Monthly Archives: May 2018

A date for all your diaries-Thursday 14th June, 2018

The next Shropshire Disability Network Members’ Meeting will be held on 14th June 2018 at the University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. 

We look forward to welcoming our guest speakers:

  • Ruth Jones from Veolia, who will be talking to us about recycling (a dirty job, but someone has to do it) and
  • One of our own members,Tony Lawrence, who will be telling us about Tai Chi and how it can be beneficial to us. Tai Chi can be very helpful to those suffering from ME, Fibromyalgia and MS and many other long term conditions.

Shropshire Choices will have an information stand. They will also talk for 5 minutes to tell you about their plans. Sophie Ewan-Roberts -User Experience and Strategy Coordinator, Digital Services Team, Shropshire Council said:

“As the team behind the council’s website, we want to engage with groups like the Shropshire Disability Network, with the aim of developing and enhancing the available resources.  Our current work on the Shropshire Choices content would benefit greatly from your feedback; from the way you navigate round the pages, down to the relevancy and detail of the information. The website is dedicated to helping support people to live independent, active and healthy lives as part of their local communities, through the links to services from the local authority, NHS partners and voluntary and community groups.  Do you have an opinion? Then please let us know!

We will have our usual raffle and a sales table, where you can buy hand made items that make perfect gifts.

We have also been fortunate to receive a hearing loop system from one of our committee members.  We will also have BSL interpreters present as well.

For further information please email: (Secretary) or call or text 07398 350255 (SDN Secretary Mobile Number) for more information.

Public Consultation into changes to hospital services in Shropshire set to launch

People across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales are to be asked for their views on proposals to transform local hospital services when the NHS Future Fit public consultation is launched later this month.

Throughout the 14-week consultation, there will be eight public exhibition events where people can drop in and meet doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, ask questions and find out more. Shropshire Disability Network notes the 8 dates below, enabling you to put them in your diary now.

In addition, representatives from the CCGs will be attending a range of meetings and events providing regular updates and answering questions. And there will be a range of pop-up style roadshows at community and public venues across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. All meetings and events will be publicised on the website and in the local media.

The formal public consultation will ask for people’s views on two options:

  • Option 1: The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes an Emergency Care site and the Princess Royal Hospital becomes a Planned Care site (This is the CCGs’ preferred option)
  • Option 2: The Princess Royal Hospital becomes an Emergency care site and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital becomes a Planned Care site 

Under either option, both hospitals would have an Urgent Care Centre that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Public exhibition events will be open from 3-30pm – 7.30pm at the following locations:

Dates and Venues:

  • Wednesday 6 June, Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS
  • Thursday 7 June, Shrewsbury Football Club, Oteley Rd, Shrewsbury SY2 6ST
  • Thursday 28 June, Elephant and Castle Hotel, Broad St, Newtown SY16 2BQ
  • Wednesday 4 July, Bishop Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RZ
  • Wednesday 11 July, Methodist Church, new Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LU
  • Wednesday 25 July, Bridgnorth Leisure Centre, Northgate, Bridgnorth WV16 4ER
  • Thursday 2 August, The Festival Drayton Centre, Frogmore Rd, Market Drayton TF9 3AX
  • Wednesday 15 August, Cabin Lane Church, Cabin Lane, Oswestry SY11 2LQ

Chester Fun Games-(District 1180 Fun Games) 9th September 2018

Here is an event hosted each year by Rotary District 1180. Taking place this year on Sunday 9th September at MBNA Sports and Leisure complex, Heronsway, Chester CH4 9QL

The event is designed to give adults (18+) with disabilities, in particular learning difficulties, an opportunity to take part in activities they would not normally be able to access, and there is a range of sports available, all of them specially adapted so that everyone, regardless of their disability, can take part. It is free to enter and attend the games, you need to register.

To find out more information this link takes you to a designated website for these fun games.

Woyzeck -includes audio described with captions/BSL

Woyzeck is at Birmingham Rep from 15th to 23rd June 2018. Directed by Roxana Silbert and choreographed by Rosie Kay, don’t miss this exhilarating story about fighting for a better life, featuring 100 community performers. 

All performances between 19 – 23 June will be Audio Described and Captioned. There will be a BSL interpreted performance on 20 June.

For more information click this link:


Shropshire Disability Network, PRH Awareness Day.

Courtesy of the League of Friends at PRH, this Thursday 31st May, we will be in the foyer of the hospital to raise awareness of our work. Our leaflets will be available for you to take away and you also have the opportunity to talk to us & sign up as a member. Membership is FREE and you get extra benefits by being a member!

We have items made by our members on sale at very reasonable prices. We always have a stock of second hand books.

All monies raised will be used to progress our work across the county of Shropshire, to help people with a disability access the information they need, provide a website, newsletter & more. Much of our work goes unseen as signposting is often confidential. We are a small charity run by volunteers and doing a huge amount of work.

May be you are a member of SDN but have never been to a meeting, would like to but you’re not sure as you don’t know other members. If so, why not come to PRH between 10 am and 4 pm to talk to us about how you can help and get to know one or two, this gives you an opportunity to talk in an informal way.

Or call us on 07780 852229 to have an informal chat.

How Accessible are Telford and Wrekin Health and Social Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?

Our friend Tom from Deaf N Able has asked that we share a very important survey with our members and encourage you to take part. 

The big question is “How Accessible are Telford and Wrekin Health and Social Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?” 

To take part please click the link below, it takes you directly to the survey:

Thank you Tom for asking us to share with our members. To find out more about Deaf N Able click this link, it takes you to their website.

Raising awareness of the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme

Courtesy of Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin we bring you this news article.

Members of the Shrewsbury Walking Football Club, for players over the age of 55, have been raising awareness of the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme offered by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH). The club, which operates in partnership with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, attracts an average of 34 players every week, meeting at Monkmoor Recreation Ground in Shrewsbury.

The team leading the AAA screening programme, based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, is offering free screening for men aged over 65 who are at most risk of AAAs – a swelling in the aorta which can be fatal if not detected early. 

Did you know?  AAA Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin invite around 3500 men every year for a scan.

Gentlemen who are 65 and over and have not yet been screened can call the team on 01743 261 048 to self refer and get an appointment. 

  • AAA= Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • The aorta is the main blood vessel in the body.
  • An aneurysm is the weakening and widening of the blood vessel walls.
  • There are no associated symptoms.
  • Men aged 65+ are most at risk.
  • A simple scan could save your life.
  • NHS screening invitations will be sent to men aged 65 this year.
  • Those over 65 can request a scan
  • 1 in 70 men who are screened have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

For further details about the AAA screening programme please contact The AAA Screening Team on 01743 261048 or email: 

Anyone interested in joining the football club can get further information from Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin on 01743 233123.

To read the full article, including how to get involved in Walking Football, click the link below:

Prevention services survey

Start Date:
18th May 2018

End Date:
1st July 2018

Start Time:

End Time:

The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in enabling vulnerable people to keep their independence, keep well and participate in activities to retain their quality of life, have respect and feel valued. The VCS delivers many ‘preventative’ services which could be anything that you use, visit, look up/google, read, attend and so on, that help you or the person you support to stay healthy, safe and independent, and therefore not need more ‘formal’ support and care services.

Preventative services could involve:

  • Provision of information and advice
  • Practical support in the home
  • Assistance with welfare benefits
  • ‘Good neighbour’ schemes
  • More specialist input, for example support for people with autism, sight loss or at risk of homelessness

Shropshire Council Adult Services team is currently working with over 30 VCS and housing organisations, some of which are funded by us, others not, to plan how preventative services will look in future. We’re also planning to seek the views of people who use, or may use, preventative services and those of their carers.

The aim of this review is to make sure we’re commissioning the right outcomes for the right people, which will make the biggest difference to individuals (and to council and health budgets).

Click here to have your say on how you would like preventative services to be delivered in future:

UK Paracycling Opportunities.

News from UK Paralycling including the latest National standings.

Paul West Events Development Officer said “Of particular highlight and still open for entries are the next national series rounds in the North West on 21st & 22nd July plus the Prudential Handcycle Grand Prix on the Mall in London (28th July)

Many congratulations to the group winners who survived the heat at Shrewsbury last Sunday – Karl Allen-Dobson (MC5/4), Alex Brook-Turner (MH5/4), Martin Christmas (MC3/2), Luke Jones (MH3), Chris MacDonald (Piloted by Kevin Dunn) (Tandem) & Katie Toft (WC4/1)”

Click here for latest National standings: 2018 Paracycling Series Standings

Click here for future events and opportunities: Forthcoming Events 22052018

New allergen-free menu introduced at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals

Press Release from Shropshire’s two acute hospitals:

It will ensure that patients at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital (PRH), who have food allergies and intolerance’s, know which foods they can eat safely.

All of the dishes on the new allergen aware menu are ‘free from’ the 14 named allergens: nuts, mustard, fish, sesame seeds, cereals including gluten, milk, lupin, crustaceans, celery, peanuts, soya, eggs, molluscs and sulphur dioxide.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the RSH and PRH, already has several specialist menus for patients, including a soft menu for those who have difficulty swallowing and chewing.

Nick Parkin, Senior Catering Manager at SaTH, said: “The new allergen-free menu is a fantastic feat for the Trust; and it is the latest in a number of initiatives that the catering team have devised to ensure that any patient with special requirements is well catered for.

“We decided to enhance and standardise these menus across both RSH and PRH, due to the increasing number of allergen-free requests that we were receiving. Our patients with a food allergy, and those with coeliac disease, need to know which foods they can eat safely. They often find it difficult to choose suitable food and so a dedicated menu relieves any of these worries.

“We have also increased the number of dishes available on this menu from six to ten to ensure that our patients have plenty of choice, particularly those that may be in hospital for a longer period of time.”

As well as the new allergen-free menu, the Trust has introduced a number of other initiatives to improve patient safety to ensure that those with food allergies receive the correct food.

To improve communication, any patient with a food allergy is now identified through a four- step process, which includes patients wearing a red wrist band, with their allergens identifiable above their bed. A new allergy tabard has been designed to be worn by a nominated person in catering so that they are not disturbed or interrupted when dealing with any inquiries from a patient with any known food allergies.