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05.08.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly email update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

3. Surrey Heartlands Digital Navigator Meetings

4. Upcoming Supported Pathway to Employment course

5. South Western Railway (SWR) research – end-to-end journey August 2021

6.  Committee for Access Now (SCAN) August Newsletter

7. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter July 2021

1.  Coalition Update

Weekly Update – We will take a break from the weekly update next week due to staff leave.  Please find attached a copy of our social schedule with joining links.  Please feel free to drop into any of our social activities.

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Book Chat – This week our Book Chat group discussed adventure books!  We were surprised at how many we had read.  Take a look at the list of 100 Best Adventure Books of all time to see how many you have read, we would love to hear about your favourites.  The group selected The Salt Path by Raynor Winn to read over the next month. Next week we will be looking at uplifting novels!  If you have one to recommend to the group please join us on Wednesday at 2.30pm. 

Get More Active Update – Our thanks to Beth for highlighting the activities run by Access Adventures at the Edge Adaptive Sports Centre, Herons Lake.  Access Adventures is a registered charity delivering life-changing adaptive sports & activities. Their mission:

·    Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through activity programmes

·    Make sports & activities accessible and affordable for everyone with a disability

·    Challenge expectations and realise full potential

·    Increase confidence and self-belief

·    Inspire hope for the future

Access Adventures run regular wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding sessions suitable for all abilities. None of the activities require any experience.

You can find out more about Access Adventures using the following link, or get in touch to arrange a time to meet with Katy Hubbard (our Physical Activity Navigator) who can tell you more and help you to access the activities on offer: Access Adventures.  Please do let us know if you are going – it looks brilliant and we would love to hear about your adventures on the lake! 

Get ready for the Paralympics – On Sunday the Olympics will be over for another three years but we are really looking forward to the Paralympics. Not long to wait now as they start on the 24th August. In the meantime, watch this incredible trailer to get you ready!

Online Tai Chi Class – Luke is offering some free Tai Chi sessions for disabled people.  There are two sessions left on 17th and 24th August.  Please contact Luke for more details or text 07507 275522

Don’t forget that the Get More Active peer support group meets every Friday at 2.00 pm- 3.00 pm.  Come along for a light hearted chat about all things active!  This week Clare is covering the group (because Katy is on holiday). 

The joining link is here: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 843 7636 9030

Passcode: 355890

3. Surrey Heartlands Digital Navigator Meetings

Surrey Heartlands would like toidentify about eight people to attend a meeting for up to 90 minutes to talk about experiences and aspirations of accessing NHS care digitally – either with your GPs, specialist consultants or other clinicians. Surrey Heartlands are also keen to test some of their findings and thinking and understand how it connects with other people’s experiences – do people want to make or change appointments online, follow up on test results, access their health records etc. What would help them in that regard and how can they help people be confident in using those services? Surrey Heartlands are keen to hear both the negative and the positive, so if someone thinks that it is not for them, they would like to explore that too.   If you are available on Thursday 19August (pm), or Friday 20th Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th August starting around 10-00 / 1030 please let me (Yasmin) know and she will put you in touch with the team hosting the sesison.

4. Upcoming Supported Pathway to Employment course

Please find more details attached.  The course is ‘Providing a supported pathway to employment for people with a disability or long term health condition’

  • Do you have a disability or long-term health condition?
  • Are you currently unemployed?
  • Do you live in Redhill or the surrounding areas?
  • Would you like support to prepare you for work?

If so, please get in contact for more information about this informal course run by Dave using his own experiences of living and working with a disability

5. South Western Railway (SWR) research – end-to-end journey August 2021

Can you help SWR with some research? This will be online or telephone interviews with individuals rather than focus groups and the purpose is to discuss underlying needs when you travel for the end-to-end journey (i.e. not just the station and train but also when you are researching / purchasing a trip).  Apologies for the tight deadline but please can you send your details, name, email, telephone/SMS number and any access needs by the 12pm on Friday 6th August.

Kokoro, the research agency, will contact the individuals to provide details between 9th – 20th August and the interviews will be between 23rd August and 3rd September.

6.  Committee for Access Now (SCAN) August Newsletter

7. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter July 2021

Please see document below or use this link SFL-Newsletter-JULY-2021.pdf (

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