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Weekly Update 25th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  We hope you all had a good Easter break.  This update includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer Support coming up
  3. April is Stress Awareness Month
  4. Call for Audience Testers
  5. Sight for Surrey Talking Books Webinar
  6. Guide Dogs Update
  7. Headway Surrey Carer’s Survival Toolkit Course starting in  23rd May
  8. Headway Surrey Lunch and Learn
  9. Youth Worker Job Opportunity
  10. TALK Surrey Group Coordinator job vacancy
  11. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing

If you prefer to listen to the update, you can listen using the link below:

1.  Coalition Update

One of our members contacted us to let us know about a recent trip he had been on where he was able to hire (for free) a motorised multi-terrain wheelchair at some nature reserves thus enabling to walk his dog for longer.  He suggested we put together a list of venues / places that hire out (all terrain) scooters.  For example, the RHS Wisley site has one Beamer “Tramper” scooter that can be booked, several National Trust sites also have scooters for pre-booking.  We think this is a great idea and once we have a list this will be found on website.  If you know of a place in Surrey or beyond where all terrain scooters are available for hire please can you send the details to Charlotte, our new Involvement Officer on

Volunteering Opportunity!  Surrey Coalition are looking for Community Champions! – Do you regularly engage in online and/or in-person community groups such as social activities or advocacy groups?  If so you could join us as a Community Champion and help share Public Health information with the disabled community!  Please see the attached role description and if this is something you would like to do please email

Skills and confidence for employment and volunteering help us to make a difference! – Surrey Coalition have been working with a small group of organisations who offer courses, programmes and support for people to develop work or volunteering related skills and confidence. 

We are working together to come up with one brand to use to promote lots of different courses, programmes and skills sessions and we need you to help us decide what to call it!  ‘Vocational programmes’ does not sound very exciting!  Please could you answer here with your ideas:

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Get More Active update

Outdoor Gyms: Spelthorne Borough Council have announced they are opening 10 new outdoor gyms across the borough in April and May.  You can read about it on their website here: New outdoor gyms – SBC.

Outdoor gyms are free and they are great way to add a little bit of physical activity into your day. Our guide to using an outdoor gym can be found on our website here: Activity Guides – Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Don’t just take our word for it – In this blog article from last year, Surrey Coalition Member Richard Gosling tells us why he’s a regular at his local outdoor gym and you can find out where your nearest gym is: Outdoor Gyms – the free, local way to build a bit of activity into your day! « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Kew Gardens: Kew Gardens are holding a series of free accessible walking tours:

  • Dementia Friendly Health Walk. Monday 9th May 11am-12pm. A relaxing and accessible walk for people living with dementia, their friends, family and support workers. Book at the welcome tent near Victoria Gate.
  • Wellbeing walk. Tuesday 10th May 12-1pm. A walk and talk around the beautiful gardens. Suitable for all ages, particularly those with disabilities or health conditions. Book at the welcome tent near Victoria Gate.
  • British Sign Langauge tour. Tuesday 10th May 2.30-3.30pm. A fascinating tour of the gardens with BSL interpretation for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pre-booking required. To book email
  • Sensory tours – Wednesday 11th May 10.30-11.30am. A guided sensory tour for people with sight loss and their carers giving you the chance to touch and smell elements in the garden. Please attend with any essential carer or support who will also receive free entry. Places are limited and Pre-registering is essential. Please register by emailing or phoning 07341 114533

EmployAbility Guides: Are you interested in working in the sports and leisure sector? Aspire EmployAbility have produce free guides to support the development of a more inclusive workforce that is more representative of society. The initiative supports Sport England’s Uniting the Movement strategy and Surrey’s Movement for Change strategy that aims to “create more diversity in the sport and physical activity sector so it is reflective of the community it serves”. The three guides are available for disabled people, training providers and leisure operators and you can download them here: EmployAbility Leisure Guides

3. April is Stress Awareness Month – We all experience stress – yet we may experience it in very different ways. While a little stress is fine, too much can wear you down – mentally & physically.  Learning to cope with our stress & finding healthy ways to deal with these situations can go a long way in living a healthy & positive life.  Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.  There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with feelings of stress or burnout.  Visit Every Mind Matters website to find tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling stressed or anxious.

4. Call for Audience Testers – We have been contacted by Royal Holloway University London about a project called Accessible lives.  InAccessible Lives, you’ll enter a virtual gallery showcasing 100 years of assistive technology and the real stories of people who use it. You’ll meet interactive avatars, examine 3D models of cutting-edge devices, and explore archive footage of assistive innovations through the decades.

There are three pathways through Accessible Lives: “Sight”, “Movement”, and “Sound”. In each, you’ll learn about pioneering technologies – exoskeletons, bionic eyes – and discover the histories of inventions like hearing aids and hands-free typewriters. You’ll also meet our avatars, Jonathan, Vic, and Emma. Created from interviews with real people, these avatars will talk to you about their experiences of disability and assistive tech, explaining how they use devices to navigate an often inaccessible world.

Accessible Lives is also an exploration of accessibility in VR. It is available captioned and audio described, and is a seated experience.

They are looking for?

  • Disabled people who have one or a combination of the following impairments:
    • Visual impairment
    • Hearing impairment /dDeaf
    • Movement impairment (especially in upper body, hands, arms)
  • AND who can come to Royal Holloway University of London, Egham campus (TW20 0EX) on Wednesday 27th April.

Please see the attached document for more information.  If you would like to attend please then please fill in this expression of interest form via the link below. They will then contact you with session booking information and further details.

5. Sight for Surrey Talking Books Webinar – If you would like to find out about talking books and how to listen to them then come and join our next Let’s Talk Tech session on Talking Books! Wednesday 27th April 2022 Time:  11:00am to 12:30pm use this link for more details Join our talking books webinar – Sight for Surrey

6. Guide Dogs Update – Please see attached document

7. Headway Surrey Carer’s Survival Toolkit Course starting in  23rd May – Please see attached details.  Pease note there is a cost to this course of £60.

8. Headway Surrey Lunch and Learn – A 30 minute informative session on ABI.  Professionals Only 29th April – FREE

9.  Youth Worker Job Opportunity – Hale Community Centre are looking to appoint an Assistant Youth Worker to help run their new Youth Centre, see job advert attached.  If you are interested in this role please get in touch with Tracy by emailing

10.  TALK Surrey Group Coordinator job vacancy – TALK Surrey are looking to recruit a Group Co-ordinator who will provide support for adults with communication difficulties based in Surrey, please see full details attached.

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

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