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29.04.2021 Weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

3. Local elections – voters with learning disabilities 

4. Hidden Talent Project

5. Henry V

6. How universities support disabled students going forward


1.  Coalition Update

Bank Holiday Monday – There will be no social activities this Monday 3rd May as it is bank holiday Monday!  Our social schedule will resume as normal on Tuesday 4th May. 

Are you interested in Getting More Active? – We are holding our first Get More Active Virtual Chat Group at 2pm on Friday 7th May. Please join us for a friendly chat about all things active! We will be talking about the Get More Active project, sharing our ideas and experiences of the activities we enjoy and the benefits they give us.

By Zoom: Get More Active Chat joining link

Meeting ID: 843 7636 9030

Passcode: 355890

By phone: 0800 358 2817

New Staff Members –  This week we would like to introduce you to Maya.  Maya is our Tech to Community Connect Area Coordinator in East Surrey.  Maya recently graduated from the university of York, with an undergraduate degree in literature and philosophy. During her degree and more recently during the lockdowns, Maya developed a great love for event and community organising. To read more about Maya click here

Microsoft Ability Summit 2021 – Some of the Coalition team are (virtually) attending the Microsoft Ability Summit this year.  With sessions ranging from general digital inclusion basics, through to those focused on designing for neurodiversity and mental health, there really is something for everyone.  We are looking for Coalition members to volunteer to attend a session and to share what you learnt, so that we can make this into a blog for all our members – please get in touch if you would be willing to become a volunteer digital blogger! 

Physical and Sensory Impairment Strategy Workshop – Our next Long Term Neurological Conditions (LTNC) meeting on Tuesday 11th May at 10.30am will host the second of four online workshops on the new Physical and Sensory Impairment Strategy which is also for people with Acquired Brain Injury.  This will be your opportunity to coproduce the strategy with SCC.  The strategy will drive support and services offered over the next five years.  Please see the advertising the session, and please feel free to share this with others with a Long Term Neurological Condition.  It is important to get a wide range of views and input for the strategy. If you would like to attend the workshop please contact Yasmin.

Monkey World – On Wednesday members enjoyed a virtual trip to Monkey World in Dorset.  Ali, our fantastic tour guide, gave us so much information about the park which has been open since 1987.  Monkey World has more than 260 primates which includes 22 different species.  We were treated to a ‘snuffle greeting’ from one of the ‘Woolly Monkeys’ and a song from Paul the ‘Agile Gibbon’!

Visit Wisley  for free – We are extremely pleased to pass on a kind offer from RHS Wisley to give our members the opportunity to visit RHS Garden Wisley for free during their May seasonal event Get Up and Grow, which runs from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June.  Community bookings for this event will open on Thursday 6thMay. There will be booking availability across all of their timed entry slots which run from 9.30 am to 6pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.  If you would like to visit Wisley please contact Yasmin and she will forward the link on 6th May which will take you directly to their free community bookings page.   

There are three themes for you to experience and enjoy at the Get Up and Growevent or maybe you would just like to visit and enjoy the gardens throughout the Half Term week and the May bank holiday weekend.

Get Up and Grow Themes:

29th May – 31st May: Wildlife

1st & 2nd June: Flower Power

3rd – 6th June: Plot to Plate


2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Virtual tour of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – Join us on Wednesday 5th May for a 40 – 50 minute chatty talk about the Yvonne Arnaud theatre telling of its history and position in the town plus stories of its time through the 5 plus decades.  There will be a visual showing of the stage and auditorium, backstage and dressing rooms, accompanied by a talk about what you can see and tales of shows and actors who have inhabited its spaces.

Join by Zoom: Yvonne Arnauld Theatre joining link

Meeting ID: 815 0352 1191

Passcode: 413751

0800 031 5717 United Kingdom Toll-free

3. Local elections – voters with learning disabilities

Learning Disability England has published a May 2021 local elections resources hub which provides a range of useful resources to support voters with learning disabilities to engage in this year’s local elections. It includes information about the right to vote, accessibility, events, easy read guides, videos, and a survey to gather insights into why people do not vote.  https://www.learningdisabilityengland.org.uk/


4. Hidden Talent Project

We have been contacted by someone currently working on a project called Hidden Talent with colleagues in adult social care at SCC. The aim of the project is to ensure that everybody can access education and training, skills development and employment opportunities. The project is looking for young people aged 18-25 with additional needs (but who are not eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan) who have experienced difficulties accessing education, training or employment. Some of the priority focus groups include those with Additional Needs and Disabilities, Mental Health, Young Carers and those with complex health problems.

SCC want to set up a temporary participation group to provide feedback to the Hidden Talent project. This group will run roughly every three months and the aim is to get feedback about the barriers young people face to employment and what support needs to be put in place to help them access it. The Hidden Talent project is aiming to create resources and materials for businesses to help them employ those with additional needs so we would like young people’s input in to these resources to help ensure they are fit for purpose.  If this is something you would be interested in please complete the Microsoft Form by Friday 7 May. Participants will be paid £8.50 an hour to attend the group and SCC are hoping to arrange an initial group session towards the end of May.


5. Henry V

Do you support people who are blind or partially sighted?  The Guildford Shakespeare Company has produced a descriptive version of Henry 5, recorded by regular Describer, Kerry Elkins, and now available to listen to online.


6. How universities support disabled students going forward

TheThomas Pocklington Trust want to hear your experiences of studying at university during the pandemic.  They want to hear from you, so they can help to shape how universities support disabled students going forward. Help them to make a positive impact. The deadline is 7th May.

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