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Weekly Update 20.01.2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

  1. Coalition Update – changes to our board of Directors
  2. Social/Peer Support Coming Up
  3. Reminder – Help shape the future of dementia care and support Closing date 21st January
  4. Upcoming Webinar Synapptic!
  5. Boccia Leaders Award at the YMCA
  6. Drive Smart Survey
  7. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
  8. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing

To listen to a recording of this update, please click below:

1.  Coalition Update

We are changing the day we send the update to Monday!  The next update will be sent on 31st January.  If you prefer to listen to the update we will also include a link to an audio summary on our website!

It has been a really busy week for our Board Directors, Members and staff with lots of meetings taking place including our Board meeting, Community Equipment Group meeting, Direct payments Core Community Group and the Surrey Vision Action Group to name but a few!

At the Coalition Board Meeting last week, Directors appointed a Chair and Vice Chair for the year ahead.  Jonathan Fisher was voted in as Chair with Anna Sartori as Vice Chair (or Chair of Vice as Anna prefers!).  We would like to take this opportunity to extend a huge debt of thanks to Cliff Bush OBE and Nick Markwick who have been Co-Chairs for many years.  We hope to be able to thank both Cliff and Nick properly and in person once Covid is behind us all.  Our current board of Directors are: Jonathan Fisher (Chair), Anna Sartori (Vice Chair),  Nick Markwick, Cliff Bush, Luke Tye, Dan Hefferland, Gemma Roulston, Alison Downer and Vikki Walton Cole. 

2.  Social/Peer Support Coming Up

Get More Active Update – Spelthorne Parasports and Boccia clubs are back. Find out when and where the sessions are in the attached documents.

This week, in the first of a series of articles about parkrun, Katy will be looking at the history of parkrun and its impact on our communities. You can read the article in the attached document or on our website here.

Join us on Friday at 11.30am here for more Get More active chat and an update on our parkrun project!

3. Reminder Help shape the future of dementia care and support Closing date 21st January!- Give your views on Surrey’s five-year dementia plan.  Have you been affected by dementia? Are you living with the condition or is someone in your family? Please spare a few minutes to help shape a five-year plan for making Surrey a better place for people with the condition and their carers.

The joint health and social care dementia strategy sets out how services will work together to improve the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers. At the heart of the plan is an ambition to create dementia-friendly communities across the county.

Surrey County Council worked with NHS partners to draw up the draft plan, alongside Healthwatch Surrey which surveyed people with dementia and carers about their experiences.

Now a consultation has opened so people living with dementia, their families and staff who work with them, and anyone else who wishes to contribute, can have their say on the priorities outlined in the plan. Increasing numbers of people in Surrey are being diagnosed with dementia. Between 2020 and 2030 numbers are expected to rise more than a quarter, from 17,700 to more than 22,600.

The draft strategy sets out five key ambitions covering prevention, diagnosis, supporting people with the condition to live life to the full and end-of-life care. The ambitions will be achieved through a series of actions and initiatives, many of which build on progress already made, including:

  • establishing dementia-friendly communities across Surrey to ensure people with dementia and their carers are supported where they live
  • addressing the gap in the need for small-scale specialist dementia residential and nursing care
  • promoting health checks for the over-40s to help prevent dementia, as far as it’s possible to do so

Please visit the Surrey Says website to complete the consultation on the draft strategy which closes on January 21. Accessible versions of the survey including Easy Read are available.

4. Upcoming Webinar Synapptic! – Gary Eady from Sight for Surrey is running a webinar, via Zoom, on the subject of the popular Android application called Synapptic.  Some of your members may already use this and others may be interested to know more about it!  I’d love to see them at the Webinar!  Please see flyer attached for more details.

5. Boccia Leaders Award at the YMCA – Please see the attached poster for details.

6. Drive Smart Survey – With the future of road safety evolving significantly around the UK, Drive SMART Surrey Safer Roads Partnership are looking to expand their organisation. They are looking at a more engaging and inclusive way of working with the public to assist in achieving our goal, to reduce the number of those killed or seriously injured on Surrey’s roads.

The below survey has been designed to give Drive SMART insight into public views of various parts of the organisation, and help to shape how they move forward in the near future. If you could spare a few minutes before 04/02/2022, you will already be taking a step to helping reduce those killed and seriously injured on the roads in Surrey.

You can access the survey via this link – copy and paste it into your address bar to be taken to the survey:

7. Cervical Cancer prevention Week – This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, led by the charity Jo’s Trust, raising awareness of cervical screening and encouraging women and people with a cervix to have their smear test.

Cervical screening is available from 25 years to 64 years in England and, currently, people aged 25 to 49 receive invitations every 3 years and those aged 50 to 64 receive invitations every 5 years.

However, according to Jo’s Trust, one in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening. Help change that statistic. Please see the attached poster for more information.

8.  Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing – Please see attached document.

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