Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sensory Impairment (Adults) – Telford & Wrekin


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Telephone: 01952 459252 and 07797 873866 SMS: 07976 100 129 The service is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am till 5 pm.

Address: Disability team, Social Services, Darby House, Lawn Central, Telford, TF3 4JA

When Telford & Wrekin Council receive your certificate (CVI) you will be contacted by a Rehabilitation Officer for Vision Impairment within 2 weeks, to discuss if you wish to be added to the register and how your sight problem affects your independence.  You will be offered specialist advice, information and support with:

  • Getting about safely indoors and outdoors
  • Daily living skills such as cooking, cleaning and looking after yourself
  • Communication skills
  • Leisure activities

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Sensory Impairment – Shropshire Council



Telephone: 01743 250529 01743 250529 (ask for Sensory Impairment Team) Fax 01743 369482

Address: Sensory Impairment Team,The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive Shrewsbury SY1 4NG

The sensory impairment service works with people who are hard of hearing, deaf with speech, deaf without speech, severely sight impaired/blind, sight impaired/partially sighted and people who have a dual sensory impairment or are deaf blind.

A Duty Officer is available from 8.45 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45 am – 4.00 pm Friday to assist people who telephone, fax or text phone the service. you have a right to choose to be registered as:

  • hard of hearing, deaf with speech, deaf without speech
  • severely sight impaired/blind, sight impaired/partially sighted following your hospital eye consultant completing a certificate of visual impairment

For information on a Needs Assessment, click on the link below:

For information on How to Register a sensory impairment, click the link below:

Hearing Impairment Drop In Sessions: For information, click on the link below:

Useful Link to Vision Technology and Training Shropshire:


Bollywood Ball 2011

Start Date:
30th September 2011

End Date:
30th September 2011

Start Time:

Bollywood Ball 2011

Venue: Winchester Guildhall

Tickets £40. Three course dinner followed by a raffle, dancing and entertainment. Dress Code: Bollywood Style. Part of the Deaf World 2011 event; contact details below for further information.

Contact Address: Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2DF
Telephone: 02380 220 225
Fax: 02380 213 880

Source: Sonus – Working with Deaf People

Download Bollywood Ball Flyer 2011 Flyer

Deaf World 2011

Start Date:
30th September 2011

End Date:
30th September 2011

Start Time:

End Time:

Deaf World 2011

Venue: Winchester Guildhall

Contact details below for more information and to book your exhibition space. Workshop and sponsorship opportunities available.

Contact Address: Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2DF
Telephone: 02380 220 225
Fax: 02380 213 880

Download Deaf World 2011 Flyer

Disability LIB (ceased)

Disability LIBWebsite:

The project was granted funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run for three years, commencing July 2008.

Capacity Building for Disabled People’s Organisations in England

Disability LIB is an alliance of 7 organisations offering capacity building support and advice to Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in England using rights based principles and business skills, at a time of financial crisis and political opportunity.

A disabled people’s organisation (DPO) is an organisation that has a membership and managing board with a majority of disabled people, and whose objectives are the rights and equality of disabled people.

Capacity building is a type of assistance or support that is provided to organisations in order to help them improve their effectiveness and boost performance. This assistance usually focuses on management, leadership and governance, and organisational systems.

Disability LIB recognises that DPOs play a vital role in challenging disablism and discrimination. The organisation values the diversity of DPOs and supports their development as a specific and distinct sector within both local communities and wider society.

Disability LIB came about from a piece of research that identified the need for a specific DPO capacity building project. The report ‘Thriving or Surviving’ shows how DPO’s are disadvantaged and restricted in their development in a range of areas. These include securing and sustaining funding, the additional costs of access, commissioning & competitive tendering processes, skills retention and shortages, governance & leadership, capacity building support as well as the exclusion of DPOs from mainstream capacity-building activities.

SDN Blog – Top Quality Spectator Sport in Wrexham!

SDN Blog – Top Quality Spectator Sport in Wrexham!Jon Sheldon enthuses about the top quality sport on our doorstep.

I have lived in Shropshire for 14 years now and at last we have easy access to watch top quality sport on our doorstep. Wrexham Racecourse, in addition to Wrexham Football club, is now home to Rugby Superleague team “The Crusaders”, who moved up from South Wales at the beginning of last season.

I have followed Rugby League (off and on, sometimes watching live and also on TV) since the late 1970s and have supported Wigan as I lived quite close then and have been privileged to have seen greats like Ellery Handley, Martin Offiah, Sean Edwards and a teenage Jason Robinson, although it pains me to say the best player I have ever seen was Jonathan Edwards when he was playing for Warrington.

So I was delighted to hear in late 2009 that Crusaders would be playing the 2010 season based at the Racecourse. Rugby League is now a “summer” sport; the season starts in February and finishes with the Grand Final in October, which means it can dovetail quite well with football grounds for ground sharing.

I was still in hospital in 2009 and my return home co-incided with the start of the 2010 season. As part of my re-hab I was encouraged to get out and not allow my condition to limit what I could do and the Rugby League at Wrexham fitted the bill perfectly. Although the Crusaders had struggled in South Wales we are talking premier league here and the chance to see some of the best players in the world.

There is a family friendly atmosphere and I have taken my wife and kids along on occasion since who have all enjoyed it. So with my carer, we obtained tickets to see Huddersfield and checked out the disabled facilities, which I have to say are excellent. The disabled parking was free and the typical cost for myself AND a carer was only £10!

The car parking is right next to the stand and it is an easy transfer to the disabled section at the front of the stand. There are disabled toilets on the way but it is only about 50 metres from the car park and no steps. There is a very helpful steward in the car park and if you can transfer in and out of a car OK then you are sorted.

The only downside is if the rain blows the wrong way you do get caught but it was never a major problem as long as I wrapped up well. Unfortunately, we lost against Huddersfield and then also against the Catalan Dragons in the cup with the last kick of the game. All matches are covered on Sky but the Challenge Cup was on BBC2 and much to the embarrassment of my kids, as Wrexham took a conversion we were on the Telly!

Before the game Claire Balding conducted the pre-match interviews in front of us and the Challenge Cup itself was right in front of us, a mighty impressive piece of silverware! After that we predictably lost to Wigan and due to difficult kick off times I then missed a few games. At the end of each season the top eight teams play in the play offs and it is a massive achievement just to make it.

Despite a wobbly start the Crusaders got some real momentum going and needed to beat Hull Kingston Rovers and for St Helens to also win their last game to make eighth. The atmosphere at the racecourse was electric. In typical Crusaders style the game was end to end, the lead changed hands a couple of times then Jarrod Sammut intercepted the ball and ran the entire length of the ground to score.

I thought the roof of the main stand was going to come off! We were in the play-offs and my carer and I decided to follow them as far as they went. We were due to play Huddersfield and had a fantastic day out at the Galfarm Stadium. Crusaders took about 1000 fans and made a mighty impressive noise.

I recorded the game and when I watched it later you couldn’t hear the Huddersfield fans at all – all the noise from was the Crusaders fans from start to finish. Despite playing very well, and leading for a good part of the game we narrowly lost in the dying minutes, but from being thumped at home by the same team to narrowly loosing away in the biggest game of our season showed just how far the team had come in a relatively short space of time.

Equally importantly, it was great so see such enthusiastic support and I have great hopes for the 2011 season which starts mid February. The first home game is against Hull KR on Friday 24th February 8pm kick off. If you are interested you can find more info at or pop into the club shop next to the Wrexham Racecourse Ground.

PS . Despite Crusaders going out we went along to Old Trafford to watch Wigan beat St Helens in the Grand Final. 77,000 people there, what a venue and event, maybe the Crusaders might make it there in 2011….. Hope to see you there this season!

Airport Guide for those with Disability & Reduced Mobility

Website: See individual airport websites


Contact Form:

Telephone: 0161 7433638

Address: Matthew Lobas, Parkat, Pavilion 2, Salford Innovation Forum, 51 Frederick Road Greater Manchester, M6 6FP 

Disabled and reduced mobility Airport Guide

Travelling with a disability or even a mobility problem can be a daunting experience if the proper assistance and help is not available at the Airport. Parkat (Airport Car Parking)  have created a small guide with information and tips to hopefully make your trip flow more smoothly and without problems.

Parkat said  We are looking to spread the word about our Disabled and Reduced  Mobility Guide which we have created to relieve some of the stress and  worry which is very common among disabled persons when travelling.    The guide covers many aspects such as Flying with guide dogs, Travelling  with Autism, Visual Impairments, Travelling with breathing problems and  much more.

Click on the link for more information.

To download and print Disabled Travel Guide click here: disabled-travel-guide

IT Can Help

Website:   (takes you to AbilityNet) re disclosure checked volunteers ITCanHelp volunteers who offer free computer support to disabled people and older people. 


Telephone: AbilityNet freephone (& textphone) 0800 269545 -Call us free- UK office hours, Monday-Friday or call or 01926 312 847

IT Can Help is a network of volunteers who are able to offer free local computer assistance to disabled people. AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education.

They can diagnose and fix most computer related problems; Install and set up hardware, software, internet, email and accessibility settings.

Use the Home Visit Request Form on our website to tell us what you need and we’ll try to find a suitable volunteer. We can’t guarantee to find someone immediately, but will do all we can to respond rapidly.

IT Can Help Client Helpline

SDN Newsletter, Your Voice February 2011, out now

Your Voice, February 2011It’s two months since the last edition of Your Voice; most of us have had our minds on Christmas and New Year celebrations, but the cuts have continued relentlessly on, so this edition is full of news about how they are affecting us here in Shropshire.

But also there is news of the positive ways in which Shropshire is dealing with the cuts: see Sidney & Helen Grimes’ account of trying to set up a two-day alternative to the Grange Centre in Oswestry for their son, and see the many events that local organisations are holding to help charities prepare themselves to deal with the coming situation.

And see Events for lots of February Half Term activities!

Download Your Voice February 2011

Download Your Voice February 2011 – Unformatted Word Document