Monthly Archives: November 2010

SignHealth Counselling

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

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, talking about it can help. BSL Healthy Minds offers two different ‘talking therapies’ for Deaf people: counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential environment. The counsellor will listen, ask questions and reflect back their understanding, to help you clarify any problems and move forward.

Counselling can be particularly helpful if you’re adjusting to difficult circumstances or you’re not sure what the problem is. It is often recommended for people who are depressed, anxious, bereaved, having problems at work or home, or having problems with their identity.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, explores the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Challenging unhelpful thoughts and behaviours can help you feel better and help you make positive changes.

CBT focuses on specific problems you’re having. It is used for treating mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD and phobia. In regular weekly sessions, you’ll work together with your therapist to change unhelpful thinking patterns and overcome obstacles by changing your behaviour.

You’ll set goals for each session as well as longer term goals. There may be tasks to do after each session, which could include keeping a thoughts diary or practising new behaviours.

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Find us on Face Book @signhealth and Twitter @signhealth

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


Approximately 40% of profoundly deaf people will experience mental distress at some time or other. If you are very unwell then you may be prescribed medication and even admitted to hospital. But, for most of us, this is not necessary. Psychological therapy is often the best way of overcoming our mental health problem. You might want to think about psychological therapy because you are:

  • Worried Depressed Confused/identity issues
  • Having feelings of panic or anxiety
  • Feeling bad about yourself
  • Wanting to make changes to your life
  • Having to cope with changes that you have no control over
  • Have problems with your relationships at home/work/school/college
  • Someone important to you has died

We all know that talking to someone about a problem can often help. We all speak to friends or family about things that are bothering us. However, sometimes the problem can be too ‘big’, and the support from our friends may not be enough. Psychological therapists are trained to help people overcome their problems. This often involves ‘listening’ and asking the ‘right’ questions. In this way, we begin to see our experiences differently and make sense of what is happening. We may realise, for instance, that we have become very focused on part of our life, and forgotten about some of the things that make us happy and are more important to us. The counsellor helps us to take a step back and look at what might be causing the problem. The therapist will not tell anybody else what you say. It is confidential. Therapists are:

  • Qualified
  • Can use BSL
  • Have an awareness and understanding of Deaf culture
  • Work within a professional and ethical framework

North Salop Wheelers


Booking Line: 01948 880037

Text line: 07943275757


Address: The Bungalow, Post Office Lane, Whixall,  SY132QU

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  • Provides accessible, affordable transport to the less fortunate members of society in North Shropshire.
  • Through Whixall Parish Council, obtained funding to purchase a minibus which has wheelchair carrying capability. Increased carrying capability in 2009 with the purchase of a further 17 seater minibus.
  • Also runs a black cab with wheelchair carrying capability.
  • Available to all our members and member groups. Membership is also available to tourists and visitors to the area.

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Related website: The Shropshire Community Transport Consortium

SIBS Groups for Brothers and Sisters

  • A new SIBS group for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities is starting in Oswestry, following up the group in Bridgnorth which started summer 2010.
  • The groups are open to brothers and sisters aged 8 – 12 years who would benefit from being part of a Siblings Group.
  • The groups will be meeting monthly.
  • The groups are arranged by Harry Cade, the Service Development Officer at the Shropshire Children with Disabilities Team who has secured funding from HSBC Bank to run the groups. He would also like to start a group in Market Drayton in the near future and would like to hear from parents/carers of children who would be interested.

If you would be interested in any of these groups then contact: Harry Cade, Service Development Officer, Disabled Children’s Team Tel: 01743 282370 E-mail :

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This is a website that has many articles about people living with a disability & what you need to be aware of ie: 

  • Getting help to get a job in the UK, if you have a disability.
  • Living with a disability in the UK.
  • Volunteer to help disabled people.


ADDiSS-ADHD Information Service and Support Service




Telephone: 020 8952 2800 Fax: 020 8952 2909

Address: ADDiSS, P O Box 340, Edgware, Middlesex  HA8 9HL

ADDISS provides information, training and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties. All our activity is supported by our Professional Board of expert advisers. 

We support a multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment protocol, including education and behavioural interventions, with or without medication. We always keep an open mind and try to help families find their own most appropriate approach to intervention. 

ADDISS is a registered charity, run by volunteers and staff.

  • Provides information, training and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties.
  • Activity is supported by a Professional Board of expert advisers.
  • Supports a multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment protocol, including education and behavioural interventions, with or without medication.
  • Helps families find their own most appropriate approach to intervention.
  • The ADDISS Resource Centre has a large range of books and videos covering all aspects of ADHD and related conditions, as well as a reference library where you can look up articles.
  • Holds a 3-day national conference each year, bringing together professionals and people living with ADHD.

ADDiSS is a Registered Charity 1070827

Options Group



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Telephone: 08442 487187

Options, part of Outcomes First Group, provide care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. We offer a pathway of services, with specialist teams of highly trained staff, including education, care and therapeutic teams. We provide a person centred approach to education and care, looking at the full needs of the individual and adapting our interventions accordingly.

Offers services for:

  • People with autistic spectrum disorders – Person-centred programmes for people with ASD integrating the key elements of care, education and therapy. Providing stimulating learning environments and comprehensive clinical support. Promoting social, communication and life skills development alongside educational achievement. ASD-specific services include three schools, two Adolescent to Adult Preparation Services (AALPS), and a range of residential options for young people and adults which focus on community integration.
  • People with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties – Adopting a highly individualised approach to integrating care, education and therapy in BESD services, focussing on continuity and consistency of service from childhood to adulthood. Personalised programmes are designed to enable people to feel nurtured and secure as they make tangible, measurable progress towards independent living. BESD services include Young Options, residential and educational services for children and young adults; Family Options, a specialist fostering service for young people aged 7 to 17; and Further Options, ongoing community based accommodation and support for young people and adults aged 16+.

We have places throughout the UK. We have Helpful Fact Sheets on our website which are available for you to download.

To make a referral to Options or for further information on our referral process or any of our services, either complete our online form, email or call 08442 487187 and select option 1.


Find us on Face Book @optionsautism  and Twitter @optionsautism 

Talk About Autism

Talk About Autism


Talk about Autism is the UK’s largest online autism community. We have a team of moderators – and it’s friendly – our community is supportive and welcoming to new members. You can discuss anything related to autism.

New to the community? Please start a discussion and tell us a bit about yourself. If you need some help getting started don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

For more information see Ambitious about Autism

Shropshire Council Family Information



Telephone: 01743 254400

Address:  Mount McKinley, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6LG

Shropshire Family Information Service (FIS) has developed this on-line directory featuring local and national organisations and services that exist to support children, young people and families.

The directory contains information on groups which can offer advice and support on some of the issues or concerns any family may encounter. It can also help you find activities in your local area for children and young people to take part in where they can learn new skills and make new friends.

Click here for Shropshire Family Information -Early years and childcare:

Shropshire Council’s Family Information Service (FIS) has launched a new Facebook page for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 years to access information. Users should logon to their  account and search ‘Shropshire Family Info’ for more details.

Find us on Face Book @ShropshireFamilyinfo




November Newsletter out now!

SDN newsletter November 2010

SDN newsletter November 2010

As usual, this is a great read !  And there is an unformatted version, suitable for text readers, available too.  Download the Newsletter below.  

Issue 6 November 2010 printable PDF version  

Issue 6 November 2010 unformatted Word document   

Download the Accessible Taxis Consultation Document   

‘Watch’ the Newsletter on the SDN Youtube Channel

You can now access the Events section of the Newsletter as an audio/visual presentation on Youtube, along with a range of programming in our dedicated SDN Channel. Click here. Special thanks to Marina Hall for her work on our video presentations.