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SDN & Safe Places win Gold at Shrewsbury Town Mayor’s Awards

Being nominated for a Shrewsbury Town Mayor’s Award is a real honour. It is a grand evening when “unsung hero’s” who make a difference to Shrewsbury are recognised at the annual event. When our Chairperson received an invitation to the recent awards evening, what happened that night was “beyond belief”

We took Gold in the Community category. The certificate says “In recognition of your achievements towards enhancing the social wellbeing of the area”

Ruby said “I was invited to take one guest so I invited Jill Buckley to join me for this special evening. Jill has been very supportive of SDN, especially at fund-raising events as well as ensuring the deaf community have a “voice”. I would have like to have taken everyone with me who supports us, but obviously that is not possible so I want to take this opportunity now to thank all who make SDN what it is as without you it would not be possible. You all make up what this award means to us”

It really was a night to remember because Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny also     presented Safe Place Shropshire which we lead on with Gold in the same category. Celebrations did not end there as they won the Community category outright & now proudly show off both their certificate & the shield which they hold for one year. Ann Shaw former Equality & Diversity Officer for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin who initiated the scheme in the county also joined Ruby for the night.

Ann said after the event “It was such a good evening. I’m thrilled that all the hard work has been recognised”. Referring to Taking Part, OSCA, SDN, Jo & Jess. Ann continued “Well done all of you. Without your commitment & time given, this scheme would never have got off the ground”

We hope you will all get opportunity to see all the awards when you are out & about at events, at meetings etc. We also take this opportunity to congratulate all who were presented with awards. It is a night to remember and we are proud to have been part of it.



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Telford & Wrekin CCG- views on Walk in Services

Start Date:
1st May 2016

End Date:
10th June 2016

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:
23.59 pm

NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want your views on Walk in Services.

From now until 10th June 2016 the CCG are seeking your thoughts in a consultation they are running on GP walk in appointments. The service currently runs from the Princess Royal Hospital site in Telford but the CCG need to understand whether the current walk-in services are providing the best solution to access Urgent Primary Care services.

This is your opportunity to have your say by :

  • Filling in the on-line survey at
  • Obtain a hard copy of the consultation document by telephoning 01952 580478. You can complete the survey & return it via the freepost address: Freepost NHS T & W CCG. This address can also be used to request a survey.
  • Email your response to:

You can also get a copy of the document & speak to us at one of our pop up stands & tell us your thoughts. The events take place on:

  • Friday 20th May at Southwater Building 10 am-12 noon
  • Monday 23rd May at Meeting Point House 10 am- 4 pm

For more information please call 01952 580478.

Please note we can provide information in other languages & formats on request. This includes: braille, large print, audio, CD or tape , other languages. To request a copy of the consultation in a different format, please use contact details above. 

The CCG will review all feedback received & share with you key findings via the website in July 2016



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Transport Bursary available.. read on!

Bringing you news of a new transport bursary! Are you feeling isolated? Is transport an issue? May be you lack confidence to access new activities etc & live in Shropshire, Telford or Wrekin then this may be the opportunity you are waiting for. We are one of 7 partners in the Shropshire Inclusively Fit project led by Shropshire Inclusion Officer Jessica Lightwood & as part of the project this bursary is now open. The project is funded by the Big Lottery.

So what is it? The Transport Bursary is accessible to individuals & groups who have a barrier to accessing new activities. This could be because of cost of transport, being rurally isolated or confidence in trying new activities. So Individuals with a disability, Clubs & Organisations who are offering provision for adults & young people with a disability or wanting to provide more inclusive activities in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin should consider applying!

Click here for more information & details: Transport Bursary Guidance – SDN



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Dementia & Human Rights

This is Dementia Awareness Week in the UK. To coincide with it, Dementia Alliance International is releasing its first official publication on human rights for people with dementia.

There are currently more than 47 million people with dementia globally and one new diagnosis every 3.2 seconds. There are 850,000 people in the UK who have a form of dementia, more than 5 million in America, and more than 353,800 in Australia. If dementia were a country, it would be the 18th largest economy.

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is an advocacy group, the peak body and global voice of people with dementia. Its mission includes human rights based approaches that are applied to the pre and post-diagnostic experiences of people with a dementia, in every way. It advocates for a more ethical pathway of support that includes human rights, full rehabilitation and full inclusion in civil society.

 “We are launching this landmark Dementia Alliance International guide because, as a direct result of DAI’s advocacy and its rights-based approach, Alzheimer’s Disease International has recently adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is a watershed moment for people with dementia across the world,” said DAI chair Kate Swaffer.

The human rights of people with dementia lie at the heart of our work. Access to the UN Disability Convention was one of the demands we made at the World Health Organisation’s First Ministerial Conference on Dementia held in Geneva in March 2015. Since then, we have done everything we can to make a reality of that demand.

What matters to us now is that people living with dementia should be empowered to use their undisputed right of access to this and to other relevant UN Human Rights Conventions, including a future Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.”

Nothing about us, without us

For more information click on the link below:

Click here to find out about Tour Dementiɑ Cyclinɡ to rɑise ɑwɑreness of dementiɑ taking place 21 Mɑy 2016 10 am to 4 pm cycling from Upton Magna to Market Drayton. Tour Dementia poster with community events info

Click here to find details of Telford 2016 Dementia Community Roadshow. Telford 2016 Roadshow poster










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Severnside Housing helps promote our work

From support by Severnside Housing, we now have SDN wrist bands to promote our work. We are grateful to funding received from Severnside Housing who have granted us money via their  Severnside’s Community Chest Fund. We applied for funding to assist us in purchasing promotional items to publicise and promote the vital work we do.  Following consultation with the Community Chest Fund panel, which is made up of Severnside customers and staff, our request was unanimously approved.

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Ruby Hartshorn, Chairperson of the Shropshire Disability Network about the successful application “Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) was formed in 2008 to provide a powerful collective voice for disabled people across Shropshire.  The grant received from Severnside will enable us to promote the services we offer and help us reach out to people who really need our help.”

Severnside Community Chest Funding applications are invited from any voluntary, community and recreational group working in the Shropshire area whose work will directly benefit Severnside’s residents/communities”.

Paul Forsythe, Chair of Severnside’s Community Chest Fund said “The request for grant funding from the Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) received unanimous support from our Community Chest Fund panel.  We know that a number of our customers access the excellent support and advice offered by SDN and hope that the grant funding will help them support more people across our communities.”

Photo – Ruby Hartshorn, Chairperson of the Shropshire Disability Network and Paul Forsythe, Chair of Severnside’s Community Chest Fund

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Sight Loss Opportunity Groups in May

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Library Wednesday 4th May 10 am to 12 noon.

We will be doing a gentle ‘Walking for health’ walk followed by some time deciding on session for the second half of 2016.

Ludlow at St. Peters Church, Henley Road, Monday 9th May 10.30 am -12.30 pm.

This will be a poetry, music and cream tea session! We’ll also look at forthcoming meeting plans and if there’s enough time find out more about the charity Esme’s Umbrella.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 18th May 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village.

Shrewsbury Monday 23rd May Lyneal Trust Canal Boat trip

Places are very limited for this trip so I will be speaking to individuals who have expressed an interest to confirm timings and make arrangements over the next couple of weeks.

Reminder-See Hear Exhibition in at Sundorne Sports Village in Shrewsbury: Wednesday 11th May 2016 Click this link for more information

Shrewsbury Flower Show: 12th & 13th August

As in previous years, Sight Loss Shropshire are happy to collate requests and apply to the Horticultural Society for complimentary tickets.  

Please let me know if you would like to attend the Flower Show before 20th June 2016 

The ticket gives free entry on either day to a visually impaired person; carers will be admitted free of charge with supporting documentation (i.e. registration card), in line with the Horticultural Society’s accessibility policy.  If the tickets are over-subscribed, preference will be given to people who did not have a ticket last year.

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

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See and Hear Shropshire 2016

See and Hear Shropshire is back for 2016. While you can find details under our “Events” tab, we bring you final details of the programme.

We hope you have this as a date in the diary-Wednesday 11th May 2016 at Shrewsbury Sports Village Sundorne Road Harlescott Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ 10 am to 4 pm.

It is FREE to attend and there will be a free Shuttle Bus every half an hour from Shrewsbury Train Station to The Sports Village starting at 9.30 am 

Don’t forget as well as all-ability cycling on the cycle track by Quest 88, you can visit over 60 stands, join in seminars, visit the See & Hear information van, watch & support the Boccia contest hosted by us Shropshire Disability Network & much more.

Click here for See & Hear Poster:  See and Hear Poster 2016 (2)

Click her for Final Programme: Programme – Final (2)

Click here for Programme timings: Programme timings and explanation



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Best foot forward for Helen in the London Marathon


Many of you will remember Helen Freedman, avid supporter of Shropshire Disability Network, regular attender at our meetings & former employee of Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

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Helen: running for SDN

Helen was going to run for us in 2015 but deferred her number until 2016 when she had the great news that she was to become a Mum for the first time. Barley was born on Mothering Sunday last year! Within 6 weeks of the birth, Helen who has never run a marathon before, started running again & is all geared up to complete her challenge. As Helen wrote in a recent edition of “YourVoice”


On the 24th April I’ll be in London for the Marathon raising money for SDN. And why….. because I can. I’ve been involved with SDN now for a couple of years and I believe they provide a valuable voice in our rural county. I’ve seen the great work the core team do & want to can raise some valuable funds for SDN. Because I can! “

In support of Helen’s efforts would you be willing to support her in her efforts to raise much needed funding for our own going work? We realise a lot of our work goes on “behind the scenes” as we are all volunteers working from our own homes, but that does not mean we have no costs. Meetings rooms to pay for, website costs, equipment ie banners & on that note with our work expanding we need to buy a third one! Then we have insurance we have to have Charity insurance, then there is paper, toner & other consumables for our laser printer plus “outsource” printing of flyers, leaflets, membership forms plus our regular newsletter which needs printing, envelopes & postage & the shopping list goes on.

So how can you help? At Shropshire Disability Network you can donate to us at any time via Ruby our Chairperson has set up a fundraising page for Helen so to make a donation (any amount from £2 would be appreciated & don’t forget you can gift aid it, meaning more money for us & it does not cost you anything more) on-line click here to donate.

Or you can send a donation to Shropshire Disability Network C/O 26 Aldwick Drive, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury SY3 6BN or request an envelope from us to put a cash donation in. May be ask for an envelope & have a whip round at your place of work, event or something you go to.

Let’s get behind Helen now & don’t forget to look out for someone wearing a Shropshire Disability Network vest with the number 18068 on it -Sunday 24th April as you watch the London Marathon on TV-that is Helen. If you are going to the London Marathon, please let us know by calling/texting Shropshire Disability Network on 07780 852 229

Thank You SDN.