Monthly Archives: April 2015

Invitation to Secret Hills Discovery Centre – Cycle Trail Try Out Event (and Wheels for All session)

Work is well under way to create the new cycle trail at the Secret Hills Discovery Centre. Cycling4All Shropshire and Grow Cook Learn have sent an invitation to Shropshire Disability network for any of our members, contacts and friends to a try out session on Saturday 16 May between 11 am and 1 pm.

A range of bikes, trikes, tandems and adaptive bikes will be available suitable for all abilities and it will be our first exciting opportunity to give the new circuit a try on two, three or more wheels! Click here for more details General poster ER RH V2

It would help if  you can contact the  organisers that you  wish to join in this free event as it would be helpful in organising it.

The event will also see the inclusion of a ‘Wheels for All’ session aimed at children and young people. A voluntary donation to the “Wheels for All” session would be appreciated.Click here for more details Shropshire short breaks WFA Spring and Summer 2015 (1) (1) (1)

Barge safari is wonderful a day out


Barge safari’ is wonderful a day out.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust are giving you the opportunity of a day out. 

Shropshire Lad barge from the Lyneal Trust has been hired by Shropshire Wildlife Trust & is giving you a fantastic opportunity of a day out on Saturday 16th May. The barge has a ramp and hydraulic lift – and wheelchair users are able to access all parts of the Lad. For your opportunity to see what is on offer click here canal trip 1 to find out more & book your FREE place.




Barge safari- is wonderful and FREE day out

 ‘Barge safari’ is wonderful and free day out ! 

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is offering people with disabilities the chance to cruise the meres and mosses of North Shropshire on Saturday 16 May, absolutely free.

 A ‘barge safari’ will set off from Lyneal, near Ellesmere, at 10.00 am and head to Morris Bridge on Whixall Moss, with binoculars supplied for everyone on board. Return will be by 1.00 pm.

The Wildlife Trust has hired the Shropshire Lad barge from the Lyneal Trust. It has a ramp and hydraulic lift – and wheelchair users are able to access all parts of the Lad.

The Lad has been designed to take wheelchairs up to a maximum width of 26” – the standard size for wheelchairs. More information is available at the Lyneal Trust website:

 A bird expert may be on hand to point out and help identify birds spotted along the way, but in any event Luke Neal, the Meres and Mosses Community Officer, will be on board to explain about this internationally important landscape, the work being done to protect it and the special species that can be found there.

 Participants on the trip will also be shown the Meres and Mosses all-ability trail at Whixall with disabled parking which allows visitors of all abilities to return to enjoy the mosses.

Places are free for this wonderful trip, but booking is essential. Telephone Luke Neal at 01743 284275 or email






The Lyneal Trust-making holidays accessible.


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Address: Lyneal Wharf is situated three miles from Ellesmere in Shropshire, between Ellesmere and Whitchurch, on the Llangollen canal. Postcode: SY12 0LQ

Lyneal Cottage Lyneal Wharf, Lyneal, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 0LQ

The Lyneal Trust offers canal boat and cottage holidays in beautiful Shropshire for people with disabilities, illness or injury, or any other vulnerability and their family, friends and carers who may accompany them.

The Llangollen Canal weaves backwards and forwards across the Shropshire and Cheshire borders and into Clwyd and on its way passes through some of the finest scenery in the country. Three miles from Ellesmere and at the heart of the Meres district of North Shropshire, lies Lyneal Wharf, the ideal base for the start of your perfect holiday.

The Lyneal Trust can offer day trips, or full week holidays to accommodate most requirements for those important breaks. The two canal boats, as well as the cottages, are well suited to cater for the disabled or elderly, as well as their carers, to provide a lovely holiday or day out in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

In 2017 we added the Shropshire Lady to our fleet.  Shropshire Lady is a brand new, specially built 60 foot narrow boat designed for day trips that will accommodate up to 12 people including two wheelchair users.  A day’s cruise on board Shropshire Lady, with a trained crew provided by the Trust costs just £120.”

The Shropshire Lass II is a purposed designed 70 foot holiday canal boat with accommodation for up to 8 people and finished to a high standard.

Shropshire Lady is a 60 foot long narrow boat able to carry 12 passengers including two wheelchairs

 Lyneal Wharf  cottage and chalets, offers accommodation for up to 14 people.

 For details of facilities for people with a disability, click here

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Jessica Lightwood

Jessica Lightwood-Sports Inclusion Officer for Shropshire writes

Welcome to Spring,

The sun has come out to say “hello”, encouraging more people to go outside and enjoy the rays of Vitamin D. Spring is a time of new beginnings with blossom on trees, daffodils blooming and the smell of freshly cut grass.

Now is a great time to start thinking about the small steps we can make to become more active, and start a new beginning ourselves. Here are a few ideas that we can try but remember the aim is not to create additional pain (and if that happens-stop)  The aim is to get our hearts beating faster, help our circulation etc

  • Whilst waiting for the kettle to boil –If you can stand- hold onto the work surface & slowly bend your knees- keeping your back straight then stand up straight again, see how many times you can do this until your cuppa is ready.
  • Whilst adverts are on the telly – try lifting your knees & moving your ankles in a circular motion as if you are drawing circles in the air, or if you are safe to use stairs-go for a walk up and down them.
  • Go outside if you can, walking to the corner of the road or further, invite friends to walk with you as they will not only be company for you but may welcome the opportunity.

Remember with any exercise to start off gently & if you are concerned,  do not be afraid to seek medical advice before you do any of the above.

We can measure our improvement with any of these activities by counting the distance or repetitions and trying to beat your last score.

Throughout March I have been out visiting some more inclusive activities around Shropshire; Rowing, Tennis and Dance to name a few. I saw a visually impaired man take part in rowing for the first time at Pengwern Boat Club. This began on an indoor rowing machine being coached the correct technique, then progressed on to rowing on the water in a Double Skull (two-man boat). I was amazed at the knowledge of the coaches and how they were able to adapt and support this man to take part in, and not only experience but enjoy a new activity.

All the activities I have been visiting will contribute to the Active Lifestyle directory which will be hosted on SDN website later this year. If in the mean time you would like to know more about local opportunities for you to be more active email where your individual enquiries will be responded to.

A closing note from me which I think some of you will have heard before & know to be true

It’s the small changes that last a lifetime

Jessica Lightwood

Shropshire Sports Inclusion Officer


Signal Activities Day

Start Date:
6th May 2015

End Date:
6th May 2015

Start Time:
9.30 am

End Time:
4 approx

Event title: Signal Activities Day
Venue: Signal Hub, 20-22 Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1PJ
Name: James Cousins
Telephone: 01743 360478
Event description: As part of Deaf Awareness Week, there will be an activities day at Signal Hub on 6th May  to mark this very special week.

Happening during the course of the day will be other taster sessions- sign language.
The Deaf & Hard of Hearing Forum will be having a stall, where you can get advice about tinnitus, mindfulness and relaxation, technology, demonstrations. There will also be a hearing aid repair clinic.
Then, why not drop in and have a look what’s going on, tell your family, friends & neighbours & make this a great day of awareness. Not been to Signal Hub before, then come along.

Click here for a full programme of the days events Deaf Awareness Day info
Nice tea, coffee & cakes & other lovely food on offer at the links Cafe!

Dementia Day-Shrewsbury

Start Date:
18th May 2015

End Date:
18th May 2015

Start Time:
9.30 am

End Time:
3.30 pm

Event title: Dementia Day-Shrewsbury
Venue: The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1LH
Name: Dianne Beaumont
Telephone: 01743 341800
Event description: As part of Dementia Awareness Week (17th-23rd May 2015), a Dementia Day has been organised in the Square, Shrewsbury.

Come along & meet Dementia Support Workers from Alzheimers UK & other organisations. Healthwatch Shropshire, Shropshire RCC, Age UK, Dementia Friends & many other local organisations will be there.

What else do we have to offer?

  • Find out how your organisation can become Dementia Friendly.
  • Talk to Shropshire Dementia Action Alliance members.
  • Get help & support.

“We do everything we can to keep people connected to their lives and the people who mean most. Because life does not end when dementia begins”

For more details click here dementia day 2015

Deaf Awareness Week

Start Date:
4th May 2015

End Date:
10th May 2015

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:
11.59 pm

Event title: Deaf Awareness Week
Venue: Across the county/country
Name: UK Council of Deafness
Telephone: 07903 560 037(call or sms) or 07903 560 037(voicemail only)
Event description: This week is Deaf Awareness week & there will be many events going on across the geographical county of Shropshire.

Deaf Awareness Week is a unique campaign in that so many different organisations participate, each able to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness.
It is a fine example of so many organisations collaborating and working together in a joint campaign.

‘Connect and Communicate’ is our new theme for the week and a series of posters are now available to support the week’s activities.

If you know of any events taking place in Shropshire for this special week, please email so that we can inform our members.

Dementia Awareness Week

Start Date:
17th May 2015

End Date:
23rd May 2015

Start Time:
00.01 am

End Time:
11.59 pm

Event title: Dementia Awareness Week
Venue: Various places across the UK
Name: Alzheimer’s Society
Telephone: 01543 255 955
Event description: Dementia Awareness Week is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.
In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia; it is estimated that around 400,000 people have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.
There will be events going on across the county of Shropshire including Telford & Wrekin. If you know of any please contact so that we can share them with our members.

Wyldwoodstock Evening of Music, Hog Roast & More

Start Date:
13th June 2015

End Date:
13th June 2015

Start Time:
8 pm

End Time:
12 midnight

Event title: Wyldwoodstock of Music, Hog Roast & More.
Venue: Wyldwoods Dean Corner Farmhouse BROSELEY Shropshire TF12 5JH
Name: Steph Brett
Telephone: 01952 884224
Event description: Come & join us for a great evening of music, local beer, hog roast (also veggie option)

Tickets are £8 each.

Friendly Bus! You can book for the shuttle bus service by calling 01952 881145

For more details of this event click the poster here Poster 3 Wyldwoodstock