Monthly Archives: November 2018

Citizens Advice -Telford and Wrekin

Advice line: 03444 991100 (24 hours a day)

The registered office of national Citizens Advice is: Citizens Advice,  3rd Floor North, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD

This is an administrative office and no advice is available here. 03000 231 231 (admin only no advice available on this number)

Telford and Wrekin


Telephone: 0300 300 1165

Address: 40, Tan Bank, Wellington, Telford TF1 1HW

The Citizens Advice service helps people to:

  • resolve their legal, money and other problems
  • provides free, independent and confidential advice
  • influencing policymakers

Every Citizens Advice is a registered charity reliant on trained volunteers and funds to provide these vital services for local communities.

In Telford and Wrekin here you will find details of where to get help:

Visiting an Outreach Session Our outreach sessions work on an appointment only and drop-in service, dependent on the location.

  • First Point, TWC, Southwater One, Southwater Square,Telford TF3 4JG Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.00 pm. To book an appointment call 01952 459268
  • Madeley Library, 21-22 Russell Rd, Madeley, Telford TF7 5BB (Supported by Madeley Town Council) Every Tuesday appointments – 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. To book appointments call 01952 382950.
  • The Sambrook Centre, Grange Avenue, Stirchley, Telford TF3 1FL (Supported by Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council) Every Wednesday, Drop-in service – 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • The Guildhall, High Street, Newport TF10 7AR (Supported by Newport Town Council) Every Thursday, Drop-in service 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
  • Brookside Central, Bembridge TF3 1ND (Supported by Big Local) Every Thursday, Drop-in service 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Dawley Christian Centre, High St, Dawley, Telford TF4 2EX (Supported by Great Dawley Parish Council) Every Friday, Drop-in service 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

We will give you a short interview so that we can identify the situation and the next steps necessary to provide you with the appropriate assistance. If we are able to offer you advice on the day, we will. If however your case requires further investigation or specialist advice, we may make an appointment for you to attend at the bureau in Wellington or to return to the outreach at another time.

Find us on Face Book @TelfordCAB and Twitter @TelfordCAB

Registered charity number 279057

Community Connectors Meetings-Market Drayton

Start Date:
13th February 2019

End Date:
13th February 2019

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Event title: Community Connectors Meetings-Market Drayton
Venue: The Zone, Linden Way, Fairfields Estate, Market Drayton TF9 1QT
Name: Kim Thompson-Lawrence
Telephone: 01691 656882
Event description: The next meeting of Community Connectors, Market Drayton will take place on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at The Zone from 10am-12 noon.

The Zone is located on the park, Linden Way, Fairfields Estate TF9 1QT. There is a small car park outside the centre which is accessed from residential street Linden Way. Turn Right onto Linden Way and follow the road and The Zone is on the right hand side at the back of the Longland Primary School playing fields.

Moving to the Rhythm-A Life More Ordinary

Start Date:
30th April 2019

End Date:
30th April 2019

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Event title: Moving to the Rhythm-A Life More Ordinary
Venue: Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill St, Ludlow SY8 1AZ
Name: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01584 878141
Event description: Rhythm sessions are led by Rachel Liggitt.

During these sessions Rachel leads participants through a series of enjoyable, gentle movements that stimulate the senses, improve mobility and socially engage the group. The session is mostly seated and includes a break for refreshments and a natter.

These sessions start at 2pm and have £2 on the door entry fee (Carers go FREE).

This is an activity for people living with dementia and memory loss and their families, friends and carers.

X-PERT Diabetes Programme-6 Weeks, Shrewsbury

Start Date:
31st January 2019

End Date:
7th March 2019

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Event title: X-PERT Diabetes Programme-6 Weeks, Shrewsbury
Venue: The Lantern,Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG
Name: Shropshire Community Health Trust
Telephone: 01743 277693 / 01743 277694
Event description: The local X-PERT programme is a six-week group diabetes education programme. You will learn all about the up-to-date treatments and management of diabetes, and will have the opportunity to explore and address problems/issues that you may have with your diabetes.

How to book a place on the X-PERT course
To book a place on the X-PERT course either contact the Shrewsbury office on 01743 277693 / 01743 277694, or send an e-mail to or the Telford office on 01952 581109 or send an e-mail to

Sessions take place on the follow dates:

  • Session 1 Thursday 31 January 2019, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Session 2 Thursday 7 February 2019, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Session 3 Thursday 14 February 2019, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Session 4 Thursday 21 February 2019, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Session 5 Thursday 28 February 2019, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Session 6 Thursday 7 March 2019, 9.30am to 12pm

Charity Titan Zip Wire Challenge – Part Two

Part Two

You may remember that we were now one team member short, when Allan, my husband felt he could not face the heights.  Luckily, in his place, I was able to recruit a colleague from our local quiz team.  Steve was raring to go and volunteered to carry Maude.

October 6th, 2018, the big day, dawned wet, cold and miserable.  We had been checking the weather forecast all week and were not heartened by the impending rain.  At 0845 Steve and I were on the road.  With so many layers of clothing stashed in the boot, it looked as if we were going on a polar expedition.  We were asking ourselves if we’d made the wrong decision to get out of bed that morning.

A short detour into Shrewsbury ensured that we collected our supporter, Ruby (Chair of SDN).  We then settled in to the long journey to Blaenau Ffestiniog, where we would meet the other twenty mad individuals who were taking part.  The country around that part of the world is spectacular and the leaves turning red and gold enhanced the scenery.

We got to the centre far too early, so while we waited, we tried the local Welsh cakes with a pot of tea.  My mother used to make great Welsh cakes, but I think fear and trepidation heightened our taste buds that day.  They were gorgeous.

When everyone had arrived, we took lots of photos.  I had brought my digital recorder to ask people why they were doing the challenge before they set out, and to record comments afterwards.  The overwhelming sentiment was one of love for Jess and a desire to help her chosen charities.

                                     Titan Group

The following are some of the comments I recorded.

  • Vicky from Redditch is a Guide Dog Volunteer.  She was at the event to support Jo and Jess.  She had Oreo, a Guide Dog Puppy-in-training.
  • Tina met Jess a few months ago through Guide Dogs.  When she heard Jess was organising the event, she volunteered immediately.  Tina was looking forward to doing the zip-wire.
  • Alan, Jo’s husband was looking forward to the event.  “It should be a laugh, if nothing else”, he said.  He felt sure he would want to do it again.
  • Ruby, Chair of SDN was supporting Jess’s Gang.  She was not able to do it herself but was there for the whole team.  She said we were all brave people and that the charities appreciated what was being done today.
  • Megan from Ironbridge Bookshop was with her other half, Tom, who was a little bit scared, but was looking forward to the view.  They both wanted to do something for Jess and Jo.
  • Kevin was looking forward to the excitement.
  • Megan was hoping she could keep her eyes open during the descent.
  • John was doing it because his wife made him do it.

So, there we all were – keen to start but needing to wait until our time slot.  We paced around and took more photos.  We all knew we couldn’t back out now and everyone was encouraging everyone else.

Titan 2

Join us for part 3 of this blog to find out what the Zip Wire Challenge was like.

Shropshire Disability Network Christmas Cards on Sale now.

By kind permission of The Churches Conservation Trust charities many charities including Shropshire Disability Network/Safe place Shropshire are able to raise cash for their well deserved cause by selling their cards. The Charity Card Shop is open at St. Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1EF from Monday to Saturday 10 am-4 pm until Wednesday 5th December. They will also be open on Sunday 2nd December this year as there is another event taking place at the Church.

If you have not visited the card shop yet, please do. You will find the largest selection of Charity Cards in Shropshire. 40 Charities are taking part this year, many are local branches of National Charities but there are small charities like ours that need value support by buying their cards. It is also a good opportunity for us to raise awareness of our work. There are also diaries and wrappings for sale. The shop is staffed by volunteers from each of the charities, this is organised by a small committee and they do an excellent job. We thank our members who have volunteered to help at the card shop this year.

This year we have introduced two new cards, designed by our own members. They are the winning designs of the Christmas Card Competition we held earlier this year. Carole Lawrence won the competition with an oil painting of a Robin. Sam Taylor was runner up with his entry of Branches in Snow. Packs cost £3.99 for 10 cards and envelopes.

2017 Cards. We still have cards from 2018 (see below) but stocks of Porthill Bridge in Snow are very low. These packs are £3.99 for 10 cards and envelopes.

2016 Cards. A Bargain Buy, the packs below have been reduced to £2.00 a pack for 10 cards and envelopes.

Our Christmas Cards can be purchased from the Charity Card Shop at St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. They will be available at our PRH Awareness Day on Thursday 29th November, Safe Place Table Top Sale at Edgmond Village Hall on Saturday 1st December, Alan Ward Charity Christmas Market on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December and at our meeting at The Movement Centre, Oswestry on Thursday 13th December.

You can also purchase directly from us by emailing or calling either SDN mobiles 077808 52229 or 07398 350255

Thank to to all who have supported our work by buying our cards. 

Inclusive Carol Service -8th December 2018

You are invited to an INCLUSIVE CAROL SERVICE Saturday 8th December 2018 1pm

Shrewsbury United Reformed Church will be hosting ‘Disability and Jesus’, a group from the north east, who will lead an inclusive and accessible carol service. They very much look forward to welcoming you to share in this Celebration of the Birth of Christ.

The church is accessible for wheelchair users and the following will form part of the service:
* BSL (British Sign-language)
* A quiet space

The service will be suitable for adults and children. Refreshments will be served.

If you are planning to bring a group of 10 or more, please let us know in advance.

If you have specific needs, or questions, do get in touch with Phil Ramsbotham
by email: or buy telephone: 01743 240465


Autism Advice Sessions-Bridgnorth

Start Date:
25th February 2019

End Date:
25th March 2019

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Event title: Autism Advice Sessions-Bridgnorth
Venue: Northgate Health Centre, Old Smithfield Bridgnorth WV16 4EN
Name: Autism West Midlands
Telephone: 0121 450 7575
Event description: Would you like some specific advice about autism and your child? Free one to one advice and guidance for parents/carers of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Please book a 45 minute appointment in advance. Please do not bring your child with autism to this appointment.

These sessions will also run on:

  • Monday 25th February 2019
  • Monday 25th March 2019
  • Monday 20th May 2019
  • Monday 24th June 2019

Cost: Free

Booking Information: to book this event or for more information please contact the Helpline Team by calling 0121 450 7575 alternatively you can email

This event is funded by Shropshire Council

X-PERT First Steps taster sessions in Shrewsbury

Start Date:
12th December 2018

End Date:
12th February 2019

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Event title: X-PERT First Steps taster sessions in Shrewsbury
Venue: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG
Name: Shropshire Community Health Trust
Telephone: 01743 277693
Event description: Do you have Diabetes? If so why not come along to a FREE First Steps Taster Session and learn more about the X-PERT programme Diabetes Management and Education programme.

Sessions are being held at this venue 9.30 to 12 noon on these two dates:

  • Wednesday 12 December 2018
  • Tuesday 12th February 2019

There are many other sessions being held in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin in the coming months.

This is a 2 1/2 hour session which will answer key questions about self management ie:

  • What is Diabetes
  • What do your health results mean?
  • Nutrition and Health -different dietary approaches
  • Physical Activity…

For more information or to book a place please call 01743 277693



Effective Hearing Programme-Shrewsbury

Start Date:
25th January 2019

End Date:
25th January 2019

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Event title: Effective Hearing Programme-Shrewsbury
Venue: Barnabas Community Church, Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury SY3 7DN
Name: Shropshire RCC
Telephone: 01743 342168/342163
Event description: The Effective Hearing Programme is designed to help you make the most of wearing your hearing aid, advice and information.

This course is FREE for people who use hearing aids. The course contains useful information on making the best use of your hearing aids, better access to services and equipment and advice and information. These progammes are rub by Shropshire RCC in conjunction with NHS Audiology.

Hearing Aid users are encouraged to bring a friend or family along, their place is also FREE.

Everyone in Shropshire who uses a NHS hearing aid is offered a free place on this informal and friendly course (there is a small charge for private hearing aid wearers), along with their carer/friend, or family member. The informal course will help you to make the most of wearing your hearing aid. We do encourage you to bring a family member, or friend, as the course will also be very relevant to them. All our tutors understand the challenges of living with hearing loss. If you would like to join us please ring us on 01743 342168/342163 or email us at or

Booking is essential. Please call 01743 342168 or email