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Weekly Update 8th August 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer support coming up
  3. Joint Health and Social Care Dementia Strategy for Surrey 2022 – 2027
  4. First Community is seeking to recruit an additional Patient Safety Partner
  5. SCAN Newsletter 30th Anniversary Issue August 2022
  6. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update
  7. News Round Up

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

1.  Coalition Update

No weekly update next week – Just to let you know there will be no weekly update next week due to staff holiday.

Admission to and Discharge from Inpatient Mental Health Services – Survey

Alex Hird and Kirsty Smith (Peer Researchers) are looking for service users (18+), carers (18+), or Surrey-based mental health workers with experience of admission to and discharge from inpatient mental health services to take part in a survey.

The survey opens at 9am on Thursday 4 August and closes at 11:45pm on Sunday 4 September, and should take 15 minutes of your time.
If you a service user or carer are interested in taking part, please visit:    

If you are a mental health worker (including volunteers) interested in taking part, please visit:

If you require further assistance, please contact Kirsty: / 07379486479

Attia’s latest Bog – This month Attia’s blog tells us how small things can make a big difference and how simple acts of kindness can transform somebody’s day to day life.  Please read more on the blog Attia, Digital Inclusion Outreach Officer, tells us how Tech to Community Connect is making a difference… « Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Access All Areas Day – Just a quick reminder of our access all areas visit to Dorking on Wednesday 7th September.  Please contact the Involvement Team if you would like to join us.

SMS Contacts – Last week we featured an article on First Community and Mole Valley Life.  We wanted to give you the updated phone/SMS contact details which are: 07800 000385 for Telecare and 07771 576411  for Community Transport and the Fairfield Centre.

There is still time to apply for the Household Support Fund –  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 have made a couple of changes to the scheme:

  • All grants will be £200
  • You can apply for a grant even if you have received a grant from the Household Support Fund through another channel

Therefore, we’ll be able to issue one grant for £200 for either:

  • Supermarket vouchers: Tesco/Sainsburys/Aldi (orange gift card)/ Iceland vouchers  
  • 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 – With our upcoming Get More Active Get Together at Papercourt Sailing club, this month’s Organisation of the Month is Sailability.

Sailability is a national organisation supported by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the national governing body for sailing in the UK. It allows accessibility sailing for people of all abilities at their local sailing club.

With over 200 locations across the UK, sailors can enjoy the outdoors, feel freedom on the water, get active, learn new skills and build confidence as well as getting involved with social activities at the clubs. Clubs are usually run by volunteers and are free of charge with the necessary equipment being provided by the club.

The RYA supports clubs looking to add Sailability by helping with assessing accessibility at the club and planning accessibility improvements. They also advise on specialist equipment and provide links with the existing disabled sailing community who are best placed to offer expertise on adaptations. It will depend on the boats available at your club but there are many different options to get you on the water. Most clubs will use double seater access dinghies for those starting out so that you can be paired up with an experienced sailor. As your skills and confidence grow you can take over and sail independently. Clubs often have hoists available for wheelchair users to transfer from chair to boat. Many other adaptations are possible for example using an electric servo assist system to operate the ropes and rudder, operated by either a wheelchair style joystick controller, a chin control or a sip & puff system.

If you are not keen on sailing on your own then there is often the opportunity to go out on a larger boat where someone else will sail you. Wheelchair accessible boats are also available if you want to stay in your own chair. You can watch an introductory video here: Come and Sail – RYA Sailability

If that has whetted your appetite then there is still time to sign up for our next Get More Active Get Together: We will be trying out sailing at the beautiful Papercourt Sailing Club on the 2nd September. Please see attached flier for details. If you want to attend, please contact Katy by email or SMS/phone 07434 865062.

Sport in Mind have released their August timetable for Surrey. Details can be found on the attached flier.  Sport in Mind sessions are open to anyone 17+ experiencing mental health problems. The sessions are lots of fun, for all abilities and drop-in sessions, so no need to book and no referral required. The sessions are all delivered by a qualified instructor and all equipment will be provided. Carers, friends and family are more than welcome to accompany participants to the first couple of sessions – the more the merrier!

As reported last week Catalyst have taken over the running of the Wellbeing Walks in Woking. The August timetable for all of Catalyst’s activities including the walks can be found here: Catalyst Activity Timetable August 2022

3. Joint Health and Social Care Dementia Strategy for Surrey 2022 – 2027 – There is a new plan for dementia care in Surrey. The five-point plan, created with input from carers and people with dementia, sets out to improve the lives of Surrey residents with dementia and their families.

More on the plan and its aims can be found here.

4. First Community is seeking to recruit an additional Patient Safety Partner –
First Community’s Patient Safety Partner role is open to members of the public to work as an advisor to help deliver safe healthcare across the organisation. 

This innovative position, which stems from a growing body of work both nationally and within First Community, focusses on involving patients across all levels of healthcare with particular focus on improving safety.

The successful applicant will be required to attend one meeting or committee a month that focuses on safety and quality, and would receive payment of £150 a day for their involvement at meetings. Membership of the group will be for a fixed period of 18 months and reasonable expenses will also be covered for training required for the role and any preparation time prior to the meeting.

The organisation is seeking a positive and enthusiastic person who has a broad and keen interest in helping to improve safety in health services and patient experience and provide a solution-focused approach to help make a difference.

First Community recognise, value, and support the important role Patient Safety Partners will play and that their active contributions are integral to the organisation in achieving its aims. Patient Safety Partners will experience a meaningful and valuable experience and have the opportunity to make a real difference.

Successful candidates will also receive induction and training, and a named member of staff to provide them with support and guidance at meetings.

Find out more about the skills and experience required and share the link with anyone who may be interested in applying:
Closing date: 24 August

Applications can also be made by sending in a CV and expression of interest to, or via post to: Claire Poustie, Patient Safety Lead, 2nd Floor Forum House, 41-51 Brighton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6YS by close of play on 24 August. 

If you have any questions please contact Claire Poustie, Patient Safety Lead on 07483 049408 or email

5. SCAN Newsletter 30th Anniversary Issue August 2022 – Please see attached document.

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

7. News Round Up – Below is a selection of news articles our members have shared with us this week.

Drum ‘n bass charity bike ride event for Clevedon lake –

Epic challenge for MND cyclist who has defied the odds –

I want to be the first disabled Ms Great Britain –

Ultimate Thunder: The disability rock band who ‘blow people away’ –

WHICH? Weekly + Energy bills: your questions answered –

News from Disability Rights UK Newsletter

Health and care services urged to improve engagement with Disabled people

Disabled people’s voices need to be valued and prioritised in the planning and delivery of health and care services.

This new report from The King’s Fund and Disability Rights UK sets out accessible advice for health and care services and disabled people’s organisations alike, to provide a comprehensive resource outlining what true partnership working could look like.

Read the full story and the King’s Fund report on our website.

Survey of Adult Social Care reveals major challenges

Just one in eight directors of adult social care services in England are confident they have the resources to meet their responsibilities this year, a new survey has found.

Read the full social care story on our website.

Report highlights issue of negativity towards Disabled people

Nearly 75% of Disabled people have experienced negative attitudes or behaviour – including verbal and physical abuse – in the last five years, research by Scope has revealed. The behaviours encountered ranged from staring or scepticism that the person was actually disabled through to physical assault, such as being tipped out of their wheelchair.

Visit our website for the full story on Scope’s research.

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