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16.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

3.  Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s

4.  All Age Autism Strategy

5.  Invitation to NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

6. Share your experiences of using the Disability Rights UK (DRUK) Website

1.  Coalition Update

Talent Corner – One of our members has written a fantastic poem which can be found here.  If you have something you would like to share with members i.e a poem, drawing, photograph etc please send it to us along with your permission to share on our website for others to enjoy.

Join the Independent Mental Health Network for their next Lunch + Learn session – Immy and Guy hope you can join them on Wednesday 29th of September from 12 noon for a Lunch + Learn session about Surrey’s new Mental Health Improvement Plan. We will be talking about why Surrey are doing this, what areas changes will be made in and how you can get involved. 

For the joining link, please email, phone 01483 456 558 or text 07563 997 932

Welcome to Alex and Jean! – Alex and Jean joined the coalition team this week.  Alex will be working as an Area Coordinator for the Tech to community Connect scheme in Guildford and Waverley and North West Surrey, Jean will be working as a Volunteer Coordinator.   

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Don’t forget our next virtual talk on John Russell, a Georgian Portrait Painter at Work – We are very pleased to announce that during our virtual café on Monday 20th September we will be given a virtual tour of Guildford Museums latest exhibition on Painter John Russell.  Our host Melanie will talk a bit about John Russell’s life and the paintings on show.  So if you fancy a bit of art and culture on a Monday morning please join us.  As we recently announced, we were thrilled that the community foundation for Surrey have decided to fund our virtual trips for a year, if you have some ideas of where you would like to go then we would love to hear from you. 

National Fitness Day – Read all about how you can get involved in the upcoming National Fitness Day here. If you like, you can also use the attached background to share what fitness means to you – take a photo or a short video clip and share with the Coalition or using #Fitness2Me. You can see what fitness means to Katy in the attached photo! (photo description Katy is smiling and holding a sign which says ‘Fitness means to me…Fun, Friendship, and Freedom!).  Read more about National Fitness Day in the document attached.

Don’t forget Friday’s social get together for the Get More Active peer support group at 2pm. Join here for this week’s topic “What’s on at your local leisure centre.

3. Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s

Please find attached details of a free weekly dance class for people living with Parkinsons Disease. This fun upbeat class led by a qualified dance practitioner (Kate Finegan of Inclusive Integrated Dance IID) will take place at Godalming United Reform Church, Bridge Street, Godalming every Wednesday from 2 – 3pm followed by tea and biscuits. The first class commences on 22 September and will run until 1 December 2021.

No previous dance experience is necessary, and partners and carers are welcome to join in.  For more information and to register email Kate at

4. All Age Autism Strategy

Please see below the All Age Autism Strategy along with a copy of the briefing document for your information.

5. Invitation to NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

Please see the attached letter from Dr Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair of Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group, inviting you to join Surrey Heartlands CCG for their Annual General Meeting on 27th September 2021.  Please see the attached document for more details.

6. Share your experiences of using the Disability Rights UK (DRUK) Website

DRUK are delighted to let you know that they have started work to develop a new website, launching in 2022!

DRUK are now conducting research about how you use the current website and what you would like to see change or stay the same.

Please complete this survey so they can make the changes you want to see. It’s crucial they hear from you, their audience and make the improvements you want.

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