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18.03.2021 weekly update

Welcome to our weekly email update.  This weeks update includes:

1.    Coalition Update

2.    Social /Peer support coming up

3.    Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter

4.    Inclusive Sport Event

5.    Horticultural Trainer Vacancy

6.    Headway Surrey

7.  Audio described session by the National Gallery

1.  Coalition Update

Reminder Non Emergency Patient Transport Focus Group for Wheelchair Users – We are hosting a focus group on Non emergency patient transport services for Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).  Surrey Heartlands CCG commissions non-emergency patient transport services for residents within the local catchment area. The CCG is currently reviewing these services and wants to hear the experiences of service users and their family members or carers who have helped them access the service.  If you are a wheelchair user and would like to join the focus group on Tuesday 23rd March at 11.00 am please contact Yasmin or use the log in details below:


Meeting ID: 833 4545 4606

Passcode: 317444

0800 031 5717 United Kingdom Toll-free

Poem about SMS – Following discussions in the Craftivism group about how to publicise the issue on the lack of an SMS number for many NHS services including NHS 111, Ann one of the members wrote a poem.  Ann writes ‘Why is life made difficult for those who cannot hear?  When simple things could help so much and that is very clear.’ If you would like to read the rest of the poem please use the link below.

Talent corner – We love receiving photos, paintings, poems, stories from our members, and we have created a space on our website where these can be viewed and enjoyed.  If you have something you would like to share please contact Yasmin.

Trip to Bowbridge Aplacas Scotland! – On Monday members joining the virtual café took a virtual trip to Fife in bonny Scotland.  It was a beautiful morning and we were able to see the fantastic view over the fields and beyond and we even caught a glimpse of the sea.  Alison, our guide, told us that the farm started with just 7 Alpacas and they now have 49!  We followed Alison through the fields to meet all the baby Alpacas and listened to a story about one Alpaca who was heavily pregnant who decided to somersault over the fence one day!  Luckily both mother and baby were absolutely fine.  Alison explained that the baby Alpacas are usually given a name with the same initial as their mum.  We met Champagne Charlie who was named after his mum Champagne. 

We were then taken to another pen to meet the adult males, and we were given the unenviable task of choosing just one to adopt!  This pen is used for demonstrations and a strip of paving had been laid to enable those who use wheelchairs to access the it.  We narrowed down our list of adoptees to two; Owan and Joseph, and after much debate and a vote we chose Joseph who was extremely loving and sweet and even kissed the camera!  We were shown some Alpaca wool which is available to purchase on their website, it is quite expensive though at between £20-£30 per ball!  Some of us have decided to purchase the Alpaca felting kits and we hope to share our creations with you at some point in the future!  If you would like more information on Bowbridge Alpacas Scotland please visit their website

2.  Social /Peer support coming up

New Virtual café begins tomorrow! – As mentioned last week, the Coalition are launching a new virtual café tomorrow (Friday) at 11.30am.  We hope to see you all there.  Please use the information below to join us, the log in details etc will be the same each week.


Meeting ID: 869 7592 1531

Passcode: 451484

0 800 260 5801 United Kingdom Toll-free

Save the date – Our Monday Virtual Café will host a virtual trip to the Rural life Museum on Monday 29th March at 11am.  In addition to the trip the tech room will continue as usual.  If you would like to join the café on Monday for a chat or some tech support please use this link

3. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter

4. Inclusive Sport Event 

The YMCA East Surrey is excited to announce they will be running a FREE inclusive sports event next Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March. They would love for your users/clients/patients to get a taste of our Disability Sport Programme over the two days. To find out more please email Alex Cole

5. Horticultural Trainer Vacancy

The Old Moat are now looking for new horticultural trainers to join their team! If you or anyone you know are interested please do ask them to apply by clicking this link

Application is by CV and covering letter/supporting statement uploaded through the link above.   The closing date is 12pm on 28th March with interviews on 1st April.

6. Headway Surrey

Please see documents below on services provided by Headway Surrey

7. Audio described session by the National Gallery

Please use the link below for more information on an audio described tour by the National Gallery on Thursday 29th April Art through words | Events container | National Gallery, London

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