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It’s here! Have you seen? Something for Everyone!

After many months of work by our volunteers, input by the other 6 partners of the Inclusively Fit Project & the support of our website designers our new “Be Active” tile is now live & user friendly, in line with the remainder of our website. The Inclusively Fit project has been financed by The Big Lottery.

Before you click on the link below, read on & find out about what this project really is about.

Click on this link & see what you can find:

On the logo of “Inclusively Fit” you find these words:

  • “Believe in yourself”
  • “Achieve your goals”
  • “Inspire others to follow in your path”

The project is operating across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin to help & support people with disabilities to know what physical activities are available & to have opportunity to be more active in the community. With the project now heading into its second year of delivery, it promises to raise awareness of activities suitable for everyone.

The aims of Inclusively Fit Project

  • To enable sport & physical activity to be part of everybody’s everyday life in Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.
  • To ensure disabled people & their families can make informed choices on physical activity in the county
  • To reduce social isolation for disabled people and their families by being more active.

For more information email [email protected] or call Jessica (project lead) on 01743 297191. For text communications use SDN mobile 07780 852 229 to pass on.

Remember:  The project is about making little changes to our lives that can make a difference. If you are unsure about embarking on a particular activity, please consult with your GP, Physio or your contacts within the medical profession for advice.

Why not give us 30 seconds of your time and answer our simple poll on the Be Active Venues page? All responses are anonymous just click the link below.

Answer two simple questions on the Be Active Venues page:





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Finding a home for the Books you read & helping Safe Places Shropshire

Shropshire Disability Network being umbrella organisation for Safe Places Shropshire are thrilled that Barclay Bank Bridgnorth are not only raising awareness about Safe Places Shropshire but raising funds as well.

Donations of books would be most welcome. If you are in the Bridgnorth area & have any unwanted books (all ages), we would be grateful if you would drop them into the branch at Barclays Bank, 65-66 High St, Bridgnorth WV16 4EE. Just inform the staff that they are for the Safe Place table. Barclays will match fund any monies raised so any donations would be brilliant.

For more information email [email protected] or call our mobile 07780 852 229.  

Thank to Jo Allmond for arranging this & thank you to Barclays Bank at Bridgnorth from Safe Place Shropshire team for supporting this community initiative.



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Action on Hearing Loss-Your help is needed

SDN has received an email from Action on Hearing Loss & we think you can help.

In January 2017 NHS England will review the Accessible Information Standard to make sure it is working as intended. Action on Hearing Loss need your help to make sure the views of people who are deaf or have hearing loss are properly represented in this process.


  • Do you find it difficult or impossible to use the telephone to book appointments or receive test results?
  • Do you need or do you already benefit from, support to communicate well during NHS appointments or when receiving care?

If so, Action for Hearing loss would like to hear from you.

Please email [email protected] or contact the information Line: Telephone  0808 808 0123, textphone 0808 808 9000 or send a text message to 0780 000 0360.

Your feedback is very important as this will help shape Action on Hearing Loss response to NHS England’s review early next year. All feedback used will remain anonymous. To find out more about the standard and download our template letter and communication card to tell your GP what support you need.

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Bringing you two great speakers on Thursday 8th December 2016-Don’t miss it.

Shropshire Disability Network Management Committee hope you have Thursday 8th December 2016 reserved in your diary & that you will join us for our last meeting this year.

The meeting is at The Learning Centre, AFC Telford United, Watling Street, Wellington TF1 2TU ( Click Here For Details )  From 10.30 am to 11 am for tea, coffee etc will be available before the start of the meeting at 11 am.

After brief reports we welcome our first guest Kelda Wood who many of you will know from the blogs she has written for us of her journey to Rio. Kelda also runs her own charity “Climbing Out” as well as working at Battleback. We are very pleased that in an exceptionally busy year for Kelda, she is now able to join us as guest speaker.

After refreshments, the chance to network & an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (prizes food hampers), why not bag a bargain from our stall ie our Christmas Cards & Hand made items made by members will be on sale before we welcome our second speaker. 

Sara Giles from West Mercia and Warwickshire Police is the Crime Prevention Design Advisor for Telford & Wrekin. She is the first female Crime Prevention Advisor for our local police. She will be able to advise on safety and security measures in the home.


We have Sign Language Interpreters (BSL)  at all our meetings.

We look forward to welcoming you & hope you will ensure we have a “full house” for our last meeting of 2016.

For further information or to register your interest please email Ann [email protected] or call SDN mobile 07780 852 229





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Coping with Deafness-Courses available 2017

Tom Kane from DEAF N ABLE will be running a course “Coping with Deafness”, starting on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at Signal: The Hub: Unit 20-22, Riverside Mall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1PJ

The course will help you:

  • Discover you are not alone.
  • Gain Confidence.
  • Learn basic lip reading skills.
  • Find out about equipment & more.

To find out more, and to book your place click here: coping-with-deafness-shrewsbury

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Blists Hill Victorian Christmas-Free Passes for Carers

A great opportunity for Carers. On 3rd & 4th December & 10th & 11th December carers have an opportunity to be transported to a bygone era. As you stroll the town: listen to tales of life more than 100 years ago as you call-in to cosy cottages, hum along with the  seasonal music from brass bands & choirs and tour the Town in a horse drawn cart.

Would a visit be complete without Father Christmas? No so visit him in his grotto. Pet the reindeer before they embark on their mammoth journey around the world on Christmas Eve.

The air will be filled with seasonal music and laughter around the Town with brass bands, carol singers and Punch & Judy shows. Don’t miss the dastardly villain, his principal enemy and the comical quack doctor, all dressed in garish garb in our traditional Shropshire Christmas Mummers Play.

The Carers Centre at The Glebe Centre, Wellington TF1 1JP have a limited number of free passes that carers can use to enjoy the festivities. Carers may book up to 2 passes each. These must be booked in advance by Monday 28th November. Please telephone us on 01952 240209

Please note: the passes will have to be collected from and returned to the Carers Centre as follows: collect on Thursday 1st or Friday 2nd and return on Monday 5th December or collect on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th and return on Monday 12th December.

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Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin want to know your views!

Start Date:
7th November 2016

End Date:
7th December 2016

Start Time:

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Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin are seeking your views on the proposed changes to hospital services in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

You can access the survey here:

Paper copies of the survey are available from Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin at Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford, TF3 4HS. Telephone: 01952 739540.

There will be opportunity for you to take part in the formal consultation about NHS Future Fit when it starts in December.  Please visit the NHS Future Fit website for further information


Alan Ward Shrewsbury helps local Charities with Festive extravaganza

We are very pleased to be taking up a very kind offer by Alan Ward to raise some funding at their first festive extravaganza being held in their new “arena” at their Ennerdale Road site in Shrewsbury on Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 4th December 10 am-4 pm.


With no cost for a space, this is a real boost for us, as we are a small charity, doing a huge amount of work.

“Every penny counts & funding is so important to the work of Shropshire Disability Network” said Ruby our Chairperson. She continued “SDN is run in it’s entirety by volunteers & we are very fortunate to have some very committed volunteers, however that does not mean we have no costs.

She continued “We must ensure we have the finance to maintain & expand on our core work ie maintaining this website, producing our newsletter, provide you with quarterly meetings & be able to re-imburse necessary out of pocket expenses to volunteers as well as produce publicity material, have insurance, promote what we do & continue our signposting work that is so valuable to many people. These two days enable us to reach new people & bring in much needed funds. 

So how can Alan Ward to this? At their Ennerdale Road site (Shrewsbury SY1 3LD) they now have a flexible space that can be accessed through the store & designed to open up options to hold events at the store.

What can you expect?  Shrewsbury Store Manager Andrea Cutler said “We want to give charities the opportunity to promote their work & raise some money where they don’t have to pay for a stand”.

He continued “It will also give schoolchildren and other community groups and performers the opportunity to showcase their talent and get everyone in the festive spirit. The Christmas Market is one of many public events the store is planning in its huge flexible space, which is 5,000sq ft in size.

“The stalls will need to be run by the charity representatives throughout the weekend” added Mrs Cutler.

It will be a real opportunity for people to get their Christmas cards and wrapping paper, as well as gifts knowing they will  be helping raise funds for various charities”


So we look forward to hearing the school choirs perform and may be hear a brass band, while meeting you and hopefully selling some of our Christmas Cards, items made by our members and more. 















Disabled Motoring UK seeks the views of disabled motorists & your experience of car parks

Start Date:
1st October 2016

End Date:
15th November 2016

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This survey being conducted by Disabled Motoring UK and the British Parking Association is a must fill for many of you. It asks for no personal information. They are seeking the views from disabled motorists and your experiences of car parks.


Your feedback will give  invaluable insight into the most important issues that disabled motorists face and help us to improve the car parking facilities nationwide. The survey closes on 15th November.