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Weekly Update 20th June 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. New Include Choir starts in Epsom Tuesdays 6-7.30pm!
  4. Surrey County Council On-Street Electric Vehicle Charge Design Guidelines
  5. Have your say on the Surrey Young Carers Strategy
  6. Job Opportunity Advice Session Supervisor
  7. RESTORE2 Mini for carers  
  8. Fraud newsletter: Investment Fraud special June 2022 edition
  9. A Doorstep Duet, Waverley
  10. Spelthorne Borough Installation Update
  11. Runnymede Borough Installation Update

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

1. Coalition Update

Long Covid – As part of the Community Champions Project, Charlotte would like to talk to anyone who has been affected by long covid. If you have had long covid, please can you contact Charlotte so she can get your feedback on services available in Surrey.  If you can help, please contact Charlotte on

Power Chair user explored Happy Valley on Box Hill – Ted, one of our members, who is a volunteer at Boxhill got in contact with us to let us know about the use of the free wheelchair trike at Boxhill.  Several visitors with mobility problems visited Boxhill over the weekend.  The free wheelchair trike was loaned several times and those using it were able to visit the Viewpoint and go into the woods along the pushchair friendly path.  On Sunday one visitor in a lightweight (low centre of gravity) power chair also went along the play trail out to Broadwood Tower. They then explored Happy Valley by going in the reverse direction along Juniper Tops route to avoid the steps from the Tower. She and her family went almost as far as the Headley Valley car park and then returned to Boxhill, delighted by the Accessibility information provided by the Shepherd’s Hut team. This route is steep at the top of the valley so Ted explained the risks before they started, but she said that although the surface was rough in places the gradients were OK because there was no difficult or dangerous camber (cross-slope) that might cause the chair to topple.   Many thanks to Ted and the team at Boxhill for their continued work on this.  Here is a map and snaps of the play trail

As you know, Charlotte is compiling a list of venues that hire out wheelchairs etc.  Please let Charlotte know if you have visited somewhere that has this facility and she will add this to the list, which will be available on our website.  You can contact Charlotte by emailing

Attia’s Blog – This months blog covers Attia’s experience at an event for refugees in Woking

Attia, helping refugees to connect « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Alpine Gardening Talk! – On Monday 20th at 11am our virtual café will host a talk from Eddie Jones, Chair of the Alpine Garden Society in East Lancashire.  Join us to find out more about Alpine Gardening, you will also have the opportunity to ask Eddie any questions you may have.  You can find out more about Alpine Gardening by visiting the Alpine Gardening Society website.  Use the details below to join the chat online or on the phone.

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Get More Active Get Together – we are very excited to confirm the date for our next Get More Active Get Together. On Thursday 30th June at 11 am we will be visiting Alice Holt Forest to join in their inclusive cycling session. Alice Holt has a variety of cycling circuits with good surfaces and flat terrain and a fleet of cycles to suit all needs. This video from the Inclusive Cycling Network gives an idea of what’s involved and features Alice Holt in the first minute  The Inclusive Cycling Network | Cycling UK . You can get more of an idea of the bikes available here Equipment : Alice Holt Inclusive Cycling

If you would like to join us please contact Katy by email or by phone/SMS text on 07434 865062

We will also be discussing the Get Together during Friday’s virtual café so if you have any questions or would like any more information join us in the café at 11.30 am. Friday Virtual Cafe

3. New Include Choir starts in Epsom Tuesdays 6-7.30pm! – After the success of The original Include Choir in Redhill, Include are launching a second Choir in Epsom. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

The choir is a Makaton signing choir, so joining the choir is an opportunity to learn a skill which can help include people with learning disabilities or autism (valuable for care staff and families too) and Include promote inclusive communication. However, signing is in no way essential, all are welcome. It’s an inclusive friendly space to sing, boost wellbeing and meet a great bunch of people with and without disabilities who share a love of music. 

4. Surrey County Council On-Street Electric Vehicle Charge Design Guidelines – Please see the attached document.  If you have any comments on the draft guidelines please contact Andrew Stokes

5. Have your say on the Surrey Young Carers Strategy – Following a range of engagement activities throughout 2021 with children, young people, families and practitioners, a draft Surrey Young Carers Strategy has been developed by Surrey County Council (SCC) and our NHS partners.

This strategy will help guide their work with young carers over the next two years. So, SCC are looking for feedback on this draft strategy to ensure that it reflects the vision, values and priorities of young carers and those who support them in Surrey.

The consultation will be open for two months, and the strategy and survey can be found here. The survey is for young carers and their families, and practitioners across all services, such as social workers, teachers, support assistants and anyone else who supports young carers.

As part of this engagement, SCC would also like to hear about what we can do to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young carers. There is a section at the end of the survey about this.

If you have any queries or would like a follow up conversation please do get in contact via

6. Job Opportunity Advice Session Supervisor – Citizens Advice Guildford and Ash have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about giving an effective service to those most in need to join their team as Advice Session Supervisor.  This is a permanent role for 15 hours a week.  For more information and to apply, please visit their website.

7.  RESTORE2 Mini for carers  – Free training aimed at carers supporting people with learning disabilities, autism, or other conditions where the individual may not be able to express how they are feeling?     It is free to all Surrey carers and is following a methodology called RESTORE2 Mini being rolled out nationally, initially to care homes and now to carers. It aims to help spot signs of deterioration and ensure reporting of symptoms is clear.  No medical knowledge is needed.

It has been commissioned as part of the Surrey LeDer report which highlights people with learning disabilities who are at risk of dying from preventable conditions. In Surrey women with learning difficulties die 21.6 years sooner than the general population and men 10.7 years sooner.  There are examples of deaths being caused by what should be preventable causes such as constipation. Courses can be accessed on-line or in person.  Dates and times are available on request.  Please see the attached document for more details.

8.  Fraud newsletter: Investment Fraud special  June 2022 edition – Please see attached document

9.  A Doorstep Duet, Waverley – Last summer Farnham Maltings worked in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, to bring specially choregraphed free-to-see world-class duets to outdoor spaces in the town, specifically for those most isolated, at risk of loneliness, and facing barriers to access and participation to the arts. We’re keen that whilst Farnham has this opportunity, we share this wider with places across Waverley, and would love to have 3-4 performances that are in other towns/villages, reaching the specific audiences for this work.

The aim is to reach people who are at risk of loneliness, face barriers to accessing the arts, those without internet connection, single parents, recently retired, disabled people, new parents, carers, refugees, recently bereaved or unemployed, to name a few.

Doorstep Duets was created in 2021 by New Adventures in response to a proposal from Gavin Stride – Director of Farnham Maltings, who reached out as a Placemaking Partner, to do more work around social isolation. The aim of the project is to bring joy, escapism, and connection through local neighbourhood performances.

This year, New Adventures have created two brand-new short pieces to tour throughout the South-East of England during summer 2022. They commissioned their Dance Artists Sophia Hurdley and Daisy May Kemp to choreograph lively original works. One piece charts the story of an unlikely friendship between two socially awkward individuals during the unprecedented times of a pandemic; a set of parcel deliveries breaks down social barriers and preconceptions, we are left with bunting, tea, and happiness. The other has a larger number of dancers and lasts 20mins, inspired by Sea Shanties and follows 5 people’s journeys of happiness.

A Trailer for A Doorstep Duet, Summer 2021:

A Full-4min video of Doorstep Duets around the country:

New Adventurespartners are Farnham Maltings and House; the programme is supported by Arts Council England.


  • Where can they happen? The duets can be performed on the streets and in very local community spaces and areas, including people’s gardens, public or private green spaces or courtyards; bringing live dance directly to communities. The only stipulation is the ground is fairly flat and safe for the dancers.
  • When are performances taking place? The week of 18th July in Farnham, during daylight hours.

 Who are New Adventures? An iconic and ground-breaking British dance-theatre company, famous for telling stories with a unique theatrical twist. For almost 35 years Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have delighted, inspired, and nurtured people of all ages and backgrounds: audiences, artists, and the next generation. They create world class productions and engaging projects, reaching thousands worldwide every year.

If you have any suggestions for places in Waverley where residents will benefit from this please contact Charlotte Hall

10. Spelthorne Borough Installation Update – Please see attached document.

11. Runnymede Borough Installation Update – Please see attached document.

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