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Weekly Update 9th May 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15th May
  4. Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan: Discussion Paper and Call for Evidence
  5. Surrey County Council new community helpline – financial, health and welfare support
  6. Ageing with a lifelong disability research
  7. SASH survey re Boots outpatient prescription service
  8. May Half Term Special Educational Needs (SEN) Quieter Activity at RHS Garden Wisley
  9. Giving carers a voice
  10. Sponsored Walk for Headway Surrey 15th May 2022
  11. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter – 30th Anniversary Issue May 2022 
  12. Sight for Surrey Coffee, Cake and Celebrate in Staines
  13. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter
  14. Fraud Newsletter – Courier Fraud Special

If you prefer to listen to the weekly update, you can do this by clicking on the link below:

1.  Coalition Update

Tech to Connect Case StudyAlex Pullin , Tech to Community Connect Area Coordinator for North West Surrey and Guildford & Waverley chats to Joan, who has recently used the Tech to Community Connect service. If you’d like to know more about the service you can read more on our website.

Wondering how a Tech Angel could help you? Read about Joan’s experience « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Reminder 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 involvement@surreycoalition.org.uk

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Glee Club! – Come and join us at Glee Club! Glee Club is our newest social club for expressing a collective love of music and sharing stories of what music means to you. This week’s theme is musicals and films. We will be meeting on Zoom, from 4pm-5pm on Tuesday the 10th of May. So, think of your favourite tune from a musical or film, grab a hot drink and a snack, and come and enjoy the music!

We invite you to perform your chosen song, but you are also welcome to share a YouTube video of your song or just tell us a bit about it. If you plan to come next weeks club, please contact Charlotte so that we can make sure everyone gets their turn to share. If you are choosing to share a YouTube video, as many do, please find the version you want online and copy the link into your email to Charlotte, or simply send the songs title and artist.

Contact Charlotte with your song choice at: charlotte.payne@surreycoalition.org.uk

Join us at 4pm on Tuesday through the Zoom link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84014497325?pwd=QVJVTzlCMGRUM0dLcC9sMXhnUVVHZz09

Meeting ID: 840 1449 7325

Passcode: 333386

Get More Active update. This week Katy has been talking to Ted about his experience volunteering at parkrun for the first time. Join us in Friday’s virtual café at 11.30 am for more Get More Active Chat! Friday Virtual Cafe

3. Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15th May – This year, Mental Health Awareness week, hosted by The Mental Health Foundation, is raising awareness of the link between loneliness and mental health issues.  Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this, reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.

Overcoming loneliness and its effect on mental health cannot be achieved by the individual action of people alone. We must address loneliness together in our communities and across the whole of society. Visit MHF for more resources.

4.  Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan: Discussion Paper and Call for Evidence. The Department of Health and Social Care has published a discussion paper and is calling for evidence by asking the public a range of questions to help develop the new plan. If you are aged 16 or over and are from England you can participate in the call for evidence by completing the online survey by 11:45pm on 7 July 2022.

5.  Surrey County Council new community helpline – financial, health and welfare support. Surrey County Council have launched a new community helpline for residents in need of financial, health and welfare support. They provide advice over the phone and / or direct individuals to appropriate external support.- financial, health and welfare support

Do you know where to turn? – Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)  Financial, health and welfare support is just around the corner

  • Telephone: 0300 200 1008 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays) Complete community helpline enquiry form
  • Relay UK – if you can’t hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0800 144 8884
  • Telephone from overseas: +44 20 8541 9944 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays)
  • SMS: 07860 053 465 for deaf and hearing impaired residents only (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

6.  Ageing with a lifelong disability research – Dr Kimberley Smith at the University of Surrey is working with a group of researchers and charities to develop research into ageing with a lifelong disability. As part of this they want to know what research questions do you think are most important to answer about ageing with a lifelong disability? Let them know by filling in a survey online: https://surreyfahs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UYA4pbLNI79KNo 

They are also looking for people to share artwork for an online gallery on what ageing well with a lifelong disability means to them. If interested you can learn more here: https://www.agewell-disability.com/gallery 

You can request a paper copy of the survey, or information about the gallery from Saahil Gupta (research assistant) by emailing sg01351@surrey.ac.uk or phoning 07513 266137 and leaving a message or by sending an SMS text. 

7.  Surrey and Sussex Healthcare (SASH) survey re Boots outpatient prescription service – The SASH pharmacy team is always looking for ways to improve and would love to hear from those who have been prescribed medicines at an outpatient appointment. Please could you complete a short survey as they would love to hear your ideas for alternative ways to provide medication: https://bit.ly/3FadMcN   The survey closes Friday 20th May.

8. May Half Term SEN Quieter Activity at RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Wisley have asked us to let you know about the quieter sessions RHS Garden Wisley will be offering in the Bee Workshops with Zoolab this May half term.

Find out just how important bees are and take a peek inside a real beehive in these fun interactive workshops. They’ve increased the number of quiet sessions to two a day throughout half term and limiting them to 20 people in each session. Follow this link to pre-book the quieter sessions online https://gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/rhswi/sessions.aspx?tid=144

Bee workshops with Zoolab

  • Quieter sessions at 10.15 – 11am and 3.45 – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 1st  – Sunday 5th  June, Hilltop Garden Room
  • Saturday 4 June, Clore Learning Centre

Please see their website for more details and other exciting activities during May Half Term.  https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/whats-on/half-term

9. Giving carers a voice –  Healthwatch Surrey have been awarded the new independent Giving Carers a Voice contract by Surrey County Council. This contract will enable Healthwatch to engage with more of Surrey’s unpaid carers, encouraging them to share their stories and experiences and to involve carers in designing, developing, shaping, evaluating, and monitoring services, to help ensure people are supported in their vital caring roles. The focus of this work will be with unpaid carers aged 18 and over who provide support to relatives, friends and neighbours in their own homes or in the community. Healthwatch Surrey will also be working more closely with community groups who support carers and hosting specific engagement events for carers in the future.

Carers can contact Healthwatch Surrey in the following ways:

–        Helpdesk: 0303 303 0023

–        SMS: 07592 787 533

–        Email: enquires@healthwatchsurrey.co.uk

–        Website form: https://www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/feedback-centre/

Please see the attached flyer and poster with further information about the new service.

10.  Sponsored Walk for Headway Surrey 15th May 2022 – Sonja Freebody is raising much needed funds for Headway Surrey.  As CEO of Headway Surrey, Sonja will embark on a 5k Sponsored Walk on Sunday 15th May at 9.45am from Shalford Park, Guildford to raise much needed funding for Headway Surrey.  Fundraising is proving very difficult!  

Sonja is a long time owner of a total hip replacement this is enough of a challenge!  Sonja has set up a group sponsorship page   https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sponsoredwalk2022 every little helps!

Or, if you would like to join in and take part and raise your own sponsorship, set up a sponsorship page online or use the paper version attached, there are 3 options, 10K, 5K or NEW 1 mile stroll.  The NEW 1 mile stroll has been added at Sonja’s request to allow Headway Surrey clients and those who cannot do a long distance to take part, so this becomes an all inclusive event.    

To make it more interesting, there are Headway Surrey prizes.

  - The group raising the most
  - An individual over 18 raising the most
  - An individual aged 12-18 raising the most
  - An individual under 12 raising the most

More details, where we meet and downloadable documents are on the Headway Surrey, News and Events page 

11.  Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter – 30th Anniversary Issue May 2022 – Please see attached document

12.  Sight for Surrey Coffee, Cake and Celebrate in Staines – This will take place on Tuesday 24th May from 10am-12pm.  Please see the attached document for more details.

13.  Surrey Faith Links Newsletter – Please see attached document

14. Fraud Newsletter Courier Fraud Special – Please see attached document

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