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Weekly Update 11th July 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Cost of Living Events in Leatherhead and Dorking
  4. Services offered by Mary Frances Trust (MFT)
  5. Tribe project focus group recruitment
  6. Reminder Have your say on future mental health services in Surrey: Community Connections/Safe Havens/In-Reach/Mental Health Citizens Advice survey is now live!
  7. Our Voice Matters Survey reminder 
  8. News Round Up

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

1.  Coalition Update

Access All Areas!  We are very excited to tell you about our new Access All Areas visits.  As many of you know we have previously visited towns in Surrey as part of the ‘Let’s Hear’ project to check the provision of hearing loops in shops and cafes etc.  We would like to start these visits again but feel it would be more effective if we checked other areas of access too!  Our first planned Access All Areas mapping visit will be to Dorking on Wednesday 7th September.  As well as checking access the visits are a great way to meet new people.  Please contact the Involvement team if you would like to join us.

Tell us your experience of Handyperson Services in Surrey – Following a discussion at our last Community Equipment meeting we would be really interested to hear your experience of handyperson services in Surrey.  Your views will then be fed back at the Community Equipment group meeting.  Please contact Yasmin or Charlotte to share your views!

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

No Quiz on Thursday 14th July – Just a quick note to say we will not be running our quiz on Thursday 14th July. 

“A Get More Active report from our Chair:

Surrey Coalition Chair Jonathan Fisher shares his experience of our Get More Active event and some interesting history about Alice Holt Forest. Read all about it here:

We got more active! « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Sport In Mind:

Sport in Mind have released their timetable for July activities. Please see the attached file for details. Sessions are for anyone over the age of 17 experiencing mental health problems. All sessions are lots of fun and for all abilities with equipment provided. The sessions are free and drop in so no need to book and no referral required. Carers, friends and family are more than welcome to accompany participants to the first few sessions.

Mole Valley Friendship and Fishing Project:

This project has now been opened up to anyone living in Surrey. The group will be running weekly on Friday’s at 10.30am-1.30pm from 8th July to 9th September. The group is held at Henfold Lakes, Beare Green, Dorking, RH5 4RW. All bait and equipment is provided with support from male and female qualified angling coaches from Reflections Angling. The first taster session is free with a contribution of £10 per session pay as you go thereafter.

Mole Valley Life Community Transport will drop you door to door if you live in Mole Valley. If you live outside of Mole Valley then the community transport will collect you from Dorking station. Transport costs £5 per week.

For information or to book a place contact Eamonn McNamee  by telephone or SMS: 07770 931932 or email:

3.  Cost of Living Events in Leatherhead and Dorking – Please see the attached documents for more information.

4.  Services offered by Mary Frances Trust (MFT) – MFT are now running face to face activities in all areas as well as keeping the on-line support programme that proved to be so popular and important to many people during the pandemic.

Please use the link below to access the latest MFT calendar to see what is happening but as this is updated every week this is the link where you can find the most recent version:

You can also sign up for a regular newsletter on this link:

As well as running groups, courses, and activities MFT Community Connections Team offer ½hr support appointments that can be booked in advance to help people with specific issues. As support is tailored to meet individual needs, work with each client will differ.

MFT work with anyone who feels their emotional wellbeing would benefit and people do not need to have any diagnosis of a mental health condition.  MFT also have an Advice & Information officer who can help with other issues that impact on emotional wellbeing, such as benefits, debt, housing issues and domestic abuse.

To refer anyone to the service (with their consent) or to self refer please complete a form at this link: MFT will make in initial contact within 48 hours of receiving the referral.

5.  Tribe project focus group recruitment -Surrey County Council is currently piloting a new platform in North-West Surrey called Tribe to increase support for vulnerable individuals isolated from their communities.  


In the UK, there is a 90,000 shortfall in care workers daily, with the highest impact felt in rural areas. Current Adult Social Care provision in this climate is no longer sustainable, the need for increased community capacity and resilience has never been greater. 

The Tribe platform, which was successfully adopted by North Yorkshire County Council and Essex County Council has the potential to address the shortfall in care workers nationally. 

What is Tribe?  

Tribe is a new digital platform with website and mobile app, which connects individuals to a variety of local support such as groups, activities, voluntary or paid support offered by micro-providers in the area. Tribe is for everyone – individuals, carers, voluntary and community groups, public services, and private enterprise – to use, to find and offer support.   

Creating a Tribe account is quick and easy. Users can instantly make and see requests for support within the community they live or work in. Tribe strives to ensure that everyone has access to a wide range of high-quality, personalised care and support services. Enabling choice and control for consumers and helping families find both paid and unpaid help. Tribe makes it straightforward for clients to manage direct payments as information about community support is readily accessible. Users can simply request and receive help in their community through the app, as well as make payments and access invoices for all support received.    

To pilot this platform in Surrey, we would like to test some functionalities with Adult Social Care (ASC) clients who manage their own direct payments. If you know any clients who may be interested in joining a focus group, please answer this email or contact Julia Pears:

For more information on Tribe please see this short video: Tribe – Find Support (  

To visit the Tribe website, please click here  

6.  Reminder Have your say on future mental health services in Surrey: Community Connections/Safe Havens/In-Reach/Mental Health Citizens Advice survey is now live!

Mental health services in Surrey are currently being reviewed and are due to be recommissioned next year. Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group, and NHS Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group have created surveys for professionals, volunteers and service users to complete, which could help shape services going forward. 

Please complete the surveys by 18 July 2022 if you have used or experience of any of the following services in the past 2 years:

  • Community Connections
  • Safe Havens
  • In-Reach
  • Mental Health Citizens Advice Services

Please have your say by accessing the surveys online via Surrey Says:

Accessible versions of the survey can be downloaded from the bottom of the online survey pages.   In addition, the Easy Read version of the survey can be requested as per the contact details below but is also attached for your convenience.

For any questions or to request a hard copy of the accessible versions of the survey (including Easy Read), please contact Surrey County Council:


SMS Text: 07891 005 973

7.  Our Voice Matters Survey reminder –  What is ‘Our Voice Matters’?

Our Voice Matters is a survey of everyone in Surrey aged 8-25. It’s a chance for children and young people to tell us about the things that matter to them in a short, ten-minute survey covering things like mental health, the environment, social media and much more.

The results will be compiled into a report later in the year which we will share widely across Surrey.

Survey details – The User Voice and Participation team will be launched the survey on Monday 23rd May 2022, and it will run until Sunday 31st July 2022. All those completing the survey before the closing date will be in with the chance of winning a £100 Love2Shop voucher!

Find the survey here:

8.  News Round Up – A couple of our members kindly shared some articles with us which you may find interesting!

Wimbledon: How does tennis work when you’re blind? –

Wireless Festival experience ‘upsetting’ for disabled fans –

Charity donation secures extra hoist for disabled sailors in Suffolk –

5 reasons audio description is important to people with sight loss

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