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Weekly update 25th July 2022

Welcome to the weekly update, this edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer Support coming up
  3. Improving Access at West Horsley Place
  4. Ladies ONLY Physical Activity Celebration Day Wednesday 24 August 2022
  5. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing 21 July 2022
  6. WhatsApp scam costs victims £1.5 million
  7. YMCA East Surrey CYP Disability Team vacancies
  8. News round up

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

1.  Coalition Update

Save the date!  We are very pleased to announce that our AGM will take place on Friday 14th October at Dorking Halls.  Please put the date in your diary.  We will send further information on how to register for the event shortly.

How does the NHS in England work and how is it changing? – There have been a number of changes to the health system (which was already complicated!).  Clare found this great ‘explainer’ video from the Kings Fund which answers the following questions; What are the key organisations that make up the NHS? And how can they collaborate with partners in the health and care system to deliver joined-up care?    

Lived Experience Group – The next Lived Experience Group meeting for the new mental health hospital in North West Surrey will take place on Thursday 28th July.

We’ve updated the agenda, so this session will focus on answering some of the questions and concerns we’ve been hearing about visiting spaces and parking, as well as hearing about the design of the calm and sensory rooms, and employment and skills opportunities during the construction process.

We’ll also be sharing the latest news, including the closure of the Abraham Cowley Unit in May, and inviting you to ask questions about the programme.

When: Thursday 28th July, 9.30 – 11.30 am

Where: Online via MS Teams. Please register to attend through Eventbrite

Apply today for the Household Support Fund

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/Aldi (orange gift card)/ Iceland vouchers are available up to a maximum of £100 
  • 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.

How do I apply?

For more details on who can apply and how to apply, please visit our website . If you would like help completing the form, please contact the involvement team

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Get More Active Update – As Coalition member Ang reminded us the Commonwealth Games starts this week with the opening ceremony on 28th July. For the first time ever the paragames will be fully integrated. For a brief run down of what to expect read our article here:

Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

If you’re new to exercise, want to gauge your progress and live near Woking or Merstham library, why not borrow a smart activity watch? The scheme by Active Surrey, Surrey County Council and the University of Surrey has 10 watches in each library. It’s a great way to see whether you’re one of those people for whom an activity monitor can be a real incentive to move more. You can borrow one for up to six weeks, giving you a chance to see whether having such a device is something it’s worth investing in for the health benefits it brings you.

  • Monitors heart rate, activity, sleep quality and stress levels
  • Easy to set up and use. Library staff can help you with this if you want.
  • Quick charging with long battery life – up to 14 days’ use 
  • Use standalone or with a dedicated smartphone app

You need to be a library member but if you’re not you can just pop along and get your card in person or sign up for library membership online. Each loan can be for up to 6 weeks and every watch is cleared of all the data and information when you return it, to ensure your privacy isn’t compromised. 

Physical Activity News « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

3. Improving Access at West Horsley Place – West Horsley Place is a grade I listed manor house in West Horsley. As part of the Trust’s vision for the future, their mission includes exploring how a historic property can meet the needs of the 21st century, planning for a future without barriers, devoted to diversity and access for all. To do this, West Horsley Place Trust are establishing an Access Panel to consult on barriers to access on site. 

The Trust are looking for people with lived experience of one or more disabling barriers, who can attend up to four meeting per year at West Horsley Place and are passionate about improving access for all, to join the Access Panel. A voluntary position, members will be able invited to experience certain tours and exhibitions for free. 

If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact Jo Ellison (Community Engagement Officer, More information about the role can be found here: Volunteer role: Access Panel Member

4. Ladies ONLY Physical Activity Celebration Day Wednesday 24 August 2022 – The Ladies ONLY Physical Activity Celebration day for those 16+ is taking place on Wednesday 24 August from 9.30am – 4.00pm at Eastwood Leisure Centre, Sheerwater, Woking, GU21 5RF.

It is a full day of FREE ladies only activities delivered by female instructors and no previous experience is necessary. You are welcome to come and try just one activity or several. Some of the activities include Swimming, Badminton, Zanga Zanga, Aerobics, Rounders, Cricket and many others.

There will be a social space in the club room at the centre where refreshments will be served throughout the day and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Ladies will also have the chance to network and engage with some local providers that will have stalls to promote some of the work they are doing in the area. In addition to this, there is a kids activity club from 11am – 2pm for ladies who have children between 5 and 11 years old and are unable to find childcare.

You DO NOT need to book but we would greatly appreciate you registering your attendance on this form so that we can get an idea of numbers for each activity.

5. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing 21 July 2022 – Please see attached document

6. WhatsApp scam costs victims £1.5 million – The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is warning the public about the continued increase in reports about scams where victims are targeted on WhatsApp by criminals pretending to be someone they know – typically their children.

Between 3rd February 2022 and 21st June 2022, there have been a total of 1235 reports made to Action Fraud linked to this scam, with total reported losses exceeding £1.5mn.

Criminals will usually begin the conversation with “Hello Mum” or “Hello Dad” and will say that they are texting from a new mobile number as their phone was lost or damaged. They will then ask for money to purchase a new one, or claim that they need money urgently to pay a bill

The criminal will provide bank details for the payment to be made to, with some coming back with further demands for money.  

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Mullish, from the City of London Police, said:

“If you receive a message like this from a friend or family member, don’t send any money until you’ve had a chance to call them and confirm their identity. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.”

How to protect yourself:

  • STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
  • You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.
  • Never share your account’s activation code (that’s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)

7. YMCA East Surrey CYP Disability Team vacancies

There are two exciting roles with the YMCA East Surrey CYP Disability Team that we are currently recruiting for:

Disability Services Manager and Disability Co-ordinator

Judith at the YMCA East Surrey would be delighted to have an informal discussion with interest applicants Mobile/SMS : 07870 904035     


More information on the roles is attached.

8. News round up
Uber to pay $2.2m to disabled riders over wait fees –

Beach track built for wheelchair-users in Seaton –

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