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13.05.2021 weekly update

Welcome to our weekly update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up – including our next virtual trip!

3.  Reminder! Can you help improve NHS 111 for those who are deaf or have hearing loss or do you know someone who can?

4.  Your chance to feature in 10 Today

5.  Training for people with Visual Impairments by Sight for Surrey

6.  Walking Tennis Sessions

7.  Disability and NHS Services

8.  NEW FREE Carers Toolkit Course

9.  Centre For Psychology Groups May-July

10.  Spring into Action! – LimbPower’s supercharged ‘virtual event’ taking place throughout May and June

11.  West Clandon Neighbourhood Plan

1.  Coalition Update

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!  If you follow us and/or the Independent Mental Health Network on social media, you will have already seen a number of articles we have shared focusing on Mental Health and emotional wellbeing.  We thought you might be interested in reading this fantastic blog post by Katy Hubbard (Physical Activity Navigator) on open water swimming, which is gaining popularity as a way to maintain or improve Mental Health.  You can find out more about the Independent Mental Health Network, and join (for free) here: IMHN Surrey

Reminder to help us to capture your experiences of life during the Covid-19 pandemic – over the last year, Coalition members have been completing our Covid-19 experiences survey, which will be made into an (anonymous) permanent record of experiences of Covid-19 for Disabled adults in Surrey.  Please share your thoughts and experiences here: experiences of Disabled adults during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We are also looking for a few Coalition members who may be willing to share some of their thoughts with us (via zoom) which we can make into a video – please contact me (Yasmin) if you might be willing to get involved!  

Census Champion – We were very surprised and pleased to receive a Census Champion Certificate for the work we did on publicising Census 2021 and supporting our members to take part.  Thanks to all the Coalition members who helped to improve the Census for the future by feeding back their accessibility requirements and barriers to access. 

Empowerment Training – We are really pleased to be able to offer members empowerment training.  The training is going to be delivered by a brilliant trainer (Nicky Gregory) who has worked with us many times in the past.  The training will take place over two mornings on the 15th and 16th June on Zoom.  Please contact Yasmin as soon as possible to book your place as spaces are limited. 

DENS Meetings – The May round of DENS meetings has begun.  We have a very full and exciting agenda for these meetings including the Hidden Talent Project, Information and Advice Strategy, Surrey Virtual Hub, Physical Activity Navigator and Surrey University research.  We have two meetings coming up on the week beginning 17th May.  The Surrey wide DEN on Monday 17th May at 6pm and the South West DEN on Wednesday 19th May at 10.30am.  If you would like to join the discussion on any of these projects please use the links provided.

2.  Social/Peer Support Coming up

Join us for a virtual trip to the Bluebell Railway – Don’t forget our virtual café on Monday (17th) at 11am is hosting a virtual trip to the Bluebell Railway .  Please click here to join.

Get More Active discussion group – Join our new group for some peer-support and discussion about physical activity.  The group is hosted by Katy on Friday’s at 2.30pm.  Last week we heard from a member who loves caged cricket, another member who is a brilliant Boccia player (with her eyes on a place on the England team), a member who would like to return to the gym and was keen to talk to others about the accessibility of their gyms and a lively discussion about wild swimming!  For more information on this project please see the attached flyer.

3Reminder! Can you help improve NHS 111 for those who are deaf or have hearing loss or do you know someone who can?

The NHS is looking to explore how improvements can be made to the NHS 111 service and would like to understand the experiences and views of people who are deaf or have hearing loss, when accessing NHS 111 online or on the phone.  If you think you can help, or know someone who might be interested, you can find out more here. 

4.   Your chance to feature in 10 Today

10 Today is a set of 10-minute physical activity routines to help older people keep moving and stretching at home. It’s available to follow via video or audio and is great for boosting your mood,  and improving balance, strength and flexibility – helping people to keep doing the things they want to do. The team that created 10 Today, in partnership with Sport England, is excited to announce that they will be filming ten new routines this month to add to their existing offer and you could play an important role.

They are looking for men and women aged 55 plus, who have had their COVID-19 vaccination, to take part in the new videos.  You will be following the routines alongside one of the 10 Today presenters including fitness instructor Terry Keen, 75, who designed the sessions (you may have met Terry at our Conference in 2019 – he was wearing fantastically bright yellow socks!).  It’s a great opportunity to help 10 Today reach new audiences, boost your own mental and physical health and reconnect safely with other people to share a fun experience. You’ll also receive £50 as a thank you and even take home a 10 Today T-shirt!

The filming is due to take place on Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th at a studio in Weybridge, Surrey.  If you’d like to take part, please email: using the subject  line `10 Today video participation.  Your email should reach them by the deadline of 12 noon on Monday, May 17th and include your full name, age, a contact telephone number and date of availability for filming (May 25th or 26th, 2021).

5. Let’s Talk Tech!

Please find below a link to the new Let’s Talk Tech sessions for people with a Visual Impairment, by Sight for Surrey.

Let’s Talk Tech! – Sight for Surrey

6. Walking Tennis Sessions

There are a couple of free walking tennis taster sessions taking place at Ash Tennis Club on the 26th and 28th May.  Participants can book a place at either of the tasters through this link:

7. Disability and NHS Services

Disability Rights UK have asked us to share the following information with you.  The regulator for NHS and care services in England – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – acknowledge that they have not focussed on the needs of people living with a disability and the families that support them.  To this end they have asked that people share their experiences of using the NHS and care services – think in terms of; getting an appointment with your GP, does your hospital allow you extra time to explain your needs, have you struggled with repeat prescriptions, can you park easily at your hospital, etc.  The CQC have set up a simple to use webpage where you can type in your experiences – both positive and negative – for the CQC to use when planning future NHS and care provision.  You can even be anonymous if you so wish.  To access the ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ website, please click on this link.

This will be particularly helpful towards NHS planning as we come out of lockdown as it will help the CQC get the NHS prepared for disabled people’s needs should the pandemic return.  All opinions are welcome on the ‘Tell Us About Your Care’ webpage.

8. NEW FREE Carers Toolkit Course

Please see the attached flyer for the course for Carers of people with Acquired Brain Injury, run by Headway Surrey.

9. Centre For Psychology Groups May-July

The Centre for Psychology have the following groups coming up: Chronic Fatigue
CBT For Sleep Difficulties, Coping With Worry & Low Mood, Mindfulness, Living Well With Depression, Coping with COPD. 
Please see attached poster for more details.

10. Spring into Action!

LimbPower’s supercharged ‘virtual event’ taking place throughout May and June – LimbPower is bursting with excitement to announce the incredible news that they have teamed up with five inspirational Paralympians, Richard Whitehead (Athletics), Rachel Morris, (Cycling/Rowing) Andrew Lewis (Triathlon), Corie Mapp (Bob-Sleigh) and Suzanne Rodgers (Swimming). They are all joining forces to offer a once in a lifetime fun event where you compete with the Paralympian team leaders during an engaging virtual alternative to the Family Fun Day.

Team Captain themes:

Richard Whitehead – Run like the wind 

Andy Lewis – Take to the Road

Rachel Morris – Make Waves

Corie Mapp – Feel the speed

Susie Rogers – Dive right in

LimbPower is inviting community members, family, friends and supporters to join their favourite Paralympian on LimbPower’s supercharged ‘virtual event’ – Spring into Action! This is the replacement event for the Family Fun day normally held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.  ‘Spring into Action’ invites you, your friends and your family to sign up for a physical challenge of your choice this May, this can be a daily challenge or on a single day, the choice is yours. You can choose your challenge using one of the below themes.

How you can get involved 

  • Register via Eventbrite using this link 
  • Share the Spring into Action virtual event via email and social media with your community.
  • Dream up an activity that suits your skills (and follows government guidelines on exercise and social distancing); it can be as ‘out there’ as you like! You can walk every day, do the couch to 5K, organise an exercise class with your friends, run a 10K or walk around your garden.
  • Film a video of you in portrait format talking about/demonstrating your chosen challenge and send it to us at this email address:
  • Let us know by responding to this email if you would be willing to do media interviews relating to Spring into Action.

Registration fees: £18 for adults and £10 for children.  All participants will receive a welcome letter from their team captain, a medal and a certificate for taking part.

11. West Clandon Neighbourhood Plan

West Clandon Parish Council has submitted the West Clandon Neighbourhood Plan to Guildford Borough Council.  Neighbourhood plans are documents that contain planning policies for a single neighbourhood area. They are used to help Guildford Borough Council determine planning applications, along with the Council’s Local Plan and other considerations. The  Neighbourhood Plan covers the West Clandon Neighbourhood Area, which follows the boundary of West Clandon parish.

The consultation on the West Clandon Neighbourhood Plan will run from 12 noon on 12 May to 12 noon on 25 June 2021. For more information about the consultation, to view the neighbourhood plan, and to find out how to give your views, please visit the planning policy consultation website at

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