Monthly Archives: October 2017

Shrewsbury North West Relief Road-consultation closes 8th November

Start Date:
17th October 2017

End Date:
8th November 2017

Start Time:

End Time:

Shropshire Council is encouraging people to have their say on the updated proposals for the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road. This is a very short consultation of 3 weeks, it closes on 8th November.

To find out more about the proposals click here: (

To take part in the survey click here:

If you know of someone unable to access the plans online or you would rather see a paper copy, they are available to view at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, or the Shrewsbury Community Hub, 1A Castle Gates (, where you’ll also be able to fill in a paper survey.

Have you a Long term Health condition? Are you keeping warm?

We would like to remind our members that with winter not that far away, there are important things we need to be doing ie Having a flu injection as well as ensuring our homes are warm enough for the colder days ahead.

Health organisations across the county are urging those with underlying health conditions to stay well this winter by protecting themselves against flu.

How to protect against flu: The flu jab is free of charge for people who have a long-term health condition such as: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), bronchitis or emphysema, diabetes; heart, kidney or liver disease, or have suffered a stroke.

Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious and could cause serious complications such as pneumonia. The quick and simple flu vaccination will help reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death amongst those most at risk. This link will tell you more:

Carers: If you look after someone who is elderly or has a disability and they cannot manage without your help, you too should have a flu jab. Click here for more information.

To keep well, it is important we keep warm too. 

Shropshire Council recently re-tendered the Keep Shropshire Warm service, to provide a free & impartial affordable warmth service across the County. Marches Energy Agency (MEA) will run the service in partnership with the Council. This “Keep Shropshire Warm” poster tells you more about how to get Free and Impartial Energy Advice (call Keep Shropshire Warm on 0800 112 3743 or via , Heating and Insulation Grants as well as Age UK Energy Checks.

Click here for details: Keep Shropshire Warm – Sep 17 (1)

Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for November 2017

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 1st November from 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

Today we will be collating together our  Christmas Lunch pre-orders and deposits before having a game of Boccia.   I can confirm that Mile End Golf Club are able to do the Nut Roast as requested.

Lin Stapley will be bringing her Christmas items along that can be purchased. All monies raised will go to the Guide Dogs.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 13th November at 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

We will be enjoying a session with Lesley from Scrappies.

Christmas Lunch has been booked at The Pea Green Café for Tuesday 12th December, arrival at 12 noon to dine at 12:30pm   Can you bring along your Christmas Meal food choice along with your non-refundable £5 deposit, please.  Please note the vegetarian choice for both menus is Butternut Squash Nut Roast.


Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village, -Wednesday 15th November from 10.30 am to 11.30 am

We will be having our cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ

The Christmas meal will be at the Lion Hotel, on Monday 11th December 2017.  If you can plan on arriving for 12 noon to dine at 12:30.  If you can all give Julie your £10 deposit, along with your food choice (if you have not already sent this in).  You will be in a private room, so plenty of space for everyone.  They want to make you all aware that there is about 4/5 steps to go to the toilet.


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 27th November at The Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury, SY11 JE 2 pm -4 pm

We will be joined by Sally, who will be doing a craft session. 

The Christmas meal will be at the Lion Hotel, on Monday 11th December 2017.  If you can plan on arriving for 12 noon to dine at 12:30.  If you can all have you £10 deposit, along with your food choice (if you have not already sent this in).  You will be in a private room, so plenty of space for everyone.  They want to make you all aware that there is about 4/5 steps to go to the toilet. 

If you need any more information on anything above please do contact Susann Mitchell on 01743 342163 or by email

Getting to Hospital, What are the Issues?

As soon as the increase in parking charges at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital were announced we felt it important to share with you on this website as these increases will affect many of our members, families and friends. Healthwatch Shropshire would like to hear from you about your experience of getting to our local hospitals.

Brian, Information Officer at Healthwatch Shropshire told SDN “Getting to hospital for outpatient appointments, regular treatment and visiting relatives is in the spotlight at the moment. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital trust have announced a rise in car parking charges at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital. Community transport schemes are facing an uncertain future with national discussions of changes to licensing. Hospital non-emergency transport services are under pressure from increasing demand and budget constraints.

He continues “Do you use community transport or hospital transport? How was your experience? How will the increased car parking charges affect you?

The local independent health and social care consumer champion, Healthwatch Shropshire, is asking the people of Shropshire to share their experiences of getting to and from hospitals so these can be fed into the debate”.

SDN encourages you to tell Healthwatch how it is for you and your friends and family. You can do this by contacting Healthwatch Shropshire either by telephoning 01743 237884 or emailing or by using Web form:

Friendly Hour at Sainbury’s (Telford Forge Store)

Sandra and Margaret PR Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge store, with support from the Store Manager and staff are launching a special time in store called “Friendly Hour”.

“Friendly Hour” will start on Monday 6th November and take place on the first Monday of each month (except for January 2018) from 9.30 am to 10.30 am. Anyone who would appreciate a quieter time to shop may like to take up this opportunity.  While lights can not be dimmed, there will be no tannoy announcements and no music. It will be quieter with No roll cages on shop floor to cause noise.

Note this is an initiative by the PR Ambassadors at this particular store and is not available at other stores. Watch this space for more information.

Special Olympics-Can this happen in Shropshire?

An information event is being held on Wednesday 8th November 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm at Telford College for those interested in supporting the set up of a Special Olympics Network in Telford and Wrekin and wider Shropshire. This is a Free event.

Special Olympics GB provides opportunities for local people with Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities to take part in sports and physical activities at various levels including regional, national and international as well as their local level. Many members will remember Jess Hiles being Guest Speaker at our AGM. She brought her Gold Medal she won at this years Special Olympics. Jess plays Boccia.

Energize Shropshire Telford and Wrekin would like to hear from any  established clubs, schools, Leisure Facilities or Local Authority who may be interested in setting up a Special Olympic Forum. Please call 01743 297191 or email  if you are interested in setting up Shropshire’s own Special Olympic Network.

Click here for more information including address details: SOGB Promo (1)

Join us for our Quiz Night -This Wednesday

Join us for another evening of fun and laughter at our Quiz night on Wednesday 25th October starting at 7 pm at the The Harry Hotspur, Harlescott Lane,  Shrewsbury. 

By coming along you are supporting your organisation. Not only will you be able to meet other people, you will help us raise funds so that we can continue our work in Shropshire. We will be having a raffle giving you opportunity of taking home a prize even if you are not on the winning team. We have some great prizes so if you want to win one, come along this Wednesday.

Cost £1 per team member and no more than 5 members to a team. Not got  a team together, then still join us as we can link you together with others.

More details

FREE -Ready Steady Cook, taster

The charity Grow Cook Learn is running more courses at its Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms to help people gain the confidence, skills and motivation to buy, prepare and eat their own food.

Find out about the sessions taking place on Tuesday 21st November by clicking on this poster: Ready Steady Cook Poster 2

For information on the Cooking Up Meals workshops starting on Tuesday January 30th 2018 (a series of six 4-hour workshops) click here. Ready Steady Cook final

You will be asked for a  small contribution towards ingredients. 

These courses are funded by Ludlow Food Festival.

Last few days, 15th October old £1 round coins cease legal tender

Earlier this year we launched “Give Your Last Old £1 Coin to SDN” by giving out small containers for people to collect the old £1 coins to help our charity. This innovative idea to raise funding really is important and now with just days left until those old round £1 coins cease legal tender on 15th October 2017, it is time we seek your support.

There is still time to check your pockets, bags, drawers, cupboards and money boxes. We still containers available for you put these old coins in and donate to us.

We have had one or two containers returned but we know there are at least 12 more containers that we gave out still to be returned. Were you one of those people who took a container but still has not returned it? It a good time for you to return your container now.

So why give to us?  Shropshire Disability Network is run in its entirety by volunteers (there are very few local charities led by volunteers, we are one of them. We have to fund raise to operate and this is a way you can help with our ongoing work. Ongoing costs include financing this website, paying for venues to hold meetings, public liability insurance including insuring all events, stationery, newsletter, publicity, equipment etc

Thank you to all who are supporting us. If you have a container or wish to donate your old £1 coins to us but don’t know how to get them to us call 07780 852 229 or email or

NB: We will still take your old round £1 coins after Sunday 15th October!

Fuel Service Scheme to help people with a disability.

Thanking Sandra and Marg, Community Ambassadors at Sainsbury’s Telford for sharing this information with us.

They tell us “For all of our valued customers with a disability we now have the Fuel service scheme available. A downloadable app is available which helps customers find Fuel stations where Fuel serve is used, by simply pressing a button our customers can let us know that they have arrived and would like assistance with refuelling which comes through to our kiosk via the telephone.

Customers can liaise with us directly via the app to ensure their visit to us is quick and hassle free”.

Here is a link to Fuel Service” with a tab to download the app