Monthly Archives: September 2010

SDN Newsletter Issue 5: October 2010 Out Now!

Issue 5:  October 2010 of Shropshire Disability Network Newsletter is now out.  As usual it is packed full of interesting articles, news, information and events.  AND there is an unformatted version available for text readers!

Download the Newsletter here Issue 5 – October 2010 [NB Don’t forget to select the ‘hand’ tool on your pdf viewer to open links in the document!]

Download the full, printable version here Issue 5 – October 2010 Printable versionDownload the full Newsletter here

Download the full, unformatted text only version suitable for text readers here Shropshire_Disability_Network_Newsletter_October_2010_unformatted_website

We will also be producing a non-formatted version in Word for blind and visually impaired readers, and a video version (in sections) where the text is read out, for those who do not want to read large chunks of text.  It will be a few days before we can get this ready, so watch this space or email me, Sally Barrett, the Editor on if you would like me to send you an email telling you when these are ready to download from this website.

Producing the Newsletter in all its versions takes some time and we really need more volunteers to help with it.  So if you have a computer and the internet, and can spare a few hours a month (at any time to suit your convenience), let me know!

The Equalities Act, 2010


The Equalities Act became law in Spring 2010 though it is did not start working until later in 2010. The act brings together nine equality laws and about 100 smaller laws with the intention of making it simpler for people with disabilities as well as providers of services, employers and commercial organisations to understand the rights of groups and individuals in England, Scotland and Wales.

By clicking on the link at the bottom of the page you can download an “Easy Read” copy of the Equality Act.  We would like to hear your views on the new Equality Act so please comment below and tell us what you think.

Equality Act, easy read

Equality Act easy read illustration

This link takes you to “How the Equality Act 2010 defines disability, and what law changes mean for the public, businesses, and the public and voluntary sectors.”  It includes documents relating to the Voluntary Sector, Businesses, Individuals, Carers, Duty of Employers, Age Discrimination and Clubs and Associations.

Telford & Wrekin Council – Adult Social Services



MyLife is an information, advice and signposting website that enables you to find social care information and care support in your area, helping to maintain your independence.

Link to My Life website: this includes information on how to live independently, support to live independently and a host of other useful information.

The website page Adult Social Services:  gives links to the following informative pages: 

My Options: Website Link:

My Options, offers five separate services which are committed to enabling people to live life the way they choose, by offering flexible support options which promote independence, well-being and community involvement.

Working closely with individuals, parents and carers, commissioners and Local Authorities, we are a trusted and established service.

We are passionate about providing the best to our customers, listening to what people want and making a positive difference to their lives.

Find us on Face Book @TelfordWrekin and Twittter @TelfordWrekin

The Project Group (Oswestry) CIC (now Designs in Mind)

Website:  N/A
Email: N/A
Telephone/Fax: 01691 655140
Address: The Project Group (Now Designs in Mind) , 17a Cross Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NF

History of The Project. Please click on this link to go to Designs in Mind which has developed out of The Project Group

The Project Group was a voluntary arts based community business whose members are, or have been, in touch with Adult Mental Health Services. Membership is achieved through a successful referral process, initiated by a mental health worker, psychiatrist or GP within Shropshire and South Staffordshire.

Referral agencies include:

  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Social Inclusion and Recovery Service
  • GP practice
  • Enable
  • Assertive Outreach Team
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Team
  • Prison In-Reach (via Community Mental Health Team)
  • Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team
  • Hospital nursing and Occupational Therapy staff
  • Community substance misuse team.
  • Pupil referral unit

Potential members do need to be formally referred. So if you are interested, talk to your mental health worker or GP.


The Project Group has been commissioned by Shropshire Council to design and create artwork for six PFI (Private Finance Initiative) buildings around the county. We have come up with exciting and varied proposals to transform these buildings in the different sites. Small teams a re working on the development of the individual pieces.

In addition to the overall budget for the 6 sites, the Project Group had raised a Business Development Grant from Oswestry Borough Council, and funding from the Arts Council, in order to use one of the commissions as an opportunity for development of the group’s activities. This larger project, at Louise House in Shrewsbury, will further enhance the group’s ability to deal with total environments and will result in a new portfolio for the group. We will involve 3 artists at the site who will work with us on the development of the proposal and will teach us new and transferable skills.

The six buildings are:

  • The Lantern, Harlsescott, Shrewsbury
  • Louise House, Shrewsbury
  • Abbots Wood, Shrewsbury
  • Helena Lane, Ludlow
  • Four Rivers Nursing Home, Ludlow
  • Raven House, Market Dayton


The Project Group has years of experience in facilitating workshops for a wide range of groups. Workshops are supported or led by our members. Our aim is to make our facilities, as well as the group’s experience, accessible to an increasing range of people through:

  • community workshops
  • in-service training
  • public workshops
  • corporate workshops
  • workshops offered by other people and organisations within our studio

In developing consultancy and workshop programmes, Project Group members (who as service users are often cast as passive receivers) become advisors and skilled specialists.
We also hold workshops for members to develop their own skills, expertise and confidence, in the form of Master Classes.


Project Group members work as individual artists to design, develop and produce a range of retail products made from glass, felt, textiles, recycled material and ceramics, and these are sold at seasonal Fairs.


Dr John Tolliday, Associate Specialist Psychiatrist working in Community Mental Health in Oswestry, is presently in the early stages of a research topic studying the effectiveness of The Project Group as an intervention in the treatment of mental illness. This study is being assisted and supervised by Dr Eleanor Bradley, reader in mental health at Staffordshire University and the Ethics Committee and the Research and Development Committees of the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The study design will be a Qualitative Study which involves in-depth interviews with clients who have concluded a period of time with the group. The intention is to publish a paper in the scientific literature validating the work that The Project Group does as a therapy for mental illness in general.

United Kingdom Disabled People’s Council
phone: 020 8522 7433
Stratford Advice Arcade, 107-109 The Grove, Stratford, London, E15 1HP

A charity that works for the full inclusion of disabled people in society and the workplace. UKDPC believes that inclusion is a human rights and civil liberties issue that must be effectively tackled. By working in partnership with disabled people’s organisations, the government and other bodies, and that equality can be achieved.

Membership includes local, regional and national organisations. They work with over 300 disabled people’s organisations, and are running consultation and capacity building events all over the country. These events aim to strengthen the role of disabled people’s organisations, as it is only through them that true equality can be achieved.

The issues UKDPC are working on at this time include:

  • Working with the government to ensure that a comprehensive programme is in place to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and to ensure that UKDPC is a central part of the monitoring and evaluation process;
  • Building the capacity of DPOs through the Disability LIB (Listen, Include, Build) Alliance. This is a three-year project to strengthen and support local groups of disabled people;
  • Promoting independent living at local level by supporting the initiative to create a centre for independent living in every local authority area by 2010;
  • Working with the Home Office and other parties to ensure the proper recognition of disability hate crime and to ensure that this issue is dealt with through an improvement in both policies and procedures;
  • Providing information and advice on key issues that impact on disabled people’s lives.