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Table Tennis for All Abilities

Table Tennis sessions for all abilities takes places each Friday between 10.30 am and 11.30 am at Arleston Community Centre St Giles Close, Arleston, Telford TF1 2AB.

There is no need to book, just turn up, make new friends and be active while having fun together. Cost is £3 per session. Carers go FREE.

For more information call 01952 382270.

Click here for poster: Table Tennis at Arleston CC


MindforYou – A genuine break for people living with dementia and their families

MindforYou (01509 351008 runs holidays in 12 different locations in England, Scotland and Wales. They are aimed at families and carers of people living with dementia, providing a relaxed break for all.  Support staff are on hand to organise trips and answer every need.  In the evenings ‘family’ suppers are arranged around a large table with music and the warmth of shared experiences.

These breaks have significant benefits for carers, lowering stress and helping them to sleep better.

The programmes began in May 2015 and have accommodated more than 100 guests so far.

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Sight Loss Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for March 2017

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 1st March 10 am to 12 noon at  The Venue, Park Hall, Burma Road, Oswestry, SY11 4AS. 

We will have a game of bowling and refreshments. The cost will be £2 each as we have subsidized this from funds raised from the pantomime last Christmas. Please let me know if you have any problems getting to the venue.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 13th March 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

We will be joined by John Swift from Swifts Bakery for a hands on bread making demonstration. Please bring £2 each and a container to take your creation home in!

I will be on annual leave from 13-20th March so my line manager, Daphne Simmons, will be coming to this session.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 15th February 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our first cycling session for 2017 at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 27th March at Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

We will be joined by Sue Stefiuk who will lead us in a gentle exercise session.

If you need any more information on anything above please do contact me on 01743 342163 or [email protected] (but please note I am on annual leave from Mon 13th – Tues 21st March).

Other Useful Information:

Sensory Impairment Teams – changes to Contact Details

The telephone numbers for both Sensory Impairment Teams have recently changed.  The new numbers are:

·         Shropshire Sensory Impairment Team – 01743 250529

·         Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Team – 07973 454562


The Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Team has relocated.  Their new postal address is:

Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Services,

House 5, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Telford. TF1 6TF.

The Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired in Telford is still Bernadette Bate-Rogers and her e-mail address is unchanged –[email protected]


Tea and Talk Time

Monday morning blues?

Feeling low?

Tea and Talk Time at Louise House, Roman Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury on Mondays between 10am and 1pm.

Starts Monday 13th February 2017 . Organised by Shropshire & Telford Active Carers Group

Contact Marilyn Jones [email protected] for more information.

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Launch of New European Social Fund Calls for The Marches LEP Area

Three new European Social Fund (ESF) Calls have been launched for The Marches LEP area. Details are as follows:

Grants from a minimum of £50,000 are available to run a project to provide social inclusion project(s) to support the hard to reach participants move toward and into employment in The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Area.

This Call is focused on particular groups, identified as having significant and complex barriers to moving towards and into employment.

Projects should seek to address the following sub-priorities within the Marches ESIF Strategy:

  • Provide the means through which under-represented groups move towards employment through access to customised learning, training and volunteer opportunities.
  • Engage and support under-represented groups, enabling them to overcome barriers which prevent them moving towards and into employment.
  • Target people from communities with high unemployment, low skills and low income to overcome barriers to moving towards and into employment.

The groups which this Call particularly targets are:

  • People with disabilities who will require intensive and tailored support, particularly in identifying volunteering, work experience, and employment opportunities in the workplace.
  • People who are 50 years old or over who have been unemployed for a long term and experience particular challenges to get back into work at a late stage in their working life.
  • Unemployed and inactive people living in areas of deprivation experience significant issues and barriers.

O2 Announces Grants for Young Digital Entrepreneurs Addressing Environmental Improvement

The Environment Now initiative has been set up to support young people with developing their own digital ideas to help the environment, in areas such as recycling, reducing waste and improving energy efficiency.

Grants are available with no minimum, up to a maximum of £10,000. The programme will provide a total of 50 individual grants over its lifetime. Successful applicants will be supported by the programme providers, together with sustainability partners and they will also be allocated a professional mentor to work with them.

The programme offers support, work experience and insight sessions with industry professionals to help bring young people’s ideas to life. Participants will also benefit from training on confidence, networking, presenting, project management and budgeting to ensure their project is sustainable.

The money can be used to help individuals in supporting their innovative ideas around digital technology, where the idea is intended to find innovative solutions to environmental issues.

The scheme is open to applications from entrepreneurial UK-based young people (aged between the ages of 17 and 24) who are passionate about the environment and who want to use digital technology to make a positive difference.

Young people may apply as part of a small team, with a designated project leader. The applicant can be part of a group at a college, university, youth group or a small seed start-up business.

The final deadline for receipt of applications is 14 July 2017.

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Shropshire’s Big Conversation seeks residents’ views on their community.

Local residents are being asked their views on their community as part of Shropshire Council’s Big Conversation survey.

The survey illustrates the challenges communities in Shropshire face, and the work the council and its partners are doing to tackle these challenges.

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The questionnaire asks what more the council, its partners and the local community can do help enhance community resilience in the county.

So far there have been over 220 responses to the Big Conversation survey which launched in December 2016. Many of those who’ve taken part in the survey to date, have said (about their community) that better communication and information is needed to enable people to be more proactive in taking action to address local issues.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for rural services and communities, and Shropshire’s Big Conversation, said:

“Shropshire’s Big Conversation is an opportunity for you to let us know what more we could do to ensure that Shropshire continues to remain a great place to live, learn and work.

“We have a role to play in enabling individuals and communities to be more self-sufficient and connect people and activities in their neighbourhoods; where strengths are recognised and where people can easily find the information and advice they need to be happy and healthy residents.

“Our Big Conversation survey is one way we are seeking solutions, so please take some time to get involved and tell us what more we could do. We very much welcome your ideas and suggestions.”

Work is already underway to help build community resilience and enable community networks to have a more active role in delivering support and services which meet their local needs.

Shropshire Council’s Resilient Communities programme joins together those working in services such as health and social care, housing support, libraries, leisure centres, job centres, schools, community nursing, and GP surgeries with voluntary and community groups and local people.

The programme, led by the council’s community enablement team, is trialling a pilot with Oswestry Community Action to create a directory of all the community groups and activities that are going on in the area. There are nearly a hundred different groups set up so that people can get together to learn new skills, do sport, arts or crafts or to support other people in the community.

The Big Conversation survey also asks residents questions about health and the local economy (the key priorities in the council’s Corporate Plan).

For more information and to take part in Shropshire’s Big Conversation survey visit Hard copies of the survey are available on request by calling 0345 678 9028. Closing date for the survey is Sunday 12 March 2017.

You can also follow and message us on twitter @Shropcouncil using #Shropbc, and Facebook.


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Design a greetings card

How would you like to brighten up a patient’s stay in hospital?

Now you can – by designing a greetings card for patients at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is running a competition for people to create new designs for its popular eCards.

eCards are electronic greetings cards which can be created online and which are then delivered by volunteers from our IT Department to patients staying on our Wards. They are free, but anyone sending a card also has the option of adding a donation to SaTH’s charity which will help improve the lives of patients living with dementia.

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance at SaTH, said: “The eCards are very popular, and a great way for someone to let a friend or relative who is in hospital know that they are thinking of them, especially if they live far away and can’t get to our hospitals to visit them in person.

“We recently re-launched our website with a fresh new look and, at the same time, took the opportunity to freshen up the designs of our eCards. We have some very nice stock images available at the moment, but we wanted to make them more unique – and that is where you come in!

“We would like you to send us your photos, animations or designs for a new eCard. The winners will then be included as choices on our website.

“Your entry could be an image for any of our categories, such as get well soon, new baby, or birthday, or it could be a more neutral image that allows the sender to personalise their card completely – the choice is yours.”

Entries will be grouped into two categories: ages 5-16 years and ages 16+.

Information about how to enter, including terms and conditions, can be found on our website at

Entries close at 4pm on Wednesday 15 March 2017 and winners will be announced on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

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BBC Two- Big Life Fix is back-

BBC Two are currently producing the second series of “Big Life Fix”  an exciting and innovative science series that sees a skilled team of scientists, engineers and designers create bespoke
technology for individuals and groups to transform their lives for the better.

Those who watched the first series saw the team come up with solutions for a range of
issues affecting individuals and communities, including creating a device to counter the effects of Parkinson’s disease for a young graphic designer, building a bicycle for a boy born with no hands or feet, and connecting a remote village in Wales up to the internet.

Now for the second series the producers are looking for more people who feel they could benefit from a tailor-made invention. Perhaps it’s a daily task, a hobby or a lifelong dream that’s proving to be a challenge. Or maybe a disability that needs help managing, or a problem that you and your family, or even your whole community face. They would love to chat to anyone who would like to apply. If selected, the team will work with you to tackle their problem or challenge using ingenious design and technology.

Interested?  Then Call the casting team on 0203 040 6908 or email them at [email protected] All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively, a short contact form can be filled out here to express interest in the show:

Click here for poster: BLF2 FLYER

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Free Canal Boat trips in Welshpool-Sunday 12th March

Heulwen Trust runs two (adapted for some impairments) canal boats to offer disabled people trips on the Montgomery Canal mostly for groups during the week. Each boat can take up to 12 passengers including carers. 

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Recognising Disabled Access Day they are running a Free boat trip on Sunday 12th March at 12 noon from Heulwen Wharf, Welshpool, SY21 7DJ. this will be a 2 hour trip.

If there is demand they can do additional journeys on Sunday or indeed on Saturday. So that they can assess numbers please book at [email protected] . They will e mail you back with details of where to join the boat. Further details of their activities is available on our website on