Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Wheelchair Users Guide to Accessible Activities in and around Shropshire

Website: (opens as a pdf document that can be saved to your computer)

Produced by the Disabled Holiday Information Group this guide is a tried and tested guide to accessible activities across and beyond Shropshire.

Activities are listed alphabetically and include everything from Abseiling to White water rafting.

The Wheelchair User’s Guide to Accessible Tourist Attractions for Shropshire

Website: (opens as a pdf guide that can be saved to your computer)

The guide has been researched and compiled by Frank Napper a wheelchair user and Chairman of the Disabled Holiday Information Group with the assistance of his wife Sue.

It’s aim is to help address the complex and often confusing tourist information that faces those who have limited mobility when making decisions about where to visit and stay.

Shropshire is one of England’s lesser known counties but with its unspoilt and varying landscape and unique towns and villages it makes an excellent holiday destination.

This is designed to give wheelchair users an insight into the kind of attractions on offer in the county and its surrounding borders.

It will also prove useful to local residents who are wanting to plan a successful day out.

Among the attractions featured are Wroxeter Roman City, The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, the Severn Valley Railway and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

It also includes a section with useful information on a selection of excellent hotels, B&B’s and self catering properties within the county.

Parkinson’s UK

Helpline: 0808 800 0303

Text relay: 18001 0808 800 0303 (for textphone users only)

Email: (helpline)

Enquiry Form:
Address: UK Office –Parkinson’s UK, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V IEJ

Wales Office-Parkinson’s UK Wales/Cymru, Maritime Offices, Woodland Terrace,,Maesycoed
Pontypridd CF37 1DZ Telephone: 0344 225 3784 Email:

Northern Ireland Office- Parkinson’s UK Northern Ireland, Wellington Park Business Centre,
3 Wellington Park, Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6DJ Telephone: 028 9092 3370  Email:

Scotland Office: Parkinson’s UK Scotland,Suite 1-14,King James VI Business Centre
River view Business Park, Friarton Road, Perth, PH2 8DY Telephone: 0344 225 3724 Email:

Local Self Help Groups:

Bridgnorth: The Parkinson’s UK Bridgnorth and District Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 2 pm. Contact: Revd Garry Ward Telephone: 01746 710304 Email:


Church Stretton: The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month, from 2.30 pm to 4 pmContact: Heather Broughton, Secretary Telephone: 01743 718174  Email:


Shrewsbury Branch: Shrewsbury and District Parkinson’s UK provides aid, advice, information and support to those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, and to their families and carers. Regular meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 2.15pm. Meetings are open to all Parkinsonians, their families, friends and carers. Contact: Fred Jones Telephone: 01743 872597
Meeting venue: Harlescott Social Club, Roselyn, Shrewsbury, SY1 4LP


Telford and Wrekin Branch: Telford and Wrekin branch of Parkinson’s UK offers friendship, support and information to local people with Parkinson’s their family and carers. Join them and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area. They organise regular events and social activities on the last Tuesday of each month (except August) between 1 pm and 3 pm.  Contact:  Carol Scott  Telephone: 01952 811994  Email:


Whitchurch Support Group: Parkinson’s UK Whitchurch Support Group offer information, friendship and support to those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, and to their families and carers. Regular meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1 pm to 3.30 pm. All enquiries welcome. They also organise regular events and social activities, join them and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area. Contact: John Saunders Telephone: 07836 664624 Email:

A charity which funds research into Parkinson’s Disease, offers support, advice and information to people with Parkinson’s , their carers, families and friends and to health and social services professionals involved in management and care, and has a network of over 330 branches and support groups.

Parkinson’s UK also campaigns to influence Government policy and the development of high-quality services at a local and national level.

Find us on Face Book @parkinsonsuk and Twitter @ParkinsonsUK 

A registered charity in England and Wales (258197) and in Scotland (SC037554).

Pain Concern

Email: (General Enquiries)

Help Email: 
Helpline: 0300 123 0789 Every Monday,Thursday and Friday 10 am-12 pm and 2 pm-4 pm

Address: Pain Concern, The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1SR

Telephone: 0300 102 0162

Pain Concern provide information and support to people with pain and those who care for them, whether family, friends or healthcare professionals. We aim to raise awareness about pain and improve the provision of pain management services, through our policy and campaigning work. Our Airing Pain radio show is a series of audio podcasts featuring the experiences of those managing their everyday pain, and interviews with top, internationally recognised experts. Our magazine Pain Matters contains news, features and comment on topics including self-management techniques, research into pain treatments, and personal experiences of living with pain. It is available in print and electronic form. We run a helpline staffed by volunteers, who provide information, support, or just a listening ear to people wanting to talk about their own pain or that of a family member or friend, and an online community on Health Unlocked which provides members with a forum to share experiences. A free information pack on how to manage pain is available.

Find us on Face Book @PainConcern and Twitter @painconcern

Pain Concern is constituted as a members’ association and is governed by its constitution. It is a recognised charity in Scotland (SC023559)

Council of Disabled People – Warwickshire and Coventry (Dissolved June 2013)

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Email: N/A
Telephone/Fax/Minicom: N/A

The Council of Disabled People (CDP) is a Charity organisation that exists to promote and realise the interests of Disabled people regardless of class, colour, race, sexuality, gender and/or age.

By Disabled people the CDP intend anyone who has a physical and/or sensory impairment, labelled as learning disabled, mental health users and survivors, people with HIV positive status and other hidden impairments and/or conditions.

The Council of Disabled People (CDP) encourages the inclusion of Disabled people in the general community and it also provides services directly to Disabled people.

CDP is a Disability rights provider.

Please note due to losing its main source of funding the Council of Disabled People-Warwickshire & Coventry closed its doors in November 2012 and was dissolved in June 2013. An alternative website to visit may be 

Voluntary Action Coventry



Telephone: 024 7622 0381  Fax: 024 7625 7720

Address: 29 Warwick Road,, Coventry CV1 2ES

Oswestry and District Access Group

Address: 01691 650917

Oswestry & District Access Group is a voluntary group that has been working for over 25 years to improve access and facilities for all those who are either resident in or visiting Oswestry.

In particular, they are focused on supporting:

  • mothers with young children
  • people with disabilities
  • partially sighted people
  • hard of hearing people

The group works with the local authorities, providers of goods and services, and other organisations to meet the needs and solve the problems of access throughout the Oswestry area.

Meetings are held between 10.30 am and 12 noon on the second Tuesday of each month, except August and December, when there are social events. The Guild Hall, Bailey Head. Oswestry SY11 1PZ

Contact the group if you are:

  • having difficulties gaining access to shops or other amenities
  • a carer concerned about access issues
  • someone who would just like to help make a difference

Follow us on Face Book @OswestryAccess Group


Open University Services for Disabled Students

Open UniversityWebsite:

Telephone: 0300 303 5303 (Monday to Friday 08:00 to 20:00, Saturday 09:00-17:00)
Address: Student Registration & Enquiry Service, The Open University, PO Box 197, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BJ

Over 9000 students with a disability, health condition, mental health difficulty or specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia) study at the OU.

The OU offer a wide range of support services and facilities to enable students to succeed in their studies, including:

  • advice about funding
  • arrangements for tutorials
  • arrangements for examinations and residential schools
  • provision of equipment

This website gives a lot of information to help students with a wide range of disabilities and long term conditions.

This page gives information on Disability Support:



Telephone: 01743 245 088
Address: Omega, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TX

Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care is a charity working hard to raise standards in end of life care by supporting caregivers looking after someone with a terminal illness, people who are themselves end of life, and those who have been bereaved. We prioritise those aged over 75 and still caring or bereaved. Omega offers:

Chatterbox Action Against Loneliness Programme

A free, confidential, short-term telephone befriending service. It is designed to support those who are lonely and isolated due to their caring role, bereavement, age, or life-limiting and end of life challenges. The service prioritises people over 75. Clients are carefully matched to a dedicated volunteer Befriender who will call them on a weekly basis to provide emotional support and help finding additional services, information and social groups etc.

 A Letter from Louise Penpal Befriending Service

A free penpal befriending service in which volunteer penpals and clients exchange friendly letters on a regular (usually monthly) basis. There are no geographical restrictions. The service is fully safe-guarded as all correspondence is sent via our London House office first; no addresses are shared. Freepost envelopes are provided, and writing paper is available on request.

Delphinium Companionship Service

A flexible and confidential telephone-based practical support and companionship service; A trusted and experienced Delphinium Companion will complete a free complementary consultation to begin getting to know you, and gain a good understanding of your personal situation and how we can help. Devoting at least an hour each week (or longer, if needed), your Delphinium Companion can offer a friendly, listening ear and emotional support.

 Delphinium can also help to facilitate and maintain important connections, and offers an efficient research service to find extra sources of help, such as appropriate professionals or community groups. Delphinium is a pay-as-you-go, not-for-profit service which can supplement any existing help that you receive, and is tailored to support your needs and well-being. Some of the benefits of Delphinium:

– Companionship

– Strict confidentiality

– Flexibility 

– Affordable pay-as-you-go rates

– Extra non-clinical support

Find us on Twitter and Facebook OmegaConnected

Registered Charity Number 1120322

Lupus UK


Contact Form:
Telephone: 01708 731251

Address: LUPUS UK, St James House,Eastern Road,Romford, Essex RM1 3N

West Midlands Lupus Group:
Telephone: 01902 498236

Lupus is a condition with a wide variety of symptoms, but the two major symptoms appear to be joint/muscle aches and pains and extreme fatigue and weakness. LUPUS UK is a registered charity supporting people with systemic lupus and discoid lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis. They have over 6000 Members and a number of Regional Groups around the UK who:

  • arrange medical talks
  • publish local newsletters
  • set up local occasions
  • organise fundraising events

LUPUS UK also:

  • produces an informative national magazine with lupus articles, letters, reports, and photographs
  • operates a strong Grant Programme for research purposes and welfare.

Lupus West Midlands offers:

  • Lupus Drop-In Clinics at Bold Room, Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Brierely Hill,  DY5 1QX the second Thursday of the month, 2 pm-4 pm
  • Open Meetings
  • Visit our website page to find out how to join our group


Find us on Face Book @WestMidlandsLupusGroup and @LUPUSUK and Twitter @LUPUSUK

Registered Charity No. 1051610

Leonard Cheshire Foundation

National Information Resource Assistant

Telephone: 020 3242 0200 Fax: 020 3242 0250

Contact Form:

Address: Head Office:Leonard Cheshire Disability. International Department,  66 South Lambeth,  Road, London SW8 1RL


Leonard Cheshire Disability Wales & West Region
Local Contact: Laura Dobb (service manager)


Telephone: 01691 718303
Areas covered: Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Wales, West Midlands, and Worcestershire

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation is a leading charity provider of care and support to people with disabilities, both in the UK and in more than 50 countries around the world. In the UK today Leonard Cheshire provides 140 services, supporting nearly 15,000 disabled people. Leonard Cheshire has links with a wide range of constituencies of disabled people and disability organisations.

Services include:

  • Care at Home, Care Homes
  • Acquired Brain Injury services
  • Short Break and Leisure Services
  • Transition Services
  • Supported Living
  • Day Support services


Find us on Face Book @LeonardCheshireOrg and Twitter @LeonardCheshire

Registered Charity Number 218186 and SC005117