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Thursday 22nd June. 1 Day only- Localgiving doubles one-time donations!

Would you please help us by donating anything from £2 to £25 on Thursday 22nd June 2017 to help fund our work? Read on to find out how your donation can be doubled.

This week is Small Charities Week, an opportunity for small charities like ours (Shropshire Disability Network) to raise our profile. Each day is designated to something different ie Big Advice Day, Fundraising Day, Celebration Day (see Small Charities Week under our Events tab)

On 22nd June Local Giving says “This is our chance to celebrate and support the work of the thousands of small charities working in our communities up and down the UK everyday. Throughout the day we will be doubling one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £25 through our https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/small-charity-week-match-fund?utm_source=Members&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SCW%2FDD&utm_content=SCWLeadin2 This means that for every £25 donation with Gift Aid your group will receive an impressive £54.34! 

Starting at 10 am on Thursday 22nd June, Localgiving will be doubling one-time donations to local charities pound-for-pound by up to £25! The campaign will take place on Fundraising Day as part of Small Charity Week 2017, launching at 10:00 and running until the fund (25k) runs out, or 23:59 – whichever comes first.

If you would like to donate to our work ie funding this website click on this link: https://localgiving.org/charity/shropshiredisabilitynetwork/

Thank you, if you can help us raise funding to meet the costs of this website, our newsletter, a piece of equipment etc it would be appreciated and help so many of our members in this county.

 

 

 

 

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Launch of the Inclusively Fit Videos

Shropshire Disability Net promotes activities for people with disabilities and their carers. You can find lots of opportunities for activities on our Be Active Project pages . Now Inclusively fit have launched some videos to inspire you to take the plunge and have a go:

James has visual impairment and is a member of Shropshire RCC’s Sight Loss Opportunity Group (SLOG). He tells us why he enjoys the adaptive cycling sessions at Shrewsbury Sports Village and how it helps him be independent.

Rebecca at Pengwern Boat Club tells us her experience of Para-rowing.

Paul at Telford Sailability Club talks us through the RYA Sailability programme and encourages others to get involved!

Learn more about hosting an event, or becoming more inclusive with your club delivery. Speakers include Mark Fosbrook (English Federation of Disability Sport), Rachel Whitney (Shropshire RCC) and Clive Knight (Community Games Organiser).

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Public Consultation on the review of the Countryside Access Strategy.

Start Date:
12th June 2017

End Date:
31st July 2017

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Shropshire Council is giving you opportunity to take part in this Public Consultation on the review of the Countryside Access Strategy 2008-2018. They would welcome your feedback on the review, which highlights the achievements and issues over the past 10 years and starts to pull out the priorities for the next 10 years. 

To read the background to the proposal, click this link: http://new.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/countryside-access-strategy-review/

To take part in the survey click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/countryside-access-strategy-review-2017

This consultation closes on 31st July 2017

Scope

Talking about your impairment or condition at work

Scope are carrying out research into experiences at work so are interviewing people about sharing information about their impairment or condition with their employer and colleagues.

Scope are interested to hear from people who haven’t discussed their impairment or condition with their employer as well as people who have.

They are recruiting people who:

  • Are aged 16-64.
  • Are currently in work
  • Live in England or Wales

Interviews will be held in July and August 2017 and at a location that best suits each interviewee.

Interviewees will receive a £10 gift voucher for their time.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in taking part or want more information, please contact Scope’s Researcher Melanie Wilkes on 0207 619 7278 or email [email protected]

 

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Disability Rights UK

Take Part in Disability Rights UK Research and Receive a £15 Amazon Voucher

Disability Rights UK have partnered with University of Birmingham to conduct a study into how they produce knowledge and information about physical activity aimed at disabled people.

Get Yourself Active & the University of Birmingham want to find out what you think about how information about physical activity and sport is presented to people with a disability.

If you wish to take part, you can do so in your own home and it takes roughly 15 minutes of your time and you get the opportunity to receive a £15 Amazon Voucher and may even be randomly selected to receive £100

For more information on eligibility and how to take part, click here: http://www.getyourselfactive.org/2017/04/25/take-part-in-our-research-and-receive-a-15-amazon-voucher/

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What The Parliamentary Candidates Say

On your behalf Shropshire Disability Network wrote to each of the candidates for the election on the 8th June and asked them for their views on disability and carers. Their responses are below click the link for each one to see what they have to say. First our letter to each of them:

Dear Parliamentary Candidate,

We are a local charity working to improve the lives of those people
living with, or caring for someone with, a disability. The imminent
General Election on June 8th, will allow you to send a signal to the one
in five persons with impairments or long term health conditions living
in our area.

Our members are interested in hearing from you on the following matters
of importance in their lives. Your response will be published on our
website (insert link). We are contacting all relevant Parliamentary
Candidates and we will also let our members know whether anyone has not
addressed our concerns. Your answers will influence the way our members
vote. We would appreciate your response by May 30th 2017.

1. Are you committed to the rights of disabled people to participate
fully in society? Do you support our right to independent living,
accessible transport, education, employment and public life?

2. Are you committed to a health and care system that enables disabled
people to lead full independent lives? Will you work on a social funding
solution that offers all disabled people more choice and control in
their lives? What are you going to do about the amount we have to pay in
social care charges?

3. Will you make changes in the way the benefits system works for
people living with a disability? Will you replace Work Capability
Assessments and the sanctions regime for disabled persons claiming
benefit? Will you commit to preventing further benefits cuts in the 
next Parliament?

Emma Bullard (Green Party Shrewsbury & Atcham)

Graeme Currie (Labour North Shropshire)

Lucy Allan (Conservative Telford)

Philip Dunn (Conservative South Shropshire)

Rod Keyes (Liberal)

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Sight Loss Groups (SLOG’s) Activities for June

All sessions are FREE unless otherwise stated.

Oswestry Group meets on Wednesday 7th June  10 am to 12 noon at Oswestry Library, Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

Joining us will be  Sunny Bains from the RNIB to talk about getting online and various app’s for phones that can help visually impaired people.

Ludlow Group meets on Monday 12th June 10.30 am -12.30 pm at St Peters Church, Henley Road, Ludlow SY8 1QZ

Joining us will be  Sunny Bains from the RNIB to talk about getting online and various app’s for phones that can help visually impaired people.

Shrewsbury Cycling at Sundorne Sports Village-Wednesday 21st June 10.30 am-11.30 am

We will be having our cycling session at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Shrewsbury SY1 1RQ

 

Shrewsbury group meets on Monday 26th June Roy Fletcher Centre, 12-17 Cross Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1JE

We look forward to welcoming a representative from Talking Busses to our meeting.

If you need any more information on anything above please do contact Rachel Whitney on 01743 342163 or [email protected]

Other Useful Information:

Accessible banking - I have recently been contacted about a guide on accessible banking for blind and partially sighted people which can be found here:

https://www.choose.co.uk/guide/accessible-banking-for-blind-partially-sighted.html

The guide contains information on current accessibility issues that you may have experienced and what banks are doing to help people with visual impairments.

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Our votes count- Read Election Candidates Responses.

SDN has written to each Parliamentary Candidate in the forthcoming General Election.  We have asked for responses.  The following is the letter we sent.  Below that we will publish responses as they come in.

Dear Parliamentary Candidate,
We are a local charity working to improve the lives of those people  living with, or caring for someone with, a disability.  The imminent  General Election on June 8th, will allow you to send a signal to the one  in five persons with impairments or long term health conditions living 
in our area.
Our members are interested in hearing from you on the following matters of importance their lives.  Your response will be published on our website (www.shropshire-disability.net ).  We are contacting all relevant Parliamentary  Candidates and we will also let our members know whether anyone has not  addressed our concerns.  Your answers will influence the way our members  vote. We would appreciate your response by May 30th 2017.
1.  Are you committed to the rights of disabled people to participate fully in society?  Do you support our right to independent living, accessible transport, education, employment and public life?
2.  Are you committed to a health and care system that enables disabled people to lead full independent lives?  Will you work on a social funding solution that offers all disabled people more choice and control in their lives?  What are you going to do about the amount we have to
pay in social care charges?
3.  Will you make changes in the way the benefits system works for people living with a disability?  Will you replace Work Capability Assessments and the sanctions regime for disabled persons claiming benefit?    Will you commit to preventing further benefits cuts in the next Parliament?
We look forward to reading your responses.
Response from Philip Dunne, Conservative, Ludlow

Thank you for your email on behalf of Shropshire Disability Network of 24th May ahead of the General Election, seeking further information about the Conservative Party’s policies towards those with disabilities. I appreciate your concern about this important issue.

I can reassure you that the Conservative Party are committed to ensuring that there is protection for those who need it, but also support for those who are able to work. That is why we spend around £50 billion a year helping people with disabilities and health conditions. We have also overseen record employment among disabled people, helping to ease the transition into work.

We have built a strong safety net for disabled people by increasing spending on disability benefits by more than £3 billion in real terms since 2010. We are protecting disabled people’s benefits, providing disabled people with the security and dignity they deserve. The Disability Living Allowance, and the Personal Independence Payment which is replacing it, are excluded from our benefit cap and will continue to rise with the Consumer Price Index.

Conservatives in government have helped thousands more people disabled people into work, meaning they have the stability of a regular salary. 594,000 people with a disability have moved into work in the last three years, bringing the total number of people with a disability in work to over 3.5 million. We are also working with businesses to take on outdated views about disabled people in the workplace. The Disability Confident campaign is showcasing the talents of disabled people to employers around the country and challenging the myths that create barriers that can prevent disabled people from getting a job and being given opportunities.

The Conservative Party manifesto makes clear we will build on the proud Conservative record in supporting those with disabilities, including the landmark Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. We want to see attitudes to disability shift as they have for race, gender and sexuality in recent years: it should be completely unacceptable for people with disabilities to be treated negatively.

We will get 1 million more people with disabilities into employment over the next ten years. We will harness the opportunities of flexible working and the digital economy to generate jobs for those whose disabilities make traditional work difficult, and give employers the advice and support they need to hire and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

 

We will go further for businesses employing someone with a disability, offering a holiday on their employers’ National Insurance Contributions for a full year. We will review disabled people’s access and amend regulations if necessary to improve disabled access to licensed premises, parking and housing. Our plans also include working with providers of everyday essential services, like energy and telecoms, to reduce the extra costs that disability can incur.

I hope you will find the information above reassuring.

Response from Emma Bullard, Green Party, Shrewsbury & Atcham
Many thanks for getting in touch
1. I personally am – as is the Green Party  -  fully committed to upholding the rights of disabled people to participate fully in society, and we have a number of practical plans to achieve that. We’ve produced a Disability manifesto which you can find in several accessible formats here 
We put our policies into practice internally by supporting disabled people to participate fully as Green Party members and candidates. We are proud that one sixth of our General Election candidates has  a disability. 
2. Yes – again please see our manifesto for more detail on our plans for health and social care for disabled people. It’s shocking that there has been a 40% reduction in the number of D/deaf and disabled  people receiving social care. We are the 5th largest economy in the world, we need to invest in public services and  make sure that everyone in our society has a good quality of life. Many of our proposals are to do with making work, housing and education more accessible and rewarding for disabled people.
3. Yes, yes and yes. We would scrap the demeaning and costly work capability assessments and replace them with increasing support available via GPs and other health professionals
I am very happy for my answers to be posted on your website. 
Best wishes
Emma Bullard
Response from Lucy Allen, Conservative, Telford.

Thank you very much for your email.

I think it is really important that all MPs work constructively with and support the fantastic work of community groups such as yours.
Shropshire’s MPs meet regularly with Shropshire wide groups. It would be wonderful if we could get you to come and present some of the issues and concerns you raise and set out what you would like to see the Shropshire MPs do to support the work of the Shropshire Disability Network. 
There are no MPs until after the election, but if re-elected I would be more than happy to arrange this so we can all as a group of MPs support you and fantastic work you do.
Response from Rod Keyes, Liberal Democrat, Wrekin
Whilst I am usually more than happy to give a personalised reply to constituent emails, in this instance I am content to refer you to the Lib Dem manifesto with which in this respect I tend to agree. However, there is no doubt some reform to the benefit system is desirable, not necessarily cuts, and reassessments are not always detrimental to claimants as conditions do change in some cases.
Julia Buckley, Labour, South Shropshire
1.  Yes, Labour believes in the social model of disability –  that it is society which disables people, and it is our job to remove those barriers.  The previous Labour government signed   the   UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).  The next Labour government will sign the UNCRPD into UK law.   Labour will give British Sign Language full recognition as a recognised language.           
2.  Labour  will act to tackle discrimination, remove barriers and ensure social security delivers    dignity and empowerment, not isolation and stigma. Labour will introduce a new higher rate of income tax for those earning over £80,000 per year, to pay for greater investment into the NHS and social care system for all patients. 
3.  Labour will prevent further benefit cuts and review the current regime which has resulted in considerable hardship for disabled people.

Graeme Currie, Labour, North Shropshire

Politics is and should be a moral endeavour. I believe passionately that politics should be about the making the world a better place. Social justice and equality are at the heart of my values as a Labour Party member. Labour has the right values – fairness, cooperation, mutual responsibility. The Labour Party vision is of power, wealth and opportunity in the hands of the many not the few. I am campaigning to be elected to represent the people of North Shropshire because I want a Labour Government so we can develop the right policies for a more just and fair Britain.
 
Over the last seven years people with disabilities have been failed by the Conservative government. Currently 4.2 million people with disabilities live in poverty in Britain, and the disability employment gap remains stubbornly high.
 
A Labour Government would promote and defend the rights of people with disabilities. Labour will act to tackle discrimination, remove barriers and ensure social security delivers dignity and empowerment, not isolation and stigma. A Labour Government would create a properly funded national health and care service for all.  
Labour would immediately reject the Conservatives ill though out plans for increased charges for domiciliary and community support services. This has become known as the “Dementia Tax” however it would apply to many more people than just older people with dementia. It would have potentially devastating consequences across all ages and impact very negatively on people with disabilities.
 
Labour will act immediately to end the worst excesses of the Conservative government’s changes. A Labour Government will end the punitive sanctions regime and scrap the Bedroom Tax.
 
The Labour Party Manifesto commits a Labour Government to the following action;
 
Labour will repeal the following cuts in social security support to people with disabilities through a new Social Security Bill published in our first year in office.
We will:
• Increase Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 per week for those in the work-related activity group, and repeal cuts in the UC limited capacity for work element.
 • Increase Carer’s Allowance by £11 to the level of Jobseekers’ Allowance.
• Implement the court decision on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) so that there is real parity of esteem between those with physical and mental-health conditions.
 • Scrap the Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment assessments and replace them with a personalised, holistic assessment process that provides each individual with a tailored plan, building on their strengths and addressing barriers. Labour will end the privatisation of assessments.
• End the pointless stress of reassessments for people with severe long-term conditions.
 • Commission a report into expanding the Access to Work programme.
We will change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises people not in work to one that is supportive and enabling. As well as scrapping the Conservatives’ punitive sanctions regime, we will change how Jobcentre Plus staff are performance-managed. Labour will strengthen access to justice for people with disabilities by enhancing the 2010 Equality Act, enabling discrimination at work to be challenged.
 
Should I be elected as your Member of Parliament on 8th June it would be my honour to work with all of you at the Shropshire Disability Network to improve the lives of people with disabilities. We would be together in this campaign for improved services and opportunities for all people with impairments or long term health conditions living
in our area..
 

 

Should we receive any further responses SDN will add them.

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Shropshire Disability Network Quarterly Meeting-June 8th

Thursday 8th June 2017 is a date we hope you all have in your diaries. We look forward to welcoming you to Telford. So come and join us at a new venue which is:

Casey’s Cordingley Hall, Donnington, Telford TF2 8JS. This link gives you directions Click Here For Details

Arrive anytime from 10.30 am for refreshments and networking. We kick off at 11 am with brief reports about what we have been up to since March 2017, before welcoming our guest speakers and launching some new video’s

  • George Rook will tell us about his journey “Living with Dementia”  Many of you may know George through his passion of raising awareness of Dementia and what we need to be doing locally.
  • Jessica Lightwood, lead on the Shropshire Inclusively Fit project, a project we have been a partner in since its start in 2014, will tell us about the project and give you opportunity to see some short video clips they have produced. These video’s have not been shown in public until today so you are in for something “a bit special”

We will have Sign Language Interpreters (BSL)  at all our meetings.

SDN Management Committee were very pleased with the attendance at our March meeting, so lets do even better this time. At our March meeting we launched “Give your old £1 coin to SDN” if your pot is ready to bring back, please do.

There will be refreshments and our usual quarterly raffle as well as networking opportunities throughout the morning.

For further information please email: [email protected] (Secretary) or call Ann on 07970 816 030

For our list of Events for 2017 click here: SDN Dates & Events for 2017 Members (May 2017) For Print

 

 

 

 

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Get Going Together!

Get Going Together sessions have recently been established in Shrewsbury enabling you to try something different. 

What is on offer?  Cycling, indoor bowls, walking and much more.  Sessions will vary throughout the year, so offers you inclusive indoor as well as outdoor activities. Click on this link to see a poster with more information: Get Going together A5

Who is it for? Sessions are open to all adults of all abilities. If you would like a bit  of encouragement, support or adaption whether due to lack of confidence, disability, recent illness or other health issue then this may be the opportunity you have been looking for.

When and Where: Every Wednesday from 12 noon to 3 p.m at Sundorne Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Harlescott Shrewsbury SY1 4RQ .Flexible times to suit you.

Cost: £4.00 per session

For more information and to book your place please telephone 0345 000 7002