Welcome to the weekly update. This edition includes:
1. Coalition Update
Be part of the Direct Payments Strategy Group – We are working on the coproduction of the new Direct Payments Strategy and we a looking for a few Coalition members, who uses direct payments (or carers who care for someone who has a direct payment) to be part of the Core Community Working group. We will be meeting monthly (online, or joining by phone or text) through to April 2022. The next meeting date is Tuesday 16th November at 12.00 noon. We also have some group training booked for later in the month. If you are interested in joining this working group, or to find out more, please contact Yasmin.
Virtual Trip to Lingfield Nature Reserve – On Monday our virtual café hosted a trip to the Lingfield Nature Reserve, John, our host took us on a fascinating tour of the reserve which is there for the community to enjoy. We were also treated to fantastic BSL support for this trip. If you missed the trip, don’t panic! We recorded the visit and if you would like to watch this it can be viewed via this link https://surreycoalition.org.uk/2021/11/09/virtual-trips/ We wanted to thank John for his fantastic commentary and for taking time out of his day to show us around. John has already invited us back next year to see the meadows in flower! Where should we go next? Let us know all of your ideas!
Splash for Cash Update – We wanted to congratulate Jonathan Fisher, one of our Board Directors on completing his Splash for Cash challenge in aid of Guide dogs UK. Jonathan has raised around £700! Jonathan has asked us to pass on his thanks to all who donated.
2. Social/Peer Support coming up
Get More Active Update – we need you! Please see the Get More Active news page for details of how you can help us report on new activities that are available around the county.
Take part in Winter Wonderwheels for Surrey Coalition – We are also looking for a team of 4 to take part in the Winter Wonderwheels event on the 4th December more details can be found on Get More Active news page too.
Get More Active chat was part of our virtual café for the first time on Friday morning last week. We had an interesting discussion about what we though was the most inclusive sport. Join in again on Friday morning at 11.30am where we will be talking about our favourite places in the county to wheel, ride or walk.
Craft Group Update – Our craft group continues to meet on Tuesday at 12.00 noon. In recent weeks we have been busy with planning our programme and our own individual projects swapping ideas over a cup of tea. Coming up are an opportunity to make a set of earrings, a necklace and a bracelet.
- 16th November Jewellery making for beginners part 1 and 2 London Jewellery school
- 23rd November Jewellery making for beginners part 3 and 4 London Jewellery school
- 30 November step into Christmas part 1
- 7 December step into Christmas part 2
Book Chat – Our book chat group meets on Wednesdays at 2.30pm. In recent weeks we have read the salt path and touching the void and discussed many recommendations to read. The books recommended so far have been:
The Rag and Bone Christmas by Dilly Court
Days of Grace
Full House by Maeve Binchy
Foster by Catherine Keegan
A very British Murder by Lucy Wolesley
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Prachett
In the last few weeks we have played book a minute and made up our own christmas murder mystery which is work in progress.
In the next few weeks we will be reading The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Prachett and putting together our own reading challenge for 2022.
If you like reading and have a book to recommend, please join us! We look forward to see you.
3. Research with Surrey Residents
We have been contacted by Grainne from Neighbourlylab who is undertaking some research for SCC who would like to speak to a Surrey resident with a learning disability and have asked if any of our members might be interested.
Explanation of the research:
- Up to 1 hour chat to discuss life in Surrey, and what’s good (and bad) about the place where you live.
- They would also love if they could take some photos of the places they like to go and things they like to do in their local area – e.g. shops, parks, art class etc. If this isn’t possible, that’s also fine – it just helps to get a better picture of people’s lives.
- They’re doing this research on behalf of Surrey County Council to give them a better sense of the lives of residents in Surrey and how best they can meet their needs.
- The research would happen face to face if the person is comfortable with that – in a cafe or in their home. Or if you would prefer to meet online they can do a video call instead.
- You can take breaks through the interview and tailor the format of the interview to whatever would make you feel most comfortable participating – e.g. seeing questions ahead of time, having someone sit in with the interview
- They would reimburse you with a voucher for your time, with an additional £30 voucher if a carer/trusted person sits in on the interview
Please contact Yasmin if you would be interested in taking part in the research.
4. SHARP (Surrey Health Ageing Research Partnership) Event Invitation (9th December on Zoom)
5. Care Quality Commission
Disability Rights UK (DRUK) are becoming concerned about anecdotal reports of a decline in services provided by the NHS in England. DRUK are reading terrible stories of people waiting for hours for an ambulance to show up for example. The Care Quality Commission want to hear from those living with a disability or long-term health condition about how they are finding NHS and care services. They have set up a page where people can write their experiences called; ‘Tell Us About Your Care’. The public can report anonymously if they wish to and all the evidence gathered will help the CQC develop new services with disabled people and their needs central to their plans.
6. 23M People Used 123456 As A Password
Whether it’s your Facebook, Amazon, or Netflix account, the explosion in popularity of online apps and services means more and more of us have to remember an increasingly long list of passwords. Unfortunately, some of us cope with this challenge by resorting to practices that leave our data, devices and money at risk – by using the same password across multiple accounts, or by creating simple passwords that could easily be guessed by hackers. Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think – the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/most-hacked-passwords-revealed-as-uk-cyber-survey-exposes-gaps-in-online-security The Coalition is doing some work with Surrey University and other local partners, such as Age UK Surrey, to improve training around cybersecurity. One of the pieces of work is creating a website where we can practice setting passwords, and it gives feedback on how secure they are. We look forward to sharing more information on this once it has been finished (later this year) and some workshops on cybersecurity at the University (next year). In the meantime, here are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure:
1: Creating memorable passwords – A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!”
2: Saving passwords in your browser – Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you.
This can help: make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place. Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari.
3: Email account passwords – If a hacker gets into your email account, they could: reset your other online account passwords access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.
Need help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions: Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail. For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware