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Childcare sufficiency assessment 2016

Start Date:
19th September 2016

End Date:
21st October 2016

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Every local authority currently has a statutory duty to carry out regular childcare sufficiency assessments. Section 6 of the Childcare Act 2006 gives local authorities a duty to secure, as far as is reasonably practical, sufficient childcare to meet the requirement of working parents.

The assessment involves looking at the childcare provision available across the county, and understanding the needs of working parents with children up to the age of 14 years, or up to 18 years for children with special educational needs or a disability (SEN-D).

For more information about the statutory duty for local authorities, take a look at the Statutory Guide for local authorities.

Click on this link, it takes you to two surveys, one for Parent/Carers and another one for Providers.

Surveys close Friday 21st October 2016


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Quarterly Meeting & AGM-This Thursday 29th September

All our members should have received details of our Quarterly meeting & AGM this Thursday at Oswestry Cricket Club,  Morda Road, Oswestry. SY11 2AY at 10.30 am (refreshments for an 11 am start) Some of you have replied or sent apologies. We look forward to meeting many of you at Oswestry. While responding gives us an idea of numbers attending, please still come along if you can.

While it is essential that we hold an Annual General Meeting, we will keep business to a minimum. It is important that we have a committee representative of all disabilities, it is also essential we have volunteers who are prepared to support our Management Committee at events and other activities. If you have any time to dedicate to us you will be helping us provide an effective network for people with disabilities that ultimately represents their views. If you would like to talk to someone about volunteering for Shropshire Disability Network, please contact Ruby by calling SDN Mobile on 07780 852 229 for an informal chat or email [email protected] with details of how you would like to help. There are no set hours, you may wish to offer an hour a week, occasional help or several hours a month. We appreciate all our volunteers.



If there are members who wish to put forward an application to be a member of the Management Committee please email [email protected] as soon as possible. If you wish to find out more, please still email as we can co-opt up to 4 members between AGM’s.

So what else can you expect apart from a warm welcome this Thursday? Refreshments & networking as well as an opportunity to meet others.  At your request we have one key note speaker, Fiona Smith founder of Swimming After Surgery, a Telford based charity, she is a Macmillan Cancer Voice, Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, & a Sport Maker Ambassador. Now we don’t want to spoil it by telling you more but this is a speaker not to miss!

For more information look under  the “About Us Tab” -Open Meetings (where you will also find information on previous meetings) and/or  & Events for 29th September. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday. 



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All In-Autumn/Winter 2016 Programme

The Autumn/Winter Edition of the ‘All In’ activity programme has information about activities and opportunities that are taking place across the whole county of Shropshire. It is packed with details of activities for children & young people with disabilities or additional needs , enabling you to have fun & meet friends & make new ones. 

For details click here: all-in-newsletter-autumn-winter-2016


Care Act Survey -closes 4th October

Start Date:
10th September 2016

End Date:
4th October 2016

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Think Local Act personal ( TLAP) is running a survey to find out how much of a difference the Care Act has made in the experience of people with care and support needs, and carers.

Please click on this link for more information and to complete the survey:

This is why they are doing the survey:

Thank you for taking part in this survey. We want to find out how recent changes in the law on care and health services are affecting people who need care or support, and carers. We will use this information to help make improvements.

#The survey is for people aged 18 years or older who need care or support, or carers of any age. Care and support means extra help to manage your life and to be independent.

We want to hear from you if you have a disability, a long term illness or condition, or poor mental health.

We want to hear from carers too – people who provide unpaid care or support to a family member, friend or neighbour. Please tell us about the support you need for yourself as a carer. You can also help the person you care for to tell us about their own care and support.

The survey is available to complete until 4th October 2016. After this we will be looking at what you have told us.

The survey should take about 10 minutes, depending on how much you want to say. If you need help, just ask someone in a support role – a carer, friend or family member, or personal assistant.




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Kelda writes..What a Team! What a Performance!


Yesterday saw my Paracanoe Team mates secure 3 Gold and 2 Bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio. I was so, so proud to watch each and every one of them deliver the performance of their lives, and I know how much they’ve all given to the sport to make those results possible.

To be honest, I watched the racing with mixed emotions. It was a complete privilege to have been part of the journey and to have trained along side such an incredible team. But yes, of course I wish I’d been there! I have complete admiration for every one of my team mates for delivering such incredible performances out in Rio, and I know how much it meant to them all. Awesome paddling guys!!



The Games have been a huge learning experience for me, watching people achieve their dreams,  and watching some people have their dreams come crashing down. What’s stood out for me, is the fact that we really can’t define people by the medal around their necks. The difference between success and failure can often be the matter of 100th’s of a second….but the same commitment, training, sacrifice and dedication has been part of every athlete’s life, no matter what the result.

For me, it’s taught me that it really is about being the best person you can be….living by your values and treating people with respect. It’s been such an amazing achievement for all of the guys out at the Paralympics, and every medal won is so well deserved, but I’ve come away with as much respect and admiration for every single competitor, not just those that have achieved Gold.


It’s also shown me that life is very much about living for every moment and grabbing every opportunity. I’ll admit, I was gutted when I missed out on selection for Rio, and the following few months were tough as I tried to find my identity again. But it’s amazing what opportunities can come along when we least expect them…..Tomorrow I’m off to Chamonix to take part in a training weekend with the Adaptive Grand Slam Team. The team are aiming to complete the mountaineering Grand Slam, that’s the 7 highest peaks in 7 continents, plus the North Pole and South Pole. They’re aiming to do this with an adaptive team….the first time this has ever been done.


The aims and values of the team fall completely in line with my own values, and this feels like the most amazing opportunity. Although there’s no guarantee I’ll be part of the team for further expeditions, I’m excited about the challenge, I’m so looking forward to working with the incredible team….and I’m left wondering about what adventures lie around the corner.


And none of this would’ve happened if I’d been selected for Rio!!


You see, it’s all just part of the journey….you never know what’s around the corner, you never know where things will lead, but as long as you keep looking forwards and don’t spend all your time looking in the rear view mirror, then good things will come.


Everything really does happen for a reason!


We salute all who have taken part in Paralympics Rio 2016




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Kay Kelly, Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence at Lanyon Bowdler acts regularly for children who suffer from brain injury & movement control problems. Kay was delighted to have the opportunity to look around Severndale Specialist School Shrewsbury.

Click here to read Kay’s blog

Thanking Lanyon Bowdler (SDN sponsor) for giving us permission to share this blog with you.


Thanking our Volunteers- A Message from the High Sheriff of Shropshire

On Saturday 10th September Ruby our Chairperson with SDN Member Jenny Dickenson had a lovely afternoon at RAF Cosford guests of the High Sheriff of Shropshire who held a tea party -”Celebrating Volunteering in Shropshire” 

We met many lovely people, all volunteers from various organisations across Shropshire. We were treated to refreshments including some delicious cakes. RAF Cosford Military Wives choir really set the scene to thank volunteers with a medley of songs including “Stronger Together”.

In a video made specially for this celebration, Christine Holmes, High Sheriff gave a very powerful message & asked that we share her message of thanks to all who volunteer for us.

She said “It simply does not matter why you volunteer, it just matters that you do and I thank you for that. And despite what many may think, volunteering does not come free. It costs to travel, to dress appropriately. All of you incur costs & many of you shoulder them yourselves. Once again I thank you for that”.

She continued “Volunteers have existed since time immemorial & have always provided valuable help and services. But we are moving into a new era of volunteers increasingly providing core and essential services”

SDN  knows if it were possible all  our volunteers would have been invited to attend but that just was not possible. However Christine has asked that we share her message of thanks with all who volunteer for us. 

A personal Message from the High Sheriff to all who volunteer. “Thank you to everyone who attended the celebration of volunteering today. I could only invite a small cross section of the excellence of volunteers in Shropshire so I ask you to take back the message of thanks and support to all who did not attend”

SDN also wishes to thank all our volunteers, whether helping at bucket collections, Awareness days, at meetings, on the Management Committee or behind the scenes ie website work, blogging representing us at meetings/events.

If you would like to volunteer for us and help share in what we do please call SDN Mobile on 07780 852 229 or email [email protected] for opportunities.

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Ludlow Assembly Rooms present “A Life More Ordinary” Film Screenings.

A Life More Ordinary is our selection of dementia-friendly film screenings for those living with dementia, their families, friends and carers. Extending the welcome to all members of the public, screenings take place in a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.
A Life More Ordinary is possible thanks to Dukes Theatre Lancaster and the BFI Film Hub North West Central.

Click here for our September-December 2016 brochure: 


Note: Tickets £5 including Refreshments. Carers go FREE.

Check under Events pages on this website for individual entries of screenings at Ludlow Assembly Rooms and Wem Town Hall.

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New Dance Class-Creative Movers for people with learning difficulties

Do you have a learning difficulty & have an interest in dance? This may be just the opportunity you are looking for. 

Shropshire Inclusive Dance are running a FREE taster session for the new Dance Class “Creative Movers” which they are launching on 29th September, specifically designed for people with learning impairment.

The taster session, which is person centred takes place on Thursday 22nd September at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1AN. Booking is essential.


For full details and who to contact click here: new-inclusive-dance-class-info






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Customer Service Point Opening Hours Review

Start Date:
12th September 2016

End Date:
7th October 2016

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Shropshire Council are reviewing the opening hours of their Customer Service Points. Customer Services operates face to face offices all across Shropshire. Customers can access and get help with many council services at these offices.This review is not about closing Customer Service Points but about reducing the hours when they are open. Shropshire Council are  proposing changes to the times during which Customer Service staff are in the office and available to help customers at the following offices:

  • Shrewsbury,
  • Oswestry,
  • Ludlow,
  • Bridgnorth,
  • Whitchurch and
  • Market Drayton. 

This could affect some of our members, especially the elderly & those needing help to access these places.

Click here to find out more:

To take part in the survey which closes on Friday 7th October click here:

Further details please contact Chris Westwood by email [email protected] If you have friends & family with no IT access who may be affected by reduced services please tell them about this survey and/or help them complete it or call  SDN  suggests you call 0345 678 9000 for help.