Arty Party


Telephone (Mobile): 07825 070368

Arty Party is an arts organisation working from Telford and Shropshire. We provide training and showcase members’ creative expression through a range of art forms.

Learning disabled artists are supported to express their experience of being in the world through a working partnership with skilled person-centred facilitators who navigate the art making journey.

The learning disabled artists harness this process by creating their own art and running their own events.

Arty Party listens to the voice of its members, and uses this voice to help shape the direction of the company. Together we listen, learn, facilitate, create, develop, share and celebrate.

If you would like to become a Member of Arty Party, or find out more about what we do, please contact us on 07825 070 368

Registered Charity (Charity Number: 1142517)

Bowel Cancer UK



Telephone: 020 7940 1760. We’re open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Address: Bowel Cancer UK, Unit 202, Edinburgh House,170 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5DP

We provide expert information and support for everyone affected by bowel cancer and we’re here for you at every step. We also educate the public and professionals about the disease. We run training, workshops and study days for healthcare professionals and have a dedicated team of volunteers who give free awareness talks across the UK.

We campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care. We’re leading change for younger bowel cancer patients, campaigning to improve survival and quality of life for those with advanced bowel cancer and working to improve early diagnosis by ensuring people are getting the right test at the right time.

Our research strategy puts patients and their families at the heart of our research programme ensuring they can help shape the future of bowel cancer research. We are committed to funding research that improves the prevention, early detection and treatment of the disease. 

We run training, workshops and study days for healthcare professionals. We also have a dedicated team of volunteers who give free awareness talks to workplaces and community groups across the UK, spreading the word about symptoms, risk factors and bowel cancer screening.

On this website page you will find out more about our work includin The bowel cancer screening programme is run by the NHS. Please contact your local screening service for more information:

  • England: 0800 707 60 60
  • Northern Ireland: 0800 015 2514
  • Scotland: 0800 0121 833
  • Wales: 0800 294 3370

Find us on Facebook @bowelcanceruk and Twitter @bowelcanceruk

Registered charity number (England and Wales) 1071038 Scottish charity number SC040914

Read Easy -Shropshire Hills



Telephone: 07707 762653

Address: N/A

Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.

Our readers and volunteer reading coaches meet twice a week at approved local venues to work for just half an hour at a time through a structured, phonics-based reading programme, which takes up to two or more years to complete. The confidential one-to-one nature of our service is vital to encouraging people to come forward to ask for our help. Many adults are deeply embarrassed and ashamed by the fact that they are unable to read and, with bad memories of school, would fear a return to a classroom setting, where old feelings of failure could be reawakened. By working instead with one dedicated volunteer coach, a supportive and trusting bond develops between the pair, which helps motivate the reader to complete the course.

Read Easy offers 100% confidential, FREE, volunteer-led one-to-one approach which allows people to learn in privacy, at their own pace, and with the understanding support of their own dedicated reading coach. Usually, a coach and reader would meet twice a week for half an hour in a private space within a public venue. Even in these extraordinary times when covid restrictions limit face to face meetings, some of our coach and reader partnerships have continued to ‘meet’ remotely using a tablet, laptop or phone. We may be able to loan a tablet to a new reader who does not have such a device.

We have trained coaches available in our area which covers the towns of Bishop Castle, Church Stretton, Clun, Craven Arms, Knighton, Ludlow and Pontesbury and everywhere in between. We are now looking for new readers.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot for somebody to ask for help with their reading. We know that it is likely to be a partner, family member, friend, employer or support group who encourages them to get in touch.  If you know directly or indirectly someone who could benefit from help with their reading, contact our local co-ordinator, Amana, who can be reached on 07707 762653 or by email –


Follow us on Facebook in Shropshire at @ReadEasyShropshireHills or nationally @ReadEasyUK and Twitter @ReadEasyUK

Registered Charity Number 1151288

Dwalf Sports Association UK (DSAuk)


Contact Us:

Telephone: 01246 296 485 Mobile: 07889 922 736

Address: Dwalf Sports Association, Polaris Building, Wreakes Lane, Dronfield S18 1PN

Dwalf Sports Association mission is to make regular sporting opportunity accessible and enjoyable to anyone and everyone of restricted growth in the United Kingdom, regardless of their race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, location, sporting ability or financial support.

Aims & Objectives

  • To promote and develop sport for persons of restricted growth and to enable them to enter and compete in sport on an equal footing.
  • To promote recreational sport for the the benefit of any persons of restricted growth.
  • To promote competitive sport for dwarf athletes both in the United Kingdom and Internationally.
  • To provide opportunities for dwarf athletes to train for and compete in the World Dwarf Games, the Paralympic and the Olympic games.

Eligibility Statement

Persons with any type of dwarfism are eligible to compete in events. Height shall not exceed 5 feet 0 inches (152.4 centimeters) for persons with a disproportionate dysplasia and 4 feet 10 inches (147.3 centimeters) for a proportionate short stature due to medical reasons.

There are nine DSAuk regions operating throughout the UK: Find out further information about regions at this link;

Regions events include a brilliant selection of varied and fun activities including Multi-Sports Days, Soft Play, Swimming, Skiing, Athletics, Football, Cycling, Shooting, Boccia, Badminton, Picnics, Social Gatherings and Beach Parties.

Follow us on Facebook @DSAUK and Twitter @dwarfsportDSAuk

Registered Charity, number 1041961




Telephone: 079464 019764

Award-winning Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.

Our workshops can assist you in meeting the legal requirements of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS), as well as meet CQC fundamental standards (person centred care, dignity and respect).

In addition to the work we do with the public and private sectors, during the coronavirus pandemic we launched a community program, open to members of the general public. These are free courses for the general public to promote inclusion. For further details, see our latest community workshops.

The Sleep Charity


Telephone: 01302 751416

Address: Kale Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8QN

The Sleep Charity, incorporating The Sleep Council (is our voluntary advisory board) provide advice and support to empower the nation to sleep better. We campaign to improve sleep support and access to high quality information, raise awareness of the value of a good night’s sleep and promote understanding around the complexities of sleep. We want everyone to share our vision that sleep is a vital component of health and wellbeing and that everyone living with sleep issues should have access to effective, consistent, evidence-based support.

Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing yet it is estimated that 40% of the population suffer with sleep issues and many do not get the support that they need. 

We have a wide range of courses on offer for both families and professionals. We have trained NHS staff from leading hopsitals including Evelina Hospital, Great Ormond Street and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. We provide a range of “Sleep Workshops” for parent/carers, professionals and young people.

We aim to:

  • Provide access to high quality information and advice to deal with most sleep issues
  • To ensure everyone understands the value of a good night’s sleep
  • To campaign for improvements to the support available
  • Make a positive difference to the lives of those we work with by campaigning for improvement to the support available
  • Provide accredited training for professionals so they can offer sleep support to the people they work with

NB:  “The Sleep Council’ is our voluntary advisory board. The Advisory Board helps to shape the future of sleep support nationally and plays a vital role around providing advice, challenge and scrutiny on key issues and programmes.

The professionals’ expertise spans across sleep, sport science, nutrition, menopause, mental health, sleep research, primary care, public health, sensory processing, CBTi and medical sleep disorders.

Find us on FaceBook @TheSleepCharity and Twitter @TheSleepCharity

Charity Number 1150585

Shropshire MHS Mental Health Support


Telephone: 01743 368647

Please note that our answer phone and email are only checked during office hours.

Address: Shropshire Mind, Suites 3 & 4 Observer House, Holywell Street,Shrewsbury, SY2 6BL

Shropshire MHS was established in 1974 and provides a wide range of quality services across the county for the one in four people and their families, who are affected by mental and emotional distress. We help to bridge the gap between being unwell and full independence for the people who use our service. Some people need support in many areas of their lives, whilst others in just a few. Some people need support for long periods of time and others for only a short while.

Our vision is that everyone has the right to live equally with others and to enjoy a good quality of life. Also, that people who use our service are treated with respect, justice and enjoy equality of access to services.

We help to enable people who use our services to play the fullest possible part in their own communities and their own recovery. We work together in partnership with people to make sure that their right to make choices is preserved. We are also striving to reduce the debilitation, alienation, stigma and social isolation experienced by vulnerable people living in rural areas.

Our core service is our Shrewsbury based daily drop in, which runs seven days a week and offers people the chance to relax in a safe, nurturing environment and enjoy taking part in social activities. In addition, we offer a range of groups in Shrewsbury, including Mindfulness for Wellbeing, Reconnect (wellbeing group), Road to Recovery, Women in Mind and Hearing Voices. Our services also extend beyond Shrewsbury to a number of outreach groups held in Whitchurch, Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Market Drayton. These groups operate on a drop in basis and are run by our excellent team of volunteers.

Shropshire MHS operates with a small team of dedicated staff and large team of exceptional volunteers. We have a board of trustees who meet monthly and hold the charity’s activities to account.

Shropshire MHS’s main objective is to empower anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental ill-health in Shropshire, making sure that the people in need of support are heard.

Our values and beliefs are reflected in the service we provide, in that we:

  • Make sure the service we provide reflects the needs of the local community;
  • Respect the dignity and rights of everyone that uses our service;
  • Make sure that our services are appropriate, safe and acceptable;
  • Create an environment that is welcoming to everyone, with a zero tolerance to any discriminatory behaviour;
  • Offer choices and promote independence;
  • Raise awareness and educate the public on mental health issues;
  • Value the contribution our staff and volunteers make;
  • Work in partnership with other relevant agencies;
  • Operate within the principles of corporate governance.

Find us on Facebook: ShropshireMhs and on Twitter  @MhsShropshire

Registered Charity Number 1003117

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre)


Contact Form:

Telephone: 0121 446 3232

Address: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

About: First opened in 1962, Midlands Arts Centre – also known as MAC – is a pioneering arts complex for everyone. Our mission: to make art an important part of people’s lives.

MAC’s ethos is based on a set of values which inform the whole of its activities. The tensions within the values help to shape the organisation’s work and add an extra, creative spark to its activities. MAC values the following:

  • artistically experimental activities – and ones striving to engage with their audiences;
  • celebrating diversity – and strengthening social cohesion;
  • offering equal opportunities to everyone – and recognising the uniqueness of artistic talent;
  • increasing the accessibility of the arts – and respecting their complexity;
  • giving users and audiences more involvement in, and control over, programming – and introducing them to new challenges and innovations;
  • helping artists to find their own, unique voice – and to forge productive partnerships with other artists and the general public;
  • making the most of the social benefits of the arts – and valuing the pleasure people gain from their own individual artistic expression.#

We work together with Soundabout choirs in the West Midlands.

Follow us on Face Book and Twitter.




Telephone: 01235 797474

Address: Soundabout, John Eccles House, Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GP

At Soundabout, we believe that everybody deserves to have a voice. Rather than focusing on what people can’t do, we want to emphasize what they can do. We believe that people with severe and profound learning disabilities including autism should have a life full of expression, passion and enjoyment. To enable this to happen we aim to educate, support and empower through both empowering training and supporting those in our community. That’s why we use music to enable people with learning disabilities to express themselves, connect with others, and feel the warmth of music.

Soundabout was launched in 1995 in Oxford with the aim of empowering school staff working with children and young people with special needs to make music interactively with their pupils with severe and complex disabilities. The overwhelming and enthusiastic response to this project by both pupils and school staff suggested that a permanent staff training programme would be welcomed in schools across the UK and in December 1997, Soundabout was officially founded as an independent charity.

Since then, Soundabout has blossomed and is now a national charity that has pioneered the use of music, rhythm and sound to give disabled children and adults a voice, a way to express themselves and be listened to.

Our training programme in schools has continued to expand and develop around the specific needs of staff in SEN Schools and professionals who support people with severe learning disabilities. Training is delivered by our highly skilled Soundabout practitioners. Some of our practitioners also work as special needs teachers in schools and some are Music Therapists. However, all are highly skilled specialist practitioners with a national reputation for delivering unique in-classroom training.

In addition, we offer children, young people and adults along with their families and carers, regular community sessions which encourage absolutely everyone to take part in their own way, in a relaxed and friendly environment. Once again, all of these sessions are lead and developed by our highly skilled music practitioners.

Soundabout has choirs in Oxford, Bristol, Peterborough, Wiltshire and the West Midlands.

Derwen College @ Telford



Telephone: 01691 661234 Fax 01691 670714

Address: Derwen College @Telford, Stafford Park, Telford TF3 3BD

Derwen College welcomed the first students to its new satellite provision in Telford in September 2020. The launch of the Telford site comes in response to a need for more options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the local authority. Students working at the site will receive expert vocational training and independence skills learning.

Derwen College has converted the former business premises at Stafford Park into a new satellite site. From here, a team of expert staff will offer day students with SEND the specialist learning and work placement provision that they would expect from a college with an outstanding reputation.

As a learner at our Telford site you will work within small groups in a friendly, productive environment. Once you gain confidence and your skills progress, you will have the opportunity to work within the local community.

Entry Requirements

The Derwen@Telford Pathway is for young adults aged between 16 and 25 with learning difficulties, disabilities and challenging needs, who live in or around Telford and Shropshire.

Contact us if you are interested in Business Support related training, and are working at Entry Level or Level 1.

How to Apply

For further information contact the Admissions Team on:

Telephone: 01691 661234 ext 401 or Email:

Or you can email Lucy Harrison, Area Satellite Manager on

Find us on Face Book and Twitter

Derwen College is a Registered Charity No. 1153280