Monthly Archives: January 2018

Debate on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Wednesday 31st January

We know many of our members, friends and families have had bad experiences when migrating from DLA or making a first claim for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) 

Laura Pidcock MP for North West Durham is delighted to have secured a Westminster Hall debate on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) tomorrow (Wednesday 31st January. She said “As debate is focusing on claimant experience, it would be really useful if people could share their experiences of the PIP process” For those using twitter please leave your message at this link or if you use Face book, you can leave a comment here alternatively please email

New funding available for heating and insulation improvements

New heating and insulation funding is available for householders and landlords across Shropshire, as a result of the latest round of government funding. 

The eligibility criteria has been widened so householders who were previously ineligible, such as those not receiving benefits or park home residents, may now be eligible.

To find out more click this link

Keep Shropshire Warm is a partnership between Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury-based charity Marches Energy Agency. Free and impartial advice and support on any energy related topic is available year round via the service.

To read more about Marches Energy Agency click this link

Friendly Hour is back at Sainsbury’s (Telford Forge Store) 0930-1030

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

The next “Friendly Hour” will next take place on Monday 5th February and on the first Monday of each month 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. 

Ruby, SDN Chair said “We support this initiative as we know people with Dementia, or with Autism Spectrum as well as those who with other long term conditions and those who need help from Carers, often appreciate quieter times to shop. We are pleased to be able to promote Friendly Hour at Sainsbury’s Telford Forge Store”

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.

Sight Loss Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for February 2018

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 7th February 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN. 

We will be joined by Debbie Marais, Branch Manager at Oswestry Library, for a talk about the Library and events that may be of interest to you all.

NB: If anyone is caring for someone who couldn’t manage without them, there is an Oswestry Carers Group that meet on the last Wednesday of each month, 11:00 – 12:00 noon, at the meeting Room, Oswestry Leisure Centre. 

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 12th  February 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

We will be joined by Pauline Rose, who will be talking to us all about Vision Technology.  

We made some enquiries about Afternoon Tea at the Pea Green.  Tim has kindly offered to do this for us at an estimated cost of £9/10, however, the Pea Green does not open on Monday’s, do you want to swap your meet up day and time?    If so, please contact me Susann Mitchell

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 21st February 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be enjoying an indoor bowls session instead of cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ


Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 26th February 2 pm -4 pm at The Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

This month we will be joined by Becky Castle from Shropshire Fire & Rescue for a Fire Safety Talk and Quiz.

For more information, please call 01743 342163 or email Susann  will be happy to help.

Future Fit, shaping healthcare together…

Many organisations have been invited to share a letter circulated via the VCSA on behalf of the Future Fit Communication and Engagement Team.  Many of you will be aware NHS Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are getting ready to launch a formal 12-week public consultation around the proposed changes to hospital services at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals.

Click here  to read the letter: Final letter to VCSA organisations 11.01.18

Shropshire Disability Network will be ordering various documents from Future Fit to distribute to our members.

SDN to benefit from Waitrose Community Matters

This month (January 2018) Shropshire Disability Network has been selected by Little Waitrose, Pride Hill, Shrewsbury to benefit from a share of its monthly donation to local good causes. This branch is a smaller store (Convenience shop) so shares £500 between local good causes. (larger stores share a £1000 each month)

At the end of your shop, you’ll receive a token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

By placing a token in the Community Matters box at Waitrose, Pride Hill, Shrewsbury you will be helping your community. Since Waitrose launched “Community Matters in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million to charities local to its stores.

SDN would be grateful if you would support them by placing your green token in their box.



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Telephone: 01254 357303

Telephone: 0800 652 8533 (Freephone)

Address: Paddock Mill, Moscow Mill Street, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 0EO

We are also happy to take your order or enquiry by post. Please use the above address.

Millercare is the home of the leading mobility and healthcare company in the North West of England. With over 60 years experience and stores across the region, we give our customers greater independence, freedom and improved quality of life by supplying products, services and no obligation advice that best suits their needs.

Our mobility and healthcare website offers hundreds of healthcare, daily living aids and mobility products available for you to purchase online. When visiting our online store you’ll find an extensive range of high quality mobility, healthcare and household products all designed to make your life easier.

Find us on Face Book @millercareltd and Twitter @Millercare

University Centre Shrewsbury 2018 public events programme unveiled

University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) leaders have unveiled an exciting and wide-ranging line-up of public events for 2018, featuring its distinguished academics and eminent guests.

The events are open to everyone, and many are free.

To go straight to the programme click this link: events-programme-2018

The programme is available, and bookings can be made, at:

People can also find out more and pick up a copy of the programme, by visiting the reception at Guildhall (SY3 8HQ), which is the venue for the majority of the events. The reception is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and from 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays.

Alternatively, for further information email or call 01743 297185

Winter Pressures service Royal Shrewsbury Hospital-British Red Cross

British Red Cross has been commissioned by NHS England until the end March to address Winter Pressures. Our assisted discharge services offer a pathway for frail older people and vulnerable adults who require support to return home after a period in hospital. Services can operate in partnership with A&E or specific wards supporting older people. Support staff and volunteers based in the hospital transport people to their home, settle in and monitor for 72 hours (either through visits or phone calls). Benefits of the service are:


  • Improved outcomes for service users through a supported return home, particularly for people who are living alone or vulnerable
  • A reduction in time spent in hospital and improved patient flow
  • Bed day savings and a potential reduction in readmission rates

For more information including how to make a referral click here: WE ARE HERE TO HELP THIS WINTER SHROPSHIRE

For a shortened version of the above, click here: Winter Pressures Options_shortversion 2



Coram Voice (Advocacy for Children)

Website Local:

Website National:


Telephone: 0808 800 5792 The helpline is a a national helpline, open Monday to Friday 9.30 am–6 pm and Saturday 10 am–4 pm.

Text: 07758 670369 (send a text to this number and ask for someone to call you back, texts to this number cost 12 p each, calls to this number cannot be answered)

WhatsApp:  +44 (0)7758 670369 contact us using WhatsApp (add us to your contacts and send us a message free with WiFi)

Online: you can fill in our online form to send a message to the Always Heard team

Shropshire County Council has contracted Coram Voice to provide them with a Children’s Rights Service, which has two distinct parts: Advocacy and Independent Visiting.

Advocacy: We offer an advocacy service to all children in care, care leavers and to those children who are subject to Child Protection Procedures.

Advocates are champions of children’s rights and will ensure that the wishes and feelings of each child we work with are at the forefront of any decisions affecting their lives.

We provide skilled advocates who are trained to help children and young people express their wishes and feelings. This could be when they:
•    Want support at reviews and other meetings.
•    Disagree about plans being made.
•    Have concerns about their care.
•    Need to make a complaint.

The advocacy service is about empowering children and young people to ensure their views are heard and acted upon by decision makers and to help children and young people to navigate and negotiate the child care system.

Find us on Face Book @CoramVoice and Twitter @CoramVoice

Charity registration number 1046207