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23.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

1. Coalition Update

2. Social/Peer support coming up

3. Community Foundation for Surrey website accessibility

4. Public Toilets Provision Review Guildford

5. Health Engagement Events in East Surrey

6. Don’t miss out on your Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher

7. Reminder – Surrey Transport Plan Consultation

8. Surrey Police Survey on Community Engagement

9. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing – 22 September 2021


1.  Coalition Update

It was great to see so many of you at our recent round of Special Interest Groups and DENS (Disability Empowerment Network) group meetings – thanks for sharing your experiences with commissioners and service providers. 

We have been preparing for two of our first ‘face to face’ events in a very long time!  We will be running a stand at the Surrey Pride event in Godalming on Saturday – if you are attending then please do drop by and say hi to us!  We are also attending a community event in Ewell on Monday to run a stall to increase awareness of ways that local disabled people can have their voices heard. 


2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Virtual Café – Many thanks to Melanie from Guildford Museum who gave members a really interesting and interactive talk on the painter John Russell.  We all had great fun trying to guess the back stories of the people he painted!  Melanie has promised to take us on another tour in the future.  If you would like to join our virtual cafes for a chat and a chance to get to know others please click here on Monday and click here on Friday.

Get More Active Update – We hope you enjoyed getting active on National Fitness Day yesterday – you can see what fitness means to some of the Surrey Coalition team on Facebook and Twitter!

It’s National Boccia Day on the 27th September – read all about the sport and where you can play in Surrey. Join Katy and the Get More Active Group on Friday at 2pm here – this week’s topic is “How to build a bit of activity into your day”


3. Community Foundation for Surrey website accessibility

The Community Foundation for Surrey are looking for one or two Coalition members who would be willing to try out some new accessibility software that they are considering for their website.  If you would be willing to help, the team would send you the link to the website, you would then look around it and then feed back to them by email (they have a couple of key questions) – the process would take 30 minutes or so.  Please let us know if you are willing to help and we can put you in touch with the team. 


4. Public Toilets Provision Review Guildford

At the South West DEN meeting on Wednesday members discussed the Public Toilet review which is currently underway in Guildford. The Council has written to say over the past few years Guildford Borough Council (GBC) has undergone our Future Guildford programme. This included a Council wide restructure, and introduction of new systems, to ensure the organisation is as efficient as possible while still providing high quality and good value services to our residents. This has already produced significant efficiency savings. However, reductions in central government funding and the pandemic response has had a large impact on our finances, so there is still more to do.

The public toilet provision review seeks to investigate which small number of public toilets could be viable to close in a way which minimises impact to our residents while delivering much needed cost savings.  GBC will be reviewing all of the toilets in Guildford Borough and would be grateful for Guildford Access Group’s comments as any change to provision could have an impact on our residents with disabilities. However, there is currently no shortlist and, as such, no decision has been made – GBC are in the investigate and review stage currently.

David, our South West DENS chair has already sent a response to GBC which is attached to this email for your information,  David wanted to encourage all members to respond to this review.  You can do so by emailing ToiletReview@guildford.gov.uk


5. Health Engagement Events in East Surrey

East Surrey place-based healthcare system are running public engagement sessions for local people to join a conversation about how healthcare could be delivered in East Surrey through new models of care, fit for the future of healthcare. The healthcare systems in the NHS are set to change following a change in legislation, and the impact of COVID19. These changes mean there will be a greater focus on what is important to the local communities our healthcare providers serve.

Please see the Face to Face event information or Virtual event information here for the sessions.


6. Don’t miss out on your Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher

Surrey unpaid carers continue to be eligible for the free flu jab and it is crucial that they are vaccinated as early as possible. To support this Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council, Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex are launching the Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher for the fifth year running.

Why Surrey Carers should get the flu jab
Flu and Covid-19 viruses can be life threatening and have the potential to increase pressures faced by the NHS this winter, particularly if infection waves from both viruses coincide. We are therefore encouraging all unpaid carers in Surrey to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination as a priority, not only to protect themselves and the people they care for, but to help reduce hospitalisations during a time that we expect will be especially busy for the NHS and social care.

When to get the jab
The flu season is fast approaching and generally lasts from October to March.

How to get a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher
Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Vouchers are available through all of our Carers Support Services:

  • Surrey County Council Adult Social Care
  • Action for Carers Surrey
  • Crossroads Care Surrey
  • Surrey Independent Living Council

How to use the voucher
If you are a carer looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, you can ask for a flu jab at your GP practice or take a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher to your nearest participating community pharmacy. The vouchers provide the assurance that you are known to carers services here in Surrey and are therefore entitled to a free vaccination.

Flu can be life threatening, so protect yourself, your family and those you care for. Don’t delay, get your free vaccine now 


7. Reminder – Surrey Transport Plan Consultation

Just a quick reminder that the Draft new Surrey Transport Plan has been published for consultation until Sunday 24th October 2021. The Draft Plan is available to view at https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ along with a shorter Executive Summary explaining our proposed measures, and other supporting documents, including the Plan’s Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment. Your consultation responses will be reviewed to shape the final version of the plan.

Have your say on the draft Plan by visiting https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ Please submit your views by 11:59pm on 24 October 2021. If you have already responded to the consultation we would like to thank you for your valuable comments and your interest in the Surrey Transport Plan.

If you have any questions, would like to receive the consultation in an alternate format or would like to get in touch with the team at SCC, please contact surreytransportplan@surreycc.gov.uk or 0300 200 1003 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays).


8. Surrey Police Survey on Community Engagement

Surrey Police would be grateful for ten minutes of your time  to take part in this short survey about engagement. Surrey Police want to make sure that you can get the right information from us when you want and need it, and that this information is put where you are most likely to see it. This is your chance to have a say on what you would like to see from the Force moving forwards in terms of Engagement – whether that be in person events or social media content? The survey is quick and easy to complete, taking no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Any information you provide is anonymous. Please complete it here


9. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing – 22 September 2021

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