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06.05.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

1. Coalition Update

2. Social/Peer Support coming up

3. NHS 111 engagement – SMS text

4.  SCAN Newsletter

5. Research Opportunities

6. Fraud Newsletter May 2021

1. Coalition Update

New how to video on YouTube! – Here is the link to the new video, ‘How to raise your hand in Zoom’ .  This series of videos has been produced in response to requests from people with a learning disability, we would very much welcome your ideas or feedback on any ‘How to’ videos that would be helpful for you.  We are currently working on a video of how to access subtitles on YouTube.

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Trip – Members enjoyed an interesting behind the scenes trip to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Wednesday.  We were given lots of interesting information and enjoyed the story of their resident ghost!  We are also really pleased that following this trip our members are going to work with staff at the theatre to continue to improve accessibility.   We will keep you informed.

2. Social/Peer Support coming up

Getting More Active Group reminder! – We are holding our first Get More Active Virtual Chat Group at 2pm on Friday 7th May. Please join us for a friendly chat about all things active! We will be talking about the Get More Active project, sharing our ideas and experiences of the activities we enjoy and the benefits they give us.

By Zoom: Get More Active Chat joining link

Meeting ID: 843 7636 9030

Passcode: 355890

By phone: 0800 358 2817

Virtual cafes – Don’t forget to join our virtual cafes on Monday 11am and Friday 11.30am for a chat.  Our Monday café also hosts a ‘Tech Room’ where you can get lots of advice and information.

Craftivism – On Tuesday our craftivism group will look at craft ideas for Gypsy, Roma & Traveller History month. We look forward to seeing you.  Click here at 12pm to join the group.

3. NHS 111 engagement – SMS text

NHS England has put out a call for people who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf to help them to make NHS 111 more accessible.  They have asked interested people to register here: NHS 111 accessibility workspace volunteers form Survey ( It would be great to have a number of volunteers from Surrey, as so many Coalition members have been involved in campaigning for change, along with our colleagues at Sight for Surrey. 

4.  SCAN Newsletter

Please see attached document and also a document detailing comments from the SCAN Chairman on applications for pavement licences.

5. Research Opportunities

Kimberley Smith, a lecturer at the University of Surrey is looking to set up an advisory group of adults living with a lifelong disability (a disability you have lived with since childhood). Kimberley and other researchers across the UK and Ireland got some money from a research council to help us develop research into ‘ageing well with a lifelong disability’. They want to know what people living with a lifelong disability think is important to keep them happy and healthy as they get older, and try and bring together researchers who will be able to work on those ideas.

They are looking for about 5 to 8 people who would be happy to come to a meeting every couple of months from June onwards (online at the moment, but hopefully at the University of Surrey at some point in the future!). You would help to discuss research ideas and make sure they ask the right questions in the right way. There would be the opportunity to help out with other research projects in the future, and helping them make sure that we do the research that you think is important. As a thank you for this, they will be able to give you a voucher for £20 for each hour that you help them out (a small way we say thank you!). 

If this sounds like it might be interesting and you want to know more please email Kimberley Smith at:

6. Fraud Newsletter May 2021

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