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Disabled People feel they are being treated unfairly by the NHS

SDN shares this information from Disability Rights UK. It provides disturbing facts on the views and experiences of  how people with a disability feel they have been treated during the Covid19 pandemic. We thank Disability Rights UK for sharing this information.

Disability Rights UK surveyed 195 people in late June and early July on their experience accessing medical treatment during the pandemic. 191 respondents reported having a disability or long term health condition, 80% (156) of whom reported delays to their treatment as a result of the pandemic.

Respondents reported the following issues because of delays to treatment. Respondents often had more than one issue, the two most common being the worsening of the condition requiring treatment and pain. People reported the following issues as a result of treatment delays:

Worsening of the condition 106
Pain 104
Mental distress 83
Lack of mobility 79
Problems seeing or hearing 18

Less than a 3rd of respondents (30.5%) believed that the NHS understood their personal situation. The number reporting they believed they were being treated fairly was slightly higher: 37.8% of respondents. However that means a large majority of respondents did not feel the NHS understood their personal situation, nor did they feel they were being treated fairly.

Respondents expressed frustration with poor communication from NHS services. Respondents reported appointments being cancelled or indefinitely postponed on short notice, and no information on when treatments or services would resume.

H.I.D.E -Hidden Illnesses & Disabilities Exhibition

Start Date:
12th September 2019

End Date:
12th September 2019

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Event title: H.I.D.E -Hidden Illnesses & Disabilities Exhibition
Venue: Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford TF3 4HS
Name: H.I.D.E
Email: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Event description: This exhibition entry is free.

Our Mission Statement is “Promoting and Raising Awareness of Invisible Illnesses & Disabilities, through the Organisation and Execution of ‘End User’ exhibitions. Aiming to connect people, groups and organisations to nurture effective sharing of information, advice and support.”

If you or you know someone with a disability, please tell them about this event and encourage them to attend. There will be a lot of information available.

Shropshire Disability Network have a stand today. Click here to find a list of our events: SDN-Dates-Events-for-August 2019 -Master

Click here for poster: HIDE POSTER (1)

Deaffest 2019

Start Date:
17th May 2019

End Date:
17th May 2019

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Event title: Deaffest 2019
Venue: Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT
Weblink: https://deaffest.co.uk/
Name: Deaffest
Email: enquiries@deaffest.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 421919
Event description: Deaffest 2019 will be returning to Wolverhampton from the Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019, with the theme: ‘Share Your Story’. It takes place at Light House Media Centre, The Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT

Deaffest offers a variety of sponsorship packages,some of which include hosting a stall at our Stalls Fair. All requests for sponsorship packages will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in touch with us at enquiries@deaffest.co.uk sooner rather than later.

We welcome Film submissions https://deaffest.co.uk/2018/08/23/news-release-share-your-story-at-deaffest-2019/ from UK and international filmmakers for the Film & TV Awards and the Young Deaffest Award.

For further information click on this PDF to download deaffest-2019-news-release2

For ticket information click here: https://deaffest.co.uk/deaffest2019-ticket-information/


Britain’s Best Cook. Your opportunity to apply for the second series!

It is not everyday Shropshire Disability Network are contacted by TV production company Keo Films, producers of Britain’s Best Home Cook or any other TV production company. If you enjoy cooking, this is an opportunity for you. Why?  They would like to encourage applications from people with disabilities to apply for the second series of BBC One Britain’s Best Home Cook that they are currently producing.

They are looking for passionate and talented home cooks from all over the country who love making delicious food for their friends and family to apply for the show.

Anyone wanting more information and an application form can email cooking@keofilms.com or call Susanna Hudson, Casting Assistant Producer on Freephone 0800 0836 188 to find out more.

More information and the application can also be found on their website: https://britainsbesthomecook.co.uk/ Deadline for applications is Saturday 17th November 2018


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This is a great opportunity for our members.  Do let us know if you decide to apply and let us know how it goes.



If you are hearing impaired-this affects you.

We are grateful to Tom n’ Harley from Deaf n Able for alerting us to this “If you are hearing impaired-this affects you! This will impact on many of our members, please share with friends and family. 

There are new NICE Guidelines to do with hearing loss out. See below:
North Staffs CCG have said they will review the guidelines (in July 2018) the decision to limit hearing aid provision that they implemented in 2015. It is not a done deal, however. Action on Hearing Loss – along with other relevant organisations – are lobbying the CCG in an effort to persuade them that the guidelines should be followed. 
There is no statutory requirement for them to do so. I (Tom Kane) am currently putting stuff together to send to members of the CCG, Healthwatch Staffordshire and the Care Quaility Commission (CQC). 
If anyone reading this lives in Staffordshire – or is a general campaigner – you might like to look at the guidelines and get involved. At present people in North Staffs CCG area who have so called ‘mild’ hearing loss get no offer of hearing aids on NHS.


Funky Friday

Start Date:
3rd August 2018

End Date:
3rd August 2018

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Event title: Funky Friday
Venue: St John’s Church Hall, Saltwell’s Drive, Muxton, Shropshire, TF2 8RJ
Name: St. John’s Muxton
Email: adam.swinnerton@gmail.com
Telephone: Val : 079467 17963 or Adam: 079312 10941
Event description: Funky Friday @ St John’s, Muxton. This event is for young adults, aged 15 plus and for people with sen/disabilities.

A small tuck shop is available with soft drinks, tea etc.

There is wheelchair access at this venue together with accessible toilets. Parking.

Entry £3 per person but no charge for carers.
Adults over 18 can bring their own alcoholic drinks.

Funky Friday will also take place on 7th September.

Funky Friday

Woyzeck -audio described with captions

Start Date:
15th June 2018

End Date:
23rd June 2018

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Event title: Woyzeck -audio described with captions
Venue: Birmingham Rep, Century Square, Birmingham
Weblink: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Name: Birmingham Rep
Email: stage.door@birmingham-rep.co.uk
Telephone: 0121 236 4455
Event description: Directed by Roxana Silbert and choreographed by Rosie Kay, don’t miss this exhilarating story about fighting for a better life, featuring 100 community performers.

A tale of woe and peas.

Woyzeck just can’t get a break. He’s stuck living in military barracks. He’s forced to shave his condescending commanding officer everyday. His wages are pitiful. His girlfriend might be having an affair. And now he is hearing voices. Maybe he’s starting to crack? Or maybe it’s just because his doctor is trialling a pea-only diet on him? It’s far from ideal but his doctor’s poking and prodding comes with the reward of some extra money. It’s the chance for a better life if Woyzeck can just hold on that little bit longer…

Theatre and dance combine in an exhilarating story about fighting for a better life when everything else seems to be fighting against you. It’s also a story that celebrates the West Midlands spirit as a community chorus of one hundred performers and dancers bring this show to life.

Contains strong language.

Please note all performances between 19 – 23 June will be Audio Described and Captioned. There will be a BSL interpreted performance on 20 June

For more details click this link: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/woyzeck.html

Chester Fun Games

Start Date:
9th September 2018

End Date:
9th September 2018

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Event title: Chester Fun Games
Venue: MBNA Sports and Leisure complex, Heronsway, Chester CH4 9QL
Weblink:  http://www.chesterfungames.uk/
Name: Rotary District 1180
Email: info@chesterdisabledgames.co.uk
Telephone: N/A
Event description: These Games, which are free to all competitors, are designed to give adults (18+) with disabilities, in particular learning difficulties, an opportunity to take part in activities they would not normally be able to access, and there is a range of sports available, all of them specially adapted so that everyone, regardless of their disability, can take part.

The range of sports includes:

  • Archery,
  • Cricket, Tennis,
  • Cycling,
  • Golf,
  • Darts,
  • Basketball,
  • Table Tennis,
  • Kurling and
  • Bowls, as well as fun activities such as Penalty Shoot-Out, Skittles, Velcro Target, Boccia, Softball and Assault Course.

It is a great fun day out in the open air with the chance to try new activities, socialise, meet other groups, and picnic in the extensive grounds of the sports field.

The highlight for many competitors is the medal presentation ceremony at the end of the Games when everyone who took part receives a medal, and the day is often rounded off by some impromptu singing and dancing.

Here is a link about how to book: http://www.chesterfungames.uk/booking/

For information about the day, including photographs etc from previous years click this  link: http://www.chesterfungames.uk/

How Accessible are Telford and Wrekin Health and Social Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?

Our friend Tom from Deaf N Able has asked that we share a very important survey with our members and encourage you to take part. 

The big question is “How Accessible are Telford and Wrekin Health and Social Care for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?” 

To take part please click the link below, it takes you directly to the survey:   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WH8PHPX

Thank you Tom for asking us to share with our members. To find out more about Deaf N Able click this link, it takes you to their website. http://www.deafnable.co.uk/

Prevention services survey

Start Date:
18th May 2018

End Date:
1st July 2018

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The voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a vital role in enabling vulnerable people to keep their independence, keep well and participate in activities to retain their quality of life, have respect and feel valued. The VCS delivers many ‘preventative’ services which could be anything that you use, visit, look up/google, read, attend and so on, that help you or the person you support to stay healthy, safe and independent, and therefore not need more ‘formal’ support and care services.

Preventative services could involve:

  • Provision of information and advice
  • Practical support in the home
  • Assistance with welfare benefits
  • ‘Good neighbour’ schemes
  • More specialist input, for example support for people with autism, sight loss or at risk of homelessness

Shropshire Council Adult Services team is currently working with over 30 VCS and housing organisations, some of which are funded by us, others not, to plan how preventative services will look in future. We’re also planning to seek the views of people who use, or may use, preventative services and those of their carers.

The aim of this review is to make sure we’re commissioning the right outcomes for the right people, which will make the biggest difference to individuals (and to council and health budgets).

Click here to have your say on how you would like preventative services to be delivered in future: