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Weekly update 11th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer Support Coming up
  3. Start-up of Surrey Carers Partnership Board Invitation to be a member
  4. New COVID-19 guidance provides important public health advice
  5. COVID-19 Spring Booster
  6. New BSL COVID-19 vaccination resources for children aged 5 to 11 years
  7. Sight for Surrey announces partnership with Specsavers Epsom & Leatherhead
  8. Warmth Matters
  9. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter
  10. Runnymede Borough Installation Update
  11. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update March

If you prefer to listen to the update, please click on the link below:

1.  Coalition Update

Weekly Update – Just to let you know there will be no weekly update sent out on Monday 18th April (Easter Monday) due to staff holiday.  The next update will be sent on Monday 25th April.  If you have any items you would like to include in the update please let Yasmin know.

Welcome Charlotte! – We are really pleased to introduce you to Charlotte Payne, our new Involvement Officer.  Charlotte will be working with Yasmin and Angie in the Involvement Team.  I’m sure many of you will meet Charlotte very soon but please click here to find out more!

Direct Payments Strategy – Thank you to all members who have contributed to the work on this so far.  Your input has bee invaluable!  If you receive a Direct Payment and would like to continue the work on this please contact Yasmin.  We have set up a small Direct Payments group to work with Chris Esson (SCC Commissioner) on writing the strategy.  The first meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th April at 10am on Zoom.  If you would like to join this group, please contact Yasmin for the joining link.

Pharmacy Survey – Surrey County Council is conducting a survey to better understand local people’s experience of going to a pharmacy across Surrey. To do a good job, SCC need to regularly review what local people need, and how things might change in the future. This process is called a ‘pharmaceutical needs assessment’ and SCC are preparing this in Surrey at the moment. Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Public Survey – Surrey County Council – Citizen Space (

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Good Friday and Easter Monday – Due to staff holiday there will be no virtual cafes on Good Friday (15th April) and Easter Monday (18th April).  Our social programme will start again on Tuesday 19th April.  We hope you all have a restful Easter break.

Reminder Design your own  Easter Egg competition – Our craft group is hosting a design your own Easter Egg Competition. A blank template is attached for you to let your creativity flow.  Please submit your entries to Yasmin or post to Yasmin at Astolat, Coniers way, Burpham, GU4 7HL.  If you are unable to print the template please contact Yasmin and she will arrange for one to be posted to you.  A £10 voucher will be given to the winner!  Join us at 12.00 noon on 12 April for the announcement of the winner and to hear more about our group!

Virtual Trip to Hever Castle Friday 22nd April at 11.30am – A quick reminder that we have a virtual trip to Hever Castle on Friday 22nd April at 11.30am during our virtual café slot.  Please click here to join us.

3.  Start-up of Surrey Carers Partnership Board Invitation to be a member – Following the setting of the Surrey Carers Strategy in 2021, a new Surrey Carers Partnership Board will begin meeting from May 2022. Its remit is to promote, champion and deliver the improvements to carers lives set out in the strategy, working across the whole of the health and social care system in Surrey and the wider determinants of health and social care (for example education and housing) as they impact carers. The Board will lead the delivery and future development of the Joint Surrey Carers Programme and hold to account the Joint Surrey Carers Commissioning Group in the delivery of carer support services to be delivered from 1 April 2022.

It is based on strong carer involvement and representation, being led by two Carer Co-chairs, with half of the membership from carers/ carer led organisations. Carers voices and lived experience are to be at the heart of its activities with carers involved in scrutiny and  co-design and co-production of carer support services.

Representation is sought from carers with a range of experience and viewpoint:

  • One representative for disabled carers – those with a disability, perhaps for adults or young people with disabilities
  • One representative for carers of those with sensory disability
  • One representative  for carers of those with physical disability
  • One representative for carers of  those with mental health

Is this something you would like to do? It would mean attending, either virtual or perhaps face to face 2 hour meetings on 4-6 occasions over a year, reading the Board papers circulated ahead of the meeting, listening to service providers, commissioners or carer representatives talking about aspects of the health and care system, asking questions about what you have heard and giving feedback from your own experience and taking part in decision making as how to go forward on that topic. The initial term of membership would likely be for two years

This is an opportunity to make the carers voice heard and improve carers lives. If this appeals to you please contact Yasmin.

4. New COVID-19 guidance provides important public health advice  – for people with symptoms of respiratory infections including COVID-19 and advice for everyone on safer behaviours that can help to reduce the spread of infections and protect those around them

5. COVID-19 Spring Booster – You are eligible for a Spring Booster if you are:

  • Aged 75 years old or over
  • Aged 12 years old or over with a weakened immune system

People are advised to wait 6 months since their previous dose to get maximum protection from a spring booster.

You’ll be contacted by the NHS, inviting you to book an appointment. Dates you’ll be offered start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose, but booking an appointment around 6 months after your previous dose is preferable.

6. New BSL COVID-19 vaccination resources for children aged 5 to 11 years – The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) updated the British Sign Language (BSL) resources and the resources for children aged 5 to 11 years on COVID-19 vaccination.

A BSL video guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years has been added to the COVID-19 vaccination website.


7. Sight for Surrey announces partnership with Specsavers Epsom & Leatherhead – Please see the attached press release for more details.

8. Warmth Matters – We know that rising energy prices is causing our members a lot of concern. Surrey Community Action have a Warmth Matters project which can provide advice and guidance to those potentially worried about the current rising gas and electricity bills. Surrey Community Action can provide advice about the Warm Home Discount and let you know how to register for the Priority Services Register if you haven’t already done so.  Please see the attached document or contact David Carter directly on

9. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter – Please find attached the latest Surrey Faith Links newsletter, also available online here

10. Runnymede Borough Installation Update – Please see attached document

11. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update March – Please see attached document

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