Monthly Archives: December 2019

Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOGs) Activities-January 2020

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 8th January, 10 am to 12 noon  at Oswestry Library, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

 This will be a relaxed meet up, sliding gracefully into 2020 with a catch up, we may even squeeze a game of Boccia in.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 13th January, 10.30 am -12.30 pm at at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

Again, this will be a relaxed meet up, sliding gracefully into 2020 with a catch up, and hopefully, should you wish, a game of Boccia.

Shrewsbury Group meets on Monday 27th January as they opted to have their Christmas meal in January at Origins Restaurant,  London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6PR – Telephone number 01743 342611. Arrival 12:30 pm to dine at around 13:00 pm.  Food order will be on the day. You will be supported on the day by our volunteers, Roger, Steve, and Kate, many of you already know them from the SLOG and Cycling meet ups.

Shrewsbury Cycling SLOG’s Group:

Our regular cycling session will re commence in March at  Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ.

Please note that you can still cycle at the Sports Village, every Wednesday, 13:00 – 15:00.  Can I ask you to let us know if you are planning on going along to the afternoon session as we will need to arrange some volunteer support.  

Should anyone like to join the Shrewsbury SLOG group for a game of 10-pin bowling, please, let me know. We plan on the game lasting around 1.5/2 hours, depending on numbers. The will be a small contribution request for this activity.

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 -8 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 Julie.stedman@shropshire-rcc.org.uk   or Susann.mitchell@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

Survey asks for views on ease of voting and registering to vote

Following the General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019, The Electoral Commission is asking people some questions about how they found voting, and registering to vote, and what could be done to  make them easier.

The survey is available in English and in Welsh, and is estimated to take about 10 minutes. The survey is open until Friday 17th January 2020.

Click here for the survey in English: https://www.research.net/r/KSGWLYD?utm_source=AEA&utm_campaign=c2c1b4ada5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_10_10_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46196a7b64-c2c1b4ada5-226723569

Click here for the survey in Welsh: https://www.research.net/r/KW283VS?utm_source=AEA&utm_campaign=c2c1b4ada5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_10_10_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46196a7b64-c2c1b4ada5-226723569

The survey does not ask for identifying information so all responses will be confidential, but the Electoral Commission plan to use the feedback, including quotes, to inform their post-election reporting and can share key findings with the Access to Elections Working Group.

Basic Computer Skills-13 Week Course at Dawley

Have you had a computer, laptop, tablet for Christmas and want to learn how to use it? If you are unemployed or over 65 or have a disability, this course at Dawley Social Club, King Street, Telford TF4 2AG may be what you need.

Start date is Monday 6th January 2020. You need to book early as limited places are available, For further information or to book your place, please call Andy on 07842 906098

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A Christmas Message from Safe Place Shropshire

Ann, Jo, Jess and Ruby, the Safe Place Shropshire Team would like to wish all our Safe Places a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Thank you to all who have asked about this community initiative, signed up to be part of Safe Place Shropshire or helped by buying our Safe Place badges, donated paperback books and other items for us to sell. enabling us to raise funds and further the scheme.

Our next event is at Edgmond Village Hall on Saturday 1st February 2020. Once again, we will have our table at their monthly Table Top sale.

New supplies of “I Need Help” Cards can also be obtained from safeplaceschair@gmail.com or safeplacessecretary@gmail.com Individuals can pick up at places who have signed up to the scheme or by emailing safeplaceschair@gmail.com or by calling/texting 07780 852229 .

We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Ann, Jo, Jess and Ruby

What to do when your GP Practice is closed this Christmas and New Year

Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group advice on where to get help when your GP Practice is closed this Christmas and New Year.

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To download a PDF of the above poster, please click here: AFE_10065_Christmas And New Year Signposting_Poster_V4_digital

Shropshire- Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday 2019 – 2020, click on this link: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/media/2658/shropshire-pharmacies-christmas-and-new-year-bank-holiday-2019-2020-opening-times.pdf

Telford & Wrekin-Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday 2019 – 2020, click on this link: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/media/2659/telford-and-wrekin-pharmacies-christmas-and-new-year-bank-holiday-2019-2020-opening-times.pdf

Action for Children-February 2020 Holiday Club

Action For Children will be running this years holiday club for All In members from Tuesday 18th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020.

Details of Activities: (Subject to change depending on weather etc)

Belle Vue Venue Day: 9.30-3.30 Parents to drop off/collect children from Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Belle Vue, SY3 7PY. A venue day to access the various activities we will provide i.e. arts & crafts sports and games and local walks to parks

Cavalier Centre–Much Wenlock– 9.30-3.30 – Parents to drop off/collect children from Radbrook Community Centre,Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ. A session with horse riding and horse care / grooming, this activity has limited spaces so a place for horse riding cannot be guaranteed. We will also have activities taking place at Radbrook Community Centre

(Option 1) Park Hall farm- 9.30 – 3.30 –Parents to drop off/collect children from Radbrook Community Centre,Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ.

(Option 2) Park Hall Farm-10 am-4 pm –Parents drop off/collect children at Park Hall Burma Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AS

Activities include, petting the small animals, tractor ride, pony grooming, pig racing and many more. Packed lunch is required, and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended. 

Radbrook Community Centre, 9.30-3.30 Parents to drop off/ collect at Calverton Way, Radbrook Green, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ– Our base for the week, with activities held at the community hall onvenue days with the various activities we will provide i.e. arts & crafts sports and games and local walks.

Severndale – Hours 9.30 to 3.30 –Parents to drop off and collect at Severndale

We have use of the Hydro pool. The Nurse will be available on the indicated session only.  A Packed lunch will be required.

* The hydro pool will be used for children / young people who have nursing needs and where other activities i.e. arts & crafts, sports, games etc. are not suitable or they are unable to participate in*.  Wet slings must be provided by Parents/ Carers.

To see full details, including an application form, please download this word document: AFC Feb holiday club

** Deadline for return of forms is Friday 10th January 2020 along with a £10 deposit for each day your child is taking part.

Housing Options Landlords’ Consultation

Start Date:
2nd December 2019

End Date:
31st January 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council are consulting with landlords on Housing options. 

Shrosphire Council say “Many people come to us asking for help to find a home, but we’re only able to offer accommodation to a small number of people. In many cases, their housing need could be provided through the private rented sector.  Landlords can play a vital role in helping us to reduce homelessness. Our goal is to engage landlords in the promotion of successful tenancies which benefit people who need rental housing.

The aim of this survey is to learn more about Shropshire’s landlords and explore how we might work together with our partners in the community to improve housing options for everyone.

A landlord is anyone who receives payments to have individuals live at a property or part of a property they own or manage (even if you also live at the property). These payments may come from any source and can be for various types of accommodations (ie bedsitting rooms, personal care/community care homes, individuals with apartments, emergency shelters etc).

Before any decisions can be taken, or a future policy developed, we need to understand the views of landlords and letting agents, the public and local services and organisations. This consultation is designed to obtain this important feedback”

Why survey on this? 

Through this consultation, we aim to collect information that will allow the development of a new incentive scheme that is designed:

  • To assist households that are looking for properties in the private rented sector
  • To benefit landlords who let a property to people who have approached us for housing assistance
  • To reduce the number of people in temporary accommodation and provide families with good quality, long term sustainable housing

There are many potential tenants in Shropshire who may have had issues from their past that could keep them from being approved for accommodation. Unfortunately, many of these people end up homeless, in hospital, in temporary accommodation or other unstable housing, sometimes repeatedly. We hope that the incentive scheme will help to support these people to find a home in the private rented sector and bring peace of mind to landlords if they accept a tenant referred by us.

Within the consultation period a mixed method of engagement will be used to obtain as much feedback as possible. Engagement opportunities include:

  • Feedback surveys for:Individual meetings with key stakeholders (available on request)
  • landlords and letting agents
  • stakeholders (eg services within the public sector, voluntary sector, town and parish councils etc)
  • Individual meetings with key stakeholders (available on request)

You can complete a short survey by clicking on the ‘How to get involved’ by clicking on this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SCLandlordSurvey It should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete depending on how many comments you make.

You can also provide feedback by email. Please title your email Housing Options Landlords Consultation and email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk

You can also provide any comments or other documents for consideration by writing to:

Housing Options Landlords Consultation 2019, c/o Shropshire Council, Feedback and Insight Team (1L23), Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

Throughout the consultation we’ll be promoting feedback opportunities through this website, social media channels and articles within local newsletters and other publications.

Survey asks for views on ease of voting and registering to vote

Start Date:
11th December 2019

End Date:
17th January 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Following the General Election on Thursday 12th December 2019, The Electoral Commission is asking people some questions about how they found voting, and registering to vote, and what could be done to  make them easier.

The survey is available in English and in Welsh, and is estimated to take about 10 minutes. The survey is open until Friday 17th January 2020.

Click here for the survey in English: https://www.research.net/r/KSGWLYD?utm_source=AEA&utm_campaign=c2c1b4ada5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_10_10_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46196a7b64-c2c1b4ada5-226723569

Click here for the survey in Welsh: https://www.research.net/r/KW283VS?utm_source=AEA&utm_campaign=c2c1b4ada5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_10_10_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46196a7b64-c2c1b4ada5-226723569

The survey does not ask for identifying information so all responses will be confidential, but the Electoral Commission plan to use the feedback, including quotes, to inform their post-election reporting and can share key findings with the Access to Elections Working Group.

Talk To Us, If things are getting to you, Don’t suffer alone.

At this time of year, we can all feel the pressure of expectancy ie have I got all the food shopping, will the order arrive on time, have I bought the right present? Christmas can be a time of great fun but also for many a time of loneliness or sadness that there is a vacant seat at the dinner table, family get together. Christmas and New Year can find more family feuds and arguments between people.

At our SDN meeting in December 2018, one of our Guest Speakers was Richard Dunhill from The Samaritans. It was a very powerful presentation, with a message for everyone. That message is still the same today “Talk to us (The Samaritans) anytime you like, in your own way-about whatever’s getting to you” Call 116 123 anytime. (free from any place) 

Note-Don’t be afraid to seek help. You don’t have to be suicidal. Samaritans work round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call them on the phone. You don’t have to be suicidal to call. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. All calls are treated in confidence.

Pick Up the phone

Ways you can contact the Samaritans:

  • Call 116 123. (This number is FREE to call) Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
  • Email: jo@samaritans.org

Visit the Samaritans. These are the local branches-

The Shrewsbury Samaritans Swan House, Coleham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7BJ
Telephone: 116 123       Wheelchair accessible. Accessible Toilets.

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

  • Monday 1900 to 2200
  • Tuesday 1900 to 2200
  • Wednesday 1100 to 1500 & 1900 to 2200
  • Thursday 1500 to 2200
  • Friday 1500 to 2200
  • Saturday 1900 to 2200
  • Sunday 1500 to 2200
Telford Samaritans 115 King Street, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 1NU
Telephone: 116 123 anytime. (free from any place) 

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible Toilets.

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

  • Tuesday 1000 to 2130
  • Wednesday 1000 to 2130
  • Thursday 1000 to 2130
  • Friday 1000 to 2130
  • Saturday 1000 to 2130
  • Sunday 1000 to 2130
Wolverhampton Samaritans 54 Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton, WV6 0RU
Telephone: 116 123  

Accessible for wheelchair users and other disabilities, but please ring us first on 01902 426 422.

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

  • Monday 1130 – 2115
  • Tuesday 0800– 2115
  • Wednesday 1500 – 2115
  • Thursday 1130 – 2115
  • Friday 1830 – 2115.
  • Saturday 1500 – 2115
  • Sunday 1200 – 2115

Sometimes we are open for visitors at other times but please ring us first on 01902 426 422 to check.

Stafford Samaritans Garden Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17 4DD
Telephone: 116 123  

Wheelchair accessible. Adapted toilet.

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

  • Monday 1000 –1600
  • Tuesday 1000 –1600
  • Wednesday 1000 –1600
  • Thursday 10 00– 1600
  • Friday 1000– 1400
  • Saturday 1100 –1400
  • Sunday 1100 – 1400
The Samaritans of South Cheshire 2 Hall O’Shaw Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 4AE
Telephone: 116 123  

Wheelchair accessible

Usual hours open to receive callers at the door:

Please phone for details.

You can find more information at the Samaritans website: https://www.samaritans.org

GP Practice and Pharmacy Christmas and New Year Opening Times (Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin)

Where to get this help this Christmas and New Year when your GP Practice is closed.  Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding people that although GP practices will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, there are other services available.

For anyone who needs urgent medical help or advice they can call NHS 111 for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or they can access the service online at 111.nhs.uk.

A number of pharmacies will be open for limited hours, on a rota on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Your pharmacist will be able to give you free advice on minor conditions and over the counter treatments. Click on the links below for pharmacy opening times.

Shropshire- Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday 2019 – 2020, click on this link: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/media/2658/shropshire-pharmacies-christmas-and-new-year-bank-holiday-2019-2020-opening-times.pdf

Telford & Wrekin-Pharmacy Opening Times Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday 2019 – 2020, click on this link: https://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/media/2659/telford-and-wrekin-pharmacies-christmas-and-new-year-bank-holiday-2019-2020-opening-times.pdf

If you have a regular prescription make sure you have enough to cover the festive period and you collect it in advance.

You can also download the NHS App to check symptoms, book GP appointments during normal opening hours and request repeat prescriptions. The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

The symptoms of coughs, colds and sore throats, and other minor ailments, can be eased using self care. Make sure your medicine cabinet is full fully stocked over the colder months to help ease symptoms straightaway and to aid a faster recovery.

Visit the NHS website to find out what should be in your medicine cabinet at all times.