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01.07.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly email update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer support group news

3. Focus groups to enhance the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust (SASH) approach to communicating with patients and their families

4. Bereavement Support

5. Free Webinars About Scams In July

6. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter June 2021

7. Help test Young People’s My Neuro Survey

8. Mental Health Outreach and Engagement Officer at SMEF

9. Current Vacancies at Voluntary Action South West Surrey

10. Epsom Strength and Balance

1.  Coalition Update

Clay Workshop – Some of our members enjoyed a fantastic clay workshop hosted by Ellen from the Watts Gallery.  Participants were sent some materials in the post and were shown how to make a ‘pinch pot’.  There were some fantastic creations and some of us really allowed our creative juices to flow and made a Triceratops (Dinosaur), a poppy and a crisp bowl!  Those who stuck to the brief made some fabulous decorative pots!  We are extremely grateful to the Watts Gallery for providing this.  If you fancy visiting the Watts Gallery, covid restrictions allowing, we have heard they serve some delicious cake in the café!

Sharing your experiences – We are just starting to put together our Autumn issue of Coalition News and our Annual Report (which covers April 2020 to March 2021).  We would very much like to feature your stories, blogs, art work and more!  If you would like to contribute a blog, a review or anything else then please could you email Yasmin

2.  Social/Peer support group news

Craftivism – The craftivism group continues to meet on Tuesday at 12.00 noon. We have great fun!  Below is the programme coming up in the next few weeks:

5th July Craftivism revisited and Surrey Pride Giveaway ideas

13th July Flower Pressing Art

20th July TBC

27th July  TBC

3rd August String pulling Art with Beads.

10th August Beach Craft and Surrey Pride Giveaway Progress

During the Autumn we will be looking at Jewellery making and Mandala Art.  Please come and join us.  Everyone is always welcome! Click here to join

Get More Active Blog – Last week Katy visited the recently refurbished and reopened YMCA Sports and Community Centre in Redhill. Find out more about this brilliant local facility here: Katy’s blog about YMCA East Surrey  or please see the attached document. 

Remember that the Get More Active peer support group meets every Friday at 2.00 pm, we are a very friendly group and you are always very welcome to come along! Get More Active peer support group joining link

3. Focus groups to enhance the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust (SASH) approach to communicating with patients and their families

SASH are planning to run some focus groups to look at how we can improve communication between ourselves and patients/carers/families. Please see the attached advert for dates and more details.

4. Bereavement Support

The Brigitte Trust will be running bereavement support courses for anyone in Surrey who may benefit from an 8-week structured course run by a professional facilitator. The courses will run throughout the year in different Surrey locations and be restricted to 12 people per course. The first course will be held in Dorking beginning 15th July from 10am to 12 noon. They are looking to run a course in Woking in September. For further information, please see attached flyer. Please call or email a referral to: Sarah Pattenden 0746 9932192 or   Please see attached document.

5. Free Webinars About Scams In July

The webinars are FREE to attend and are open to anyone who would like to know more about scams, the psychology behind scams, prevention and how a fraud case is investigated.  The webinars bring together experts in their field relating to online fraud, a topic which we are all too familiar with and can affect anyone and everyone, as our lives are played out more digitally.

The dates of the webinars and their topics are as follows below, the links take you to the registration page:

6th July, 5pm
Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes

Paul Maskell, Fraud & Cyber Crime Prevention Manager, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

14th July, 5pm
Insights into how a fraud case is investigated and how not to be the next victim 
Ben Hobbs, Detective Sergeant; and Catriona Still, Head of Fraud Prevention & Training, Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU)

23rd July 5pm
Scams awareness training from the Friends Against Scams initiative
The National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST)

30th July, 5pm
Don’t get hooked by scammers! What you need to know about flubot and phishing scams
Christopher Budd, Senior Global Threat Communications Manager, Avast

How to book your placeYou can click on the links within this message on each of the webinars topics to register your place or you can go to and click on the webinar that you wish to attend, you can attend all of them if you wish and so make sure that you complete the registration page for each of them.

6. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter June 2021

Please click here to read the latest Surrey Faith Links newsletter. 

7. Help test Young People’s My Neuro Survey

The Neurological Alliance are seeking volunteers who are parents of a child with a neurological condition who would be likely to complete the survey on behalf of the child and children and young people under 18 who may be likely to complete the survey themselves. They are looking for about 10 volunteers and are very keen to hear from member organisations to ensure the testing process is representative, covering:

  • different neurological conditions, and people living or supporting a child or young person with more than one neurological condition
  • young people from different regions across the UK
  • children, young people and parents from often under-represented groups in research, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups, and the LGBTQI+ community
  • a mix of age groups (children and young people and parents of children and young people with neurological conditions)

Do you know someone who would like to take part?  If you are interested please give permission to share their contact details with the Neurological Alliance survey partners, Quality Health.  Please details to Charlie at Quality Health, at, who will follow up with them directly.

My Neuro Survey is the largest survey of its kind and serves as a vital tool for lobbying government, the NHS and decision-makers for positive change in neurological care. You really will be making a big difference by helping with the testing process. If you know anyone who would like to take part, please follow the steps above. If you’d like to know more about the process, you can contact Quality Health or the Neurological Alliance.

8. Job vacancy for a Mental Health Outreach and Engagement Officer working for SMEF, in partnership with the Independent Mental Health Network

Please see the attached advert. 

9. Current Vacancies at Voluntary Action South West Surrey

Voluntary Action South West Surrey are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:

  • Welcome Buddies Coordinator
  • Welcome to Volunteering Coordinator
  • Welcome to Volunteering Assistant


Application and job description can be found on their website. The closing date for applications is the 22nd July, with interviews being held on the 26th July.

10. Epsom Strength and Balance

Epsom Strength and Balance has been helping people improve their strength and balance by running Otago classes since 2017 and now offers upper body strength and flexibility classes via zoom with great results.  Karen is a qualified fitness professional and runs these friendly zoom Arms classes on Tuesdays at 11:15 and Thursdays at 10:00.

These 45-minute zoom classes allow you to train sitting down in the privacy of your own home. 

Find out more on Facebook #zoomArms ESB or email

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