Monthly Archives: October 2013

Carers Rights Day

Start Date:
29th November 2013

End Date:
29th November 2013

Start Time:
10.00 am

End Time:
2 pm

The Shropshire RCC Carers Service will be holding a special Carers Rights day event  on Friday 29th November at the Bayston Hill Methodist Church. The free event will include workshops, and an information market place. We will also be joined by Moira Fraser, Director of Policy for the Carers Trust and Jane Randall-Smith from Healthwatch who will be giving talks. 

The event is free to unpaid family carers, and I would appreciate if you could share this information with as many people as possible. I have attached the poster for the event, and below is a link to our webpage which also has a video of last year’s talk by Professor Luke Clements. 

Click below for a copy of the poster.

carers rights day 2013 poster

To book a place or to find out more information carers can call 01743 341995 

Contact Details:

Julia Wenlock

Administrative Assistant for the Shropshire Carers Service

Shropshire RCC*

T. 01743 237888



Working Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings

First Superfast Communities Announced

Shropshrie Disability network is following the development of broadband services in Shropshire with a keen eye to the impact on our members.

Connecting Shropshire, the Council vehicle for project managing the roll out of BT’s 24 Mbs fibre to the curb broadband offering, has announced the names of the first communities to receive the service early in 2015. Shropshire Council has contracted with BT to provide the service and has attracted funding from BDUK towards the £24.6 million project. You can read the press release here: 20131024 First communities announcement FINAL (requires pdf reader) further contact details are included in the press release.

The first communities are:

  • Montford Bridge,
  • Montford,
  • Bicton,
  • Ford,
  • Shrawardine,
  • Pontesbury and
  • Minsterley.

If you are living in one of the these areas we would love to know what you think. You can comment at the end of this post or you can comment on our new Forum in the section on the digital divide.

(Can’t access the Forum yet? Just send us a note using the Contact Form and we will organise access as soon as possible)

Telford & Wrekin Announces Imminent Start to the Town Centre Box Road Scheme

Start Date:
24th October 2013

End Date:
20th December 2013

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:

The project, which has attracted significant funding from the Department for Transport and developer contributions, aims to rejuvenate the centre of Telford by reducing the impact of the highway, reducing vehicle speeds, improving pedestrian and cycleway facilities and improving access to the town centre for all while ensuring that future growth in the town centre is accommodated. 

An exhibition of the proposed works has been on view in the foyer of Addenbrooke House and a press release was issued on 20th September. 

The Highways Agency will be undertaking improvements to the Forge roundabout at the M54 junction 5 and work could start on site at that location this week. 

The first phase of the remainder of the scheme is anticipated to start next Monday, 28th October at Malinslee and St Quentin’s Gate (near the Telford International Centre) roundabouts. 

The attached note is also to be sent to other key local stakeholders such as other public transport and taxi operators, the Senior Citizens Forum, disability groups, the Telford International Centre, local schools etc. However, please feel free to forward this email to other contacts you feel appropriate. 

The note will be updated on the Council’s website at as the scheme progresses and you will receive copies of the updates direct. Click link below for the latest information:

Telford Town Centre Box Road Scheme phasing of works ver 1 Oct 13




Keith Harris

Service Delivery Manager – Transport & Highway Development

Neighbourhood and Leisure Services | Telford & Wrekin Council

Whitechapel House 


+ Correspondence address: Darby House | Lawn Central | Telford | TF3 4JA

(: 01952 384601


Signal (Sensory Impairment Global, National and Local)



Contact Form:
Telephone: 01743 358356 (UK Enquiries)

Telephone: 01743 364 644 (International Enquiries)

Text message (SMS): 07950 782 819 (for people with hearing or speech impairments)

Head Office: Chamber House, 5 Henry Close, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury,  Shropshire, SY1 3TJ (Please note that Chamber House is not a hub and you will not be able to get hearing aid batteries, re-tubing of hearing aids or other assistance at this office) 

Signal works to help deaf people and those with hearing loss in the UK and overseas. By engaging people though breaking down barriers and raising awareness, we can give people the power to change their own lives.

Our current UK work is focused in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Signal is in the process of developing its new project, As soon as plans are finalised and information is available, we will update this page.

Signal is a charity building deaf friendly communities in Shropshire and Africa.

In Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, the charity provides practical and emotional support for people living with hearing loss, Deafness and tinnitus.  

The services they provide and support follow an outreach approach, and include the following:

  • Tinnitus drop-in sessions;
  • Deaf Awareness Education Sessions;
  • Social and education opportunities for the profoundly Deaf ;
  • Hearing Loop audits in public places and spaces;
  • British Sign Language courses;
  • Peer Support Groups for people with hearing loss 

Note: With the closure of The Signal Hub, Riverside, Shrewsbury in October 2018,  Hearing Aid batteries and re-tubing and other Free Hearing Aid repairs in Shrewsbury,  Shropshire RCC are opening a new hearing aid drop in repair clinic in Shrewsbury Library, Castle Street.

Shropshire Tinnitus Groups are still taking place in Telford and Shrewsbury. For further information, please contact or call 01743 358356.

Information, help and advice is available to all NHS hearing aid users and in addition simple hearing aid repairs, re-tubing and maintenance is available for wearers of NHS hearing aids supplied by Shrewsbury or Telford hospital Audiology department.

Shropshire RCC run Effective Hearing Programmes, they can be contacted on these numbers 01743 342168/342163 or email Julie Stedma.

Signal. The charity is still operating both locally and abroad.  Locally, they are in a period of change and while The Hub has not been retained, they are developing new projects that will help people locally. This information will be updated as soon as it is available.

Find us on Face Book @SignalCharity and Twitter @SignalCharity

Registered Charity Number 1151615

VCSA Recession Survey 2013

Start Date:
22nd October 2013

End Date:
8th November 2013

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:

For the past few years the VCSA have asked their members to participate in a survey to measure how your organisation or group has been affected by the current financial climate. 

This years’ survey has been improved and slightly extended to ensure we capture as much information and detail as possible and cover a broader range of issues. 

We have benchmarked our survey questions against national research in order to compare our results with out of county areas. 

The recession survey is an important tool, particularly when working with Shropshire Council’s elected members to communicate the “state of the sector” and raise awareness of community issues and concerns.  

It is vital that as many members as possible complete the survey as this will ensure the validity of the results. 

To complete the survey online, please follow this link – 

The survey will close on Friday 8th November.

If you require a paper copy, please email with your name and address and we will put a copy in the post as soon as possible. 

Carers Support Group – Now Offers Respite!


Carers Support Group – Now Offers Respite!

Headway Shropshire have informed us they have now decided to offer respite care for their Carers Support Group. This is to make the group more accessible to all Carers and so that nobody is excluded as a result of their caring roles. This Carers Group started in February this year and has been a great source of support, information sharing and humour! So starting in October they can provide 1.5 hours respite for the ‘cared for’ while their Carers attend the group. They hope this could provide all attendees a fun and relaxing evening out but most importantly an opportunity to share and talk about any issues.

Do you care for someone who has had an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) from a stroke, accident, fall, tumour or illness?

The group is held on a monthly basis at Headway House in Shrewsbury from 6pm until 7.30pm on the following dates in 2013:

  • Monday 28th October 2013
  • Wednesday 20th November 2013
  • Thursday 5th December 2013

Dates for 2014 will be advertised early next year.

All clients who are already accessing Headway services and have had an assessment will be able to attend. However, for new clients who have not already had an assessment, one will need to be completed. The group is also subject to availability as they must ensure people are properly looked after when in our care.

So what is on offer? A quiet, confidential place where the right to privacy is respected. they offer practical help, advice and information and the opportunity to meet others in a similar position. Guest speakers which are of interest to attendees are also be invited along. A great guest speaker has been arranged for the November meeting and this is Mandy Hughes – Carers Hospital Link Worker based in RSH which will be a particularly interesting subject for our Carers to hear about.

Feel free to come along, to talk and share your thoughts. If you do not want to share that is fine, as respect for your right to quiet and privacy. Is important. Please talk to Donna for further information or to inform her if you would like to take part.

Donna Smith – Outreach Worker

01743 365565

Shropshire Joint Training Autumn Newsletter is Out!

Recognition of Learning and Evaluation Event

Nearly 200 health and care staff recently gained Awards to improve their skills as part of a national qualification scheme.  Shropshire Council Joint Training and County Training have joined with Severn Hospice, Dementia UK, the Health Service and the Care Workforce Development Partnership to develop and deliver the awards…..

Click here to read more >> (Goes to an external website)

Underage Drinking – CAP Wants You To Have Your Say

Start Date:
8th October 2013

End Date:
31st October 2013

Start Time:

End Time:

Community Alcohol Partnership urges people to have their say about underage drinking in their area

Take part in the survey here.

Shropshire’s Community Alcohol Partnership (Shrop-CAP) is urging residents in Shropshire to give their views on underage drinking in their area by completing a short survey.

The survey which had now been extended till the end of October, has been set up to help identify and address those area’s affected by the impact associated with underage drinking, such as anti-social behavior, crime and health problems.

Shrop-CAP is a multi-agency partnership set up to oversee a scheme to reduce the consequences of underage drinking thanks to funding of £90,000, over two years (£45,000 per year), through the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Partnership (Shrop-CAP) comprises of Shropshire’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team, West Mercia Police, and Shropshire Council’s positive activities and trading standards teams.

The partnership is working on many initiatives, including tackling proxy purchasing, where over 18s purchase alcohol and supply it to young people who are under 18; providing alcohol awareness and information to communities; and working with young people on developing positive activities. Shrop-CAP also works with local traders to ensure they are fully aware of the possible consequences of

Five local Community Alcohol Partnership groups to address the specific issues in their area

  • Bridgnorth (B-CAP)
  • Whitchurch (W-CAP)
  • Ludlow (L-CAP)
  • Minsterley / Pontesbury (M&P-CAP)
  • Oswestry (Os-CAP),

To take part in the survey, go to The survey will only take around 10 minutes.

Closing date for the survey is 31 October 2013.

For further information about Shrop-CAP, please visit

You can also follow us on twitter at @shropcap

Shropshire Together

01743 252269

shropshire together

Call to Action ! – Consultation event 10 October

Start Date:
9th October 2013

End Date:
31st October 2013

Start Time:

End Time:

An  important consultation event will be  taking place in the Council Chamber , Shirehall , Shrewsbury  after the VCSA Market Place  on Thursday  10 October . The Market Place will finish at 2pm and then at  around 2.15 pm a Call to Action!   briefing will take place presented by Julian Povey,  CCG Board Member   and Karen Higgins , Support for Patient Involvement ,CCG  – this will be held in the Council Chamber also . 

Have your say on the future of the NHS

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are calling on patients, the public, staff and a range of stakeholders to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. This ‘Call to Action’ is part of a national debate led by NHS England. 

Get involved

Over the next month we will be attending existing meetings with voluntary groups and the public to gather comments and experiences. 

People can also go online and fill in the survey by visiting either or

If you require a paper copy please visit our websites or contact us at or by calling 01952 580478

Call to Action A5 Leaflet

Call to action stakeholder letter 131003

Call to Action 4pp A4 Booklet