Dan Watkins – #CovidLeadersList Winner

Dan Watkins, a new volunteer with Shropshire Disability Network won the Coronavirus Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List award in December 2020. He is very passionate about listening to those with a Learning Disability and/ or Autism to see how they have been affected throughout the pandemic.

Dimensions UK, Learning Disability England and VODG partnered together to create the #CovidLeadersList as they wanted to recognise the amazing people who have inspired others to do great things throughout the pandemic.

You can read more about Dan’s award by clicking here!

Virtual Art Competition invitation to SDN members

With the lockdown having an impact on a lot of people’s mental wellbeing, The Bobath Centre feel it is so important to allow people to explore their emotions and feelings through the process of creating, painting or drawing. 

They are hosting a virtual art competition and would love to invite as many people to take part in the event, so they have contacted SDN asking that we share details of the competition with Shropshire Disability Network members.

How to enter the competition:

To enter the competition each participant will need to pay £1 and then send their art work digitally to our marketing team at fundraising@bobath.org.uk by 20th February 2021. *When sending your art work The Bobath Centre will need the participants full name and a contact email address.

To pay your £1 to enter the competition, click this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-art-competiton-tickets-137791109919?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Further details:

  • The competition will be judged and there will be 4 prizes up for grabs.
  • There will be the opportunity for individuals to sell their art work should they wish and part of the donation will go to The Bobath Centre.
  • Winners will be announced on Thursday 25th February 2021 at 1 pm

What is the Bobath Centre?

Bobath are a specialist treatment and training centre, and a charity dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions. They are based in Watford.

They are the UK’s premier teaching centre who have contributed to the training of NHS and other health professionals. This has allowed thousands of children, who are unable to travel to the Centre at Watford, to benefit from the Bobath approach in their local community.

For further information, click here to visit their websitehttps://www.bobath.org.uk/

Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

Kate Manning, Communications and Engagement Manager at Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership has asked that we share with you the following information on the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out in this county.

  •  The NHS vaccination programme is underway in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin as part of the national rollout.
  •  The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People are being called forward who meet the criteria based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations.

The public have an important part to play:

  •  please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you;
  •  when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments; and
  •  please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.
  •  The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and it will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you.

Whether or not you have had the vaccine you still need to:

  •  practice social distancing
  •  wear a face mask
  •  wash your hands carefully and frequently
  •  follow the current guidance

Vaccination started in the county on 8th December and as of 7th January the following vaccination centres are in operation:

o   Hospital Hub at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital run in partnership with Shrewsbury Primary Care Network

o   Local Vaccination Centre at Bridgnorth Medical Centre being delivered by GPs from the South East Shropshire Primary Care Network (group of local GP practices)

o   Local Vaccination Centre at Malinslee Healthcare Centre being delivered by GPs from the Teldoc Primary Care Network (group of local GP practices)

o   Hospital Hub at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital run in partnership with North Shropshire Primary Care Network

  •  Care home residents are also now receiving the vaccine in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin with the ambition that all older person care home residents and staff will have had the vaccination by the end of January. GP practices will contact care homes directly to plan the rollout as soon as they are ready. 
  •  The vaccine will be offered to more people and at other locations as soon as possible. These will include local vaccine services provided by GPs and pharmacists, in people’s homes for those who are housebound and new dedicated vaccination centres to make sure that everyone who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
  •  By the middle of February, in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January, it is our ambition to deliver the vaccine to the four top priority groups. These include all residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, everyone over the age of 70, all frontline health and social care workers, and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.

For more information about the Covid-19 vaccine please visit:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Below are a number of helpful documents to read and/or download to print:

Covid19 Easy Read Leaflet: Covid-19_Easy-read_leaflet

Covid19 Vaccination -A guide for adults in large print PHE_Covid19Vaccination_AGuideForAdults_LargePrintLeaflet_WebAccessible_2020_FINAL3

Why do I have to wait for my jab leaflet:  PHE_11920_Covid-19_AZ_Why_do_I_DL_leaflet_02_WEB

Covid19 Priority List Poster: PHE_11895_COVID_vaccine_priority_poster

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Telford and Wrekin Customer Strategy Consultation-Deadline extended to 23 October

Telford & Wrekin Council are asking residents and stakeholders for their views on the Council’s new Customer Strategy and new Customer Contract, which outlines their aims for how they want to serve their customers and sets out the standards of service that customers should expect to receive.

The consultation will give customers the opportunity to tell them about their previous experiences of contacting the Council, which will help them understand what they are currently doing well and what areas they need to improve.

The consultation starts on 25 September 2020 and was to end on Friday 16th October 2020 but the deadline has now been extended by one week. Note the deadline for this consultation has now been changed to 23rd October 2020 as Telford & Wrekin Council wish to receive as much feedback as possible.

To take part in this consultation please visit www.telford.gov.uk/customerconsultation .’

If you or someone you know would like to receive this survey in an alternative format, please email customer.insight@telford.gov.uk or telephone 01952 382006. Telford & Wrekin Council want this survey to be inclusive and would like to hear from SDN members.

To review the draft Customer Strategy and Customer Contract please visit   www.telford.gov.uk/customerconsultation this page also contains a link to the online survey.

For further general information about the consultation or would like to receive the consultation in a different format please email customer.insight@telford.gov.uk.

NHS COVID-19 App

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. Read more about how we protect your data and privacy

Video: NHS COVID-19 app – download it today. Watch the video by clicking on the link below:

https://youtu.be/Pj_tV1v9MR8

Below we give a transcript of the above video.

The NHS COVID-19 app is a vital part in the fight against coronavirus.

Now based on Apple and Google’s privacy preserving technology the app will help us safely live our lives protecting you and others.

If your postcode district becomes high risk, the app will let you know – and give you advice on what action to take.

If you come into close contact with another user who reports a positive test result the app will send you an anonymous alert.

A built-in QR scanner lets you check in to venues quickly and easily.

You can check your symptoms in the app and if they suggest you may have coronavirus, the app is an easy way to get tested.

Any data shared with the app is held on your phone.

Nobody will know who or where you are. You can delete the app and all data at any time.

The NHS COVID-19 app is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from the virus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones. Download it today.

For further information visit The NHS COVID-19 app support pages at this link: https://covid19.nhs.uk/

Telford and Wrekin Customer Strategy Consultation

Telford & Wrekin Council are asking residents and stakeholders for their views on the Council’s new Customer Strategy and new Customer Contract, which outlines their aims for how they want to serve their customers and sets out the standards of service that customers should expect to receive.

The consultation will give customers the opportunity to tell them about their previous experiences of contacting the Council, which will help them understand what they are currently doing well and what areas they need to improve.

The consultation starts on 25th September 2020 and 16th October 2020 but the deadline has now been extended by one week. Note the deadline for this consultation has now been changed to Friday 23rd October 2020 as Telford & Wrekin Council wish to receive as much feedback as possible.

To take part in this consultation please visit www.telford.gov.uk/customerconsultation .’

If you or someone you know would like to receive this survey in an alternative format, please email customer.insight@telford.gov.uk or telephone 01952 382006. Telford & Wrekin Council want this survey to be inclusive and would like to hear from SDN members.

To review the draft Customer Strategy and Customer Contract please visit   www.telford.gov.uk/customerconsultation this page also contains a link to the online survey.

For further general information about the consultation or would like to receive the consultation in a different format please email customer.insight@telford.gov.uk.

Coronavirus (Covid19) How to get a test (inc Easy Read)

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid19) you can get a throat and nose swab test to confirm whether you currently have the virus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing, so the sooner you book a test  by calling 119, the safer we all become. You can request a test at home and a carer can help you or you can go to a a local testing centre.

There is a new number you can use to book your test. It is NHS 119. Also take a look at the new website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The following groups of people can ask for a test through the NHS website:

  • anyone in England and Wales who has symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age
  • anyone in Scotland and Northern Ireland aged over 5 who has symptoms of coronavirus

The following groups of people can access priority testing through GOV.UK:

  • essential workers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • anyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over 5 years old who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with an essential worker
  • children under 5 years old in England and Wales who have symptoms of coronavirus and live with an essential worker (this test must be performed by a parent or guardian)

For further information click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#history

What are the symptoms of Covid19?

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

How to get a test

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While there is now a new number to call (119) should you have symptoms of Covid19, remember in an emergency (ie you suddenly have breathing difficulties, you can still call 999. Remember, if you have symptoms you must self isolate for 7 days.

 

Shropshire Disability Network June 2020 Meeting-Cancelled

Please note, our meeting due to take place on Thursday 11th June 2020 at The Movement Centre, Building 106, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY10 7AG  has been cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Plans are still in place to hold our AGM and Members meeting on Thursday 3rd September at  University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ, in room SGH201. At that meeting a new Chair and Secretary will be appointed together with other appointments to the Management Committee. If you wish to find out more about joining the Management team, please use the link on this page https://shropshire-disability.net/contact/ to tell us what you have to offer or to find out more information and/or to express your interest.

Despite these unprecedented times, SDN while not holding face to face meetings, we are still  continuing our signposting work. Fundraising events were cancelled by the Management Committee prior to the pandemic, however funds are needed to continue the work of SDN. We thank Sam, who recently held a fundraiser on-line. Thank you to all who supported the event.

Anyone wishing to support our work can make a donation via our  Virgin Money Giving page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl=shropshire-disability

This Volunteers week, we thank all our volunteers, especially those who work behind the scenes, maintaining our website, social media, signposting etc. Without our volunteers, SDN would not function and now more than ever we need you to help us. One hour a week, 10 hours a month or whatever time you can give would be appreciated.

 

SDN and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Shropshire Disability Network has always tried to give its members timely up to date information via its website. As you all know we are living in unprecedented times due to Coronavirus (-Covid-19). Many people are frightened by what is happening globally. Across our country and locally there are many people self isolating because they are in the “at risk” groups or have been in the company of someone showing signs that may or not be this nasty virus. Many of our members have long term conditions, disabilities and/or are carers so are more vulnerable to this illness.

As you are all aware, SDN is, as charity run in its entirety by volunteers. We only have two volunteers updating our website and they are doing their best to ensure you get information that is current and correct. Our “Events” pages receives many visitors seeking events to go to. Over the last few days, we have been informed that many events are being postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19. We are trying to update all the events that have been cancelled. If there is an event on our list, that is not highlighted as cancelled/postponed that is because we have no information on whether it is going ahead. We suggest if the list is not listed as cancelled, you call or email the organisation holding the event you wish to go to, to establish it is still taking place.

SDN is aware that events at the following places have been cancelled/postponed until further notice:

  • The Hive, Shrewsbury
  • Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
  • Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury
  • Kinokulture-Oswestry Community Cinema
  • Ludlow Assembly Rooms
  • Wem Town Hall
  • Albrighton Moat
  • Birminham Hippodrome
  • The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
  • Taking Charge of Your Life Courses (Landau)
  • Sight Loss Opportunity Groups SLOGs (Ludlow, Oswestry, Shrewsbury)
  • SaTH Community Engagement, Working Together (Shrewsbury and Telford)
  • Newport Village Hall, Table Top Sales (first Saturday of the month)
  • Carers Trust All Groups (Oswestry, Shrewsbury)
  • Armed Forces Covenant Events
  • Autism West Midlands -note some events will be offered by telephone communications

Shropshire Rural Communities Charities: the following support services have been cancelled until further notice:

Hearing Loss Support

  • Home visits
  • Drop-in clinics
  • Effective Hearing Programmes

Sight Loss Support

  • Sight Loss Opportunity Groups (SLOG), including cycling
Social groups
  • Musketeers and Maidens
  • Care and Share groups – all locations

If you have any queries or questions regarding this information, please contact us on 01743 360641 or email enquiries@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

Autism West Midlands Advice sessions where possible have been replaced by a telephone service.

Shropshire Disability Network: A lot of our work goes on behind the scenes, we are desperately short of volunteers. If you feel you can spare one or two hours a week (or more) please use this form telling us what you can offer. https://shropshire-disability.net/contact/

 

Safe Places Shropshire goes it alone

When the Safe Places Shropshire initiative was created in 2013 the scheme was completely new to the area.  The project team consisted of various local service user groups, Mencap, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police.

It quickly became clear that the scheme would need one umbrella organisation to lead and to increase awareness of the assistance that could be made available to anyone who might be vulnerable, for whatever reason.  Ruby Hartshorn, who was then Chair of Shropshire Disability Network (SDN), was approached with a view to their trustees agreeing to lead this scheme. 

SDN accepted the challenge and has helped Safe Place Shropshire move from strength to strength. We now have over 500 premises signed up as Safe Places. Thousands of ‘Help’ cards have been distributed.  We wish to thank SDN and its members for believing in the scheme.

Now that Safe Places has become an established part of the community, the time is right for Safe Places to seek charity status in its own right.  As from June 2020, Safe Places Shropshire will no longer be a part of SDN.  Work will continue as before. 

We are looking forward to signing up our 600th Safe Place as well as organising our 8th birthday celebrations in July 2021.  Everyone who is part of the initiative, whether it is as one of our premises or as a volunteer, will be invited to this birthday party.  We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

Contact details are:

Chair: Ruby Hartshorn  safeplaceschair@gmail.co.uk

Secretary: Ann Shaw safeplacessecretary@gmail.com