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Sight Loss Group Activities for November 2016

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 2nd November 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN 

This month we are having a session on floral arrangements. We have a floral design tutor joining us to show us how to make a door wreath using either tinsel or conifer.

If anyone has any conifer or evergreen foliage they can bring a long, please do.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 14th November 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

Please bring a tale or something from your favourite holiday. We will also have a cream tea and boccia on hand for those who like to play.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 16th November 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our last cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ for 2016.


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 28th November 2 pm -4 pm The Roy Fletcher Centre, Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

 This month we welcome Sioned from Shropshire libraries to find out more about Living Paintings and a possible Touch 2 See book club.

For more information on any of the above activities, please call 01743 342163, Rachel will be happy to help.


Computer Courses for People with Sight Loss.

Are you are interested in learning more on how computers can change your life? Vision Technology and Training Shropshire have an IT suite with computers adapted for those with sight loss. Courses will soon be starting at Helena Lane Centre, 20 Hamlet Road, Ludlow SY8 2NP. No experience necessary, sessions will be geared to individual needs & weekly sessions will last 2 hours at a minimal cost.

Click here for full details: vtts-training-advert

For more information contact Pauline Rose on 01743 257746

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Inclusive Family Fun (This Half Term)

Empathy for Special Children have two events taking place this Half Term.

Out of this World! Family Fun Friendship Group-Open Days takes place on Saturday 22nd October 10 am to 12 noon at Park Lane Centre, Telford TF7 5QZ & from 2 pm to 5 pm at Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms SY7 9PS.  Click here for more details.

Telford Poster: open-day-flyer-telford
Craven Arms Poster: open-day-craven-arms


Halloween Glow Run, Inclusive Event for all the family takes place on Saturday 29th September at Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms SY7 9PS.

Junior Glow Run, Over 16′s Glow Run, Best Fancy Dress and more plus a Disco Party after. All raising money for Empathy.

Click here for poster: glow-run-and-halloween-party-16

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Albrighton Trust-Me & You Project

Me & You Project at Albrighton Trust are looking for people aged 15-25 who have a learning difficulties, special needs or physical disability? Would like to learn something new? Then book your place now while there is still space.

If that is you, they are inviting you to take part in a 6 week (6 one day sessions to take place on Wednesday 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November & 7th & 14th December) to build confidence and self esteem through the teaching of outdoor activities.

Throughout the course, you will have opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications, take on leadership roles, make new friends & have fun plus plan your future.

Click here for brochure: 022 giving you more information including who to contact for further information & what is on offer.


Whizz-Kidz Family Event at Attingham Park

Come & join us for wheelchair accessible den building, campfire lighting including roasting marsh mellows, hallowe’en themed games, Forest School Crafts, pumpkin making & more. (Some activities are weather permitted)

Taking place on Tuesday 25th October between 12 noon and 5 pm at Attingham Park SY4 4TW


Cost: Free for young wheelchair users (up to 25 years of age) and three family members and/or friends. Additional guests welcome but must pay National Trust entry fee. 

Bring a  packed lunch or purchase food from the National Trust Cafes. Parking is FREE. Changing Places facility on site.

Please sign up by contacting Ray on [email protected] or 07788 435 149


Birmingham Rep- Accessible Performances this Autumn

Birmingham Rep Theatre have announced their accessible performances for Autumn & Winter 2016. The programme includes The Exorcist, Treasure Island, The Snowman, Love & many more. With a variety of accessible performances including Audio Described Performance, Relaxed Performances,  British Sign Language Interpreted Performance & Captioned Performances click here for a full list. birmingham-rep-accessible-performances 

Click here for further information including Listening to the Autumn & Winter 2016 Season Audio Brochure

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Grow Your Tenner is back but not for long! Read on..

Each year Localgiving runs grow Your  Tenner.

Starting Tuesday 18th October at 10 am-Grow Your Tenner is back! Grow Your Tenner each year help local charities like ours raise more money by matching the value of online donations by up to £10. This year’s campaign launches at 10 am on Tuesday the 18th of October. Last year the allocated funding ran out within days. If you can support is, we would be so grateful. Those of you attending our AGM & quarterly meetings will realise how important funding is for us to operate. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of our accounts should call 07780 852 229. If you can support us & give us an early Christmas box, enabling us to continue this website, fund our meetings, our printer, publicity materials, raise awareness we would appreciate it. Thank you.

Thanks to an injection of government funding from the Office for Civil Society, we will now be matching both one time and Direct Debit donations during Grow Your Tenner 2016! Click here for more information

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Time to have that flu jab!

Yes, it is that time of year again, when if we have not already had it we should be making arrangement to have our flu jabs. You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long term health condition*, or are a carer. Children aged 2, 3 or 4 years are also eligible.
We all need to stay well this winter. You can get a flu jab at your GP or in select pharmacies. Not eligible for the free vaccine? You can still get the jab for a small fee.

Click here to check eligibility:

Click here for advice on staying well this winter:


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Healthwatch Shropshire looks at “Death & Dying”

Each month Healthwatch Shropshire choose a  “Hot topic”. This months is one that can be very difficult to talk about-”Death & Dying” 

Whether in hospital or being supported in the home, there is only one chance for care providers to get this right.  Healthwatch Shropshire would like you to share your stories with them. ie Did you feel the care your  loved one received was what they wanted and expected? Was the language being used by care providers clear and appropriate? Were you given the opportunity to ask questions? If so were they answered in an appropriate way?

Healthwatch Shropshire are keen to build up a picture of how well “End of Life Care in Shropshire” is working. & whether or not people feel supported, 

If you have any comments for Healthwatch about this topic please contact them on 01743 237884 or [email protected]  You can also leave feedback in many Shropshire  libraries where you will find “Tell Us” leaflets which you can complete & post in the boxes provided.

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NHS Future Fit Programme-Pop Up stands at various places in Shropshire

Throughout October NHS Future Fit will have pop up stands at various places throughout Shropshire.  This will give you an opportunity to ask questions, pick up information & discover how patients & members of the public can play a part in the programme, with a consultation due to start towards the end of the year.

With much in the media about possible changes to services at both the Princess Royal Hospital & Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, it is important that people take these opportunities to ask questions.

Dr Julian Povey, Chairman of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We want people to be as well informed as possible about the programme. We want everyone to understand the positive advantages that NHS Future Fit can provide with the creation of a new Emergency Department and two Urgent Care Centres, each able to see up to 80 per cent of those who currently go to A&E, in Telford and Shrewsbury.”

The pop-up stands will be at:

  • Monday 10th October, 10 am-2 pm – Ludlow Market, Ludlow SY8 1AY 
  • Wednesday 12th October, 10 am-2 pm – Bridgnorth Library, Listley Street, WV16 4AW
  • Monday 17th October, 10 am-2 pm – Bishops Castle Town Hall, High Street, SY9 5BG 
  • Tuesday 18th October, 9 am-5 pm – Charles Darwin Centre (ground floor near to car park entrance) Shrewsbury SY1 2BW 
  • Wednesday 19th October, 10 am-2 pm – Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton, TF9 3AX 
  • Thursday 20th October, 10 am-2 pm – The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry, SY11 1LW 
  • Friday 21st October, 9 am-1 pm – Whitchurch Civic Centre, High Street, SY13 1AX

More events are to be held in Mid Wales. Last month SDN published dates of pop-ups in the Telford & Wellington areas of Shropshire.

Further Informaion

To view the NHS Future Fit animation please go to:

People can get involved by going to: