Monthly Archives: October 2010

Trident Reach


Website Page for Shropshire:
Contact:  Bernadette Keogh

Telehone: 01743 355715
Address: Trident Reach , Suit 1, Canon Court North, Abbey Lawns, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 5DE

Trident Reach provides person centred support to all those that need it. Reach offers all individuals accessing its services a menu of different levels of service depending on their assessed need ranging from high levels of service input through the full spectrum of service models to the delivery of occasional low level good neighbouring support services.

Shropshire Services include both Mental Health Service and Registered Care Service.Trident Reach supports people through a number of services within the Shropshire area.

Click here for Mental Health Service:

To speak to a member of the Mental Health team, please call 01743 355 715 or email

Click here foe Registered Care Service:

To speak to a member of the Registered Care team, please call  01743 355 715 or email


Find us on Face Book @tridentgrp and Twitter @tridentgrp


Grange Day Centre (Closed 2011)

Website:  link takes you to Shropshire Council Adult Social Care
Telephone: 0345 678 9044
Address: N/A Grange is closed.

Please note this Day Centre was closed in 2011 and was one of the first Day Centres to be “axed” by Shropshire Council. Amid must controversy and campaigning by “Users” it was decided to close it because Shropshire Council said “Personal Budgets meant fewer people were using it and people on Personal Budgets were finding better things to do with their budgets!”

The Grange Day Centre provides day opportunities to disabled people in Shropshire. The centre runs several short courses to enhance people’s skills. The courses cover areas such as music, art, exercise and gardening. The centre offers ICT training for visually impaired people on a one to one or one to two tuition basis.

The course teaches basic computer skills and also advises users on how to adapt their computer settings to meet their needs, as well as any equipment needed. These skills will enable disabled people to access the work place or college and be able to adapt computer equipment in these settings to meet their needs. The Transcription Service which is also sited at the Grange Centre provides transcription into Braille, large print, audiotape and disk.

Transport to Art (tART)

Link to website

Transport to Art (tART)

Phone 01691 656 882

Oswestry Community Action and Shropshire Council Arts Service are working in partnership to provide accessible/affordable transport in Northern Shropshire to enable people who don’t have access to transport to participate in a wide range of arts events, such as drama, music, poetry, dance and visual arts.

Specifically targeting the council’s four priority groups:

  • young people up to the age of 23
  • older people over 60
  • people living in rural isolation
  • people with a disability.

Transport is organised to meet the individual’s / groups needs. The service is as cost effective as possible. There is a charge for people travelling, which varies depending on the mileage, but it is a heavily subsidised fare. Visit the website for more details.



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Spectrum Group

Link to website

Spectrum Group

Contact Alison Hart, Jeannette Griffiths
Email (Jeanette Griffiths)
Phone 01939 220 567 (Alison Hart)

Group for parents/carers of children with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and associated challenging behaviours. Meets in Shrewsbury.



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South Shropshire Access Group

Website: N/A
Contact: Vivienne Parry
Telephone: 01584 873604
Address: (Meeting Venue) Whitefriars, Whitefriars Road, off Sandpits Lane. Ludlow SY8 1RG

This group works to raise awareness of the needs and problems disabled people have in relation to access issues. The Access Group is available for consultation on development proposals to try to ensure that access issues are addressed at an early stage. Meetings are usually held at Whitefriars on the third Friday of each month at 2 pm. They welcome new members with any type of disability, their carers or a friend or anyone without a disability who would like to join in the meetings.

SignHealth (The Deaf Health Charity)

Telephone 020 3947 2600 Fax: 020 8772 3242

SMS/text message: 07966 976749 

To contact us using BSL click here:
Address Falcon Mews, 46 Oakmead Road, Balham, London, SW12 9SJ

We have a range of projects, services and campaigns, all aimed at improving the health of Deaf people.

SignHealth is probably the country’s biggest employer of Deaf people, and most of the staff in our projects and services are fluent sign language users.

Our work is varied and aims to give Deaf people easier access to healthcare and information, as well as providing services which are not provided elsewhere. Some of our work is funded on a case by case basis by the NHS, and some is funded entirely by grants from trusts, or by donations from people like you.

Click here to watch a BSL video about the work of SignHealth


Find us on Face Book @signhealth and Twitter @signhealth

Registered Charity Number England & Wales (1011056), and Scotland (SC044122)

My Life My Choice (now Shropshire Choices)

Website: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Address: N/A

Shropshire now has moved on to a new scheme Shropshire Choices.

Transformation of Adult Social Care is a national programme to enhance social care and provide support that is geared around the person to enable them to be as independent as possible. Shropshire Council is now looking at the way it delivers services and this will mean some changes in how services work.

Shropshire’s ‘My Life, My Choice’ programme will be an exciting way of giving more choice and control to people who need support with their care. The Council will be looking at how it can provide information and guidance to everyone who needs extra support and to offer ‘personal budgets’ to people who meet the eligibility for social care funding.

A Personal Budget is an amount of money which the Council allocates to help people who need support due to disability, frailty or vulnerability, to get the support they want. Shropshire Council will be working in a different way, in order to give you more choice and control over how that money is spent. Contact the Adult Social Care Team to find our more.

Shropshire Wheelchair User’s Group (SWUG)

Contact Rob Hood (Secretary) Sue Wood (Chair)
Telephone: 01952 252243 (Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm)

Address Rob Hood, Secretary, 10, Limetree Way, Wellington, Telford TF1 3PJ

By joining SWUG you have the chance to air your opinions on all aspects of using a wheelchair to service providers and the NHS in order to influence change.

SWUG is open to all wheelchair users and or carers. Membership is FREE!

Come along to one of our group meetings & discuss the issues that affect wheelchair users and assist in taking action accordingly.

The group is involved in a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Wheelchair Retrieval – campaigning to recall chairs no longer needed, for refurbishment and reassignment. SWUG promoted a poster campaign in hospitals & GP surgeries  about this.
  • Priority Response – If you are a permanent wheelchair user & have need for emergency repairs to your chair then you can have your situation assessed within 4 hours!
  • Voucher Scheme – SWUG has assisted in establishing guidelines for the issue of wheelchair vouchers to give users a wider choice of chairs. Details available from the service.
  • Wheelchair Weighing Facility – If users have no standing capacity and want to know their accurate weight, they can attend the weighing service on the first Thursday of every month between 10 am and 2 pm
  • Wheelchair Repairs: If you use a NHS wheelchair then it will need repairs at some time. SWUG is a watch dog and monitors & aims to improve the system to benefit for the wheelchair user.
  • Better facilities for people with disabilities at NHS outlets: We campaign for adequate facilities throughout the county for the disabled ie parking places, toilets, changing facilities.
  • Improved access in Shropshire: We take up issues re Blue Badges, Park & Ride. SWUG has links with Town & County access groups & raise any issue that may affect user or carer.

SWUG meet on the 1st Thursday of the month (Except August) at Shropshire Rehabilitation Centre, Lancaster Road, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 3NJ Meetings start at 12.30 pm


Lupus West Midlands


Telephone: 01902 498 236 (Monday to Friday 10 am – 8 pm)
Address: West Midlands LUPUS, 8 Legge Lane, Coseley, West Midlands WV14  8RQ

The West Midlands Lupus Group exists to help all sufferers of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) and allied illnesses who live in the West Midlands and surrounding areas in any way necessary and to raise funds to help finance vital medical research into Lupus and to provide patient services.

The group is able to help sufferers come to terms with having Lupus and to advise on such items as aids and adaptations that may be needed to live as near a ‘normal’ life as possible as well as keeping them up-to-date with the progress being made into research and treatment of the illness.

A good way of finding help is to join a local support group – West Midlands Lupus Group (WMLG) offers people living with lupus a chance to meet and share experiences with others.

Lupus Drop In takes place on the second Thursday of each month at The Bold Room, Merry Hill Shopping Centre, Brierley Hill DY5 1QX To see a programme of events click on this link


Registered Charity No. 1051610 and SC039682

Enable – supported employment for people with disabilities

Telephone: 01743 276 900
Fax: 01743 276 950
Addresses:(Shrewsbury Office) Shropshire Council, Ptarmigan, Sitka Drive, Shrewsbury Business ParkShrewsbury, SY2 6LG

Adult Social Care: The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 255 173

(Oswestry Office) Adult Social Care, Shropshire Council, Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry, SY11 2HT Telephone: 01691 661722 

Wolverhampton: A4i, Albert Road, Wolverhampton WV6 0AF Telephone: 01902 554040

We work directly with both jobseekers and employers to find the right job for the right person. With over 20 years of experience, we have a proven track record of ensuring that clients find the career path that suits their interests and skills, ultimately providing employers with suitable candidates for the job.

We firmly believe that employment improves health and builds self-worth, as well as bringing financial and social independence. This is something that we work closely with each of our clients to achieve. With the help of innovative employment schemes and approaches, we constantly strive to perform above the national average.

What we offer job seekers:

  • An initial assessment and development plan
  • Career advice
  • CV writing
  • Preparation for work – practical skills assessment
  • Appropriate work experience to develop skills
  • Support with job searching
  • Support with applications and interviews
  • Support through Job coaching – this is active, in-work support to people from day one of a job, supporting the employee and providing a valuable link for the employer

We have strong links with both large and small companies and employers throughout the county, this helps us to identify the right job for the right person.

What we offer employers:

  • Candidates that have been selected specifically for the job based on their skills and interests
  • Post-employment support and advice
  • Provision of training for staff on disability awareness

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