Welcome to the weekly update. This edition includes:
1. Coalition Update
We have had a busy week of forums over the last couple of weeks including the Long Term Neurological Conditions Group, DENS Chairs group, Direct Payments strategy working group and many more! Thank you all for coming along and for your contributions. We will share our Christmas opening schedule with you next week, but broadly most of our activity will stop for 2 weeks, from the 20th December to the 4th of January (excluding Christmas day – more on that below!)
2. Social/Peer Support coming up
Christmas Day Special! – Join us for our Virtual dog walk on 25th December at 10.00 am to 11.00 am. If you fancy some company on Christmas Day then join us for a virtual dog walk and a chat! Meet us at 10.00 am and after introducing you to the dogs, we’ll all set off together! All our welcome! Our virtual trips aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation whilst having some fun together! BSL Interpretation will be available. You can join by zoom, phone or SMS text. Contact us for the link firstname.lastname@example.org
Get More Active Update
In last week’s chat we discussed our experiences of our local leisure centres and accessibility. It was great to find out some first-hand information about some of the newly built centres in Surrey and the improvements that have been made to accessibility. If you would like to find out specific information about your local centre please contact Katy (SMS or phone 07434 865062 or email email@example.com)
This week we will be talking about the new omicron variant and if that will affect our activities, including looking at how we can stay active at home. Join in the chat here.
The YMCA have two boccia qualification courses coming up in early 2022. These are a Leader’s Award – a 3 hour workshop introducing participants to the fundamentals of boccia, and an officiating qualification – a 7 hour course including some theory tests at the end. Anyone achieving either qualification will also get the chance to use their qualification by helping run the YMCA boccia club on Saturdays.
The Leader’s Award costs £30 to attend, however you can attend free of charge if you assist with the YMCA boccia club on Saturdays for a total of 5 hours once you are qualified.(Please note a DBS check will be required to assist with the club.) This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in sport and coaching to boost their CV by gaining a qualification and get coaching experience. If you would like to join either course or find out more information, please contact Sam Lyle at the YMCA by telephoning 01737 779979 or you can contact them through Katy at Surrey Coalition (SMS or phone 07434 865062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Epsom and St Helier Trust Peoples Panel
Join the Epsom and St Helier Trust People’s Panel their new patient and public involvement network – and have your say on hospitals, community partnerships, and services as they prepare to build a new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (SECH) in Sutton and transform Epsom and St Helier hospitals, while continuing to deliver outstanding care, every day.
The Trust serves a population of more than 490,000 people, and it’s vital that patients and local people can have their say and help shape the services provided now and in the future. The Trust wants as many people as possible, including young people, and those from a minority or protected characteristic group, to get involved and have their say.
4. South Western Railway (SWR) Journey research December 2021
SWR are working with a research agency who are looking for customers with lived experience of disability who could be interviewed in a 1-2-1 setting to understand what they expect from the train guard in terms of being ‘available’, how visible they should be, the frequency and content/tone of announcements (manual and automatic), ticket checking, and what they should do when there is disruption (both minor and major). There will be an incentive payment for your time. Please can you let Yasmin know as soon as possible if you would like to take part in this research.
5. Gardening for Wellbeing at Merrist Wood
6. A proposal to improve access for disabled people at Turf Hill Park Lightwater
A while ago we sent information regarding efforts by a local resident to get Esso -who will be installing an new pipeline through Turf Hill Park Lightwater in 2022 to firstly fund the hard surface for the Car Park and provide / fund a level gravel pathway ( wheel chair / mobile scooter friendly ) approximately 350 metres long into the Park to gain access to a new level path through the woodlands to reach the edge of the tree canopy to gain natural sunlight. He has also have requested tables at this boundary to catch the sun and provide a view across the Park . All pathway are of course are essentially flat except the junction of the main path with the woodlands where there is a slight but gradual rise. Please see attached Plan of the proposal.
There is still way to go but there is agreement from the Council to hard surface the car park which will include bluebadge parking slots slots. The critical part is to provide a gravel pathway as the ground is essentially bare earth and would be unsuitable for wheel chairs / mobile scooters. This feature & others will be discussed at a meeting between the Council & Esso in January/ February and hopefully get Esso to fund this pathway after they have installed their pipeline. In addition the Council would approach Nature England ( the Government Agency ) for agreement to install the gravel pathway- as the Park is a Site of Scientific Special Interest and they have strict conditions for any changes in access or use.
If any of you want any further information or to add any comments please email email@example.com or 07799478317
7. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter
8. Spelthorne Borough Council Household Support Fund
9. Surrey Neighbourhood Watch Streetsafe
Is there somewhere near you where you don’t feel safe walking around? Do you avoid an alley or pathway at night because of poor lighting or encroaching bushes blocking the view? Do you avoid an area in your neighbourhood because youths tend to gather there and you don’t feel safe? Is your local children’s park often occupied by youths? In all these cases a crime is probably not being committed, but your safety and well-being is being affected, and you want to report it and get something done about it. Now you can, and anonymously, via StreetSafe. This is a country-wide service provided by the Police to enable anyone to report something in their community or neighbourhood that needs to be improved.
It is very simple to do and the report gets back to your local Police team who will liaise with your local council or Surrey CC, if need be, to rectify the problem. Street lighting can be improved (Surrey CC usually), overgrown hedges can be cut back (your local council, usually), the Police can set up foot patrols in the problem area at particular times of the day or night, and so on. This is not another facility to report an actual crime – 999 and “101” remain – but it is a place to report your concern about your local environment and its impact on the well-being and safety of the residents.
To access the service go to https://www.police.uk/ and scroll down to the Streetsafe image and click on that. The first screen reminds you that this is not the place to report crime, but gives you a link to the webpage where you can do that. >> “No, continue to Streetsafe” >> read the instructions >> “Go”. Use the map to indicate the exact place. Zoom in and out and move the map then click on the map to fine-tune the location. >> “Next”. Tick any of the boxes that apply. Multiple choices are allowed. If you tick one of the “Behavioural” boxes you will be asked to provide a few more details. >> “Next” >> tick any of the next boxes that apply (be honest! This report is anonymous) >> “Next”, select gender >> “Next”. You can then “Submit”, or you can “Continue” and provide optional demographic information. “Submit” at the end of that extra stage. Note that the demographic questions are Home Office categories. Just tick “prefer not to say” if there is no category that matches you.