Monthly Archives: June 2013

Alpha Automatic (Specialist Disability Tuition)



Telephone:01743 240283 or Mobile 07940 328203

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Description: Hayden Jenkins DSA ADI RoADA Member of the Motor Schools Association GB, The RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association and Disabled Motoring UK

Alpha Automatic is a driving School run by Hayden Jenkins who has his own disability and is an Automatic Vehicle Tuition Specialist.

Alpha is committed to providing driving tuition to people who have Physical Disability or Specialist Educational Needs. With over 20 years experience in driver training. Through personal experience of disability and how it progresses the business has developed into this specialist area.

Alpha specialises in a wealth of knowledge on all kinds  of adaptations available to meet needs including Cowal Push Hand controls with indicators, steering aids, Contego digital Hearing device with loop, Lodgesons Secondary Controls with Ball or Lollipop grip and many more.

Clients needing more complex adaptations could train in their own vehicle, this is particularly important for wheelchair accessible vehicles.

With much experience on several disabilities including MS, Chronic Fatigue, Amputation, Visual & Hearing Impairment, Spinal Injury and Chronic pain, Autistic Spectrum including Aspergers, ADHA, recovering Alcoholics is to name but few.

 You can receive advice and help prior to DVLA Returning to Driving Assessment with a specialist Driving Instructor with over 21 years experience and specialising in Training Special Educational Needs, Disability tuition using adapted vehicle, Adaptation, familiarization training.

 Covering Shrewsbury, Telford and surrounding areas.

Find us on Face Book Alpha Disability Driving Lessons and Twitter @alphaautodriv 

Safe Places Shropshire Launch

Start Date:
4th July 2013

End Date:
4th July 2013

Start Time:
5:00 pm

End Time:
6:00 pm

Safe Places PosterEvent title: Safe Places Shropshire Launch
Start date: 04/07/2013
End date: 04/07/2013
Start time: 5 pm
End time: 6 pm
Venue: The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HR
Event description: For a few months now we have been meeting together with West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council with Mencap, Taking Part, Oswestry and Shropshire Citizen Advocacy to look at launching Safe Shropshire. We will launch this on 4th July. The idea is a community led initiative supported by West Mercia Police, Mencap, Shropshire Council, Taking Part, OSCA Citizen Advocacy, Shropshire Disability Network, Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly. ‘Safe Places’ are a short term safe place for vulnerable people who feel threatened. It works like this Shops businesses and public buildings sign up to the project. Staff are briefed in what to do if someone needs help. The premises that sign up are provided with a sticker symbol that goes in a visible place in the window. The scheme is supported by West Mercia Police. Local Police Community Support Officers are aware of where local Safe Places are. People using the ‘Safe Places’ Project are given a card by the organisations involved which has the same Safe Places symbol as the window sticker. They add details of people to contact if help is needed. If the person feels threatened or has a crime committed against them while they are out in the community they can come into any ‘Safe Places’ premises to ask for support. If someone goes into a Safe Place and shows you a Safe Places card Staff will know what to do: You will be offered support by those places assessed as suitable to be a Safe Place and who have agreed to Offer support, for example: somewhere to sit and calm down; help to phone a family member to come and pick them up or help to phone the police non-emergency number 101 to report concerns or seek advice. In an emergency call 999 to speak to the police All the people using the service will have relevant phone numbers with them. Shropshire Disability Network is a reporting centre as people can email us their concerns as sometimes it will be an after event. We will also issue Safe Place Cards The Launch is for the Town of Shrewsbury and Church Stretton initially but it is hoped as the scheme gets under way to include other areas until the whole county is covered.

Name: Kal Parkash
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Contact number: 01743 252056

Golf Day in aid of Prostrate Cancer UK

Start Date:
21st August 2013

End Date:
21st August 2013

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Event title: Golf Day in aid of Prostrate Cancer UK
Start date: 21/08/2013
End date: 21/08/2013
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Venue: Oswestry Golf Club, Aston Park, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JJ
Event description: This is a Memorial golf day organised in memory of Niel Kelly, who passed away in 2012. Neil was President of Shawbury and Mid Shropshire Rotary Club in 1999-2000 Niel who was a founder member of the Rotary Club of Shawbury and Mid Shropshire had played golf as an amateur for Ulster and Ireland. He was a well respected member at Oswestry Golf Club and had been Captain of Royal St David’s and Shropshire and Herefordshire County Captain twice. Neil’s wife Sandra, who is a member at Oswestry will donate and present the Niel trophy and cups on the day. Teams of 4 ladies, 4 men or mixed teams are invited to participate at a cost of £160 per team. Interested parties should contact Geoff Lloyd, President of the Rotary Club of Shawbury and Mid Shropshire on 01743 364936 or Julian Well by emailing Rotarians and people who do not play golf can caddy and take part as we want this to be a happy charity golf day in memory of Niel a much loved and popular golfer and Rotarian.

Name: Geoff Lloyd
Contact email:
Contact number: 01743 364936

Osteoporosis Support Group AGM and Afternoon Tea and Time to Talk

Start Date:
27th November 2013

End Date:
27th November 2013

Start Time:

End Time:
4:00 pm

Event title: Osteoporosis Support Group AGM and Afternoon Tea and Time to Talk
Start date: 27/11/2013
End date: 27/11/2013
Start time: 2.30 pm
End time: 4 pm
Venue: Wellington Methodist Church Hall, New Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LU
Event description: This is your opportunity to hear about what we have been up to this last year at our Annual General Meeting. Everyone welcome. We will have afternoon tea giving a great opportunity to get to know one another.

Name: Gillian Pettit
Contact email:
Contact number: 01952 433183

Adelphi Care Services is planning on opening up the new six-bedroom facility in Stoke-on-Trent

A Shropshire company is expanding its portfolio in a move which will provide vital residential support to young adults with severe learning disabilities and Autism.Adelphi Care Image

Adelphi Care Services is planning on opening up the new six-bedroom facility in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire later this year.

Bosses say it will be an important step in further improving provision for users who have challenging behaviours and complex needs.

Joe Kwaterski, business development director at Shrewsbury-based Adelphi, said: “We are really looking forward to opening up our latest residential home at Hanford later this year.

“We have been working hard to ensure everything is in place to provide a first class facility.

“We wanted to make sure that what we were offering in this new home was just right.”

The new residential home is now registered with the Care Quality Commission and Adelphi continues to prove it meets essential standards, including respecting users and safeguarding people.

Mr Kwaterski said: “We always strive to offer the best service that we can for our users. It is important that their needs are met.”

All rooms will have en-suite shower room, toilets and hand basins. The residents, who will come from the Stoke, South Staffordshire and Shropshire border areas, will have a choice of rooms to occupy during the day, including a conservatory.

Mr Kwaterski added: “We hope that we will soon be commissioned by the joint commissioning team, which includes Telford & Wrekin.

“Those living at the Stoke facility will be able to take advantage of a host of facilities in the area, including the nearby Trentham Gardens. It is an ideal location for us to open our latest residential home.”

Adelphi has a number of residential properties, as well as a respite centre, in Shropshire which are home to adults aged from 18 to 65 with Autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Senior staff from Adelphi were given more information about the service and answering questions at an event held by Staffordshire Adult Autistic Society earlier this month.

“We have 21 years of experience in providing a range of services for those on the Autism spectrum,” Mr Kwaterski said.

‘’This new service will be concentrating on refining our position even further by transforming all of our services from a generic provision of services to focus more specifically on Autism.

“To this end we have already registered our Autism Specific Respite Service with The National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Programme.

“This is essential for us and we believe that all our services will benefit from the improved knowledge and understanding that will be gained.

“We want our service-users to live their lives to the full in a safe environment. The developments we are making to enhance what we provide will benefit all our service-users.”

To find out more about Adelphi Care Services, call (01743) 465299 or e-mail


Local golden wheelchair racer to inspire Telford visitors

Deborah Brennan Johnson star appearance at Mobility Roadshow, Telford International Centre on Saturday 29 June

June 17 2013 – Telford’s world champion and Paralympian wheelchair racer will be visiting the Mobility Roadshow to share her experiences and inspire others to keep active to remain as fit and healthy as possible.

Having won silver and gold in World Championships, gold (a world record) and bronze at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000 and silver and bronze at Athens Paralympics in 2004, Deborah has now retired from her racing career and is now dedicated to passing on her knowledge and training others at the local club she and father Keith run at Randlay.

“I loved my racing life and if I can pass on to young people even a tiny part of enthusiasm for the sport I will be delighted,” said Deborah. “I am really looking forward to meeting people from all over the UK at my day at the Mobility Roadshow. Keeping fit is so vital to the general wellbeing of everyone, especially people less able for whom it is not always easy.”

Deborah says she is so impressed that this is such an interactive event, with the opportunity to try out all the latest scooters and chairs, bikes and trikes, gadgets and gizmos and fitness equipment for everyday use, as well as lots of games and activities to join in the show’s Sports Arena. “It will be great to meet other Paralympians there: cyclist Rik Waddon and members of the men’s and women’s GB Wheelchair Basketball Teams – and see if I can race them to the goals.”

The Mobility Roadshow 2013 is celebrating 30 years since first launched and is taking place in Telford for the first time. Thousands of people visit this popular consumer event every year to explore the vast showcase of the latest innovation and services to aid an independent lifestyle.

Register at for free tickets, test drives and to keep abreast of news as it unfolds. Follow Facebook and Twitter @MobilityRdShow #mobilityroadshow


Editorial contact for more information, interviews and pictures:
Rosemary Vaux at Mobility Roadshow press office
tel 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41

War-injured photographer supports competition for photographers with disabilities

3 June 2013 – Giles Duley the award-winning humanitarian photographer is to provide inspiration to amateur photographers with disabilities.

He will be attending the Mobility Roadshow on Friday 28 June to announce On the Move 2013, the annual national competition for disabled photographers, jointly organised by the Disabled Photographers’ Society and Mobility Choice, the charity behind the Mobility Roadshow.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer event of its kind and takes place from 27-29 June for the first time at the Telford International Centre.

In 2011 whilst on patrol with the US Army in Afghanistan Giles stepped on an improvised explosive device and was severely injured losing both legs and an arm. Already a world-renowned humanitarian photographer, he was a winner at the Prix de la Photographie, Paris in 2010 and again in 2012 following the incident.

During his time at the Roadshow Giles will be pleased to share with visitors his photographic experiences as well as his rehabilitation to resume work.

“Both Giles and his compelling humanitarian photography are an inspiration to all of us, especially those newly disabled and we are delighted to have his support to our competition,” said Jacqui Jones, chief executive, Mobility Choice.

Editorial contact for more information, pictures and interviews and to register for press priority parking at the Mobility Roadshow:
Rosemary Vaux at Mobility Choice press office
tel 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41

Great Volunteering Opportunity! New secretary needed – Now

New secretary needed – now!                          

A great job opportunity for the right kind of person is offered for the right person. Please read more as it may be you! SDN is looking to recruit an honorary Secretary; this is a key voluntary position for a current or new/potential member.

The role involves attending monthly management committee meetings, which are held in or near Shrewsbury; booking venues for meetings across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin; attending quarterly Members’ Meetings; emailing information such as agendas and minutes to members prior to the Members’ Meetings; and emailing details of forthcoming events to our membership. It is important that you are a team player with good communication skills as apart from emailing members/contacts there will be times when you will need to contact by telephone.                                      

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If the role appeals to you and is within your abilities please email or call the SDN chair, Sonia Roberts, on 07930 397 270

You will be making a major contribution to the continuing growth and influence of a “powerful voice” in Shropshire on behalf of the disability community.

However, if you think you would like to do most of the job but doubt your ability to take minutes please still apply because alternative arrangements can be made for that task.

Since its foundation in 2008 SDN has grown as the “Voice” for disability across the county of Shropshire. It appeared on the scene just in time – in the past five years the disabled have been put under increasing economic and political pressure, stigmatised and increasingly marginalised in society. Without SDN and other organisations like it around the country, there would be few collective voices to represent the disabled. So please think about what you can offer. It’s important!

So what can you get from being a Volunteer? Increased Confidence, meet new  and make new friends, raised self esteem by knowing you are helping a worthy organisation that you belong to or are joining, learning more about us and sharing with others important information and more……..

Volunteering for SDN. Why do it?

Volunteering for SDN can help you in many ways by building Confidence that has often been lost through having the added difficulties in life of having a disability. Some Volunteers tell us, they find it enjoyable and fulfilling but also have become part of a new family. Or they have made new friends or they did not realise we needed help or had a particular skill.

In the last two years we have lost a number of volunteers for a number of reasons, we need to replace these people and fill gaps left, so that we can continue our work plus we need to continue to meet the vision of SDN.

We know we have members with many skills and we have no doubt if you could just offer one or two hours a week or half or a day a month we can find you a rewarding opportunity to work with us and help your fellow members.

So what opportunities do we have:

  • We don’t need or want Computer programmers but we DO want a couple of people who we can train to upload information onto our website.
  • We have one dedicated Volunteer who reads articles from our Newsletter “Your Voice” onto SDN TV, this is so important as it is a way of engaging with those who have visual impairment and the non reader. Could you do this and help? Share the great workMarinaalready does for us and/or increase the amount of information we can share with others. Training will be provided.
  • We need to keep our website up to date. Details of organisations are always changing, so we need people who are willing to update these details on our website as we receive/discover them.
  • We need people who can carry out short interviews of 2-3 minutes using bloggie cameras (supplied by us) that we can then put on our website including SDN TV .
  • We would like Reporters, who can either telephone people to carry out an interview or who can go out to events (Shropshire including Telford and Wrekin) that are relevant to people with a disability , so providing local reports that can be used in our Newsletter “Your Voice” and on our website may be as blogs etc
  • We need people who can help serve teas and coffees etc at our quarterly meetings, buddies helping those who find it difficult to get refreshments or who need help in any way and at some of our fundraising events. Would you like to know more, then please get in touch.
  • We need to have a list of people who we can ask if they are available to help man our Information Stands at various venues throughout the year. Would you be willing to be included on such a list? If so please let us know.

We would like to build up a group of Volunteers in theTelfordarea as well as increase the number of volunteers inShrewsburyand surrounding areas. Essential out of pocket expenses can be agreed.

This is not exhaustive of the opportunities available to you, our members. If there is something you feel you could offer your organisation-Shropshire Disability Network, but it is not mentioned, please tell us.

SDN is totally reliant on volunteers in order to operate so please if you have a skill to offer talk to us. 

Call Sonia on 07930 397 270 or Ruby on 01743 340832 and they would be pleased to chat about what you have to offer. Please remember, we give training to all our Volunteers.