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08.07.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly email update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

3. Help to produce a Home Based Care Services Welcome Pack

4. Draft Surrey Transport Plan Consultation

5.  ATLAS Juniors – New Participation Group for 8 to 13 year olds


1.  Coalition Update

We have had a busy week with a few different forums going on, including the co-production groups for the work on improving Surrey Residential and Nursing Homes, alongside our usual social and activity groups.  Thanks very much for joining us at these.  

We are currently working with the Coalition Strategy Committee to develop a 5-year strategy for the Coalition.  We are using lots of the information that members gave us at last years AGM, along with other insight work to help to get this right.  We look forward to sharing a draft with you all in due course.  To help us to develop our thinking, we would be grateful if you could answer a few questions about involvement (and in particular, if the Coalition should pay people to be involved and, if so, what this might look like).  You can access the short (5 minute!) survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/8D8wGRhW5i or you can ask us for help in completing it.  The survey is anonymous.  As well as being used for our strategy, please be aware that we have been asked to share the anonymised data for other work. 


2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Young Adults Group – We are planning to relaunch our Young Adults Group.  We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 20th July at 6pm on Zoom.  Come along for a chat and let us know what activities etc you would like to do with the group in future.  Please spread the word to other young adults by sending a copy of our flyer attached.  You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to – you are very welcome to participate non-verbally if this is easiest for you. 

This week’s Get More Active Blog – Jonathan, one of our Board Directors took part in a sponsored walk last Sunday and has kindly written a blog.  Please visit https://surreycoalition.org.uk/2021/07/06/a-sunday-morning-walk/  to read about Jonathan’s fundraising effort. 

Join us for more chat about all things active on Friday at 2pm. This week we will be celebrating Wimbledon and England’s success in the Euro’s and talking about opportunities in Surrey for playing tennis and football. This session is open to everyone – perhaps you’re interested in being more active but not sure whether to make that first move, or you’re already active and would like to encourage others.

Would you like to try the exciting sport of Powerchair football? Please see the attached information for the upcoming Surrey festival on the 24th July.


3. Help to produce a Home Based Care Services Welcome Pack

SCC are looking for ideas from those that use Home Based Care services to include in a Welcome Pack for new providers and guidance for SCC staff.  This could include a list of basic service expectations that residents expect HBC agencies’ staff to deliver on, such as being on time, being polite, reading file notes, treating people with respect, delivering care in line with the care plan, being friendly and letting people know if they are running late etc.  Anything that is important to you.  If you would like to contribute to this please contact me (Yasmin) as soon as possible.


4. Draft Surrey Transport Plan Consultation

The current plan, adopted in 2011, needs to be updated to reflect changes to national and local policy, such as the Government’s legally-binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plan sets out SCC’s ambitious roadmap for rethinking and transforming Surrey’s transport system to 2032 and beyond. It aims to significantly reduce transport carbon emissions to meet the net zero challenge and to support delivery of Surrey’s other priority objectives of enhancing the county’s economy and communities, as well as the health and quality of life of our residents. The plan sets out the bold measures to tackle key transport issues such as carbon emissions, improving public transport, road safety and pollution for all modes of transport. Achieving net zero will mean a step change in how we think about, plan, deliver and maintain transport.

Have your say by visiting https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ to help shape the measures required to meet our net zero challenge. Please submit your views by 11:59pm on 24 October 2021.

The consultation includes links to the draft Surrey Transport Plan main report and a shorter Executive Summary explaining proposed measures and emerging delivery plan.

The consultation responses will be reviewed to shape the final version of the plan. We aim to adopt the plan in early 2022.  If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with the transport policy team, please contact surreytransportplan@surreycc.gov.uk or 0300 200 1003 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays).


5.  ATLAS Juniors

New Participation Group for 8 to 13 year olds – The User Voice and Participation Team are excited to announce that their new ATLAS participation group, ATLAS Juniors, for young people aged 8 to 13 with additional needs and disabilities, starts THIS WEEK on 8th July 2021 4.30pm-6pm, over Zoom!

ATLAS participation groups are a safe and confidential place for young people to talk about topics related to additional needs and/or disability that are important to them, learn skills and make friends. The feedback they share is then passed onto relevant services to help bring about positive changes. Please watch this video for more information about the monthly sessions: https://youtu.be/NF3nNhsTT-k

This Thursday, ATLAS Juniors members will be asked what topics they would like to discuss and how they like to be communicated with. When members have attended 3 sessions they will also become eligible for an official ATLAS hoody!

If you know any children and young people who would like to join these sessions, please share this information with them! If they would like to join ATLAS, their parent(s), carer(s) and/or guardian(s) will need to email ATLAS@surreycc.gov.uk so they can be sent a User Voice and Participation Team health and safety form beforehand.

For more information about all the work that the youth advisors of ATLAS do, please check out their website: https://surreyatlas.uk/

Please follow ATLAS on social media:

Facebook: /SurreyATLASYouthAdvisors

Twitter: @SurreyATLAS

Instagram: @SurreyATLAS

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