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Weekly Update 4th July 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Care Quality Commission encourages deaf and hearing impaired people to share their experiences of care
  4. Community Connections Survey Now live
  5. Activity Alliance Report
  6. Y Mania 2022 Summer Scorcher and Halloween Monster Mash events
  7. Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) Partnership Officer role
  8. Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum and Surrey Faith Links news
  9. The Wheel of Wellbeing
  10. New telephone number Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) North West Surrey Home Treatment Team
  11. Surrey Neighbourhood Watch protecting yourself from fraud and cybercrime Top tips for staying secure online
  12. Surrey Police and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter July 2022

If you prefer to listen to this week’s update. Please click on the link below:

1.  Coalition Update

Worried about how you’ll manage the increasing living costs? We may be able to help.

The government have now extended the Household Support Fund (HSF) until September 2022 to help those that are finding the increasing energy, household and food bills a struggle.

We’re pleased to announce that we have been asked to help distribute £25,000 from this fund to allocate specifically to Disabled people and those with long term health conditions in Surrey.

What funding is available?

One grant per household (Not per person) may be awarded to help with food or energy costs. Please note grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis, once the funds have been allocated we’ll be unable to offer any further grants. So please make sure you apply as soon as possible.

We’ll be able to issue one grant for either:

  • Supermarket vouchers: Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda/Aldi (orange gift card)/ Iceland vouchers are available up to a maximum of £100 

Or

  • Water, gas or electricity bills: A payment directly to your energy or water supplier. (Up to a maximum value of £200). We will need a copy of your latest bill in order to do this.
  • Alternatively, we can make payments up to a maximum of £200 to help with household essentials into Supported Managed Accounts.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from:

Surrey residents

Full Coalition members (over 18)

People that are not in receipt of a grant from HSF previously

People that have an immediate need for this help

We will not be able to support:

Applications that do not meet the criteria

Applications where there is no immediate need

Mortgage payments or repayment of personal debts

Council Tax payments

How do I apply?

Please apply using our online form. If you would like help completing the form, please contact the involvement team involvement@surreycoalition.org.uk

Short Surrey Coalition Electric Vehicle Charging Survey – Please help us to find out a bit more about your experience of electric vehicle charging in Surrey by completing our short survey Short Surrey Coalition Electric Vehicle Charging Survey

Surrey and Borders Partnership Strategy – The current Surrey and Borders NHS Partnership Trust ten-year Clinical Strategy concludes this year, opening an opportunity for the Trust to reset its direction, focus, and aims.

“Our Strategy” is being developed to serve as the Trust’s overarching plan.

A vlog series have been created to explain the project work as it develops and can found on the Independent Mental Health Network blog and the Surrey Coalition YouTube channel.

Our Strategy (imhnsurrey.com)

Our Strategy Structure (imhnsurrey.com)

Aim, Vision and Promise (imhnsurrey.com)

Surrey Coalition – YouTube

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Get More Active Update:

The YMCA in East Surrey are pleased to announce a new Disability Indoor Golf session run by Co-Active. Sessions are for anyone over the age of 16 with a disability and will be run monthly on a Saturday from 2.30pm-3.30pm. The first session is on the 16th July and cost is £3.30 per person. If you would like more information or to book please email Sam Lyle: sam.lyle@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Get More Active Get Together:

I write this having just returned from a fantastic morning in the beautiful surroundings of Alice Holt Forest. Ten Coalition members enjoyed an inclusive cycling session in the forest – read more by clicking on the link below:

Get More Active Get Together – Alice Holt Inclusive Cycling « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

If you are inspired to give cycling a go the Alice Holt sessions run every Thursday from 9.30am-12.30pm and cost £3 per person with carers going free.

You can also cycle at:

  • Wheels for All Woking: Woking Sportsbox, Egley Road, GU22 0AF. Tuesdays 10am-2pm £5 for 45 minutes.
  • Wheels for All Epsom: Epsom and Ewell Harriers Centre, King George Fields, KT19 9RY. Thursdays 10am-3pm £5 for 45 minutes.
  • Ecolocal Sutton: David Weir Leisure Centre, Middleton Road, SM5 1SL. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-12pm. £5 per session.
  • Wheels for Wellbeing Croydon: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, SE25 4QL. Tuesday and Saturday 10am – 12pm. £5 for 45 minutes.

Why not join us in the café on Friday at 11.30am to find out about our next Get More Active Get Together. Friday Virtual Cafe

3. Care Quality Commission encourages deaf and hearing impaired people to share their experiences of care – The Care Quality Commission (CQC), partnering with Disability Rights UK (DRUK), is asking more people that are deaf or hearing  impaired, to feedback their experiences of care to help services improve. CQC’s Because We All Care campaign, launched in January 2021, aims to help health and social care services identify and address quality issues by encouraging people to share feedback on individual experiences of care.

It is estimated that one in six people are deaf or hearing impaired.  This represents approximately 11 million people today and is expected to rise to 15.6 million by 2035. CQC has introduced SignLive video service, which allows people to connect with CQC to share their feedback using British Sign Language (BSL) as well as text relay.

People can give feedback on their experiences of care, or those of someone they care for, on the CQC website or through their local Healthwatch. Local Healthwatch organisations can also help you with advice and information to access the support you need.

4. Community Connections Survey Now live – The Community Connections/Safe Havens/In-Reach/MH CAB survey is now live! This link is the standard, online survey for people who have used the services above

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/adult-social-care-and-public-health/community-connections-survey

Please also find an Easy-read version of the survey attached, for anyone who would prefer to access the survey in this format

5. Activity Alliance Report – The Activity Alliance has released its annual report on the findings from their Disability and Activity Survey. The survey asked disabled people about their perceptions and experiences of being physically active, particularly how they have found being active during the recovery from Covid. 

Some key findings include: 

  • Less than 3 in 10 disabled people feel encouraged to return to physical activity after the pandemic. 
  • Only 4 in 10 disabled people feel they can be as active as they want. 
  • They are less likely than last year to feel activity leaders met their needs and included them and less likely than non-disabled people to say returning to activity was a positive experience. 

The recommendations of improvements that organisations can make are: 

  1. ‘Involve me as we recover from the pandemic’ 
  2. ‘Support me to feel like being active is for someone like me’ 
  3. ‘Your workforce can make it a better experience for me’ 
  4. ‘Involve the health professionals I trust the most’ 

Below are links to the survey report: 

Website and videos 

Executive summary 

Full report 

Active Surrey’s research into inclusive activities for disabled young people earlier this year backs up a lot of what the Activity Alliance has found. The findings and recommendations are similar to the Activity Alliance’s survey and both the research and survey can be used to help engage disabled people more effectively. 

6. Y Mania 2022 Summer Scorcher and Halloween Monster Mash events – Please see the document attached.  Please note YMCA East Surrey are only taking bookings for the summer event for now.

7. Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) Partnership Officer role – Visit the Surrey County Council website for details Surrey County Council – Job details (surreycc.gov.uk)

8. Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum and Surrey Faith Links news – Please visit The latest news and updates from Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum (mailchi.mp)

9. The Wheel of Wellbeing – Evidence suggests there are steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. The Wheel of Wellbeing is a handy way to think about things you can do to help improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen your relationships, and even add up to seven years to your life.

  1. Body- Be Active- do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.
  2. Mind – Keep Learning – embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself.
  3. Spirit – Give to others: your time, your words, your presence.
  4. People – Connect –: talk and listen, be there, feel connected.
  5. Place – Take Notice: this includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you, remember the simple things that give you joy.
  6. Planet – Care – make small changes that will make a big difference to our environment.

For more advice and information, visit Healthy Surrey and nhs.uk/mental-health

10. New telephone number Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) North West Surrey Home Treatment Team – From Friday July 1, the North West Surrey Home Treatment Team, provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP), will use a new phone number: 0300 222 5754

This change is part of the installation of a new telephone system that will make it easier for people to reach North West Surrey Home Treatment Team. It includes a call waiting facility and the ability for clinicians to answer calls on both landline and mobile phones. SABP will update service leaflets and the Trust’s website to reflect this change.

Please update your directories on July 1, replacing all previous numbers for North West Surrey Home Treatment team with 0300 222 5754

11. Surrey Neighbourhood Watch protecting yourself from fraud and cybercrime Top tips for staying secure online – Phishing is the malicious use of email and text (and even social media) to send fraudulent messages. These are usually designed to trick people into giving up personal information like passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information.

The message will often include a link which if clicked on will take you to the fraudsters website – which might be designed to look like your bank or another site you are aware of. This is where you will be asked to enter your information.

If you do enter information then this could be used to access your bank account, use your credit card, hack your online accounts or carry out any other fraudulent activity.

Tell-tale signs of phishing include being addressed as a ‘valued customer’ or similar, graphics or logos that don’t look quite right and an urgency to do something e.g. to get a special offer of some sort.

The attached infographic gives advice on what to do if you have already acted on one of these messages and you can report any suspicious emails by forwarding it to the NCSC’s suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS): report@phishing.gov.uk.

12. Surrey Police and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter July 2022 – Please see attached document.

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