Counting down the days to our first Members Meeting in Oswestry!

Have you booked? We have a packed Agenda that you would not want to miss!

We would like to have a full house at this meeting on Wednesday 12th June 2013 at Oswestry Cricket Club, Morda Road, Oswestry Shropshire SY11 2AY 10.30 am for 11am start.

So book your place NOW by using our form under the “About Us” tab on this website. Click on “open meetings” and scroll to the bottom and complete the short form. Or send an email to James our interim Secretary at

We have two guest speakers:

Colin Smith CBE from the DWP: Colin will talk about Welfare Reforms. DLA to PiPs by bringing us the latest updates. How could it affect you?


Ann Johnston-Support Service, Manager from Shropshire Housing Alliance will speak about changes to Housing Benefit and how they could impact on you. ie Renting out a spare room.

SDN offers the opportunity to people to bring along a stand and information about what they do. This brings in a little funding that helps pay for meeting costs. We are looking forward to welcoming Nicola Clarke Neurological Occupational Therapist & Clare Godfrey Speech & Language Therapist and thank them for taking up this opportunity. They will also give us a 5 minute brief on what they do & tell us about their Information/Stand they have brought along. You will get an opportunity to talk to Nicola and Clare during the interval.

Sgt David Braid of West Mercia Police will also be bringing us an update us on Hate Crime/Safer Shropshire.

We will also inform you about what we have been up to the last 3 months, including telling you about the revamp of our website which is very exciting. We will look forward to the next few months and let you know what we are doing and have several areas where we need your help and support.

We will have our usual raffle. Tickets are £1 a strip. There will be opportunity to sponsor Vic Davies who will be running the Shrewsbury Marathon for us on Sunday 23rd June.

So how do we spend your money!

picture of money

We have been aware for over 2 years of problems with sound at our meetings. Questions, answers and speakers have not always been heard as sound varies at different venues/areas of buildings and voices vary in tone and pitch. We appreciate your comments and have listened to you. We know there has been a big need to address this, so we have purchased a sound system with roving mic. We will be using this for the first time at this meeting. It will be trial and error and we still want your comments please.

Those who receive “Your Voice” by post will note it is now stapled! We felt a wise investment was a ergonomic long armed stapler. We have already seen an improvement when handing out copies at our Information Stands.


Many of you will also have the first opportunity to see the Information Stands we purchased last September. These have been a big bonus to us ie at RAF Shawbury, Quarterly Meetings, See/Hear Exhibition and will be used a lot. We also took co

mments on board about display of our leaflets so now have a selection of Perspex stands to use. This has made a huge difference to displaying our literature.

At our September meeting we will present our Annual Accounts, but if anyone wants to ask questions prior to that, please do as the records are always available. We can now confirm the details as:

Wednesday 11th September 2013 10.30 am for 11 am at Mears, Shropshire Home Services, Unit 3, Hartley Business Centre, Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury SY3 5ST

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