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20.10.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

1. Coalition update

2. Social/Peer support coming up

3. The Access Survey Euan’s Guide

4. British Standards Institute Consultation

5. Surrey Transport Plan consultation reminder

6. Could you be an SABP Governor?

7. Important Recognising You Awards updates! 

8. YMCA Exercise Referral 2022 Falls course start 10th January

9. Upperbody Strength and Flexibility and Strengths and Balance classes


1.  Coalition Update

Get Online Week – This week is Get Online Week and the Tech to Community Connect Team have been out and about attending a number of different events across the county to promote the Tech to Community Connect Project.  If you need some tech support please contact the team: getconnected@surreycoalition.org.uk

Disability Empowerment Network (DENS) Meetings – Our DENS meetings will start with the North DENS on Monday 8th November.  The meetings will have lots of interesting presentations and will also include an update on the coproduction of the Direct Payments strategy from Sarah from an organisation called we coproduce.  If you would like to get involved with this work, if you have a direct payment or if you don’t have a direct payment.  Please join us to hear more.  Contact Yasmin for further details.

Board Director recruitment – we are recruiting for Board Directors.  The board Director post is a non-executive post, and the Board Directors set the strategic direction for the organisation and ensure that we deliver our strategy.  If you would like to find out more and to get details on how you can apply, please contact Clare (clare.burgess@surreycoalition.org.uk).   


2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Save the Date – Our virtual café will be hosting a virtual trip to the Lingfield Nature Reserve on Monday 8th November at 11am. 

Get More Active Group – This week’s meeting will be on Friday at 2pm as usual. Click here to join.  Please note there will be no meeting on the 29th October due to half term and on the 5th November we will be incorporating the meeting into the Friday morning virtual café at 11.30am.  Find about Surrey Coalition member Claire’s long-awaited return to the pool in the attached article

Wheelchair Basketball Opportunity – Our friends at the YMCA – East Surrey have 10 sport wheelchairs available for use at the centre. They are looking at putting on a regular wheelchair basketball session at the YMCA and are looking to find out how many people would be interested. If you’d like to get involved (no experience required!) please contact Katy by phone or SMS text on 07434865062 or email getactive@surreycoalition.org.uk so I can give an idea of numbers to the YMCA. If you’d really like to try a different wheelchair sport then please also get in touch, as the YMCA are keen to make full use of the sports chairs and have the space and facilities to develop any ideas.


3. The Access Survey Euan’s Guide

The Euan’s Guide Access Survey is the longest running survey of its kind in the UK. Every autumn and winter, Euan’s Guide ask disabled people what’s good and not so good about disabled access at the places you visit. Use this link to complete the survey  https://www.euansguide.com/access-survey


4. British Standards Institute Consultation Comments Welcome

The British Standards Institute are putting together draft guidelines to help building designers improve access for autistic and other neurodivergent people and they want to hear from you.  If you have comments about ways that designers could change in the way buildings are designed and used to make them accessible to autistic people, please complete and return the attached form. The Learning Disability and Autism Team will summarise your responses and pass on to the BSI.

Please could we ask you to send us your thoughts/comments by October 28th, to give them time to pass them on to the British Standards Institute.  ldcommunications@surreycc.gov.uk


5. Surrey Transport Plan consultation Reminder

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 are hugely important to SCC and 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 Sunday 24 October 2021. 

If you have already responded to the consultation SCC would like to thank you for your valuable comments and your interest in the draft Plan. SCC want the draft Surrey Transport Plan to work for everyone in Surrey and the more people involved, the better the understanding they will have of the needs and aspirations of the whole community. Thank you again if you have already responded to the consultation. Your comments will help to shape the future of Surrey’s transport network. 


6. Could you be a Governor?

If you are looking for a new volunteering opportunity or would like to get more involved in Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP’s) work, they invite you to consider standing for election as a Governor.  SABP ask Governors to contribute their passion and enthusiasm to their work to help people with mental ill-health, drug and alcohol problems and learning disabilities and their families live better lives. Governors play a vital role in holding the Board to account for  performance and contributing their views and ideas through joint working with the Board.

To find out how to apply or learn more about the role of Governor please:

• come along to a drop–in session or

• call the Governance Manager, Mandie MacLennan, on 01372 216292 or email mandie.maclennan@sabp.nhs.uk

Face to Face Drop-in Sessions:

Thursday 21st October, 10am-1pm at Farnham Road Hospital, Farnham Rd, Guildford GU2 7LX (main reception area)

Monday 25th October, 10am-1pm at Unither House, Curfew Bell Road, Chertsey  KT16 9FG (ground floor, room 24)

Virtual Drop-in Sessions

Thursday 21st October 6-7pm on Microsoft Teams

Tuesday 26th October 12-1pm on Microsoft Teams

Thursday 28th October 12-1pm on Microsoft Teams

Please contact mandie.maclennan@sabp.nhs.uk  for the meeting link for these virtual sessions.  Nominations close at 5pm on Thursday 5 November.


7. Important Recognising You Awards Updates!

The confirmed date for the Recognising You Awards is the 3rd December 2021 6pm-8pm!

Nominations: So far there are 108 nominations! A huge thank-you to those who have already nominated, the User Voice team can’t wait to congratulate and celebrate with our children and young people! If you haven’t nominated a child or young person already, please do. If you’re working directly with a child and/or young person the User Voice Team would love it if they were nominated so they can celebrate their achievements – there is no nomination too small. Remember the Time for Kids principle:

Give children and young people a sense of belonging and encourage them to shine!

In case you needed any more encouragement to nominate and celebrate Surrey’s children and young people, please click the link below to hear @Rachael Wardell highlight why it is so important to nominate children and young people!

The 2021 Recognising You Awards – YouTube

A huge thank you as always for taking the time to read this and help give children and young people the recognition they all deserve.


8. YMCA Exercise Referral 2022 Falls course start 10th January


9.  Upperbody Strength and Flexibility (USF) and Epsom Strengths and balance classes

The classes help people improve their posture and make daily tasks easier.  These seated classes help improve strength and flexibility of fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and tummy muscles and joints.  They help people with arthritis to keep moving.  This also helps them stay supple and strong. The USF classes are on Tuesdays 2:00 – 2:45 at Epsom Methodist Church KT18 5AQ.  Classes cost £8 when booking 4 classes together or £10 per class.  To join, please come along 15 minutes earlier and complete the health questionnaire.  Bring with you a bottle of water. To find more  information please email upperbodySF@gmail.com.

Epsom Strengthen & Balance (ESB) – Epsom Strength and Balance delivers OTAGO exercises to help people improve their mobility and co-ordination.  These standing or seated exercises this also improves lower body muscles and joints. This  helps you stay strong and keep upright longer.  The ESB classes are on Wednesdays at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 at Epsom Methodist Church KT18 5AQ.  Classes cost £7.00 when booking 8 classes together (£56.00) or £8.50 per class.

To join, please come along 15 minutes earlier and complete the health questionnaire.  Bring with you a bottle of water .)To find more  information please email  epsomstrengthandbalance@gmail.com

Alternatively, why not join either class via ZOOM?  These classes are cheaper and you may find them to be more convenient to do at home.   Epsom Strength & Balance via Zoom £6.60.  Upper body strength and Flexibility via Zoom £10.00 

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