Monthly Archives: April 2017

Inside Out of Mind-a live theatre recording produced for Care Professional

Start Date:
12th June 2017

End Date:
12th June 2017

Start Time:
1.30 pm

End Time:
Contact for details.

Event title: Inside Out of Mind-a live theatre recording produced for Care Professional
Venue: Shropshire Education Conference Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ
Name: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone: 01743 261 473
Event description: This is a live theatre recording  pf “Inside Out of Mind”produced for Care Professionals -Written and directed by Tanya Myers.
This free event is open to all members of the public and staff. There will be a film screening of this theatre production followed by a facilitated discussion about issues raised in the film.
Spaces at this event are limited.

Booking is essential. To reserve your place please email or telephone 01743 261 473

Click here for poster: 170407-insideoutofmindposter

Working in Partnership Engagement Event

Start Date:
19th May 2017

End Date:
19th May 2017

Start Time:
9.30 am

End Time:
12 noon

Event title: Working in Partnership Engagement Event
Venue:  Shropshire Education Conference Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ
Name: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone: 01743 261 473
Event description: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is holding a Working In Partnership engagement event as part of our plans to improve working with local community groups.
The event, which is open to all community, voluntary and third sector organisations, will provide the opportunity to share information about who we are and what we do as an acute provider. We will also be asking for your ideas on how we can effectively engage with you and your local community.

To book your place at this event please email or telephone 01743 261 473.

Click here for poster: 170407-working-in-partnership

See and Hear Exhibition goes from strength to strength as it celebrates its tenth successful year

Shropshire’s See and Hear Exhibition will again be hosting a fantastic range of events and activities for people with sight and hearing loss on Wednesday 10 May 2017.

The annual event, which celebrates its tenth successful year, will be hosted at Shrewsbury Sports Village on Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, between 10 am and 4 pm. The event is free and open to everyone, to try equipment and learn more about the support on offer to help improve the quality of life for those with a sensory impairment.

See and Hear will be providing information sessions and demonstrations throughout the day, as well as hosting over 70 exhibitors from local and national companies, services and charities.

There are seminars and work shops:

  • Macular Disease and Visual Hallucinations: “Am I losing my mind as well as my sight?” Presented by Cathy Yelf, Macular Society Chief Executive
  •  “I Can’t Stand That Noise” – coping with sensitivity to sound. Presented by Vicky Sadler, Audiology
  • Guide Dog Demonstration and Talk. Presented by Andy Guiel, Guide Dogs and Demonstration Dog, Natalie.

From 11 am Boccia Tournament – Indoor Bowls Centre, run by Shropshire Disability Network. Come and see 9+ Teams go head to head to get our trophy!

Outside there will be All Ability Cycling, See and Hear Information Van and Hearing Aid Maintenance Clinic run by Audiology, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals sponsored by Salop Leisure Go Explore!

So much and more are being added all the time. It is a day not to be missed.

Click here for See and Hear Poster: See and Hear Poster 2017 complete

Click here for Programme of Events: Programme 2017 UPDATED

Mental Health Awareness Week-Surviving or Thriving?

Mental Health Awareness Week, is 8-14 May 2017. Mental Health UK say “Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and stuck on getting through the day, we will explore:

  • how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
  • why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
  • what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life

Oswestry has a lot taking place during this dedicated week to Mental Health Awareness. Click on the links below to find out more:

Fibro Family Awareness Day at Telford

Start Date:
19th May 2017

End Date:
19th May 2017

Start Time:
11 am

End Time:
6 pm

Event title: Fibro Family Awareness Day at Telford
Venue: Telford Shopping Centre outside WH Smiths
Name: Fibro Family
Telephone: 0844 887 2392
Event description: Fibro Family have an awareness table in Telford town centre, we will be outside WH Smith, It’s for the National Fibromyalgia awareness day which is on 12th May each year, but we couldn’t get a table for then so are doing it on the 19th instead.

Please come along, we will be giving people information on Fibromyalgia and telling you about our meetings. We would really like to chat to you.

Nearly 3 million older people struggling financially – Age UK

Nearly three million over-65s – that’s one in four – are struggling financially, according to new research for Age UK,[i] despite an estimated £3.5 billion in Pension Credit and Housing Benefit alone going unclaimed each year.[ii]

With the latest government figures showing that pensioner poverty is on the rise – with 1.9 million pensioners now living below the poverty line[iii] – the Charity is urging older people to get in touch to find out if they’re entitled to some extra financial support.

The government’s latest figures show that one in 10 people aged 65+ would not be able to pay an unexpected expense of £200, to replace a broken washing machine for example.[iv] Yet millions of older people who are struggling to survive on a low income could be entitled to benefits such as Pension Credit, which has slightly increased this month and could provide a much-needed boost to their weekly income if claimed. In fact, if people who are eligible for Pension Credit make a claim, it could increase their income by an average of £42 a week – that’s £2,184 a year.[v]

The Charity publishes a range of free guides to help people navigate the benefits system and has trained advisers on hand all year round to offer support. The Charity has just updated its More money in your pocket guide to reflect benefit changes which came into effect earlier this month[vi]; the guide is specifically designed to help older people claim the benefits to which they are entitled, including Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, and help towards paying council tax. In addition many older disabled people could receive extra support by claiming the non-means-tested Attendance Allowance. The Charity also publishes mini-guides including Pension CreditAttendance Allowance Carers Allowance and Council Tax – all available free of charge by calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “Managing on a low, fixed income is really tough, and many people face a daily struggle just to afford the basics. That’s why is it so important that every older person who is entitled to claim benefits does so. Every day Age UK helps people to claim what they are entitled to, and every day we hear how much of a difference the money makes, how surprised people are by how straightforward the process is with the help of an adviser, and how much less they have to worry about everyday bills.


“It is shameful that despite millions of older people struggling financially, around £3.5 billion in money benefits remains unclaimed every year when this extra income could make a huge difference to their lives. We would urge anyone who is worried about their finances, or an older family member or friend, to get in touch with us for free, impartial information and advice.”


To order a free copy of any of Age UK’s guides, or for further information and advice on any issue, people should call Age UK Advice free of charge on 0800 169 65 65, contact their local Age UK, or visit, where there is also an online personalised benefits calculator to help people find out exactly what they are owed, quickly and easily.


Sight Loss Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for May 2017

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 3rd May. Oswestry group members have Canal boat trip. Rachel will contact you re arrangements as places are limited to 12.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 8th May 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

We will be having a craft session from ‘Scrappies’!

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 17th May 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 22nd May Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

We will have an update on the work of Healthwatch & Guide Dogs.

If you need any more information on anything above please do contact me on 01743 342163 or

Other Useful Information:

Accessible banking – I have recently been contacted about a guide on accessible banking for blind and partially sighted people which can be found here:

The guide contains information on current accessibility issues that you may have experienced and what banks are doing to help people with visual impairments.

Sensory Impairment Teams – changes to Contact Details

The telephone numbers for both Sensory Impairment Teams have recently changed.  The new numbers are:

·         Shropshire Sensory Impairment Team – 01743 250529

·         Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Team – 07973 454562


The Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Team has relocated.  Their new postal address is:

Telford & Wrekin Sensory Impairment Services,

House 5, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Telford. TF1 6TF.

The Rehabilitation Officer for the Visually Impaired in Telford is still Bernadette Bate-Rogers and her e-mail address is unchanged –

Sight Loss Opportunity Group Cycling Session

Start Date:
17th May 2017

End Date:
17th May 2017

Start Time:
10.30 am

End Time:
11.30 am

Event title: Sight Loss Opportunity Group Cycling Session
Venue: Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Road Harlescott Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ
Name: Rachel Whitney
Telephone: 01743 342163
Event description: We will meet for our monthly cycling at Sundorne Sports Village.
Not had a go yet, please come and try it, help is on hand including volunteers who will help you with confidence issues.
If you need any more information on anything above please do contact me on 01743 342163 or

Petition re limited allocation of Incontinence Pads

Start Date:
1st May 2017

End Date:
31st August 2017

Start Time:

End Time:

It is a natural part of daily living that we all have toilet needs. It is so easy to take for granted going to the “loo” but how many realise the difficulties for people with long term conditions and disabilities who cannot. We share information on Changing Places with you. Now we have been asked if we can help by encouraging you to sign this petition.

Why sign this? Did you know children & adults with a disability are limited to 3 Incontinence pads daily! Yes, 3 a day! Many people cannot manage on 3 a day as they are not aware of toilet needs. It is unhygienic and can cause discomfort and health issues. Would you be willing to help get the allowance increased helping Emma & others  in a similar situation.

To read more and take part in this petition please click here:

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

West Side Story (Dementia Friendly) -Ludlow

Start Date:
13th June 2017

End Date:
13th June 2017

Start Time:
2 pm

End Time:
4 pm approx

Event title: West Side Story (Dementia Friendly) -Ludlow
Venue: Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill St, Ludlow SY8 1AZ
Name: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01584 878141
Event description: This film is part of A Life More Ordinary – our selection of dementia friendly film showing. These take place in a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please. There will be an interval with tea and cake.

Winner of ten Oscars (including Best Picture) and arguably the best musical ever made, West Side Story is and electrifying classic that sets a Romeo and Juliet story in the slums of 1950s New York, with Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s superb score the perfect backdrop.
White West Side American gang the Jets are preparing to fight their rivals, the Puerto Rican Sharks. But matters are complicated when Tony (Richard Beymar) falls in love with the sister of the leader of the Sharks, Maria (Natalie Wood)… Groundbreaking choreography and an unforgettable energy make West Side Story a must-see on the big screen.