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Weekly Update 23rd May 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. May Measure Month
  4. Citizen Ambassador roles
  5. Sight for Surrey Coffee, Cake & Celebrate
  6. Clothing Design Survey
  7. Call for Participants
  8. Hearing Aids for Music (HAfM) Resources
  9. RNIB Campaigns petition for more Audio Description
  10. Office and Service Administrator

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

1.  Coalition Update

Thank You! – Thanks to all those who attended the Surrey Wide DENS meeting on Monday.  We had a fabulous turnout and lots of questions and feedback for the Surrey County Councillors present.

In Person DENS Meeting – This week we held our first in person DENS meeting for two years.  Members of the South West DENS met at the Godalming Baptist Church.  All went well apart from a couple of technical hitches!

UK Power Networks – You may remember that we asked if anyone on the Priority Register had difficulties during the recent storms.  We used the feedback from this and from the DENS meetings to put together a letter to the Chief Executive of UK Power Networks.  We received a very quick response to our letter and as a consequence some processes for making contact with the public are being reviewed.  Surrey Coalition have also been asked to work with UK Power Networks in the future!

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Trip to Elmbridge Museum – Join us on Monday for a trip to Elmbridge Museum during our café slot at 11am.  Here are all the links you need to access the trip.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 871 7519 2377
Password: 484923
0800 031 5717 United Kingdom Toll-free

Glee Club – We had great fun last week listening to silly songs that make you join in!  From the Chicken Song (Spitting Image), Agadoo (Black Lace) and Right Said Fred (Bernard Cribbins).  This week’s theme is Motown, it would be great if you could join us on Tuesday at 4pm. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 1449 7325

Passcode: 333386

0 800 260 5801 United Kingdom Toll-free

Get More Active update

After a tip off from Coalition member Richard, Katy and Angie visited Addlestone Victory Park Bowls Club this week to find out more about the club and their upcoming Open Day. Thank you Richard! Read all about local legend Barrie de Suys and the exciting changes that have been happening at the club in the attached article or on our website.

Addlestone Victory Park Bowls Club « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

UK Deaf Sport, the National Disability Sports Organisation for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, have released a series of resources and tips for how to be inclusive during sport and physical activity. The aim is to help providers meet the communication needs of a deaf participant, and includes deaf peoples shared experiences in sport, their advice in communicating with a deaf person, sport specific resources and some useful signs. You can find the resources here: How to be accessible – UK Deaf Sport

Sport in Mind are starting FREE Badminton and Table Tennis sessions on the 27th May at the YMCA in Redhill. The sessions are drop-in with no need to book and are for anyone experiencing mental health problems.

Activity: Badminton/Table Tennis

Day: Fridays

Time: 1pm to 2pm

Location: ISF Sports Hall at YMCA East Surrey, Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ

3.  May Measure Month – High blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels – this is called hypertension. Over time it can lead to a number of health problems including heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease. A third of adults in the UK have hypertension and don’t realise they have it. It can be a silent killer as usually there are no symptoms, so knowing that you may have high blood pressure and taking steps to manage it could save your life.

There are a number of ways that you can manage high blood pressure and lead a normal, healthy life. It’s important to understand what blood pressure numbers mean, what levels are safe, and how to measure your blood pressure, for example at home or maybe at your local pharmacy – and also how to work with your GP practice if your blood pressure is high.

For more information visit NHS Southeast Clinical Networks and take a look at the films to hear more advice from the medical team and useful tips and advice.

4.  Citizen Ambassador roles – Are you passionate about improving health and social care services for people in Surrey? Healthwatch Surrey, together with Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, are recruiting for 2 Citizen Ambassador roles. These part time roles require a commitment of 15 hours each month.

As a Citizen Ambassador you will be listening to people’s experiences (especially those who do not often get their voice heard) to help increase understanding within health and social care organisations about the services they provide.

Citizen Ambassadors are everyday people who act as ‘peer researchers’. You will be given training to work with the NHS, Surrey County Council and Voluntary Sector Organisations to deliver small-scale projects and engagements, to hear the experiences of people in the community.

Further information, including a Job Description, is available on Healthwatch Surrey’s website ( The deadline for applications is 9am on 30th May.

5.  Sight for Surrey Coffee, Cake & Celebrate – Please see the attached flyer for coffee and cake in Godalming.

6. Clothing Design Survey – We have been contacted by Jamie who is would like to start an adaptive clothing business and is currently doing some market research.  Jamie would like to hear from a wide cross-section of people with disabilities to find out what their difficulties are with clothing and how clothes could be adapted in future.  Please can you help Jamie by filling out this survey

7. Call for Participants – Participate in a paid study on musical scene analysis.  Hearing Aids for Music (HAfM) project highlighted that people with hearing loss often experience difficulties identifying instruments and hearing melodies when listening to music.  HAfM are conducting a new study in collaboration with the University of Oldenburg which investigates the ability of people with hearing loss to hear out a melody or instrument from a musical mixture.

You will be asked to engage in a listening experiment during which you will be asked to decide whether a single target instrument, which was played to you in advance, is part of a subsequently presented instrument mixture or not. The mixture is manipulated in various ways (for example, the number of instruments is varied, or the loudness of the target instrument compared with the other instruments is changed).

The whole experimental session will last approx. 30 minutes and you will be paid for your time at a rate of 12 EUROS/£10 per hour. Results will inform current understanding of the effects of hearing loss on music perception, and contribute to advancements of hearing aids for music listening.
If you are interested in finding out more and participating, please see this blog. You can access the listening experiment directly.

8. Hearing Aids for Music (HAfM) Resources –  HAfM have developed a set of resources that are freely available on their website.  This includes a patient booklet Music listening with hearing aids which explains why music listening can be challenging with hearing aids, and provides helpful tips and strategies for improving listening experiences. It contains sections on assistive listening devices, advice on how to make the best of different listening environments and tips for having discussions with audiologists.

9.  RNIB Campaigns petition for more Audio Description – The RNIB want more accessible content so that blind and partially sighted people can enjoy TV in the same way as everyone else. 

The Digital Economy Act 2017 paved the way for requirements to make more video-on-demand services accessible with subtitles, sign language and audio description. But the targets for broadcasters have not been introduced and the law is yet to be put into action!

You can help by signing the RNIB petition calling on the Government to use existing legislation to compel broadcasters to make more content accessible. RNIB campaigns | Sign our petition asking the Government to make more Video on Demand accessible (

10.  Office and Service Administrator – Surrey Community Action are looking for an Office and Services Administrator support Surrey Community Action and the tenants of the Astolat charity hub. 

They are looking for someone to:

  • Ensure the smooth running of the “Astolat” charity hub, housing 8 other  charities and providing a range of shared facilities and services.
  • Provide administrative support for Surrey Community Action including human resources administration, office management and IT.
  • Act as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive.

Closing date Friday 27th May, interviews planned for Tuesday 31st May


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