Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Apartment-A Life More Ordinary

Start Date:
9th July 2019

End Date:
9th July 2019

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Event title: The Apartment-A Life More Ordinary
Venue: Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1AZ
Name: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01584 878141
Event description: The ‘A Life More Ordinary’ screenings take place in a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.

Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, Jack Lemmon plays C.C.Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray).

Director Billy Wilder’s customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.

The Apartment won 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

The film starts at 2 pm and costs £5 entry (Carers go FREE).

Watch the film trailer here:

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Victim Advice Line (VAL) launched by West Mercia Police

As part of Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion’s commitment to ensuring victims of crime receive an improved and more consistent service, a new support function in the form of the Victim Advice Line will be launched in West Mercia on Monday 1st April 2019.

Wanting to know if victims of crime felt fully supported, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion carried out a consultation with a number of people who gave a clear mandate for wanting things to be done differently.

The victims stated they wanted a single point of entry into support, they wanted quick updates on their case, and they also wanted to have greater ownership of their journey and help shape it themselves – as opposed to being labelled by a type of crime and having a ‘one size fits all’ support package.

The outcomes from the consultation have shaped all that the Victim Advice Line (VAL) is aiming to deliver. VAL (Victim Advice Line) will be replacing the initial needs assessment function that has previously been provided by Victim Support and will remove many layers within the victim’s journey, meaning they will have a clearer pathway of support and they won’t need to repeat their story multiple times.

The Victim Advice Line will be made up of a team of expert and fully trained Victim Care Coordinators who will help the victim when they come through to the service, be it through police, third party or self-referral (the crime doesn’t have to have been reported to the police). The victim may then be referred onto other specialist services, dependent on the level of support they may need.

This type of model is being seen as best practice and a flagship across the country in delivering support to victims, having already been adopted by other PCCs and police forces.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “Whilst the contract we had with Victim Support was good, in order to provide victims with what they wanted we needed to make some fundamental changes.

“The Victim Advice Line will look at an individual and make sure they’re getting the level of support they need. They won’t be given a pre-determined package, they’ll be given support that is completely tailored to them. By doing this we hope to give victims greater confidence and satisfaction that will help in moving forward with their life.”

“The service will also allow better multi-agency working, such as with the police and other support services, which will ensure victims are supported throughout the entire criminal justice system from the very beginning of their journey through to the end.”

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said: “I have been working closely with the PCC’s office for a number of months and I am delighted to see that the new Victim Advice Line will be going live on 1st April. West Mercia strives to put victims at the heart of what we do and the support that the Victim Advice Line will provide alongside us will be invaluable.

“The majority of staff that will be working within the Victim Advice Line already have a great deal of experience in supporting victims of crime and their enthusiasm and determination to provide the best service possible is very clear to see.”


Note: Shropshire Disability Network does not tolerate Hate Crime of any type, neither should you.

Accessing a Smear Test (Cervical Screening) with a Physical Disability

Jo’s cervical cancer trust ( have launched a campaign called Smear for Smear . They want to know about your experiences in accessing cervical screening (smear test), as well as what provisions are available to you to enable you to access screening.

More than one in four women don’t take up their cervical screening invitation with attendance at an all-time low. For women with a physical disability there can be additional barriers and inequalities to accessing the test. ie Is your GP surgery accessible? Do they have a hoist?

Sharing your experiences with Jo’s Trust will help them form a report that aims to raise awareness of the issue.

To take part in the survey, click here: (Your answers will be confidential and will not identify you.

This survey should only take 5 minutes of your time and if you have any questions please contact

Free Taster Session of Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy football for all ages

The Community Hub at Shrewsbury Town Football Club will be holding free taster session of Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy football for all ages to come and give it a go! The sessions will be delivered by our fully FA qualified coaches from Shrewsbury Town in the Community and are part of our ShrewsAbility project which aims to get everyone involved in the sport in some form.

This will be an open day for anyone with Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy to come and give football a go regardless of ability level or experience. Anyone who currently attends our ShrewsAbility sessions on a Monday or Friday is also welcome to attend.

Times as follows:

  • 11 am-12 pm – Down Syndrome Session
  • 1 pm – 2 pm – Cerebral Palsy Session

If you would like to find out more or register you interest please contact or ring us at 01743 289177 ext. 216.



Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) Activities-April 2019

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 3rd April 10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

We will be joined in April by Amanda Reed from the Macular Society. Amanda will be talking to us about a range of gadgets available to help around the home.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 8th April 10.30 am -12.30 pm at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1AZ

We are meeting at St Peters Church and will be joined by Millie, from Grow Cook Learn. Millie will be putting you through your paces with a cookery session, however, we are not aware of what is on the menu!

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 17th April 11 am-12 noon

Our regular cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village will be taking place.

Due to the costs there will be a minimum number of 4 to participate.  Should you wish to take part, please book yourself on by ringing on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at or  We need to know by 15:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month before the event on the Wednesday.

You can of course cycle at the Sports Village, every Wednesday, 13:00 – 15:00, for more information please contact Christian Smith the Sports Development Officer at Shrewsbury on 0345 0007 002.

Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 29th April (Not 22nd due to the Bank Holiday), 2 pm -4 pm at Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury SY1 2SY

We are meeting at Shrewsbury Flaxmill and will be joined by Richard, a man of great knowledge. There will be a short animated film which charts the history of the building and its people as well as an opportunity to listen to oral history recollections of people who worked at the Maltings and who were barracked there during the World War II.

All SLOG Groups

Due to some activities needing a deposit to secure the booking we now need an expression of interest, please, initially to book the event, followed by confirmation of your attendance two weeks prior to the event, or sooner if you can.  We understand that things can change on the day, this cannot be helped. 

The activities where we ask for a small contribution, we will need a minimum of 6 people to participate before we can book the event.  Can we ask that you let us know by contacting us on 01743 342168/342163 or emailing us at   or

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again-A Life More Ordinary

Start Date:
11th June 2019

End Date:
11th June 2019

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Event title: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again-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: The ‘A Life More Ordinary’ screenings take place in a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.

Discover Donna’s (Meryl Streep, Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible dads of Sophie (Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant. Like Donna, she will be young when she has her baby. This is where she realizes she will need to take risks like her mother did.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again doubles down on just about everything fans loved about the original — and my my, how can fans resist it?

The film starts at 2 pm and costs £5 entry (Carers go FREE).

There will be an interval with tea and cake.

Watch the film trailer here:

To book tickets click here:

Breath Easy Telford & District


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Breathe Easy Telford & District had its launch meeting in 2001. This was the formation of a social support group for residents of Telford & District who were living with lung disease and/or their carers. The group started meeting monthly.

Monthly meetings let members meet socially and we have speakers, to see our programme click this link

Refreshments are available, along with a raffle.

We are a voluntary support group for those with lung disease and long term associated illnesses as well as for their carers. Group meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month (except August and December) from 2 pm at Wellington Methodist Church, New Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1LU.

Membership is completely free. British Lung Foundation has a dedicated team to support and work with the Breathe Easy network across the UK.

Bladder and Bowel Community



Telephone: 01926 357220

Address: Bladder and Bowel Community, 7 The Court, Holywell Business Park, Northfield Road, Southam CV47 0FS

Our aim is to break the taboo of living life with a bladder or bowel dysfunction, diversion or condition, raise awareness and most importantly, help people.

With a staggering 14 million people a year in the UK suffering from bladder and bowel conditions at any one time, our support network has become a vital lifeline to many, supporting them in achieving their goals and aspirations.

Whether you’re looking for information about a particular condition, the treatment options available, or just simply want to chat with others who have shared a similar experience to you then you can do so here.

The Bladder and Bowel Community (B&BC) is the UK wide service for people with bladder and bowel control problems.  B&BC provides information and support services, including a confidential helpline, for anyone affected by these conditions as well as their families, carers and healthcare professionals.

B&BC was officially formed in June 2008 and incorporates the objectives and missions of Incontact (National Action on Incontinence formed in 1989) and the Continence Foundation, which closed in May 2008.

With an estimated 14 million people in the UK with a bladder control problem and 6.5 million with a bowel control problem that is bothersome, our work is vital if we are to change the way in which patients are helped and supported.

Our Vision and Aims

Our mission is to inspire change and create opportunities to enable people with bladder and bowel control problems to have a voice and equal choice.

  • We aim to:- Raise awareness of bladder and bowel control problems amongst the general public and healthcare professionals.
  • Give access to information and support regarding the treatments, products and services for people with these conditions.

Ultimately we will work towards making a real difference to the lives of those affected by bladder and bowel control problems and deliver the kind of services that will meet the needs of those people affected by these issues

We believe in listening to the needs of people affected by bladder and bowel problems and provides advice and support to patients by means of the helpline, supported by specialist continence nurses and continence physiotherapists.

B&BC works in partnership with professional organisations in the field to ensure that everyone who needs help and support gets free access to all the services that are available. We also provides information and support regarding treatments, products and clinical services so that people with these conditions are then able to make an educated and informed choice about their care.

B&BC works with researchers to improve treatments and design innovative products for bladder and bowel disorders. We speak on behalf of those affected and those close to them in order to influence policy makers and service providers in both the private and public sectors.

B&BC also works closely with healthcare professionals, providing information and support materials for patients to improve standards of management and care. We believe all patients should get effective modern help, which will enable them to enjoy a greater quality of life.

Axis Counselling


Telephone: Shrewsbury 01743 357777 Telford 01952 278000 

Address: Shrewsury- Axis Counselling, Fletcher House, 15 College Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1LY

Address: Telford –Axis Counselling, The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1JP

Axis has been counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual trauma for more than 20 years.  We are one of the most experienced and long-established services in the UK and have helped more than 12,000 people over the years.

All our counsellors are specially trained to understand and help you overcome the trauma you have suffered.  Your counsellor will listen to and believe you, and help you explore issues which you have previously ignored or buried subconsciously.  They will help you to set out a new path for yourself and begin to build a new future.

We have a choice of male or female counsellors and we take great care in making sure that you feel comfortable with them so you are able to tell your story and move on with your life. If you feel unable to build a relationship with your counsellor for whatever reason (sometimes it may be something as simple as they may have a physical resemblance which reminds you of your abuser, or you know you respond better to a particular type of approach) we are happy to offer you another counsellor.

All our counsellors are members of the BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have undergone specialist in-house training which draws on the wealth of experience Axis has gained over the last 20 years .

We aim to provide a comprehensive, confidential, flexible and high quality counselling service to those in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin who have suffered childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse, rape or sexual violence.

We want to help you overcome the effects of your past trauma, and understand how this has affected you emotionally, leading to the thoughts, feelings and actions you have today. We will help you shift your focus from being a victim to being a survivor who now takes control of your life.

We aim to provide practical support too, if requested, through our ISVA service with advice, advocacy, criminal justice guidance, and practical assistance to victims of sexual assault and violation.

Our approach to counselling is tailored to the individual – letting the client have control, set goals and work at his/her own pace.


Registered Charity Number 1074830

Dementia Friendly showing of Mamma Mia Here we go Again

Start Date:
1st July 2019

End Date:
1st July 2019

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Event title: Dementia Friendly Film showing of Mamma Mia here we go Again
Venue: Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG
Name: Wem Town Hall
Telephone: 01939 238279
Event description: About the film: Ten years after ‘Mamma Mia’ grossed more than 600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island in an all new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.

These dementia friendly showings will have lower sound level, lights on and specially trained staff on hand to assist, however you should note no pastoral care is provided.

Parking: A drop off point is provided at the back of the venue for mini buses and private cars to unload. Please do not park here as it is needed for access. We ask customers to park on the main car park by the Co op.

To book tickets click this link: