Monthly Archives: December 2017

No “Friendly Hour” at Sainsbury’s (Telford Forge Store) New Years Day.

On the first Monday of each month, Sainsbury’s at Telford Forge store have been holding a “Friendly Hour” between 0930 and 1030. Note this will not take place on the first Monday in January 2018 as it is New Years Day. We look forward to being back on Monday  5th February 2018.

Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for January 2018

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 3rd January from 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

We will be joined by Shelly for an Extend Exercise Class to work off all our Christmas festivities.

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

We will be joined by Erika, from Cornbrooke Bee Farm, who will be talking about Holistic Therapy.

Unfortunately due to the weather only 4 people managed to make it for the Christmas Lunch at Pea Green.  May be we could arrange an afternoon tea in the Spring, let me know what you think and I can make some enquiries about the cost.


Shrewsbury SLOG’s and Shrewsbury Cycling, -Monday 22nd January 12:00 noon at The Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury SY1 1UY

Due to the original Christmas meal booking being cancelled we will be meeting at the Lion Hotel around 12 noon, with lunch being served at 12:30 pm. 

Although we will not be dining with you, we will have everyone’s pre-order with the individual cost. If you would like to give me your remaining balance (if any) at the beginning we can settle the outstanding amount before we leave you to enjoy your group meal.  Joining you for the meal will be John Thatcher, with a talk about Keratoconus, this will be after the meal at around 13:30 pm.

For those of you arriving by car to the Christmas meal – you are able to access the function room from the hotel’s car park, this is all on one level.  The car park is a pay and display but if you register your registration number at reception this will be wavered, alternatively, you can give this information to Julie or myself and we can pass the information on to reception.  

You will all be given a copy of the 2018 SLOG leaflets at the above events, hopefully you will enjoy what we have planned so far!


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

Safe Place Shropshire

Businesses across Shropshire are very busy with people shopping for the Festive Season. Many people will feel more anxious or vulnerable at this time, so it is good to know what the Safe Place logo looks like in case you need one. Safe Places are there to help you, so if you need a place to sit and be quiet or need help, please use these short term Safe havens.

Here is a link to the Safe Places in Shropshire:

Pharmacy Opening Times for Christmas and New Year

We hope no one needs this but if you do, see below a link to the Shropshire and Telford Pharmacy opening times for Christmas and New Year.

Shropshire Pharmacy opening times: shropshire-xmas-ny-17-18

Telford Pharmacy opening times: Christmas pharmacy opening hours 2017-18

Pharmacies provide very helpful information & it may be, if you are unwell, they can help you, saving time for you so not having to wait for a GP appointment. If the Pharmacist thinks you should see a doctor they will tell you.  

Your Voice December 2017

The latest version of Your Voice is available for viewing and download. Please log into your account for the latest Christmas information. The SDN Christmas cards are in the shops, it’s Pantomime time and there’s a piece on the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP.

Click here to get your copy: SDN Newsletter for December 2017

SDN invites its members to design our Christmas Cards for 2018

This is the third year that we have sold Christmas cards to raise awareness of our charity and to increase funds. For next year, we would like to invite our members to design our cards.  Many of you will have artistic skills or enjoy photography and winter is here giving us opportunities to use our skills .  You may be hoping to snap a winter scene, or getting the water colours, oil, acrylics or pencil out to create a design. This is your opportunity to get creative

There are a few rules to enter our competition.  They are:

  • To take part, you must be a registered member of Shropshire Disability Network.
  • Entries accepted must be your own work:   photographs/water colour/oil/acrylics/pencil.
  • No 3D designs.
  • Submissions from Organisations and Professionals will not be accepted.
  • You agree that if your entry is a winning design, it becomes our property to be used solely by SDN for creating our charity Christmas cards, which will be sold to support the charity.

Prize: Two designs will be chosen by independent judges shortly to be appointed by SDN. Each design will be incorporated into next year’s Christmas Cards, which will be sold in aid of Shropshire Disability Network which includes Safe Place Shropshire.  The winning designers’ names will be displayed with our logos on the back of the cards.

So, get those cameras or your art materials ready.  We are bound to see some wintry weather soon.

SDN Management Committee will consider holding an exhibition of all entries submitted.

For an application form please call or text:

SDN Mobile 07780 852 229 or email or

SDN Secretary mobile 07398 350 255  or email

The form will give you details of where to send your entry. Closing date will be 30th April 2018.


Thank you to all who have supported us by buying cards this year. There is still time to buy our cards -10 cards and envelopes for £3.99. You can also purchase directly from SDN and at any events or contact 07780 852 229 or email

Sales not only help with funding but, by supporting us, you will also be helping to spread awareness of our work.

Deaffest to run residential Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy for young deaf people, Summer of 2018

Deaffest will be running a residential Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy for young deaf people in the summer of 2018. Get involved in making the FIRST EVER Deaf sign-musical film and get a hands-on experience of film making and performance skills by talented deaf professionals. Find out more at

There are limited places for the Academy, so do get in touch with Deaffest early to avoid disappointment! It will take place in Wolverhampton from Sunday 5th August to Sunday 12th August 2018 and is suitable for young deaf people aged 13 – 17 years (although applications would be considered from those aged 11 and 12 years, in consultation with parents/ guardians).





Details of Pantomimes/Shows (Dementia Friendly, Stage Text, Relaxed/Subtitles) this Christmas and New Year

We all like to go to Pantomimes and shows at Christmas. Below we provide links to those that we (Shropshire Disability Network) have been informed are Dementia Friendly/Relaxed/Stage Text/BSL/Subtitles etc)

Remember when booking tickets to ask about concessions for people with a disability and carers.

Tuesday 12th December:

Sunday 17th December:

Monday 18th December:

Tuesday 19th December:

Wednesday 20th December: 

Saturday 23rd December:

Thursday 28th December: 

Saturday 30th December: 

Thursday 4th January 2018 

Friday 5th January 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

Tuesday 9th January 2018








Unrest has advanced to the next round of Oscars voting for Best Feature Documentary

We recently shared with you a news item about the film “Unrest”  that was released on 20th October and being shown in local cinemas. We also included the various showings under our events tab. We are pleased to share good news that this documentary has advanced to the next round of Oscars voting for Best Feature Documentary. 

Click this link to read more:

Telford Tree of Light, there is still opportunity to support.

Telford Tree of Light run by the Rotary clubs in the Telford area this year is supporting us together with Severn Hospice, Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes, Wellington Cottage Care, Dementia UK [Admiral Nurses Telford & Wrekin].

To read more about it click this link:

Our Chairperson Ruby Hartshorn attended the switch on at Telford Shopping Centre on Thursday 16th November at 16.30. The Switch-0n will be performed by Dicky Dodd, the Signal 107 Radio presenter.

“Is it too late to make a dedication?” is a frequently asked question. There is still plenty of time for names to be remembered. Dedications are guaranteed to appear around the Tree in time for Christmas so long as they are received no later than 16th December.

Telford Tree of Light application forms are available at outlets throughout the Borough. Find them at Telford Shopping Centre Customer Services, Severn Hospice shops, Wellington Civic Centre, Dawley Christian Centre, Jubilee House Madeley, Truffles in Ironbridge, Oakengates Leisure Centre and in many other shops, businesses and community venues throughout Telford.  Forms are even available on the very edge of Telford, the photograph shows the Telford Tree of Light application forms that can be collected from Oakgate Nursery & Garden Centre in Ellerdine.

Click here to donate on-line: