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Get More Active Get Together – Papercourt Sailability

18 July 2024
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Coalition members have been back to Papercourt Sailing Club for our latest Get More Active Get Together! This is always a popular activity with a well-organised and accessible sailing group. As always, we spend the week before looking closely at the weather and hoping for wind so that the sail boats will get out on […]

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Help us improve access to leisure spaces in Surrey!

16 July 2024
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Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and Royal Holloway, University of London are looking for 10 co-researchers to co-produce access reviews for leisure spaces in Surrey. Leisure spaces are places where individuals spend their free time away from home, such as leisure centres, cinemas, and high streets. Disabled co-researchers will carry out 5 access reviews of […]

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Reflecting on the last academic year with our Treloar’s interns and work experience students

16 July 2024
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Inclusive cycling session at Alice Holt Forest

2 July 2024
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On Thursday 23rd May Surrey Coalition members returned to Alice Holt Forest for another Get More Active Get Together Inclusive Cycling Session. Inclusive cycling at Alice Holt has gone from strength to strength since the charity was set up in 2019. They have an amazing team of volunteers, a good selection of adapted cycles suitable […]

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Forest bathing taster session at Newlands Corner

2 July 2024
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Ever heard of forest bathing? If it’s conjuring up thoughts of bathing suits, then think again!  Our Coalition members and Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) members were invited to take part in a forest bathing taster session at the very beautiful Newlands Corner.  This was arranged as part of the growing together project we are […]

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Coalition member Jonathan tells his story about volunteering for the Police Independent Advisory Group

20 June 2024
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We’re celebrating one of our wonderful members volunteering for the Police Independent Advisory Group for 15 years!! A massive thank you to you Jonathan. Jonathan tells his story about how he got involved below. It’s a great read of how Jonathan got involved, how volunteering has helped others and maybe a couple of stories that’ll […]

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Nextdoor Nature event

14 June 2024
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As you know we’re working with the lovely staff at the Surrey Wildlife Trust on the Nextdoor Nature project. The project aims to increase wildlife friendly areas in our community and workplaces.  A group of Coalition members, local residents and other charities that work from Astolat (where the Coalition main office is situated) got together […]

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Alex visits the Trussell Trust’s food bank in Farnham

14 June 2024
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In May 2024, Alex visited the Trussell Trust’s food bank in Farnham. Alex works on the Access to Food scheme, and visiting places which provide different types of food support in Surrey to better understand food insecurity and its links to disability. Farnham Foodbank operates out of The Vineyard Centre on Fridays and Bethel Baptist […]

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Volunteers’ Week – Q&A with our Tech Angel volunteer

7 June 2024
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It’s Volunteers’ Week and we’re sharing our recent chat with one of our longest-serving volunteers to hear about their experiences with Tech Angels. Meet Phil, who has been lending his tech expertise for nearly four years and stumbled upon us through an online advert. Q: What attracted you to volunteering with us? Phil: I had […]

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Alex visits the Good Company’s Hub in Epsom

3 June 2024
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Angie’s Farewell Lunch

24 May 2024
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The smiling legend, Angie Taylor, is leaving The Coalition at the end of May. We held a little staff lunch to say a HUGE thank you for all of Angie’s’ hard work and dedication to The Coalition. Angie has been involved with Access All Areas visits, making sure that venues and the countryside are accessible […]

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Nextdoor Nature project    

21 May 2024
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We’re working with the lovely staff at the Surrey Wildlife Trust on the Nextdoor Nature project. The project aims to increase wildlife friendly areas in our community and workplaces. We’re lucky enough that The Coalition offices that we share with many other charities and voluntary organisations in Surrey have been selected as one of the […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Moments for Movement

14 May 2024
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Katy, our Physical Activity Navigator, looks at the benefits of moving more for our mental health and gives some tips on how to get started with physical activity. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is Moments for Movement. Why? Because we know that being physically active is great for our mental health, […]

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Disability, Food Insecurity, and the Cost-of-Living Crisis

14 May 2024
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The cost-of-living crisis is defined as “a term … to describe the effects of the rising cost of food and energy”, and Food Insecurity as “the limited or uncertain access to nutritious food”.  Last Year, the Coalition reported that 97% of members surveyed had been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis, 45% told us that they had […]

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Tech Angels at Surrey Heartlands’ ‘Continuing the Digital Journey in Adult Social Care’ event

25 April 2024
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On Tuesday 16 April, Caroline, Heather and Alex from the Tech Angels team attended a digitalising social care event run by Surrey Heartlands, Surrey County Council and Surrey Care Association. This was an all-day event at Dorking Halls, with presentations and activities on the importance of digital services, AI and robotics in social care. In the […]

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Tech Angels – Inside Government’s training course on Enhancing Digital Skills and Inclusion

5 April 2024
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In February 2024, Alex, our Community Champion Co-ordinator & Technology Trainer presented at Inside Government’s training course on Enhancing Digital Skills and Inclusion. Inside Government provides the public sector policy-based and best practice-led training courses. Chaired by Professor Khawar Hameed from Digital Advantage, Alex shared how Tech Angels has reduced disabled people’s digital exclusion and feeling of loneliness. […]

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We have some exciting news to share with you…

2 April 2024
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At our last AGM in September 2023, we successfully obtained a majority of votes to become a charity. Behind the scenes we have been busy working and coordinating this change, and we’re delighted to announce that we are now officially a charity! Becoming a charity enables us to grow further and access more funding opportunities. […]

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Community Mental Health Transformation Programme: IMHN Co-production and Community Engagement

28 March 2024
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The Community Mental Health Transformation Programme asked Surrey Coalition of Disabled People to employ three staff members with mental health lived experience to help them develop community-based mental health support in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Project in numbers What did the project focus on? Who did it focus on? The adult population (aged 18 […]

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Floating bus stops research project

28 March 2024
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In March 2024, Coalition members Jonathan and Jean took part in a research project at UCL PEARL in Dagenham East. They were assisted by Yasmin and Alex. The research project is in partnership with Guide Dogs, and studies the impact of design trends that are on the increase within the built environment on people with […]

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The Coalition have been back campaigning at Number 10!

23 February 2024
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Ben, one of our Treloar’s students joined us in supporting the National Federation of the Blind UK to hand in our petition to Downing street. Here’s what he had to say: “On Tuesday 20th of February, I went to London to deliver a petition against Floating bus stops with Nikki from Surrey Coalition. It was a […]

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Treloar’s Future Fest

12 February 2024
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Shining the spotlight on our virtual Glee Club

2 February 2024
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What would you choose – Pop, Rock, Jazz, Soul or garage? It’s pretty well known that music is good for the soul! However, a new study from the University of Exeter has found that playing a musical instrument or singing in a choir is associated with better brain health in older age: Music and brain […]

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Joe tells us about his internship at The Coalition

30 January 2024
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Joe from Treloar’s school and college has been working within the Communications Team at the Coalition on an internship. Joe tells us about his internship experience and his time at the Coalition. What work have you been doing on your internship with The Coalition? At the Coalition, I have been assisting with their social media […]

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Attia speaks with a cancer support group in Woking about The Coalition

5 January 2024
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Attia, our Outreach Officer, recently attended a cancer support group in Woking to chat with the community about The Coalition and our membership. Becoming a member of the Coalition includes access to a range of friendly virtual social events, campaigns and specialist interest groups. Attia spoke with members of the group about support in Surrey […]

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Meeting with the Chair of Surrey County Council

19 December 2023
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The Coalition’s Chief Executive Officer, Nikki met with Saj Hussain, Chair of Surrey County Council. I had the pleasure of meeting with Saj Hussain, Chair of Surrey County Council. The Chair of the council presides over meetings of the County Council and acts as the principal spokesman for the Council on civic and ceremonial occasions. […]

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Hannah’s train travel experience: South Western Railway

15 December 2023
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Hannah from Treloar School and College tells us about her train travel experience on the South Western Railway. This week I wanted to travel by train to Aldershot because I had never been there. Usually, I book my travel but this time I wanted to see how far I could get without booking anything. I […]

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Yew Tree Project and Newlands Corner Boardwalk

14 December 2023
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Surrey Coalition of Disabled People have been working with Surrey Hills National Landscape to make the countryside in Surrey more accessible. We have been working with Surrey Hill National Landscape on many different sites. This has involved visiting the National Landscape with our members to show them how people with different disabilities can access the […]

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Returning to Dorney Lake for Winter Wonderwheels!

14 December 2023
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Sunday 3rd December saw the Coalition’s triumphant return to Dorney Lake for the Winter Wonderwheels. This is the second event in the Superhero Tri series, and it follows a similar format with participants walking, wheeling, pushing, running or cycling a choice of distances around Dorney Lake. The Coalition had a team of 8 people at […]

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New screening tests for visually impaired people

7 December 2023
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The Coalition’s Chief Executive Officer, Nikki tells us about her visit to the Bowel Cancer Screening Unit for Southern England to meet the Director of the hub about accessibility. I was invited to visit the Bowel Cancer Screening Unit for Southern England by the Director of the hub. The hub is a hive of activity, […]

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Disabled peoples’ views on barriers to food support in Surrey

28 November 2023
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Between July and August 2023, we shared our food support survey with Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions in Surrey to gather feedback on food support and whether it was accessible. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our survey. We have produced a […]

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At Home Winter Wonderwheels – Angie’s off to a flying start!

24 November 2023
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Disabled people all over the country are taking part in the At Home Winter Wonderwheels challenge. This challenge is part of the Winter Wonderwheels series and is an excellent way to participate for those who aren’t able to be at the in-person event. The challenge is to help your team cover the virtual miles around […]

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Meet Joe – Our intern student from Treloar’s school and college

16 November 2023
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During my internship at Treloar, I am currently engaged in an online music course where I’m exploring the foundational aspects of music and acquiring skills in using music production software. I’m excited about gaining work experience with The Coalition because it’s a charity, providing me the opportunity to contribute to a good cause. Managing the […]

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Train travel campaign update – proposals to close train ticket offices has been scrapped!

13 November 2023
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We’re delighted to share the recent news, that the proposals to close ticket offices has been scrapped! Thanks to all of our members for your campaigning on this! You’ve made a huge difference for our community. We’ll continue our campaign for greater accessibility for all at stations. Here’s a video of a summary of the […]

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Yasmin’s Marathon March

13 November 2023
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Virtual Talk from the Florence Nightingale Museum

23 October 2023
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Claire, a member of The Coalition has very kindly written up about our virtual talk from the Florence Nightingale Museum. On Monday 16th October 2023, the Coalition virtually visited the Florence Nightingale Museum at the 11 o’clock cafe we had an excellent talk by Laura from the Florence Nightingale museum in London. Florence was born […]

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World Mental Health Day – making a difference to the future of mental health services

10 October 2023
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Exciting new project with Treloar School and College

9 October 2023
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Get More Active Get Together – Tree Canopy Experience

21 September 2023
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The latest GMA Get Together was something a little different! We were guests of the Surrey Hills AONB team for a tree canopy experience which was being set up as part of their annual Wood Fair. The fabulous Social Tree climbers ran the activity for us. They are an organisation who promote the value of […]

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Jane’s journey to setting up her braille business

8 September 2023
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We spoke with Jane, Coalition Member and also Board Member of the Coalition, about her journey to creating her braille business. At the age of nine Jane learnt how to touch type, every Monday afternoon she would have a lesson with her teacher on how to type and she still remembers these methods and skills. […]

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Back to Number 10!

5 September 2023
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Rail Ticket Office Closures – updates

24 August 2023
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Access All Areas – Frensham Great Pond

24 August 2023
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Superhero Tri 2023!

21 August 2023
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Access All Areas – Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl

18 August 2023
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In August 2023, the National Trust invited The Coalition’s Access All Areas project to feedback on a sensory walk – which is currently in development – at Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl. Sensory walks encourage people to use all their senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch) to connect with their surroundings while […]

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David’s trip to Virginia Water for the SILC Waterside Walk

18 August 2023
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Meet our walkers/runners/wheelers for the Superhero Tri!

11 August 2023
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Meet our cyclists for the Superhero Tri!

8 August 2023
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Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training

31 July 2023
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Sunday afternoon swimming in the sunshine!

31 July 2023
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Preparations continue for the Superhero Tri with a visit to the lake for three of our swimmers to get some open water swimming practise. Despite it being a warm day, we all wore wetsuits as these are required on event day. It takes a bit of time to wiggle your way into a wetsuit – […]

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Tech Members in North West Surrey no longer able to access Tech Angel service due to lack of funding

25 July 2023
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We’ve been catching up with Attia, The Coalition’s Outreach Officer. Attia’s role involves working with the local communities in Surrey that may benefit from the support we can offer. This includes people who are digitally excluded in Surrey, who are at a much higher risk of loneliness and social isolation. Our Tech Angel volunteers provide […]

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