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On Moonlight Bay (Dementia Friendly)

Start Date:
4th April 2022

End Date:
8th April 2022

Start Time:

End Time:
1510 approx

Event title: On Moonlight Bay (Dementia Friendly)
Venue: Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem SY4 5DG
Weblink: https://www.wemtownhall.co.uk/
Name: Wem Town Hall
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01939 238279
Event description: On Moonlight Bay is part of our Dementia-Friendly Movie Matinees season: these screenings are relaxed screenings with the lights left on at a low level throughout the film, teas and coffees served midway through the film so we can all have a cuppa and a catch-up, and specially-trained ushers on hand to help with anything you may need.

  • There are two opportunities to go to this event:
    Monday 4th April 2022 and
    Friday 8th April 2022

About the movie: When tomboy Marjorie moves with her family to a new house in a small town in Indiana, she begins a romance with William. While she transforms from a tomboy to a young lady, her father is not so sure about William.

Tickets: £5, Carers Free (not available online) – includes tea or coffee

Mamma Mia (Dementia Friendly)

Start Date:
7th March 2022

End Date:
11th March 2022

Start Time:

End Time:
1510 approx

Event title: Mamma Mia (Dementia Friendly)
Venue: Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem SY4 5DG
Weblink: https://www.wemtownhall.co.uk/
Name: Wem Town Hall
Email: N/A
Telephone: 01939 238279
Event description: Mamma Mia is part of our Dementia-Friendly Movie Matinees season: these screenings are relaxed screenings with the lights left on at a low level throughout the film, teas and coffees served midway through the film so we can all have a cuppa and a catch-up, and specially-trained ushers on hand to help with anything you may need.

  • There are two opportunities to go to this event:
    Monday 7th March at 1.30pm or
    Friday 11th March at 1.30 pm

About the movie: Donna (Meryl Streep), a headstrong hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding. Meanwhile Sophie, the bride, secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle.

Tickets: £5, Carers Free (not available online) – includes tea or coffee

Shropshire Council update on Covid19

In the week of 28 May to 3 June, 31 confirmed cases were reported – an increase of 34.7% on the previous week. While the number of cases is still below the national and regional averages, and there were no COVID-19-related deaths, the figure has been rising in Shropshire over the last month.

Shropshire’s director of public health, Rachel Robinson, is urging everyone to remember the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance.

Rachel  said “The number of reported cases is increasing and although we are below the national and regional averages, it is something we need to pay attention to given the rise in the Delta variant nationally.

“Coronavirus is still in our communities and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread. The advice that was given at the start of the pandemic is just as important today as it was a year or more ago. Hands-face-space-fresh air is key in preventing the spread.

The vaccine uptake in Shropshire is great and I encourage everyone to book their first and second jabs when invited, but it doesn’t stop you from catching the virus and passing it onto others. That is why regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of 2m and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated is still vital along, with regular testing for people with no symptoms”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:

” Thank you to all our residents who have stepped up and played their part in the fight against Covid19, but it does not end here. Please ensure you continue to follow all the Government’s advice to ensure Shropshire is a safe place to live, work and shop. It has been a long and difficult 15 months, but now is not the time to forget about the basic safety measures like hands-face-space-fresh air”

It is vitally important not to forget the advice, which was given at the start of the pandemic.

You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link,  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

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

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

Derwen College Summer Virtual Open Day

Start Date:
26th June 2021

End Date:
26th June 2021

Start Time:
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End Time:
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Event title: Derwen College Summer Virtual Open Day
Venue: On-line
Weblink: https://www.derwen.ac.uk/
Name: Derwen College
Email: enquiries@derwen.ac.uk
Telephone: 01691 661234 ext 401
Event description: On Saturday 26th June we will be holding two online open day events.

Both events will take place on GoToWebinar.

We look forward to seeing you at the summer Virtual Open Day events.

If you have any questions about other virtual events we are attending, or for more information about applying to Derwen College, please visit the Admissions page https://www.derwen.ac.uk/about-derwen/admissions/. You can also contact the Admissions team on: 01691 661234 ext 401.

Make Communication Clearer

Shropshire hearing loss charity “Signal” urges shops and public places to help Make Communication Clear

Catriona Nicholls, UK Projects Manager at Signal writes “The reopening of non-essential retail on April 12th marked an exciting moment in the Government roadmap, and the much-anticipated date of May 17th creates even more optimism, both commercially as well as for the general public.

For Signal – a charity based in Shropshire that supports people who are Deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus – the reopening of retail, hospitality and other services comes as an equally welcome relief with many of their face-to-face Shropshire services having been impacted by the restrictions.

However, for many of the people they support, the reopening comes with the anxiety of a significant communication challenge.

Since July 2020, the mandatory use of masks and face coverings – so vital in controlling the spread of Covid-19 – has made communication for anyone who is hard of hearing, a serious challenge. The muffling of speech, combined with the inability to read lips, has had a profound impact on the 1 in 5 people in the county who are deaf or have hearing loss”.

Elizabeth, who has hearing loss, told Signal, “When someone is wearing a mask, the voice is obviously muffled and crucially deprives you of the ability to lipread. Lipreading is invaluable to those of us with hearing loss, and it is surprising how much you lipread without realising it.”

In response to this issue, and thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Signal have launched their “Make Communication Clear” campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that are being faced by people who rely on lip reading, and recommending simple ways in which shops and services can adapt their communication to provide a more inclusive experience.

Signal are asking businesses, shops, hospitality and other public places to join them in the campaign. They have produced a range of free marketing materials that can be used and displayed, which will let deaf and hard of hearing people know that this is a welcoming, “Deaf Friendly” space, where staff know how to adapt their communication methods to ensure a deaf aware service.

Included in the free pack is a colourful poster that helps staff to understand 8 simple communication tips that will support them to deliver an inclusive customer service.

Click this link to watch a short video (with BSL) about 8 simple communication tips https://youtu.be/zTh_z08_U4M

Signal Communication Tips 2021 A5

Also in the pack is a poster promoting the space as “Deaf Friendly” and explaining that, in accordance with Government Guidelines*, deaf-aware staff will temporarily lower their mask to allow their lips to be read, if required.

Finally, there are a range of colourful badges, with positive messages about lip reading, that can be worn both by staff members and people with hearing loss.

Packs can be ordered for free by visiting Signal’s website page www.signal.org.uk/covid-19

Signal hopes when staff working in customer facing roles have a better understanding of the challenges faced by customers who are deaf or have hearing loss, as well as an understanding of how small adaptations can make communication so much easier, life for the 1 in 5 people who experience hearing loss in our county, will be significantly improved: now and beyond the pandemic.

*Government Guidelines state you do not need to wear a face covering, “if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate”.

For further information about the work of Signal visit their website at this link:  https://www.signal.org.uk/






Wem Community Connectors Meeting

Start Date:
24th June 2021

End Date:
24th June 2021

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: Wem Community Connectors Meeting
Venue: Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem SY4 5DG
Name: The Qube
Email: s.lanyon@qube-oca.org.uk
Telephone: 01691 656882
Event description: Come along in person and say hello!  This network is for voluntary and community groups, health care professionals, public sector providers and businesses who operate in Wem and the surrounding areas.

Please email Sarah Lanyon at this email address s.lanyon@qube-oca.org.uk to book your place.

For further information about Community Connectors meetings please call 01691 656882

New pick up points set-up for free Covid test kits-Shropshire

Everyone across Shropshire will now be able to pick up free lateral flow Covid-19 home testing kits from sites across the county. 

The new collection points for the lateral flow tests will be available at libraries and leisure centres across the Shropshire from Monday 12th April. 


  • Shrewsbury Library 
  • Oswestry Library 
  • Whitchurch Library 
  • Bridgnorth Library 
  • Church Stretton Library 
  • Market Drayton Library  
  • Bishop’s Castle Library 
  • Ludlow Library 

Leisure Centres 

  • Church Stretton Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Road, Church Stretton SY6 6ER
  • SpArC Bishops Castle Leisure Centre, Brampton Road, Bishops Castle SY9 5AY
  • Much Wenlock Leisure Centre, Farley Road, Much Wenlock TF13 6NB
  • Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury SY3 9DW
  • Idsall Sports Centre, Coppice Green Lane, Shifnal TF11 8PD

Opening times for the above can be by clicking on this link found here 

Other collection points include: 

PCR Testing Centres: 

  • Shrewsbury COVID-19 Testing Centre at Shirehall overflow car park (opposite the White Horse Pub), London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6NS 
  • Oswestry Covid-19 Testing Centre at Beatrice Street car park, Oswestry SY11 1QW 
  • Ludlow Smithfield Car Park at 25 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RN 

Walk in, symptom-free testing centres 

Shropshire Council are also encouraging anyone who collects a home testing kit to complete a test on site to gain an understanding of what you need to do. 

  • Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Frankwell, Shrewsbury SY3 8FT
  • The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG
  • Halo, Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms SY7 9PS
  • Stage Door Theatre, Aston Street, Wem, SY4 5AY  (From Saturday 10 April)
  • Bridgnorth Community Centre, Severn Street, Low Town, Bridgnorth WV15 6BB
  • Raven House, 129 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton TF9 3AH 
  • The Victoria Centre, Victoria Road, Oswestry SY11 2HT 

 Pharmacies –Several Shropshire pharmacies also offering in person testing, as well as collection. Several Tests can be booked online using  www.1centralhealth.co.uk/shropshirelft  

The lateral flow kits can provide results in around 30 minutes. 

If you are unable to collect testing kit in person, you canorder them for home delivery.  

Adults over 18 years of age can pick up a maximum of two kits each per visit for their own use. 

Instructions on how to use the tests and record results are included with the kits. 

People with symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT take a rapid test. Instead, please stay at home and book a PCR test onlineor by calling 119.      

Anyone who tests positive with an LFD at home must self-isolate immediately and arrange to have a further PCR test.  To book a test visitgov.uk/get-coronavirus-testor call 119. 

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open throughout the week 9am-5pm, and on the weekend on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

The above information is courtesy of Shropshire Council

Where to Get Medical Help During Easter Bank Holiday

GP practices will be closed over the Easter bank holiday (Friday 2nd, April to Monday 5th, April 2021), NHS Shropshire and NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) say NHS services including GP appointments are available.

“The NHS is here for you if you need us, and different services are available depending on the medical help required.

For non-emergency health concerns, contact NHS 111 online athttps://111.nhs.uk or call 111, free from landlines and mobile phones. This service is available 24 hours a day, including bank holidays. Callers will be directed to where they can get the medical help and advice they need.

Pharmacies also offer health advice and over-the-counter treatments. To check if your local pharmacy is open as normal, or for limited times over the Easter bank holiday, visit the NHS website.

The Minor Injuries Units in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch treat minor injuries such as bites, cuts, foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears, minor burns and scalds, sprains and bruises, and wound infections. For opening hours, visit the https://www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/

Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC), which are located at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, treat injuries which don’t need emergency treatment. For opening hours, visit the https://www.sath.nhs.uk/wards-services/urgent/

For life threatening emergencies, such as a stroke or heart attack, contact 999.

If you are showing any signs of COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please stay at home and use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for advice.

For more information, visit:

Debt advice services in Shropshire survey-Deadline Extended

Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA), Shropshire Association of Local Council (SALC) and Shropshire Council are working together to better understand the work taking place in Shropshire to provide debt advice and support those people who may have money worries, debt or facing financial hardship.

They hope this survey will help them to shine a light on the work that is already taking place, help identify gaps, and identify support needs and opportunities to develop further partnerships and collaborative working.

The Feedback and Insight team will support with survey analysis, and the aim is that the results will help form a baseline for future research. This survey is open to everyone.

To enable collaboration for the future, they would be interested to know if you would like to attend a money advice forum where they can share the results of the questionnaire and set out future priorities. In the space at the end of the survey you have opportunity to say if you would like to take part.

The ways you can take part in this survey are:

  • Click this link to go straight to the surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Debt-Advice-Services-Shropshire-2021
  • A pdf version of the survey is available on request, and if you’d like the survey in an alternative format please use the email below to request a copy and explain any support you need to allow you to respond. You can also respond with any supporting information in writing:

    Email: TellUs@shropshire.gov.uk
    Post: Feedback and Insight team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shropshire SY2 6ND.

Note: The closing date for this survey has been extended to Monday 26th April 2021

Shropshire Great Outdoors Annual Public Survey 2020-2021

The Annual Outdoor Recreation User Survey gathers information about how people access the great outdoors in Shropshire. The survey is led by the Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships Service, the part of Shropshire Council that maintains and develops recreational access, conserves and enhances the natural environment and encourages people to improve their wellbeing by being active outdoors. The service maintains and protects public rights of way, country parks, countryside and heritage sites, greenspaces and play areas, and supports the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.

The survey includes questions about the outdoor facilities and activities you make use of, how you obtain information, any access barriers you may face and how satisfied you are with the services provided. Undertaking the survey each year allows us to understand how things are changing and where future actions should be prioritised.

The survey also provides information to support the delivery of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018-28The strategy sets out how Shropshire Council and our partners aim to conserve and enhance the natural environment, improve people’s health and wellbeing and support the local tourism economy. It sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, rights of way and other outdoor access. The strategy fulfils the statutory requirement of a rights of way improvement plan but broadens the remit to deliver across multiple policy areas and to integrate activity across local authority services and partner organisations. It provides a way of inspiring collective action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s great outdoors.

To take part in this short online survey and help to develop and improve the service, and prioritise future activity click this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OutdoorPartnershipsAnnualUserSurvey2020-21

Note: The Great Outdoors would like to hear from you even if you don’t use rights of way, parks, play areas or countryside sites, so they can understand what the barriers to participation are. SDN says-this survey is very important to our members ie Access issues, facilities and the barriers many of us face.

If you have any comments about the engagement work undertaken by Outdoor Partnerships, please email: outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk

This survey closes on Sunday 30th May 2021