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Weekly Update 13th June 2022

Dear Member

Welcome to the Coalition weekly update, this update includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Activity Alliance’s third Annual Disability and Activity Survey
  4. Winter power cuts study
  5. Celebrating our present creating our future
  6. SILC Webinar Series
  7. Our Voice Matters
  8. Centre for Psychology Update
  9. Fraud newsletter: Phishing texts June 2022 edition
  10. Protecting yourself from fraud and cybercrime
  11. Together we can project
  12. SCAN Newsletter 30th Anniversary Issue June 2022
  13. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter
  14. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update

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1.  Coalition Update

Welcome back, we hope you all had a great Jubilee weekend!  We hope you enjoy this week’s update which is packed with news and events.  This week we have sent out our summer edition of Coalition News, we hope you enjoy the work we have been doing over the last few months.  If you have any feedback on this then please get in touch.

Nikki, our Comms Lead is running a workshop to hear people’s views on what they would like to see on our new website, which is due to be launched in the Autumn. The workshop is running on Tuesday 14th June from 10am – 4pm at our offices in Guildford. If you’d like to attend, please contact Nikki for further details

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Get More Active update      

We hope you had a fantastic jubilee bank holiday weekend. Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid certainly did, winning their 10th grand slam in a row at the French Open! Read all about it here: BBC Sport Alfie Hewitt and Gordon Reid win at French Open

Get Yourself Active the programme run by Disability Rights UK have refreshed their website and resources. There are some great guides and video’s on here to support you to Get More Active at home. Check it out here! Home – Get Yourself Active

Would you like to Get More Active but need some support during activities or with transport? Why not contact Katy to discuss how you can Get More Active in a way that works for you? Katy can offer advice and support and match you up with one of our new Active Buddy volunteers. Contact Katy by email: or

Phone/SMS text: 07434 865062

Plans are under way for our next Get More Active monthly event. This month we will be visiting Alice Holt Forest for some cycling using their fleet of adapted cycles suitable for all levels of mobility. You can find out more about the bikes here: Alice Holt Inclusive Cycling – bikes

Please let Katy know if you are interested in coming along. Watch out for more information in the next weekly updates or join us in the virtual café on Friday at 11.30am here: Friday Virtual Cafe

3.  Activity Alliance’s third Annual Disability and Activity Survey – New Disability and Activity Survey released today shows that less than half of disabled people feel sport (31%) and physical activity (47%) is for ‘someone like me’. Read Activity Alliance’s report here:

4.  Winter power cuts study – Do you know someone who lost electricity due to one of the winter storms? Kings College London are looking for people aged 18 and over who experienced power cuts for 2 days or more this winter (2021/22) to tell them about their experiences. Participating will involve speaking to us in a video/telephone call for 45-90 minutes, in exchange for a £30 Amazon or other gift voucher. Reasonable adjustments will be provided, including BSL interpreters, easy read formats, and other needs you might have.

Researchers at Kings College London want to find out what support people need in future power cuts. They will be examining experiences in relation to disabilities and/or long-term health conditions; but you do not need to have a health condition to participate. They hope to learn lessons from these incidents about what did and didn’t work for people with a range of different needs.

How can you get involved?

Please email to find out more, or visit This is a King’s College London research project.

5. Celebrating our present creating our future – Blossom LGBT CIC & Art in Practice UK presents LGBTQ+ Art Showcase at New House Art Space featuring work from our LGBTQ+ art workshops, local LGNTQ+ artists and interactive activities from LGBTQ+.  From 24th June 2022 – 3rd July 2022 at Fays Passage, Guildford, GU1 4SQ

6.  SILC Webinar Series – SILC have set up a webinar series to cover the following topics:

Getting started with direct payments: TUESDAY 28th JUNE 2022, 2pm -3pm

This will cover the following topics: The role of SILC, Understanding how your package of care is costed, Managing the money side of Direct Payments – Pre-paid Accounts and Supported Pre-paid Accounts, Differences between employed and self-employed Personal Assistants

Recruitment: WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2022, 11am – 12 noon

This will cover the following topics: Recruitment and using our Support Finder service to find a PA, DBS and references, Contracts, Professional boundaries

Payroll: TUESDAY 6th DECEMBER 2022, 2pm – 3pm

This will cover the following topics: Payroll for employers employing a PA (presentation from David Howard Payroll Ltd)

Insurance: MARCH 2023 (time and date TBC)

This will cover the following topics: Insurance for employers (presentation from Mark Bates Ltd insurance)

SILC have set up a webpage and event booking, details can be found on their website here: SILC – Attend a Webinar (

7.  Our Voice Matters – Are you a young person in Surrey? Would you like to have your voice heard on the things that are important to you? Then make sure you complete the Our Voice Matters Survey!

Our Voice Matters is an online survey for all children aged 8 or above in Surrey. It is a chance for you to tell those who make decisions about schools, health, and the environment, what you think!

If you complete the survey by 31st July 2022, you could be in with a chance of winning a £100 Love2Shop voucher.  Complete the survey today:

8. Centre for Psychology Update – The Centre for Psychology is running a Sleep Difficulties group starting in June. This course will take place online via Zoom. Please see attachment for further details of this group. 

As a service, the Centre for Psychology are encouraging people to seek support for their mental health at the earliest opportunity. Seeking help is often the first step towards getting better and staying well. There may be barriers to people accessing the support such as thinking that other people have it worse or that they would be wasting someone’s time. The Centre for Psychology would encourage people to seek our help if they are:

       –    Worrying more than usual
       –    Finding it hard to enjoy life
       –    Having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, which have an impact on day-to-day life

Self-referrals and professional referrals for groups and one-to-one support can be made via the website ( and email address. Please see the leaflet attached which outlines the various ways a referral can be made.

9.  Fraud newsletter: Phishing texts June 2022 edition – Please see the newsletter attached.  T/Detective Chief Inspector Rob Walker, Surrey Police & Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said “Each month we see many incidents of fraudsters targeting our residents in an attempt to defraud them. We’re working hard to prevent this and support vulnerable victims of fraud or scams. By following our tips and encouraging family, friends and colleagues to do so too, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.”


10.  Protecting yourself from fraud and cybercrime – A backup is a copy of your important data that’s stored in a separate safe location, usually on the internet (known as cloud storage), or on removable media (such as USB stick, SD card, or external hard drive). Once you’ve made a backup, if you lose access to your original data – documents, photos and other files, or the entire contents of your phone/computer (including the apps and programs you use) – you can restore a copy of it from the backup.

You should back up anything that you value. That is, anything that would inconvenience you (for whatever reason) if you could no longer access it.

Backups are not just for recovering lost, erased, or inaccessible data. If you have a new device or computer, you can use backups to transfer your existing files, apps and settings across. Once you’ve made your backup, it’s important to check that it contains all of your important data to make sure that your backup has worked.

Recovering files deleted in error is quicker than restoring an entire backup. Look for the ‘recycle bin’ and ‘file history’ features and make sure they are turned on. ‘File history’ (or ‘snapshots’) gives you an option to restore a file to a previous version, in case you need to undo a change.

More details on all of this is on the attached ‘infographic’.

11. Together we can project – Please see attached document

12. SCAN Newsletter 30th Anniversary Issue June 2022 – Please see attached document

13. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter – Please see attached document

14. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update –  Please see attached document

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