4All Shropshire is keen to promote and develop opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities, to enjoy cycling in a supportive and comfortable setting.



There are currently outdoor sessions running at several locations across Shropshire including, Shrewsbury Sports Village, Cae Glas Park, Oswestry, Maurice Chandler Leisure Centre, Market Drayton and South Shropshire Leisure Centre, Ludlow. It is easy to take part and you can just come along on a drop in basis or contact the centres to ask about pre- booked sessions. There are sessions that run through the school holidays which gives an opportunity for the whole family to join in.

The family sessions run by Cycling Projects are dependent on the support of Shropshire County Council but it is hoped that a couple of permanent opportunities will be set up at in Ludlow (or possibly Craven Arms) and Oswestry. It is proposed that these sites will have a small selection of bikes at each location and be volunteer led through the community, parents and carers.

There are many volunteering opportunitiesat the centres and on Cycling4All – Shropshire the community group. We also need help with fund-raising to increase the available fleet to include some step through cycles, a wheelchair transporter and more children’s cycles. If you are interested in getting involved we would be delighted to hear from you.

More information at


Swap and Sell

We’re trying something new. For a trial period we are setting up a forum for members to Swap and Sell unwanted items that might be of use to other members. Our first item is a mobility scooter.

It’s easy to do and the rules are simple. Just go to the members area (you have to be a member to use the forum) and click on the link to Forums. You will see Swap and Sell there; just follow the link and create a new topic OR if you see something in which you might be interested e-mail and we will put you in touch.

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Give a Gift to Shropshire Disability Network

We announced recently about a match funding opportunity that SDN had decided to engage with as any donations up to £10 were doubled. (ie your donation of £10 became £20 to us! If you are a tax payer, we received Gift Aid on top) All match funding available has now been absorbed but you can still donate on-line to Shropshire Disability Network via it just won’t be match funded.

We are still linked up with

Local Giving Logo

We would like to thank all who have donated to our “Give an Early Christmas box to Shropshire Disability Network”. Soon we will be able to announce how much funding you raised. Donations can still be made & although they won’t be match funded-there will be future opportunities that we can take advantage of so we will let you know when these are. If making a one off donation all you will be asked for is Your Name, email address and then you pay via a card or paypal. If gift aiding then you will be asked for your address etc 


Just wondering why we need your ongoing financial support. Yes, it is not always obvious with an organisation like ours as we have no premises but a website as one of its two prime tools to do our operate. Here is an idea of what we use your money on (and you will see more when you click on the link above) 

Website Costs before any maintenance or upgrades costs between £420 & £450 a year

This is for website hosting & protecting our website & email domain addresses 

Printing of our membership forms and general flyers cost around £475 per year. 

Stationery/Toner for internal printing (not newsletter) costs around £600 a year

(we also need laminating pouches re exhibition stands, postage, envelopes etc) 

Then we have to pay for quarterly meetings (venues, refreshments, speakers expenses which are around £500 to £600 per year) Our Outreach work also comes at a cost because without Outreach we can not reach new members & promote the work we do. Our FUNd-raising Sub Group needs funding, enabling them to take pressure off the Management Committee by organising fund-raisers.

We have other expenses like producing 8 editions of “YourVoice” enabling those unable to use IT for whatever reason engage with us. There are times when we need to reimburse travel expenses to our valuable volunteers, then there is insurance (approx £350 a year) and equipment to purchase & the shopping list continues. With your support, we can do more, so please if you can donate to our work, it would be appreciated. Every £ helps us, help you, help others.

Thank you, for the support you give us. 

Annual accounts are available on request to & the information is also available at the Charity Commission website.