All-in Programme Spring 2018

The All-in programme offers a range of clubs, activities, and groups where staff and facilities are equipped to support children/young people with additional needs and disabilities. In the past, these have ranged from trampolining clubs, swimming, horse riding, football training, youth groups, and activity day trips. Below you will find the complete programme for Spring 2018.

Click here for full programmeall-in-newsletter-spring-2018-final

All In Registration Word Document: all-in-registration-form-v8 (1)

All In Registration PDF: all-in-registration-form-v8

Friendly Hour at Sainsbury’s

This Monday, 5th March Friendly Hour will take place between 0930 and 1030 at Sainsbury’s at Telford Forge Retail Park, Colliers Way, Telford TF3 4AG

For more details, click this linkhttps://shropshiredisability.net/friendly-hour-at-sainburys-telford-forge-store-0930-1030/

Focus on equipment services and assistive technology.

Healthwatch Shropshire runs a series of ‘Hot Topics’ through the year where they focus on gathering experiences of a particular area of health and social care.

During February and March they are focusing on equipment services and assistive technology. Healthwatch Shropshire have asked us at Shropshire Disability Network to encourage any of you who might have experiences around NHS and Social Care provision of equipment and aids to tell us about them about your experiences of the service.

This could include:

  •  how people discover what is available
  •  how the assessment process was handled
  •  receiving the aids
  •  returning equipment if it is no longer required or needs exchanging.

Your responses will be treated confidentially and your experiences will be fed back collectively to service providers and those who commission the services.  Any experiences received are passed on anonymously.

Poster: HWS Feb’18 Equipment Services hot topic poster

Full details of how to contact Healthwatch Shropshire are here: www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk Telephone: 01743 237884 or email: enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk

February Fest is launched by new Special Olympics Group

Special Olympics Network for Telford & Shropshire have launched ‘February Fest’ which is a recruitment month for activity providers encouraging them to register to be a part of the Network. 

The Network are calling out to providers that currently deliver any sport/activity to people with learning disabilities of any age, along with recruiting clubs/groups that currently don’t have an offer but would like to.

To register your details and take part in the survey click this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GF7F39J or call Jessica Lightwood, Shropshire Inclusion Officer on 01743 297193 or simply need people to register your interest by emailing so.telfordshropshire@gmail.com.

To read the recent Media Press Release click on this link: https://energizestw.org.uk/clubs-groups-invited-join-new-special-olympics-network/ 

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  https://twitter.com/LauraPidcockMP/status/956282022800052224 or if you use Face book, you can leave a comment here  https://www.facebook.com/LauraPidcockMP/ alternatively please email  laura.pidcock.mp@parliament.uk

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.

Consultation to Extend Blue Badge Scheme

Start Date:
1st February 2018

End Date:
28th February 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The government are proposing changing the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions.

This is part of the government’s objective is to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.

To read more about this consultation click on the link below:     https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/blue-badge-disabled-parking-scheme-eligibility-review This link includes information on receiving the consultation in alternative formats (Braille, audio CD, etc), by contacting vida.browne-campbell@dft.gsi.gov.uk or to request a hard copy write to:

Vida Browne-Campbell
Department for Transport
Traffic and Technology Division
3/27 Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

This consultation may help many of our members who at the moment do not meet the current criteria.

Consultation to Extend Blue Badge Scheme

Start Date:
21st January 2018

End Date:
18th March 2018

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.45

The government are proposing changing the eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme to include people with non-physical conditions.

This is part of the government’s objective is to ensure that those people with the greatest need have access to badges, whilst ensuring the scheme remains sustainable.

To read more about this consultation click on the link below:     https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/blue-badge-disabled-parking-scheme-eligibility-review This link includes information on receiving the consultation in alternative formats (Braille, audio CD, etc), by contacting vida.browne-campbell@dft.gsi.gov.uk or to request a hard copy write to:

Vida Browne-Campbell
Department for Transport
Traffic and Technology Division
3/27 Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR

This consultation may help many of our members who at the moment do not meet the current criteria.

New Special Olympics Network in Telford and Wrekin

Jessica Lightwood, Sports Inclusion Officer for Shropshire and lead of the Inclusively Fit project, at the start of this New Year shared some good news with us 

Jess said “A new Special Olympics Network has been created for Telford & Wrekin. The network has been set up to connect pockets of existing activity in the community. We want to provide an umbrella network to support the pathway for people to access opportunities to take part competitively, or for fun, at local, regional, national and for many international competitions”.

She continued “We are still in the very early stages of setting up the network, and our next steps are organising training for all committee roles and volunteers, and more importantly reaching out to clubs and coaches who currently offer activity for people with learning disabilities – or clubs and groups that would like to.

We know there is a gap for many people across the county who have a learning or intellectual disability. People want to take part in recognised Special Olympics GB activities like swimming, football and Boccia, but don’t get the opportunity to experience the joy of competitions and meeting new people in that activity”.

SDN raised concerns about funding. Jess informed us-They will be able to draw down funding from Special Olympics GB to set up new activities, up-skill coaches and volunteers, and put on taster events across the community.

Shropshire Disability Network thinks this new network will provide many opportunities not only for our members but other people as well from other organisations. 2018 see Special Olympics hold 50th Anniversary Games in Stirling from 9th-15th August. To find out more follow this link http://www.specialolympicsscotland40.com/

Stoma friendly public toilets coming to Ironbridge.

We are very pleased to share this good news story with our members and wish to thank Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge for her support.

Work to renovate the public toilets in the Museum of the Gorge car park and Market Square in the Ironbridge Gorge will begin on Monday 8th January, 2018.

The work will falls into 2 distinct phases with one set of toilets being refurbished at a time with toilet facilities to be available for public use at each, during usual opening hours.  The Museum of the Gorge toilets will being first on 8th – 25th January with the toilets in the Market Square provisionally beginning on 29th January.

The Museum of the Gorge toilets will be stripped out and the existing sanitary ware including cisterns in service areas replaced along with a complete internal redecoration of male, female, disabled toilets with improvements to baby change facilities and disabled toilets to include the replacement of lighting.  In the Market Square there will again be a complete internal redecoration of male, female, disabled toilets and baby change facilities and refurbishment of sanitary ware and hand wash units and lighting.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge said:  “I am delighted to confirm that following on from representations from myself as the Ward Member, The Gorge Parish Council, the Cabinet Member and many local residents and businesses, that both public toilets in the Museum of the Gorge car park and the Market Square will be renovated.  

“The toilet blocks currently aren’t at the standard required for the World Heritage Site and do not create a positive first impression of our destination, therefore this work is vital to ensure our facilities are brought up to a better standard.  The works will see a complete internal redecoration of both toilets as well as improvements to baby change facilities and disabled toilets.  I have also been working with the Council to ensure that the disabled toilets are stoma friendly having been approached by Telford’s Patients First Group as part of their campaign “Not all disabilities being visible”.  I am delighted to confirm that the planned works will incorporate the suggestions made to ensure that the disabled toilets are stoma friendly and would like to thank Telford’s Patients First Group for contacting me about this important issue and to Shropshire Disability Network for also raising this.

“I know the renovation of both toilets is something many residents, businesses and visitors to the Gorge have been keen to see addressed, so it is brilliant to see this joint project come forward and the investment being made to improve the facilities within Ironbridge to ensure the World Heritage site is appropriately maintained”.