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27.05.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

3.  Home Based Care Tender – Volunteers needed!

4. Do you have an interest in improving residential care and/or nursing homes in Surrey? We need you!

5. Consultation on Active Travel Schemes in Surrey

6. University of Warwick Research Project

7. Adult Social Care Information and Engagement Team Monthly Briefing

8. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter

1.  Coalition Update

National Volunteers Week – Next week 1-7 June is National Volunteers Week and throughout the week we will be celebrating the enormous contribution of all our amazing volunteers.  This will culminate in a celebration ‘virtual tea’ during our Friday morning virtual café at 11.30.  Bring your own tea and scones and enjoy a chat with fellow volunteers.  Here are all the details you need to join us.  Click her to join the virtual tea.

Meeting ID: 869 7592 1531

Passcode: 451484

0800 260 5801 United Kingdom Toll-free

Social Activities on Bank Holiday Monday – Just a reminder that we will not be running the Virtual Café and the Limitless on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May.  All social activities will resume on Tuesday 1st June.  We hope you all have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend and look forward to catching up with you in the week.

Watts Gallery – Members enjoyed a fabulous talk from Ellen from the Watts Gallery on Monday.  We learnt a lot about the gallery and its founders George and Mary Watts.  We also analysed two paintings ‘After the deluge’ After the Deluge (painting) – Wikipedia and ‘A Sea Ghost’ Object of the Month: A Sea Ghost, 1887 – Latest News – Watts Gallery If you would like to find out more about the Watts Gallery please visit their website

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Calling all budding clay artists! – We are pleased to announce our first clay workshop on Monday 28th June at 11am on Zoom.  The workshop will be run by Ellen from the Watts Gallery.  If you would like to take part in the workshop please contact Yasmin as soon as possible.  You will need to give Yasmin permission to share your address with Ellen who will post out the materials you will need to take part. 

Book Chat – Our book group will be focusing on a new book next week called ‘Who Moved my Cheese’.  If you would like to join the book group please contact Pete Dommett on or phone or text  07471518998.  The book club takes place on Wednesday at 2.30pm.  Click here to join

Get More Active latest Blog – Please see the latest Get More Active blog, which is looking at outdoor gym equipment and features Richard, one of our members!  To read it click here

3.  Home Based Care Tender – Volunteers needed!

We are looking for some willing volunteers to help evaluate tenders for the new Home Based Care contract.  We will be evaluating tenders from providers who want to deliver services to people with disabilities and and/or living with a long term health condition.  Ideally, we are looking for those who have experience of home based care services.  You do not need experience in tender evaluation as training will be provided.  SCC have received a lot of tenders for this service so there will be quite a lot of work involved.  You would also need to be available on the following dates

Initial Training you will only need to attend one session.

·        Tuesday 8th June 2 -3pm

·        Friday 11th June 11am -12noon

In addition – there are two meeting holds for the Evaluation moderation sessions; and depending on how many submissions need to be moderated, people may be required to attend two of these sessions.

HBC Evaluation moderation sessions

·        Moderation session 1 – Tuesday 20th July – 10am -12 noon

·        Moderation session 2 – Thursday 22nd July 2-4pm

Availability for both training and moderation sessions is essential.  If this is something you would like to be involved with please contact Yasmin

4. Do you have an interest in improving residential care and/or nursing homes in Surrey? We need you!

Surrey County Council are currently designing a new way to work closely with care homes to access beds for older residents. They are also reviewing the list they use of things that the care home must provide (the specification). The purpose of this work is to make sure that people get the right care, in the right environment when they need it so that they can live a happy and healthy life. There are two ways to get involved!

1 – join the discussion group – Join us for an informal discussion with the lead commissioner, to help to decide what we want the outcomes to be for people who are in residential care or nursing homes. We will be looking at parts of the specification and helping to make it better. The two dates options are the 23rd of June at 10.00 am or the 1st of July at 10.00 am. You can join by Zoom, phone or SMS text.

2 – join the creative challenge group! – We will be working with residents, Carers and a local artist to use art to define what we want home to look and feel like for someone living in a care home. You can join virtually or in person – so you can choose how you want to get involved! Come and share your ideas and creativity with us – date to be confirmed but this workshop is likely to be in late July or August. Please let us know if you would like to be invited.

We will be visiting residential care/nursing homes to work with the artist with residents when restrictions allow us to.  Please share the poster attached to those who may be interested in being involved with this.

5. Consultation on Active Travel Schemes in Surrey

Surrey County Council (SCC) is seeking the views of a range of key stakeholders in relation to eight local active travel schemes which have been proposed for construction. 

What is an active travel scheme – An active travel scheme is a scheme designed to increase the number of people making physically active journeys, such as walking or cycling. These are usually short journeys, like walking to the shops, walking to school and cycling to work. Active travel has a quite a few benefits such as improving health and fitness, saving money, reducing congestion and improving air quality.

What has been happening – SCC has been granted approximately £6.5m of funding from The Department for Transport via Active Travel Funding to provide active travel schemes across Surrey. We had identified eight potential schemes but as the amount made available was less than the amount required to fund all of the schemes SCC have been looking at which schemes should be prioritised and taken forward predominantly by looking at the needs of a range of local stakeholders including local residents and businesses.

To achieve this, SCC undertook two pieces of research to help prioritise the schemes as well as understand local attitudes towards active travel across the county.  The first of these was a prioritisation exercise undertaken by Sustrans which looked at the potential impact on a range of criteria including factors such as cost, quality, safety and potential.  The second exercise engaged with a representative sample of residents and businesses in a market research exercise aimed at understanding perceived local impact. 

We attach two summary reports to this email which highlights the findings from both these projects.

Why are we seeking your input – In addition to the research, already undertaken SCC are now looking to consult with a range of local stakeholders to seek input on the schemes, our proposals and active travel more broadly. 

How to participate – The proforma attached to this email contains nine questions.  There is one question for each of the schemes where you can provide information that you feel is relevant for SCC to consider in relation to that specific scheme.  A document is attached to this email which shows you the proposals for each of the schemes and their location in Surrey.  SCC have included a question where you can provide any information you feel is relevant for us to consider in relation to active travel in Surrey more broadly.  You do not have to complete all of the questions and you are encouraged to respond only to those schemes where you feel your input would be relevant.

Should you require any further information on any of the schemes, please contact Roger Williams, Active Travel Programme Manager at

Once you are satisfied with your responses please email the proforma to us at

What happens next – The consultation period will run from 24th of May to the 13th of June 2021.  Once the consultation has closed, SCC will analyse the responses to gauge opinion on each of the schemes and compare this to the findings from the Sustrans and market research reports.  SCC will then publish a response and outline how we intend to proceed with the delivery of these schemes.  If you have any questions about this consultation please feel free to email Roger Williams

6. University of Warwick Research Project

We have received some information about a research project being done by Warwick University to try to understand the educational disadvantage experienced by disabled young people in England. The university wants to do 2 x 1 hours interviews with year 11 students who have autism, dyslexia or mobility difficulties. The interviews will take place 1 year apart and they want to do the first ones at the beginning of August. Participants will get a £20 voucher for each interview. The research will be published in academic outlets, and communicated to teachers and Policymakers. Users/study participants will be provided with all research outputs in a user-friendly and accessible format, and will be kept informed via newsletters etc. They also aim to conduct a user-engagement workshop to share findings at the end of the study. 

If you are interested in this or know someone that is please contact Dr Angharad Butler-Rees at

7. Adult Social Care Information and Engagement Team Monthly Briefing

8. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter

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