Sunday Lunch 20th March 2022-all proceeds for SDN

Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 are hosting this event to raise essential funds for our charity. You, Your family and friends are invited to a relaxing and leisurely Sunday Lunch on Sunday 20th March (12 noon for 12.30pm) at The Corbett Arms. A delicious 3 course lunch (can be chosen as listed on the attached leaflet downloadable in “Word” or as a PDF file), enjoy good company, amiable conversation, and raffle. This event is being held by Salopian Lodge Charity 117 in aid of the Shropshire Disability Network.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
Cost: £25 per person

RSVP by Thursday 10th March 2022

Download the Menu/Booking form by clicking here for a word document FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) or if you prefer to this as a PDF document please click this link FlyerRussellPriceSunday Lunch2022 (1) 

Please return your completed booking form with your chose of menu to:
Nick Wright, 7 Lexington Avenue, Shrewsbury, SY2 6SR Telephone: 01743 248 341Together with your cheque for £25 per person, made payable to: Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 or use Bank Transfer: Account  SLOC 117 No:00182906 Sort Code 30-97-62.

Children & Young People’s mental health in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

SDN has received a press release from Shropshire Healthwatch and Telford & Wrekin Healthwatch asking that we share this information with our members.

“It has been widely reported over the recent months that the on-going Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health of children and young people and this has led to a greater severity of need among many and an increased demand on services at a time when services have had to adapt to working under Government pandemic restrictions and increased staff shortages.

However, the lack of ‘Tier 4’ beds (specialist inpatient beds for the most seriously unwell) in the county means that children and young people will be admitted to either Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital, or The Redwoods Centre (an adult mental health hospital) while waiting to be moved to a suitable hospital outside Shropshire.

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin were asked to give these children and young people the opportunity to share their experiences and say what could have been done to improve the help they have received.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said, “The report highlights the need for the system to reduce waiting times and provide information, support and advice for children, young people and their families and schools while waiting for assessment, diagnosis and specialist services to prevent crisis. Alongside this there needs to be close monitoring to ensure children and young people can be prioritised according to need and closer partnership working to include schools and adult services to ensure no child or young person falls into the gaps between services. We heard from families and professionals who were calling for more awareness raising and training to help them to support the children and young people who are struggling.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “We have been aware of the pressure many children and young people are under – issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This report provides a unique opportunity to understand and act to improve services based on the knowledge and experiences of young people, as well as their friends, family members and professionals within the sector.

“A key finding within the report centres on the need for additional support for young people and their families when using the services available. Whilst the report has now been completed, we look forward to continuing to work with local providers, users and others to improve services and support people where possible.”

People can read the full report here https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/report/2022-02-09/mental-health-crisis-services-children-and-young-people-shropshire-telford-wrekin

Healthwatch is the independent health and social care champion. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Women urged to take part in health survey

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are asking more women to take part in a health survey. So far they have received more than 2,000 responses to the system-wide survey, but they would like to get more women from the county and mid-Wales to respond.

Through a Press Release received by the Trust, we have been asked to share the following:

“The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February.

A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set up the women’s health survey to try to find out the reasons why some women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause.

Today (Monday 14 February) also sees the launch of the Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign which highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, encourages those eligible for screening between the ages of 25 and 64 to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP Practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

Part of the women’s health survey looks at cancer screening services for women, as locally the number of women coming forward for breast and cervical screening services has been falling. The aim of the survey is to find out what local women know about screening, what they feel about taking part and what barriers they may face when they are invited to a screening appointment.

The second section of this survey looks at menopause as on average half of women aged 45-65 who have experienced the menopause in the past 10 years, have not consulted a healthcare professional about their menopausal symptoms. The group would like to know more about how much women living locally know about the menopause, how it affects them and their experience of healthcare and what can be done to improve this.

Dr Priya George, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: “Thank you to all those women who have taken the time to complete this survey and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance yet to do so as soon as they can. This is a real chance for local women to let us know if there are any reasons they are not coming forward for cancer screening or for getting advice and support through menopause.

“We would like to find out more about your general awareness of the screening programme, and about menopause, and to understand any barriers that prevent you from being tested and getting expert advice and support when you need it. With this valuable information, we would like to further improve our women’s health services and make them more accessible to everyone.”

The link for the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is available here. All information provided for the survey will be anonymous.

Once the survey results are collated they will be analysed and shared with NHS providers and patient representatives to see how improvements can be made to services and encourage more women to have screening and seek help with the menopause.

For any more information on the survey or paper copies of the survey email sath.engagement@nhs.net or ring 01743 261000 ext 2390.

Also, if you would like to be involved in any future workshops around Women’s Health, please email sath.engagement@nhs.net .

For more information on cervical screening visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Local Health Champions wants to hear about NHS psychological services

Local Healthwatch in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin have asked that we share with you this press release. They write:

Local Health Champions want to hear about NHS psychological services

Depression and anxiety levels in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin have increased since the start of the pandemic. The Shropshire Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service (also known as IAPT) and Telford IAPT are at the forefront of support and therapy to help people to deal with mild and moderate depression and anxiety. People who want help contact the service directly themselves. The NHS is looking at how these services are organised and are keen to understand people’s experiences. Healthwatch wants to hear from people who have used the service or are waiting for therapy, what went well, what didn’t go so well and any suggestions for improvements.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said, “We want to ensure that the patient voice is at the centre of any service development and would encourage anybody who has used the service to get in touch. All experiences will be shared anonymously.”

Frances Sutherland, Head of Transformation and Commissioning (Mental health, LD & A) Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said, “We want to ensure these services are easily accessible and support people in the right way which is why we want to understand more about how it feels to be treated by our local services. We are really pleased that Healthwatch have agreed to undertake this work. We want to hear the views of people who have used the services now or in the past so that we can design our service to best meet their needs.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said “Your local Healthwatch and NHS Trust are committed to ensuring the delivery of care is as good as it can be, but to do this, we need to hear from those who have experienced the service. Please get in touch and help to make a positive change.”

People can share their experiences with either Healthwatch Shropshire or Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin through a short online questionnaire for Shropshire 

www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/shropshire-psychological-therapies-service  or for Telford & Wrekin www.healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.uk/telford-iapt-shropshire-psychological-therapies-service-iapt.

or alternatively by ringing 01743 237884 / 01952 739540

Healthwatch  is the independent health and social care champion. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

SDN Members an event for you! Learn to love Moths!

Many of our members will know about “Caring for God’s Acre” Beautiful Burial Ground Project. Shropshire Disability Network have been fortunate to be included in various sessions they have hosted for our members ie “Archives Department at Shrewsbury, Small Mammals event, looking at wildlife in Longden and Bridgnorth cemeteries. We have always had a great time and learnt a lot from these sessions.

Now you are being offered another session so “Join the Beautiful Burial Ground Project and Moths expert Charlie Bell in the Churchyard of St Bart’s part of the National Trust’s Benthall Hall near Much Wenlock”.

This event will take place on Tuesday 24th August 2021 from 10 am – 12 noon to learn to love Moths!

Overnight Charlie will set a harmless moth trap and in the morning will show us what has been found before they are released. 

Be prepared to discover the world of moths is more interesting and colourful than you first expected!

This session is free to attend but places do need to be booked, please book yours by contacting  George george@cfga.org.uk or info@shropshire-disability.net

This session is planned with accessibility in mind and will have seating and BSL interpretation available. 

Please let us know if you have any specific access needs that we need to know about in advance to accommodate. Also if you need help with transport, please let us know.

We hope many of you will join this FREE event.

Click here for Information on Benthall Hall https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/benthall-hall

Image courtesy of Unsplash.

Shrewsbury Town Centre-Road Restrictions

New road restrictions are now in place in Shrewsbury Town Centre. Shropshire Disability Network are aware some of our members who have blue badges have been issued with fines regarding the changes that came into place on 9th July 2021. The experimental changes could last up to 18 months. As these changes are experimental, so it is extremely  important that if you,  your family and friends are affected, that you let Shropshire Disability Network know by emailing membership@shropshire-disability.net and if you can also tell Shropshire Council about your concerns that is important too.

What are the restrictions? Shropshire Council website says “This prohibition of motor vehicles, no right turn, and changes to the waiting and loading restrictions order is proposed to trial a potential reshaping of the physical public realm and traffic management arrangements within Shrewsbury town centre, promoting pedestrian safety, active travel alternatives and movement around the town.

What locations are affected? Dogpole, High Street, Mardol Head, Milk Street, Shoplatch, The Square, Wyle Cop – Shrewsbury

What about Buses and Taxis? Shropshire Council website says “Buses and taxis will be allowed to travel on weekdays only, with no motor vehicles allowed at the weekend. Changes to the waiting and loading restrictions are also proposed, reducing the number of vehicles in the town and providing additional space for pedestrians and cyclists during the main trading hours.

The above aims to provide both improved safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community, and will be applied on an experimental basis for up to 18 months”

A Consultation was started on Friday 9th July 2021 and ends on Sunday 9th January 2022. SDN says “If you are affected by these changes, please respond sooner rather than later to the consultation.

The details:

THE SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL (VARIOUS ROADS, SHREWSBURY) (VARIOUS EXPERIMENTAL RESTRICTIONS) ORDER 2021

On 9 July 2021 Shropshire Council made an experimental order to place the following restrictions on various roads in Shrewsbury Town Centre:

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except Buses, Taxis, and Refuse Vehicles) Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (except for Refuse Vehicles) Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Beeches Lane to its junction with Dogpole in a north-westerly direction.
  • Wyle Cop From its junction with Dogpole to its junction with Milk Street
  • High Street In its entirety
  • Mardol Head In its entirety
  • Shoplatch From its junction with Mardol Head to its junction with Market Street

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles (no exceptions) Every Day 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Milk Street In its entirety

Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Access to Premises allowed Midnight–11am and 4pm–Midnight

  • The Square (south east side) In its entirety

No Right Turn Except Buses, Taxis, Cycles, and Refuse Vehicles Monday – Friday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

No Right Turn except Cycles and Refuse Vehicles Saturday – Sunday 11:00-16:00

  • Dogpole From Dogpole into Wyle Cop (section between Dogpole and High Street).

Restricted Zone – No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between its junction with Beeches Lane and a point 51 metres south-east of its junction with Dogpole

No Waiting At Any Time No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Milk Street (both sides) From its junction with Princess Street and Belmont to a point 12.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street.

Loading Only 7:30am-11am and 4pm-8pm Restricted Zone No Waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • Wyle Cop (south side) Between points 80.8 meters and 119.9 metres south-east of its junction with Milk Street
  • Wyle Cop (north side) Between points 10 metres and 31 metres west of its junction with Dogpole
  • High Street (south-west side) Between a point 40.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street to a point 61.2 metres south-east of its junction with The Square.
  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 6 metres and 33 metres south-east of its junction with Mardol Head.
  • Mardol Head (south-east side) Between points 20 metres and 36.5 metres south-west of its junction with High Street
  • Shoplatch (south-east side) Between points 30 metres and 50 metres north-east of its junction with Market Street
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 28.6 metres and 50.9 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone

Disabled Badge Holders Only – Midnight to 11am and 4pm to Midnight Restricted Zone No waiting and No Loading 11am-4pm

  • High Street (south-west side) Between points 16.8 metres and 37.8 metres north-west of its junction with Milk Street.
  • Shoplatch (north-west side) Between points 75.6 metres and 95.6 metres north-east of its junction with Bellstone
  • Any existing restrictions at the above locations are suspended for the duration of the order.

This Order comes into effect on 19 July 2021 and will operate for a period of up to eighteen months.

The Council will consider in due course whether its provisions should continue in force indefinitely.

If you wish to question the validity of the order, or of any of its provisions, on the grounds that they are not within the powers conferred by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument made under it has not been complied with in relation to the Order you may, within six weeks from 9 July 2021, apply for the purpose to the High Court.

How to give feedback to Shropshire Council: If you wish to raise an objection, express support, or make any other comments about these proposals, please send an e-mail to traffic.engineering@shropshire.gov.uk  or write a letter to Traffic Engineering Team, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND by 9 January 2022. You may also ring 0345 678 9006 for more information.

Please note that, for legal reasons, objections must be made in writing or by e-mail, and should state the grounds on which the objection is made. Objections cannot be accepted over the phone.

Useful documents to download in relation to the above:

 

 

Covid-Vaccine Walk-in Clinic Times

Which is the Right Vaccine for me? Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Intergrated Care System have published and asked organisations to share the message about getting the right vaccine and where to get them.

  • People aged 40 and above who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, can get their first vaccination at an AstraZeneca vaccination clinic.
  • Anyone who has already had their first vaccine dose at least eight weeks ago, is now being encouraged to get their second vaccination.
  • People should have the same type of vaccine for their second dose as for their first dose unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • People should wait 28 days after a positive PCR test to have a Covid vaccination. 
  • People aged 18 and over are eligible to have their first Pfizer (or Moderna) vaccination.
  • Women who are pregnant are advised to have the Pfizer (or Moderna) vaccination.  
  • People under the age of 40 who would like to have the Astra Zeneca vaccination may be able to, after a discussion with a clinician.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are available for those eligible at the following sites:

The clinics are open for walk-in appointments for anyone 18 or over. Booking is not necessary, you do not need to be registered with a GP, proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number. A few personal details may be taken so that we have a record of who has been vaccinated.

Some clinics aren’t open to everyone – for instance, some are open just for people within a certain age group – so please read the clinic details carefully before you decide to go. Please do not turn up to a walk-in clinic site for a vaccination if a clinic is NOT being advertised.

All Pfizer and AstraZeneca clinics are for both first and second doses (at least 8 weeks after the first dose)

Turreff Hall – Turreff Avenue, Donnington, Telford TF2 8HG

  • Monday, 2nd August, 1.30pm-6.30pm. Vaccine available: Pfizer 1st & 2nd doses available (age 18 and over)
  • Wednesday, 4th August, 8.30am to 1pm. Vaccine available:  AstraZeneca 1st & 2nd doses available (40 and over)
  • Thursday, 5th August, 8.45am to 4.30pm. Vaccine available: Pfizer 1st & 2nd doses available (age 18 and over)
  • Friday, 6th August, 9am to 2pm. Vaccine available: Pfizer 1st & 2nd doses available (age 18 and over)
  • Saturday, 7th August, 9am to 12 noon. Vaccine available:  AstraZeneca 1st & 2nd doses available (40 and over)

Teldoc, Malinslee – TF3 2JZ

Pfizer Clinics (1st and 2nd doses) for 18 and over

  • Friday, 6th August, 8.30am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 7th August. 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday, 8th August, 8.30am to 2pm

(Further Pfizer clinics are planned at Teldoc for the following dates in August, including 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th. The timing of the clinics will be confirmed ASAP. Please keep checking back at this link https://stwics.org.uk/our-priorities/covid-19-vaccination-programme/walk-in-clinic-times?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= ).

AFC Telford United, the Bucks Way, Wellington TF1 2TU (delivered by Wellington Pharmacy)

  • Tuesday 3rd August 10:00am-5:00pm. Vaccine available Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses (age 18+)

Station Drive Surgery, Ludlow SY8 2AB

  • Tuesday 3rd August, 6:00pm-8:00pm. Vaccine available: AstraZeneca 1st and 2nd doses available (40 and over)

Shrewsbury Indoor Bowls Centre – Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road SY1 4RQ

AstraZeneca Clinics (1st and 2nd doses) for 40 and over

  • Monday 2nd August, 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 3rd August, 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 4th August, 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 8th August, 8am-6pm
  • Monday 9th August, 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 10th August, 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 15th August, 8am-6pm
  • Monday 16th August, 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 17th August, 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 22nd August, 8am-6pm
  • Monday 23rd August, 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 24th August, 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 25th August, 8am-6pm
  • Monday 30th August, 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 31st August, 8am-6pm

Pfizer Clinics (1st and 2nd doses) for 18 and over

  • Thursday 5th August,  8am-6pm
  • Friday 6th August, 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 7th August, 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 11th August, 8am-6pm 
  • Thursday 12th August, 8am-6pm
  • Friday 13th August, 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 14th August, 8am-6pm 
  • Wednesday 18th August, 8am-6pm
  • Thursday 19th August, 8am-6pm 
  • Friday 20th August, 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 21st August, 8am-6pm
  • Thursday 26th August, 8am-6pm
  • Friday 27th August, 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 28th August, 8am-6pm
  • Sunday 29th August, 8am-6pm

Covid-19 Vaccination Pop-Up Clinics

All Pop-Up clinics will have Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses available for those aged 18 and over

Hollinswood Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Downemead, Hollinswood, Telford TF3 2EW

  • Wednesday, 4 August. 9.30am to 4pm

Shrewsbury Town Football Club, Montgomery Waters Meadow, Oteley Rd, Shrewsbury SY2 6ST

  • Saturday, 7 August. 9.30am to 3pm

Brookside Central, Bembridge, Telford TF3 1LP

  • Tuesday, 10 August. 9.30 to 2.30pm

Louise House, Meole Village, Roman Road Shrewsbury SY3 9JN

  • Friday, 13 August. 10am to 2pm

Telford Balloon Festival, Telford Town Park, Hinkshay Road Telford Shropshire TF3 4EP

  • Friday, 27th August. 12 noon to 5pm
  • Saturday, 28th August. 12 noon to 6.30pm 
  • Sunday, 29th August. 12 noon to 5pm  

Please, if you have not had your first or second jab, please consider going to one of the above walk-in vaccination clinics

Highways England partner with AccessAble – Motorway Access Guides

Highways England Partner with AccessAble to provide Motorway Access Guides.

Highways England has partnered with AccessAble, the UK’s leading provider of detailed accessibility information, to help motorists plan where to stop for a break at any one of the 114 motorway service areas across England, for better, safer journeys.

This is good news as for many years disabled people and carers using AccessAble have been asking for these guides, so it will make a  huge difference to have comprehensive accessibility information to help when planning a trip.

The new guides, available online at this link https://www.accessable.co.uk/searches?query=Motorway+Services&location_query=&commit=Search  or via the free AccessAble app, providing 100 per cent facts, figures, and photographs to help motorists plan their visit. They cover key areas including parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops, and restaurants, with detailed information on everything from staff training and hearing loops, to walking distances and Changing Places.

In addition, the two organisations have worked together to create virtual route guides. This new type of guide, which uses 360-degree imagery, will enable visitors to ‘virtually’ explore routes to key facilities like accessible toilets and Changing Places, so they can find out exactly what to expect when they arrive.

People with disabilities and carers know how important it is to plan their journey and to know where there are facilities that they can access. Highways England encourages everyone to plan before setting off. Planning for some people isn’t as easy as for others so these guides will help many of the UK’s disabled people and their carers. Disabled drivers represents five per cent of the driving population, so it is encouraging that these access guides are one of many new services Highways England is introducing to break down barriers and help people reliably plan and feel confident about their journeys.

“The new access guides will not only give people all the information they need to plan a trip but also support Highways England and motorway service operators to see how facilities could be improved in the future.”

All Access Guides are available free of charge on the AccessAble website. and on the AccessAble App.

You can watch and listen to a YouTube video here on what these Access Guides will mean to people https://youtu.be/MeV-08LSxLc

Have you used Pain Management services in the county of Shropshire? – Healthwatch Shropshire

What a pain? If you have used Pain Management services in Shropshire in the last 2 years?  Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear from you.

Healthwatch Shropshire are currently looking at pain management services within the county, in the context of the ongoing transformation of MSK services.  Connect Health currently deliver pain management services within Shropshire through face-to-face clinics held in Shrewsbury but at the moment mainly using phone or online appointments.

Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear about your experiences of using the pain management service.  If you have ongoing pain issues which you have been unable to get help for, either due to the pandemic or because of other barriers, they would like to hear about this too.

Steve Trechard, Executive Director of Transformation for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs said ‘Across our communities we’re keen to hear peoples’ experiences of the Pain Management Services to help inform our future service developments.  Hearing directly from people who have used services is the best way to understand how well we’re doing, but more importantly where we need to make improvements.  The NHS and Local Care has been significantly impacted by the Covid Pandemic.  We want to hear from you about a range of issues, from how you would like to best access services, how information is best delivered, how we might use digital technology and how we can make our services more joined up.  We’d be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the Healthwatch survey or tell them about your experience.’

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer for Healthwatch Shropshire, told us ‘We really want to hear from people who have been using pain management services as we know that the health system is listening. This is an opportunity for your voice to count and be heard as services are developed.’

How to tell of your experience on pain management services in Shropshire.

  • People can go online to https://healthwatchshropshire.uk.engagementhq.com/pain-management-services to complete the survey, join the discussion in the online forum or leave a story about their experiences with ongoing pain and pain management services.
  • Telephone: You can also telephone Healthwatch Shropshire on 01743 237884 to speak to a member of the team and complete the survey over the phone if you wish.

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

National Garden Scheme

Albrighton Moat and Gardens are delighted that they have been accepted in the National Garden Scheme for 2021. They are looking forward to welcome a broader range of visitors to their gardens for the first time and know they have a lot of hard work ahead of us them to ensure the gardens fully represents the hard work and determination of the many who turned a disused field into the beautiful gardens of today.

Thee National Garden scheme dates are Friday 25th & Saturday 26th June and Friday 30th & Saturday 31st July 2021. They will be open from 11 am to 3 pm. Come along and walk around our accessible landscaped and natural gardens including, sensory and cottage gardens and ponds. There will be refreshment’s and homemade cakes available to purchase.  They will also be selling handmade woodcraft items on their woodcraft stall.

Why not put these dates in your diary now and make sure to visit and see the wonderful work that goes on at Albrighton Trust and Moat. You can book your tickets on-line at this link https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42148?fbclid=IwAR3t5QnC64pHy5NlEwXzvhv8J1zZ0VxnkjcqlT1J3NHzivrbBiUyRinsL_Y

For further information call 01902 372441 or email moat@albrightontrust.org.uk or visit their website.

To find out more about the work of Albrighton Moat and Gardens, click here:  https://shropshire-disability.net/albrighton-moat-and-gardens-including-the-me-you-project-2/

To find out more about the National Garden Scheme click here: https://ngs.org.uk/