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Hairspray ( BSL British Sign Language Interpreted Performance)

Start Date:
20th October 2021

End Date:
20th October 2021

Start Time:
1930

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Hairspray ( BSL British Sign Language Interpreted Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Email: vickyp@grandtheatre.co.uk
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Wolverhampton with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Starring Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

To watch a trailer click here: https://youtu.be/7LDRk27jwY4

To book tickets click here: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray/book/442045/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at a BSL interpreted performance:  https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/bsl-and-captioned-performances/

Book your tickets at this link: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray/book/442045/

World Autism Awareness Week 29th March to 2nd April 2021

Each year Telford Autism Hub takes time out to continue to raise awareness in our community of Autism.

Below is a flyer with useful information from different organisations such as:

  • National Autistic Society
  • Autism WestMidlands
  • Hidden Disabilities

Online events

There are also some online events throughout the week which you can join. If you would like to attend, please contact the Hub on 01952 916109

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Blue Badge Holders – FREE parking at RSH and PRH

From the 1st November 2020, parking has been and continues to be free at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) for Blue Badge holders. You just need to register your Badge with the parking attendants.

More details about parking at our local hospitals:

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust says: “Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust have designated car parking facilities for patients and visitors. Our hospitals are very busy, so please allow plenty of time before your appointment to park.

If you come to site when there are no Car Park Attendants on site and experience difficulties paying to park please leave site and contact either the Car Park Attendants via the Switchboard on 01743 261000 or the Trust Car Park Department on 01743 261416 on the next working day and we will endeavour resolve your issue”.

Daily Charges at RSH and PRH:

  • Up to 20 minutes-FREE
  • Up to 2 hours £3.50 daily
  • Up to 3 hours £4.50 daily
  • Up to 4 hours £5.50 daily
  • Up to 5 hours £6.50 daily
  • Up to 24 hours £8.50 daily

Payment is on exit at one of the machines located in the exits of the hospital and on the car parks. Patients and Visitors can pay by debit and credit card or cash.

Payment can also be made on-line up to midnight on the day of the visit to the hospital site by logging on to SaTH Parking.

You should pay at the end of your visit to hospital. The system is simple to use:

  • Input three consecutive digits from your registration number. The machine will display an image of your vehicle and ask you to confirm it is yours.
  • It will then calculate the payment required based upon the time you have been on site.
  • The pay machines will accept debit/credit cards or cash.

You can also pay by debit or credit card or on-line before midnight on the day you attend the hospital site.

Blue Badge Holder Information:

If you are a holder of a blue registered disabled badge there are designated spaces at various locations around the hospital sites.

From 1 November 2020 parking for holders of registered disabled badges is free.  To take advantage of the free parking you should report to the Car Park Attendants who will register your vehicle details on their system – please show them your blue badge as evidence of your eligibility.

Remember to display your blue badge wherever you park.

Download a leaflet here about parking at the hospitals: Car-Parking-Leaflet

Multiple Visits

If you are making multiple visits to the same hospital during a 24-hour period you have the option of selecting “daily rate” and you will pay no more than £8.50 for that day, rather than paying the “hourly rate” each time you attend. Please note that this period begins and ends at 12am, not 24 hours from when you arrive.

Staying over a long period?

If you have stayed for over 24 hours or have left a vehicle at one of our sites for a longer period of time (this may be the case if a patient is transferred from one site to another), then please speak to a member of staff. Our car parking team have a “whitelist” to ensure that vehicles where this is the case don’t get fined. Please note that the car has to be added to the list within 48 hours of arrival, so please speak to a member of staff about this as soon as possible.

Other Charges:
Concession tickets – 10 visit concession – £8.50

For patients on long term treatment plans or visitors of patients expected to be in hospital for more than 3 days, you can download a form to apply for concession tickets. These are also available from the Ward/Department and parking booth. The forms must be signed by a member of the Ward/Department and then taken to the Parking Booths for processing. These tickets are valid for a maximum of 12 weeks. The 10-visit ticket costs £8.50 and gives a significant saving on the cost of each visit.

Patients receiving Renal dialysis twice a week or more at RSH – FREE

If you are driving yourself in for Haemodialysis two or three times per week then free parking is available. The departments delivering this treatment will guide you through the process for getting free parking.

Patients receiving Outpatient treatment for cancer – FREE

Patients receiving day case outpatient treatment in the O’Connor Oncology unit can claim free parking. To do this, give your registration details to the desk as you book in for your appointment.

Bereavement – FREE

People visiting the hospital for issues connected with bereavement [e.g. collection of certificates, visits to the mortuary] also qualify for free parking. Normally these visits take less then the 20 minute grace period but should the visit extend the free period the vehicle details will be taken by PALS and passed to the Car Park Department for entering onto the system.

Parents of Sick Children staying in Hospital Overnight – FREE

Parents who are staying in hospital overnight to be with their sick child can get free parking.  You should speak to a member of ward staff who will take your registration details for adding to our exemption list.

Time To Talk day -Thursday 4th February 2021

Time to Talk Day 2021 is taking place on Thursday 4 February. Choose to talk about mental health and help change lives.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

It is recognised that the more conversations you have, the more myths can busted and barriers can be broken down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many people with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that the nation will be talking about mental health but it needs to happen everyday as it does not go away for the other 364 days of the year. This year’s designated day might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to be, we need everyone to start the conversation on this “Time to Talk day 2021” and by doing so we can all help to put an end mental health stigma.

For further information on how you can help visit “Time to Change” website at this link  https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day This website gives a lot of information, including useful resources for you to download,

Because we all care

Start Date:
1st April 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

West Shropshire Talking Newspaper

News from West Shropshire Talking Newspaper- “This week’s West Shropshire Talking Newspaper features the Partially Sighted Society and Mental Health and Well-being during lock-down, brought to us by this week’s Editor, Ian Musty. You can listen to the WSTN on the phone at 01743 387 487, on our web-site at www.wstn.org.uk, on the Talking Newspapers app for smartphones and tablets or via Alexa. We also cover all of the past week’s news from the Shropshire Star”.

Unfortunately due to Covid19 pandemic, WSTN regret that the postal memory stick service is not currently available due the Covid-19 pandemic. To contact them during the Covid-19 situation please leave a voicemail on 01743 387487

Sister Act (BSL Interpreted Performance)-Cancelled

Start Date:
10th November 2021

End Date:
10th November 2021

Start Time:
1930

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Sister Act (BSL Interpreted Performance)-Cancelled
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/access/
Name: Birmingham Hypperdrome
Email: tickets@birminghamhippodrome.com
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: BSL British Sign Language Interpreted Performances
Sign-language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expression and body language. Within Britain the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language (BSL). Seats are assigned close to the signer.

About the show: Returning with a brand-new production – the Broadway, West End and UK smash-hit musical is back!

Produced by Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg and starring Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier.

Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent!

Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Featuring original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar®winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around.

Booking:
It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.

Touch Tours:
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/access/

Because we all care

Start Date:
1st March 2021

End Date:
31st May 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

CQC (Care Quality Commission) have teamed up with Healthwatch and other health and care partners to launch a campaign “Because we all care”

New research shows nearly two thirds of people would support NHS and social care services by actively providing feedback on their care. People also say they are more grateful for their healthcare services since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This campaign aims to:

  • help services identify and address quality issues
  • support patients by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experience

Over the year, we’ve focused on:

Click on the link below to watch/listen to the “Because we all care campaign” https://youtu.be/rFNAWY1ZTy4

Click on this link to give feedback on your care: https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care or take part in Healthwatch own survey at this link: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experiences-nhs-and-social-care-services Both of these surveys are both short and confidential. You can get help on the phone if it’s hard for you to do things online. Call 03000 616161
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (Excluding bank holidays)

You can also contact your local Healthwatch by phone or by email to share your experience, or for information about local services and support

Managing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus During COVID-19

Struggling to hear when on the phone? Neighbours complaining you have your TV a bit too loud? Asking others to repeat themselves a lot? You may be one of the 12 million individuals experiencing hearing loss. Hearing loss can be caused by a range of factors including wax, infection, noise exposure or aging.

Another form of hearing impairment is Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a noise in one or both ears that has no external source. People describe their tinnitus as a ringing, buzzing, whistling or a range of other sounds. If you are concerned you may be developing hearing loss or Tinnitus, you should contact your GP.

For many, hearing loss can be life changing and can have a profound effect on their mental health. Research shows 1 in 2 people with hearing loss will struggle with their mental health during their lifetime, compared to 1 in 4 of the general public. Often, it is not the condition itself but societal and cultural factors, such as communication and stigmatised attitudes, that can lead to isolation and loneliness. It is important to look after our mental health and wellbeing at the current time and to support those who may be struggling with a hearing impairment. If you or someone you know is struggling with hearing loss and you feel it is having a negative impact on your mental health, check out these resources for additional support:

General resources about Mental Health and coronavirus:

  1. Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/coronavirus-we-are-here-for-you/ ,
  2. Mental Health Foundation   https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus ,
  3. Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ ,
  4. NHS Every Mind Matters https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Source:
RNID – Managing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus During Covid-19 Information Pack  https://rnid.org.uk/coronavirus-response/looking-after-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Social Media:

  1. 25th January 9.40 am – @ShropsCCG and @telfordCCG are urging people to support those who may be struggling with hearing loss and be understanding of the barriers they face during lockdown. Learn more at: {link to web article} @BritishTinnitus @RNID
  2. 29th January 11 am – Do you have a ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ears? You may have Tinnitus. Contact your GP if you are concerned. @RNID @BritishTinnitus Learn more at: https://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/news/1198-managing-hearing-loss-and-tinnitus-during-covid-19
  3. 3rd February 3 pm – Did you know Tinnitus is very common and affects 1 in 8 adults of all ages across the UK? For more information, visit: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/ @BritishTinnitus @RNID 
  4. 5th February 12 noon – 1 in 2 people with hearing loss will struggle with their mental health. If you are struggling, @SignHealth has a free text service for deaf people:
    https://signhealth.org.uk/with-deaf-people/crisis-text-service @RNID
  5.  8th February 4 pm – Struggle to hear on the phone? Neighbours complaining your TV is too loud? You may be one of the 12 million individuals struggling with hearing loss. Don’t struggle in silence. Contact your GP. https://www.telfordccg.nhs.uk/news/1198-managing-
    hearing-loss-and-tinnitus-during-covid-19 @BritishTinnitus @RNID

 

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/