Monthly Archives: April 2014

FUNd Raising Group

Have you ever wondered how you can help Shropshire Disability Network without having to bother with committees or formal groups or would like to share all those really useful tips and contacts you make through other groups you belong to?

The SDN Fund Raising Group is an active bunch of members who meet bi monthly to organize different ways to generate income and publicity for SDN. This year we have already set up a car boot sale with Headway as well as collections at Morrison’s’ Oswestry planned.  We want to hear from as many members as possible your ideas on how we can involve you and others in raising some money and connecting with new organizations. To kick-start this we are holding a coffee morning at Salop Leisure on 20th May from 11.00am.

Members are all invited to share a cuppa with us, and more importantly your ideas and suggestions. There will be no formal proceeding just the chance to meet with like-minded people. Please let us know if you can make it on:

A {midsummer night’s} DREAM Signed

Krazy Kat Theatre Company present 

A {midsummer night’s} DREAM

Adapted from the Shakespeare comedy by Kinny Gardner.     

 Directed by Deaf Caroline Parker M.B.E.

Choreographed by Deaf Chisato Minamimura.

Sign Translation by Deaf John Wilson.

 A newly re-worked Dream, with puppets, music,

actors and Sign Language, performed by a cast

of Deaf and Hearing actors. 

It features fully integrated sign language, signed

by the actors throughout the show and is suitable

for Deaf and hearing children aged 4 – 11 years old. 

The show is 50 minutes long. 

ARENA THEATRE, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE 

Thursday 15th May at 11am and 1.00pm                

Friday 16th May at 11am and 1.00pm

Saturday 17th May at 1pm and 3pm 

All Tickets are £5    

To book tickets please call the Arena Theatre Box Office on 01902 321 321

or visit our website (£1 transaction for online bookings) 

In association with DeafFest – the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film and Arts Festival.

With support from Outside Centre and Black Country Touring.

YourVoice May 2014

In this month’s YourVoice: A chance to talk about Personal Budgets behind closed doors. We are looking for your thoughts on Your Voice; complete the questionaire. An opportunity! Your voice needs a Deputy Editor, we give you a chance to try your hand. Plus Hats for Headway and Good Ideas for Fund Raising needed.

You can read May’s copy of Your voice by clicking the link:

YourVoice May 2014

Charity Mud Run Perry Riding School for the Disabled

Start Date:
4th May 2014

End Date:
4th May 2014

Start Time:
10.00 am first heat

End Time:
Contact for time.

Event title: Charity Mud Run Perry Riding School for the Disabled
Venue: Fox Trax, Chirbury Farm, Marchamley, Shrewsbury, SY4 5LD
Name: Danny Budd and Maria Budd
Telephone: 07929 050461
Event description: Test your endurance, physical ability and determination in a ‘Mudtastik’ mud run with a range of challenging climbs, drops, muddy tracks and deep water pools, all whilst raising money for this fantastic charity.
Perry Riding for the Disabled embarks on its next project of re-locating it’s Shrewsbury centre to a state of the art facility in Much Wenlock. This mud-run, will help to raise the necessary funds for this exciting new facility.

RDA provides people with disabilities with the opportunity to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through education and fun with horses. The mud-run is a brilliant way to have fun but still support this charity that changes so many lives every day.

Choose from either 5km or 10km and then tackle camouflage nets, hurdles, tyres, slides, tunnels and much more all within the beautiful Shropshire countryside with breathtaking views. Finish off the day with your well-deserved medal and a free cup of soup and there will even be prizes for the first three competitors over the finish line (Male & Female). You are sure to finish covered in mud but with a smile on your face!

Enter now for £25. Basic washing facilities and medics with be available on site. For more invitation on this event please visit

For more information please contact Maria Budd 07929 050461 or email Danny Budd

OSCA Fundraising Coffee Morning

Start Date:
14th May 2014

End Date:
14th May 2014

Start Time:
10.00 am

End Time:
12 noon

Event title: OSCA Fundraising Coffee Morning
Venue: OSCA Citizen Advocacy, The Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1JE
Name: OSCA Volunteers
Telephone: 01743 368370
Event description: Please come along and join us for our Coffee Morning today. By supporting us, you will be supporting people with learning difficulties so please come along for coffee/cake/tea/biscuits etc.
We look forward to welcoming you

New Benefits Rates for Carers – Information from Social Welfare Training

Neil Arnott at Social Welfare Training has sent through their latest poster (download at the bottom of the page) and details of the latest changes to benefits.

  • State Retirement Pension is being uprated by 2.7% in line with the government’s “triple lock” commitment.
  • the Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit will be increased to give an equivalent to the cash increase in basic State Pension. The Savings Credit maximum is being reduced.
  • premiums paid to disabled people receiving working-age benefits, and to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the Support Group, will be uprated by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) at 2.7%.
  • working-age benefits (main rates) including main elements of Universal Credit and HB personal allowances will be uprated by 1%.
  • The Carers Allowance earnings threshold(above which Carers Allowance is not payable) is increased from £100 to £102.
  • The following stay the same as last year- the Benefit Cap levels ,  childcare costs rates and the capital rules.  
  • Housing Benefit non dependent deductions have been increased by a large amount over the last 3 years and are increased again this year.   

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Non-dependant deductions



Aged under 25 and on IS or JSA(IB) or ESA(IR) which does not include an amount for the support component or work-related activity component  



Aged 25 or over and on IS or JSA(IB), or aged 18 or over and not in remunerative work



In receipt of main phase ESA(IR)



In receipt of Pension Credit



Aged 18 or over and in remunerative work



– gross income less than £128:



– gross income not less than £128.00 but less than £188.00



– gross income not less than £188.00 but less than £245.00



– gross income not less than £245.00 but less than £326.00



– gross income not less than £326.00 but less than £406.00



– gross income not less than £406.00



For more details of this and for information about Social Welfare  click here Social Welfare Training 2014-15 A4 poster web version

Art Competition and Exhibition 2014

The Art Competition is back for a sixth year and we hope to attract as many entries as we did last year. We also hope to continue with our Touring Exhibition which took a selection of work out to public galleries and spaces last year. This was very well received and we intend to repeat this.

Art Competition

As usual, winning entries will be exhibited in the foyer at Trust HQ, Mellor House at St George’s Hospital in Stafford, plus selected entries will go on tour to various community venues in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

You can submit artwork in any 2D medium. Entries should be no bigger than A2 but no smaller than A3. For details of how to apply and copies of the entry form, please contact Jessica Kent on 01743 210048 or 

The deadline for entries is the 30th of June 2014


  • Entries must be no bigger than A2 (42cm x 59.4cm) and no smaller than A3 (42cm x 29.5cm).
  • You can submit no more than 3 pieces of work.
  • Work must be 2D (flat). Any 2D medium (for example painting, drawing, collage, pastels, silk-painting) can be submitted.
  • Work must be unframed and un-laminated. Work on canvas is acceptable.
  • Service users, ex-service users, carers and staff at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can all enter.
  • Please put your name, address and title of the work on the back of your work.
  • You must submit an entry form with your work.
  • The deadline is 30th of June 2014. 


  • All entries may be exhibited, reproduced and images distributed by the Trust.
  • All entries, subject to the judges’ discretion, will be displayed on the Arts for Health website.
  • All artwork is handled with the utmost of care, but the Trust accepts no liability for loss or damage to entries.
  • The judges’ decisions are final; we will not enter into correspondence about decisions.
  • All entries, once received, will be retained by the Arts for Health Department, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for at least one year.
  • If you would like your work back after the year is up, please contact us and we will arrange for it to be returned. If you do not contact us, we will keep the work. 

Please send your entries with completed entry form (see over) to:

Helen Wilson (for Staffordshire entries)            

Arts for Health

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Trust HQ, St George’s, Stafford ST16 3SR


Jessica Kent (for Shropshire entries)

Arts for Health

South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Trust

The Redwoods Centre, Somersby Drive, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury, SY3 8DS  or 01785 221328 / or 01743 210048

Click the link below to download the application form and details

Art Competition Poster Guidelines and Form 2014

Dementia Friends at Oswestry

Start Date:
18th June 2014

End Date:
18th June 2014

Start Time:
7.30 pm

End Time:
9.00 pm

Event title: Dementia Friends at Oswestry
Venue: Eastern Oswestry Community Centre, Cabin Lane, Oswestry SY11 2LQ
Name: N/A
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Ann Shaw who is Equality & Diversity Officer for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police will join us for this meeting. Ann is also a Dementia Friend and is eager to train people on what this means and how we can all become a Dementia Friend. It may be as simple as helping someone get the right bus, cross the road or help at a check out as well as remembering that people with Dementia should be treated equally and fairly.
This will also tie in with Oswestry Town Council’s decision that Oswestry becomes a Dementia Friendly Town.

Oswestry Guide Dogs Fundraising Group

Start Date:
15th April 2014

End Date:
15th April 2014

Start Time:
7 pm

End Time:
9.00 pm

Event title: Oswestry Guide Dogs Fundraising Group
Venue: Oswestry Methodist Church, Castle Street, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1JZ
Name: Oswestry Fundraising Group
Telephone: 01691 662644
Event description: This is the first fundraising event of 2014 for this group. In 2013 they raised £13,000. They want to thank everyone who helped achieve this.

Why not join them this evening for tea/coffee and a piece of cake and a browse of the stalls. Plus you will have opportunity to hear a great talk by Lin Stapley (A Guide Dog Owner) about Guide Dogs and their work.

Did you miss Shropshire Disability Network meeting in March? If so, you missed Lin’s talk but this evening gives you another opportunity to hear all about the work of Guide Dogs. One person said after the SDN meeting “I thought I knew about Guide Dogs, I didn’t, I had assumed a lot but today I have learnt so much”

Tickets cost £2.50 and half will go to Guide Dogs and the other half to the Methodist Church. Please support if you can. Please call 01691 662644 for tickets and more details.

Hats 4 Headway Day

Start Date:
16th May 2014

End Date:
16th May 2014

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: Hats 4 Headway Day
Venue: Anywhere
Name: Lizzie Evans
Email: or
Telephone: 01743 365271
Event description: Action for Brain Injury week is 12th to 18th May 2014. It is a great time to raise awareness of brain injury and its effects. “Hats 4 Headway Day” is an extra special day during that week, when you can have fun!
On this day, you can raise awareness but wearing the craziest and coolest head wear. Wherever you are, why not wear a hat and give a donation to Headway Shropshire,. Monies raised go to help improving the lives of those affected by brain injury.
Ideas include designing and making your own hat.
You could hold a competition in your school, club, amongst your friends to see who can design the best hat! Not only have categories for the best hat, but what about the weirdest hat, the lightest hat or the biggest hat. Sure you will have lots of other ideas.
It does not stop there, as we would like you to send your photographs to Lizzie at Headway Shropshire as they would love to see your creations.