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Weekly Update 27th May 2022

Dear Coalition Member         

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Do you want to be involved in the decision making process for healthcare in East Surrey?
  4. Freewheelers “Degas” performance
  5. Working in Partnership with People and Communities consultation
  6. Guide Dogs Launches ‘Viewpoint’
  7. Clothing Design Survey
  8. Ofgem scam emails
  9. Volunteering opportunities at Wisley
  10. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing 23 May 2022

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1.  Coalition Update

National Volunteers Week – National Volunteers’ week is 1st – 7th June, a time to recognise and celebrate the work of volunteers across the country.  We want to thank all of our amazing volunteers. We have so many volunteers helping us at The Coalition – The Board of Directors, Tech Angels, Mental Health reps, Office Admin and many more! We certainly couldn’t achieve everything we do without you! Over the week we’ll be sharing some stories from our volunteers via social media. We’ll also share some of the stories with you in the next weekly update.  

Weekly Update! – Due to staff leave and bank holidays we are sending this weekly update out early.  There will be no weekly update the week beginning 6th June, the next weekly update will be sent out on Monday 13th June.  If anyone has any information they would like to include please contact Yasmin.

Bank Holiday – Just a reminder that we will not be running the quiz on Thursday 2nd June or the virtual café on Friday 3rd June because of the bank holiday.  The social activities will resume on Monday 6th June.  We hope you have a great time over the jubilee weekend!

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Share a cream tea to celebrate the jubilee! – On Wednesday 1st June we would like to invite members to join us for a virtual cream tea!  This will take place at 2.30pm.  We look forward to chatting about jubilees gone by and hopefully there will be no disagreements on whether to put jam or cream on first!

A talk from the Alpine Garden Society – We are pleased to announce that our next virtual trip/talk will be from the chairman of the East Lancashire Alpine Garden Society on Monday 20th June at 11am!  If you would like more information about the alpine gardens visit

Get More Active Update

Active Buddies – We are very excited to announce that our new Active Buddies scheme will be launching on the 1st June. Active Buddies is a scheme that matches our members with a volunteer for support with attending activities in your community. If you would like to be more physically active but need someone to go with you; or you need help with transport to and from an activity then Active Buddies is for you! Or perhaps, you enjoy being active and have some time available to volunteer to be a buddy yourself. (See attached flyer) Check out our socials and website from the 1st June for more information!

Sport In Mind – Sport in Mind have 6 new sessions starting in June in Surrey. There are a variety of activities across the county including Badminton, Table Tennis and outdoor Tai Chi. For more information contact Katy via email or by SMS text or phone on 07434 865062.  Sport in Mind sessions are run by friendly, approachable coaches for people experiencing mental health issues. All sessions are drop-in with no need to book ahead and all equipment is provided. Sessions are FREE and open to all abilities as well as carers, friends and family.

3.  Do you want to be involved in the decision making process for healthcare in East Surrey? – If your answer is yes, Surrey Heartlands are looking for people to be involved. This would be relevant to anyone who uses East Surrey Hospital, receives care from First Community Health and Care, or for people who live across the districts and boroughs of Reigate, Banstead and Tandridge. The roles are expected to attract an involvement fee and expenses reimbursement. As part of this role, you’ll be working with project and programme managers who are seeking to improve the way NHS services are delivered locally in East Surrey, you will review project information and offer the Patient and Public perspective, as well as acting as a critical friend. If you would like further information please contact

4.  Freewheelers “Degas” performance – After more than two years without a live performance, Freewheelers are delighted to FINALLY be returning to the theatre on Friday 10th June to present “Degas”

Fully costumed and to French music of the era, the Freewheelers dancers reawaken Degas’ paintings and relationships. Through a sumptuous whirlwind of choreography and verbatim performance, the audience will be transported to Paris’ artistic heyday and discover the story behind one of the Impressionist movement’s most famous painters.” 

Tickets are just £12 full price, or £6 concession with essential carers coming free of charge and can be purchased here:

Please spread the word!

5.  Working in Partnership with People and Communities consultation – NHS England and NHS Improvement is developing new guidance on working in partnership with people and communities. This new guidance will support health and care systems to work effectively with their communities and ensure that people are involved in decisions about health and care services.  The consultation can be accessed by the following link and the closing date is 30th May Working in Partnership with People and Communities: Summary of draft guidance – NHS England – Citizen Space

6.  Guide Dogs Launches ‘Viewpoint’ – Viewpoint is a special online community made up entirely of people with sight loss (or their parents in the case of children). It is one of the first of its kind and you’re invited to be a part of it. It’s completely free to join and participate in.

It’s created by Guide Dogs, but it’s not just for their clients, it’s for all people with sight loss.  As a member, you’ll be invited to take part in interesting research activities. It’s a great way to get your voice heard and we hope you will find it personally rewarding.  You have complete control over what you take part in and if membership isn’t right for you, you’re free to leave at any point.

Of course the system is fully accessible so that your experience will be as frustration free as possible.

To become a member, please complete a short 10 minute survey on the link below, once complete, you’ll be entered into a free prize draw with a chance to win £200 in Amazon shopping vouchers.

7.  Clothing Design Survey – Last week we included a link to a clothing design survey, however, we have heard there may have been some problems with filling it in.  We have been sent a new link below.  It would be great if you could give your feedback on this.

8.  Ofgem scam emails – Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Please view our tweet to see a screenshot of the fake emails reported to Action Fraud:

  • Remember, your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact the company using details from their official website or app.
  • Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) –

9. Volunteering opportunities at Wisley – RHS Wisley are looking for a welcoming and enthusiastic volunteer with an interest in science and gardening to join their Visitor Experience team at RHS Garden Wisley.  RHS Garden Wisley is a wonderful place to come and see beautiful gardens, spectacular horticulture and is a fantastic day out for our visitors. 

With its varied plant collections and garden areas, Wisley welcomes more than one million visitors and RHS members a year ranging from young families, gardening enthusiast and experienced generations.

Based in the brand new RHS Hilltop – The Home of Garden Science building and surrounding gardens, you will be the friendly face for all visitors, answering any questions and encouraging them to get involved.  For more information please see the attached document.

10.  Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing 23 May 2022 – Please see attached document

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