Monthly Archives: August 2015

Review of Wheelchair Services for Adults & Children in Shropshire

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reviewing wheelchair services for adults & children in Shropshire.

Information is needed via the questionnaires below to enable the CCG to collate and gain a better understanding of the needs of wheelchair users. This information is important as it is needed to help commissioners to ensure that the NHS commissioned wheelchair services are meeting the needs of Shropshire Wheelchair users. Information will also be used to map areas of services that are working well & also explore any opportunities for improvements in the future.

Parent/Childrens Questionnaire click here Parent Childrens Questionnaire


Questionnaire for Service Users/Potential Service Users click here 2015_07_27 Needs Analysis Related Services Questionnaire.docx Service user


If anyone requires support to complete the questionnaire or would like to request a larger font please call Gemma McIver on 01743 277703 or email:

Questionnaires should be completed & returned by Thursday 1st October 2015 


Kelda writes- The squad that travelled out to Milan did an awesome job

The squad that travelled to Milan, World Championships did an awesome job. 4 Spots Qualified for Rio including Emma Wiggins pictured.

After not being selected for the Worlds, it’s not been the easiest of times, but I’ve had to get my head down, stay focused and try and stay positive.

The good news is, the week before the squad left for Milan, I managed to hit that target time of sub 54 seconds….and I did it twice! This was a great boost for me, and will hopefully show the coaches that I’m absolutely still in the game for Rio.

The squad that travelled out to Milan for the World Championships did an awesome job and returned home with 2 Golds, 5 silvers and most importantly 4 spots qualified for the Paralympics next year.

There were some amazing efforts from team mates and their performances pays credit to how hard they’ve all been training throughout the season. I was sat in the GB canoeing office, watching the results as they came in, and I was proud to be part of such a strong team.

However, other nations are getting stronger too, and GB didn’t dominate the championships as they have done in the past. I think this is a real lesson to us all for next year….we can’t afford to be complacent, and the other nations seem to have really upped their game. We’re all going to have to be set for some seriously hard work this winter if we’re to keep sight of those Gold medals.

It’s been a tough few weeks for me and things haven’t worked out as I’d hoped, but, I firmly believe I’ve come out of it a stronger, more determined athlete. I’ve proved both on the water and in the gym that I’m making significant gains, and there’s still much more to come!

All that’s left for this season is to now deliver a solid performance in the last regatta of the season next weekend. After that, I’ll have done everything I can possibly do, and it will all come down to the decisions of the coaches and the performance team in October when they meet to allocate funding and places for the Rio training camp in January.

I’ve given it everything, hopefully that’ll be enough for them to still consider me an important part of the squad.

I haven’t had too much time for anything else other than training over the last few weeks, but Climbing Out has run 4 amazing programmes and helped over 60 young people. We’ve one more programme to go in 2015, and the impact on the lives of young people has been simply incredible. Below are the words written by one young lady after attending a Climbing Out programme.

Less than a year ago, I couldn’t walk because a soft tissue and bone cancer called Parasteal Osteosarcoma had taken away my ability to live without aid. Yet a couple of days ago I climbed a mountain in the Lake District. Yes, it hurt, but I wasn’t prepared to let that stop me. Granted, on the way back down I had assistance the full way because my balance is still atrocious, but I DID IT!

Thank you Climbing Out, without your charity I wouldn’t have realised my capabilities and I certainly wouldn’t be beginning to be proud of myself.

You have undeniably and categorically changed my views on life and my attitude towards the world and helped me battle my disorders. Most of all though – the people I met and had the honour of being surrounded by, inspired me when my depression attacked me, motivated me when my mind told me I couldn’t, comforted me when my depression abused me, relied on me when they needed help, respected me, cared for me, and saved my life” Shannon

I’m also incredibly proud to say that 2 young people from Climbing Out have been short listed for the Midlands Children of Courage Awards.

Chelsey Dixon and Molly Evans are both remarkable young ladies, who were diagnosed with cancer at 17yrs and 15yrs respectively. They have showed amazing courage to overcome the challenges they have faced and are both are so deserving of this recognition.

The awards night is on October 23rd, and I’ll be there to support them both and hopefully see them pick up the coveted trophy.

Well, it’s just one week to go until we have a 3 week break from training….and I have to admit, I’m more than ready for that break! However, I won’t be sitting on my bum for too long…..we have performance testing the first 2 days back on the 28thand 29thSept, and I still have a point to prove! So, it might be a break from full training, but I intend to keep working hard and to go back refreshed and ready to show them what I’m made of. It’s gonna be all eyes on Rio!!


Oswestry Community Games-

Start Date:
20th September 2015

End Date:
20th September 2015

Start Time:
11 am

End Time:
4.30 pm

Event title: Oswestry Community Games-
Venue: Cae Glas Park in the centre of Oswestry
Name: Clive Knight
Telephone: 07964 615 858
Event description: “Bringing Oswestry Together is the name behind this years Oswestry Games.
This is Oswestry’s day and we want local people of all abilities & none to come along to try taster sessions & take part in a variety of sport. With over 30 local organisations involved on the day providing demonstrations and activities for visitors in “Have a go” sessions, you will not want to miss this one. Our guest of honour this year is local lady Amy Hughes who completed 53 marathons in 53 days. Master of Ceremonies will be local actor Malcolm Lord.

Click here for poster: Oswestry Community Games poster

Click here for more information: Oswestry Community Games 2015

Meeting Dates re Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery

Start Date:
17th August 2015

End Date:
17th August 2015

Start Time:
6 pm

End Time:
8.00 pm

Event title: Meeting Dates re Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery
Venue: Various -see content for details
Name: Shropshire CCG
Telephone: 01743 277500
Event description: Patients and public are being given their chance to share their views on hip and knee surgery inShropshire to help the local NHS consider how to spend money more wisely the future of health care services. Click here for more details Shropshire orthopedics press release v5 (1)

The events will take place at:
Date:                                       Venue:                                                                  Locality:

  • Monday 17 August            Festival Centre                                                Market Drayton
  • Thursday 20 August          The Marches School                                            Oswestry
  • Monday 24 August            Ludlow Mascall Centre                                          Ludlow
  • Wednesday 26 August      Bridgnorth Community Hall                               Bridgnorth
  • Tuesday 1 September       Shropshire Education Conference Centre       Shrewsbury
  • Wednesday 2 September Whitchurch Community Hospital                     Whitchurch

Each event will take place from 6-8 pm and will be able to accommodate around 40 people. Anyone interested in attending can book online by going to

Message received by us.

Did you attend one of the above presentations/ If so this is for you.

A Message from Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group: 

We are looking for a patient representative, ideally with recent experience of hip or knee problems, to take part in a West Midlands Quality Review Service review of the care of people with musculo-skeletal problems. If you are interested, please email

Guide Dogs for the Blind-Shrewsbury Mobility Team



Telephone: 0345 1430226

Address: Suite A and C New Zealand House, 160-162 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6FD

The ability to get around is vital in order to live a full life yet thousands of blind and partially sighted people never leave home alone. Guide Dogs empowers visually impaired people to do that and relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service. We breed and train guide dogs which provide life changing mobility and there are currently 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK. The full lifetime cost of a guide dog from birth to retirement is £48,500.

Guide Dogs Shrewsbury specialises in providing mobility and independence to blind and partially sighted people across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country.

Guide Dogs Shrewsbury supports visually impaired people in Shropshire, Staffordshire and the Black Country to have the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Providing independence and mobility to thousands of people every day. Guide Dogs relies entirely on donations for the Guide Dog service.

Find us on Face Book @guidedogsUK and Twitter @GuideDogs

Registered Charity in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SC038979)

3 Dates of when & where the See and Hear Van will be this month

Start Date:
1st October 2015

End Date:
21st October 2015

Start Time:
See Content for details

End Time:
See Content for details

Event title: 3 Dates of when & where the See and Hear Van will be this month
Venue: See Content for details
Name: Sight Loss Shropshire
Telephone: 01743 210808
Event description: The See & Hear Van will be at:

  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Sight Information Centre on Thursday 1st October from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Lindale Court Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 8NU 1.30 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday 14th October.
  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Sight Information Centre on Wednesday 31st October from 10 am to 2 pm.

The See & Hear Van has on board an array of information about services and specialist equipment, for anyone with a VISUAL and/or HEARING impairment. Advice and follow-up information and contacts are available from the staff who are all trained to help you. They have installed up-to-date IT equipment on which visitors to the van can view demonstration DVDs and national charity catalogues of the most recent innovations in the sensory impairment field.

This service is funded by SVAB, and is managed in partnership with other agencies. The volunteers who staff the van are specially trained for this work. Volunteers provide advice and information about support and services for people with visual or hearing impairments.
All welcome – no appointment required.

Women Make Sport Conference

Start Date:
9th October 2015

End Date:
9th October 2015

Start Time:
9 am

End Time:
1 pm

Event title: Women Make Sport Conference
Venue: The White House Hotel, Wellington, Telford TF1 2NH
Name: Helen White
Telephone: 01743 297191
Event description: This Conference aims to bring together like minded people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin who are passionate about encouraging and inspiring women to be active. Whether you’re a coach, sports clubs, leisure centre, health club, local council, gym instructor, youth worker, volunteer – this Conference will help delegates make best use of the good practise and resources available.
More men than women take part in sport and physical activity every week, meaning many women are missing out on the great benefits being active has to offer. Energize, like many other local organisations, want to get women’s hearts beating faster in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin through the joy of sport and physical activity.
Our welcome speaker is Catriona; a real This Girl Can. Catriona was determined to start a healthier lifestyle so began running a few years ago. Catriona will talk about her journey from couch to 5km to ultra-marathon and founding Bridgnorth Running Club. This will help us get thinking how we can support more women to be a This Girl Can!

Cost £22 per person & includes refreshments & lunch. Click here to book your place

For more information contact Helen White on 01743 297191 or email

Save the Date-The Big Debate-Book Your Place Now

Start Date:
29th September 2015

End Date:
29th September 2015

Start Time:
2.30 pm

End Time:
5.30 pm

Event title: Save the Date-The Biig Debate-Book your place now.
Venue: Sovereign Suite, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ST
Name: SPAA
Telephone: 07780 852 229
Event description: This Big Debate is a workshop event open to a range professionals, clients and parent and carers who have an interest or who want to know more about two key topics which will be delivered through short presentations followed by table top workshop.

Childhood to Adulthood for disabled children and young people
– hearing a parent/carer’s perspective and then looking at how services in Shropshire are working to develop the transition from childhood to adulthood for disabled children and young people including those on the autistic spectrum.

The Care Act  
– understanding the approach Shropshire has taken to support the Care Act and what independent support there is available locally to better understand The Care Act.


We will have Workshops discussing:

‘What do these mean to you?’

  • Childhood to Adulthood
  • The Care Act

Speakers include:

  • Neil Davies from Lanyon Bowdler re “The Care Act” -Solicitors Perspective
  • Zara Bowden-Shropshire PACC ,
  • 0-25 IASS CAAN Service and
  • Neil Evans from Shropshire Local Authority informing on their approach.
  • Plus other keynote speakers

We have Sign Language Interpreters (BSL) at this event

To book your place click here

Oswestry Community Games-20th September 2015

Oswestry Community Games takes place on Sunday 20th September at Cae Glas Park Oswestry between 11 am & 4.30 pm. Oswestry Community Games poster

Guest of honour this year is guest of honour is local lady Amy Hughes who completed 53 marathons in 53 days. For more details of “Bringing Oswestry Together” click here Oswestry Community Games 2015



Patients asked to share their views of major hip and knee surgery

Did you attend one of these presentations? If so this message is for you!

A Message from Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group: 
We are looking for a patient representative, ideally with recent experience of hip or knee problems, to take part in a West Midlands Quality Review Service review of the care of people with musculo-skeletal problems. If you are interested, please email

Patients and public are being given their chance to share their views on hip and knee surgery in Shropshire to help the local NHS consider how to spend money more wisely for the future of health care services.

Meetings are being held at various locations in Shropshire enabling you to have a say.

Click here for full details Shropshire orthopedics press release v5 (1)