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Weekly Update 7th February 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

1.  Coalition update

2.  Social/peer support coming up

3.  Service user and carer survey on mental health services

4.  Have your say on public toilets in Guildford

5.  Can you help with research for a PHD

6.  South Western Railway (SWR) research

7.  Sight for Surrey Choirs Unite events listing

8.  New look Surrey Matters website

9.  Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) newsletter

10.  30th Anniversary for Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN)

11.  Surrey Faith links newsletter

12.  Surrey Heath Borough installation update

13.  February Fraud newsletter

To listen to the update click below:

1.  Coalition Update

We are recruiting! – If you know anyone looking for a new job then please do ask them to check out our vacancies.  We are looking for an Involvement Officer, a Social Media and Digital Officer, a Communities Champions Coordinator and a Health Technology Officer.  All the vacancies are part time and either home or community based.  You can find out more here or by getting in touch with one of the Coalition team: Surrey Coalition vacancies

Social Activity Survey – If you haven’t done so already please can you complete a short survey about our social activities! Your answers will help us plan our social activities for the coming year.  If you need support to fill in the survey please let Yasmin know.  The social survey link is here:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DX9DJY

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Save the date for our Virtual Trips – We have arranged the following virtual trips.  Monday 21st February at 11am we will visit Painshill Park.  Join us on Tuesday 8th March at 11.30am for a trip to Brooklands!  We are also in the process of arranging a virtual trip to Hever Castle in April, date coming soon!

Book chat – The book group meet every Wednesday at 2.30pm.  Attached is a list of recommended books for the group to read.   The group have recently read The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, please find attached a short review of the book by Jonathan, one of our members.

Get More Active Update – continuing our parkrun theme for Spring you can read all about Claudia’s parkrun story in the attached document. Join us here on Friday at 11.30am for more discussion about getting more active!

Sport in Mind – please see the attached timetables for February activities in Surrey, and Hampshire for those who live close to the border.  Sport in Mind are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction. All of their projects are: 

  • Free
  • Can be accessed via self-referral and are open to anyone 17+ experiencing a mental health problem with no need to ‘prove’ their problem.
  • Open to any ability and no requirement to have previous experience
  • Run by local qualified instructors with all equipment provided.
  • Run every week in the same place at the same time in locations that are easily accessible by public transport.
  • Focus on fun over competition.

LimbPower – have launched a new 12-week nutrition and fitness programme to support amputees and people with limb difference to improve their overall health, fitness, and wellbeing. Places are limited. See attached flyer for details or contact Rebecca Legon by phone or SMS text 07779 080713 or email rebecca@limbpower.com

British Blind Sport – The Active At Home 2022 programme continues into February with the live week starting tonight! The programme consists of 3 parts:

  • A live workout week will be held at the beginning of each month, with a different 30-minute exercise class taking place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 6pm via zoom. Mondays class will be Strength and Tone, Tuesday will be High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT, Wednesday will be Yoga and Friday will be Pilates.
  • On Thursday, an optional pre-recorded session will be available to stream via the BBS YouTube channel. The sessions will be hosted by two new providers and will involve a variety of different activities.
  • At the end of the week, the BBS team will upload recordings of the live workouts for those who were unable to attend. The goal is to do the same class on the same day of the week, every week until the next live workout week at the start of each month. All of our pre-recorded videos are available on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BritishBlindSportOrgUK/playlists

For more information, please visit The Active At Home Programme – British Blind Sport or phone 01926 424 247

3. Service user and carer survey on mental health services – Please fill out the survey below if you are currently or recently receiving care or treatment for their mental health OR who are carers of people currently receiving care or treatment for their mental health within Surrey and North East Hampshire – The surveys have been created to gather lived experience to understand how involved people are in the decisions made about their care and how their attitudes to being involved in the design of new services. These are completed anonymously.

The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete with a chance to enter a draw to win one of the two £50 Amazon vouchers.

The anonymous responses will be fed back to the organisations responsible for mental health care and treatment services to help inform future service design, without your identity being shared and in no way would affect any ongoing or future treatment.

The survey closes on 28th February and the link is here: The survey ‘Your Mental Health Services – Who Holds The Power?’ can be found here.

4.  Have your say on public toilets in Guildford – Please respond to the Guildford Borough Council (GBC) Public Convenience Consultation which will help GBC to decide which toilets we should keep open, and which will close.  It is open to Sunday 27th February and the link to the survey is here: Public Convenience Review consultation.

GBC wants to hear from residents, visitors and businesses. GBC have 16 public toilets in the borough and are proposing to close four or five.  Please read below a statement from Councillor James Steel, Lead Cllr for Environment: “While we have no legal duty to provide public toilets, we want to make sure that we provide public toilets where they are needed most, and the facilities are run in the most sustainable way for the future.  

“We need to reduce how much we spend each year keeping public toilets open, as well as larger refurbishment costs that will be needed soon. Despite being on track to achieve our target of £8million savings through our Future Guildford Transformation Programme, we need to save a further £6millon – 10% of our spending – over the next four years in Guildford to offset a substantial reduction in government funding and the costs of responding to the Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic.  

“We currently have 16 public toilets in Guildford, 10 in the GU1 postcode area. We always aim to balance the needs of the community while ensuring more efficient services and best use of public money. This is why it is important that we review our facilities and ask local people and businesses to tell us what matters to them. 

“Having looked at how much the toilets are used, how close alternative toilets are, and the cost of running each toilet we are proposing to close four or five public toilets and we are now asking local people and businesses to help us choose which ones should close.”  Guildford borough Council say that closing these toilets will avoid future large refurbishment costs and save about £51,000 a year by allowing a vacant toilet cleaner role to become redundant and reducing the number of vehicles required. 

The four or five locations that they are proposing to close are being chosen from the following eight toilets: 

  • Allen House Grounds (York Road Car Park)
  • Bedford Road (Car Park)
  • Farnham Road (Car Park) 
  • Onslow Recreation Ground
  • Ripley
  • Tunsgate
  • Ward Street
  • Woodbridge Road 

5.  Can you help with research for a PHD – We have been contacted by a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London working on a project to improve the design of mobility equipment for people living with conditions that impair their ability to move

The project specifically looks at the design aspect of the essential equipment, for example, wheelchair design. The student would like to get in contact with people who are willing to share their user experience with health equipment. Participation in this study can take place via an informal discussion (phone/zoom) or an online survey – a preference can be given by completing the form link below.
form to take part in PHD research project

6.  South Western Railway (SWR) Research – A research agency is looking for some more customers with lived experience of disability who could be interviewed in a 1-2-1 setting zoom or telephone to understand what you expect from the 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 (£50).  Please let Yasmin know if you would like to take part.

7.  Sight for Surrey Choirs Unite events listing – As part of their Centenary celebrations, Sight for Surrey are holding a CHOIRS UNITE fundraising concert at The Menuhin Hall, Cobham, on Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16.

For an unforgettable evening of inclusive beautiful choral music please book tickets at Menuhin Hall | Choirs Unite for Sight for Surrey – Choirs Unite – (themenuhinhall.co.uk)

If you belong to a local choir and would like to take part, there are a few spots left, please email vsalter@sightforsurrey.org.uk

8.  New look Surrey Matters website – The Surrey Matters website re-launched today (Tuesday 1 February) with a new look https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/community/surrey-matters The Surrey Matters website has been completely redesigned to make it easier to use and with Surrey residents’ interests at heart, so they don’t miss out on what’s going on in their county. Take a look and let SCC know what you think!

9.  Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter – Please see attached document

10.  30th Anniversary for Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN)Click here to read about SCAN’s 30th anniversary

11.  Surrey Faith links Newsletter – Please see attached document

12.  Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update – Please see attached document

13.  February Fraud Newsletter – Please see attached document

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