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07.10.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly email update.  This update includes:

1. Coalition Update

2. Social/Peer support coming up

3. Commission for Equality in Mental Health | Centre for Mental Health

4. iPad Accessibility features for people with low vision Webinar

5. Royal Surrey Hospital Audiology Services Survey

6. Train Times Website
7. Relaxed Cinema

8. Musical Memories

9. Neighbourhood Watch October News Newsletter

10. Your Questions Answered – Trust In Policing With Cc Gavin Stephens

1.  Coalition Update

NEW DATE FOR THE COALITION AGM – we are very sorry that we have had to change the date for our virtual AGM.  This will now be held on Wednesday 24th November from 10.30 am – 11.30 am on Zoom (with phone-in or SMS relay options).

Last week was a very busy meeting and forum week!  We had steering group meetings for digital inclusion, a mental health lunch and learn, the Hard of Hearing Forum, all our usual informal social activities and a lot more!  

We have been working with an organisation called We Coproduce and Surrey County Council to start work on a new Direct Payments strategy for Surrey.  There will be lots of different ways that you can get involved in this if you would like to and we look forward to sharing further information very soon. 

The staff team also took the opportunity last week to meet up in Nonsuch Park (so we could do so outside).  It was the first time some of the newer members of the team had met face to face, due to the pandemic, so it was long over-due!   

2.  Social/Peer support coming up

Book Chat – If you love reading join our Book Chat Group on Wednesday at 2.30pm.  This week the group discussed famous authors who have lived in or been inspired by Surrey!  If you would like to know more about this click here.

Get More Active Update – Sport in Mind, the mental health charity, are running two activity sessions in Guildford. The sessions are open to anyone over 18 experiencing mental health problems. The sessions are lots of fun, for all abilities and all about getting as active as you like in a safe supportive environment. They are free drop-in sessions, so no need to book and no referral required.

Session 1: Indoor Tai Chi.

Date and time: Friday 2.30-3.30pm

Location: St. Nicolas’ Church Parish Centre, Bury Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4AW (behind the church) 

Session 2: Football

Date and time: Thursday 2-3pm

Location: Astro-turf Pitches ( AGP1 Pitch A), Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Rd, Guildford GU2 7AD

Y-Mania is back! The nightclub experience for adults with disabilities at the YMCA Redhill returns for a Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 15th October from 7.30pm-10.00pm. You must book in advance and the cost is £6.00 with carers and support workers going free. You must be over 18 and ID is required. There is also a cash bar and optional Halloween fancy dress. To find out more or book a ticket please contact Sam Lyle: Telephone 01737 779979 or email

3. Commission for Equality in Mental Health | Centre for Mental Health

Ahead of World Mental Health day on 10th October we thought you would be interested in reading a report on Mental Health Inequalities.

4. iPad Accessibility features for people with low vision Webinar

Join Gary Eady from Sight for Surrey for aLet’s Talk Tech webinars.  This one, scheduled to run on Wednesday 27 October 2021, Gary will be discussing and demonstrating a range of features built-in to the Apple iPad which are designed to help people with vision impairments.

This webinar will be delivered over Zoom. The start time is 11:30am and it will run for approximately 1.5 hours.  You will be able to see/hear a wide range of features, as well as having the opportunity to ask questions and hopefully get them answered!  If you know of others who have a vision impairment, who you think will benefit from this webinar, please let them know.  The more attendees the merrier!

To book a place, please contact the Help Desk at Sight For Surrey, using the following telephone number: 0 1372 377701

5. Royal Surrey Hospital Audiology Services Survey

Please see attached document for those that use audiology services at the Royal Surrey Hospital.  Responses can be sent by email to

6. Train Times Website

For those of you travelling by train, one of our members recommended the Train times Website

7. Relaxed Cinema

Please see attached flyer for the Relaxed Cinema starting up again in Godalming.

8. Musical Memories

Please see document below

9. Neighbourhood Watch October News Newsletter

Please see document below

10. Your Questions Answered – Trust In Policing With Cc Gavin Stephens

The nation has been rocked by the actions of a serving police officer. Last week we all heard, for the first time, how Wayne Couzens used his position to falsely arrest and then subject Sarah Everard to the most appalling attack before killing her. Surrey Police are committed to making the streets and homes safe to all, especially for women and girls, but they know through messages to them, that you have concerns and questions.

To address these, the Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens took questions from the public live on Facebook and Instagram on the evening of Friday, 1 October. You can watch the video here. There were a huge number of questions asked, so for ease some common themes and concerns have been identified and pulled together into a Q&A document which can be accessed here.

National Braille Week lunchtime discussion with Sight and sound Technology, UKAAF and the Braillists Foundation –  

When: Tuesday 12th October at 12:30.  To celebrate National Braille Week, we’re delighted here at Sight and Sound Technology to be collaborating with great friends and colleagues from UKAAF, the UK Association for Accessible Formats and the Braillists Foundation, for a lunchtime chat on Tuesday October 12th, at 12:30.

Imagine a world without Braille? Can you think about how Braille has impacted positively on your life, or on the lives of people with whom you work? Maybe you’re a family member or a friend of a Braille user and you’ve seen first-hand how this revolutionary code has made a difference? Well, that’s the topic for  this lunchtime meeting. The panel will talk not only about their own use of Braille in their personal and professional life, but we will actively be encouraging audience input and they want to hear your Braille stories and experiences.

In short, if you are passionate about Braille and want to shout it from the rooftops, this lunchtime event is most certainly for you! Please register here to attend this session.

Football, Tai-Chi and a Night Club experience!!!

Sounds intriguing? Sounds fun? Check out the latest in our Sports News section!!

30.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes:

1.  Coalition Update

2.  Social/peer support coming up

3.  Recognising You Awards 2021!

4.  Singing for the Mind  at Maltings 

5.  Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN)

6.  Surrey Faith Links Newsletter

7.  Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update

1.  Coalition Update

Our members will be receiving their virtual AGM invitations in the next few days.  The AGM is going to be held on Zoom (with dial-in and SMS text relay options) on Wednesday 20th October from 10.30 am – 11.30 am.  This year our board have decided that we will just cover the AGM business – and hope to return to an all-singing, all-dancing event next year. 

We have been out and about at a few events over the last week, including Surrey Pride and a Community Information event held at Bourne Hall in Ewell.  Do check out our pictures on our social media channels! 

2.  Social/peer support coming up

Get More Active Update – As Strictly returns to our screens this Autumn, Katy looks at opportunities for inclusive dance in Surrey. Join the Get More Active chat group on Friday here to find out more”

YMCA inclusive cricket flyer attached – Our friends at YMCA East Surrey have added an inclusive cricket session to their programme. Sessions are for 12-25 year olds with a disability and run every other Saturday from 11am until 12.30pm. Email if you would like to get involved.

Other activities at YMCA East Surrey

– Please see attached Flyer.  Also attached is a flyer regarding free online wellbeing classes. 

Flyerz hockey new dates attached – The fabulous Falcon Flyerz inclusive hockey club have released session dates for the rest of the year. Call or SMS text Jo Brown on 07834 763879 or email on to get involved.

3. Recognising You Awards 2021!

The User Voice and Participation team are delighted to announce that they will be hosting this year’s Recognising You Awards in early December 2021.

What are the Recognising You Awards?

Every single child and young person deserves recognition for their accomplishments; this could be a young person’s fantastic achievement at school, progress that’s been made or obstacles that have been overcome.

The Recognising You Awards will take place virtually alongside a celebrity guest host! The User Voice and Participation Team want to congratulate all of children and young people in Surrey and need your help to do this by nominating.  

Nominate your amazing young people for an award!

You’re able to nominate any young person linked to Surrey aged 5 to 25 to give children and young people the recognition and congratulations they deserve. It’s easy to nominate, all you have to do is click the link below and fill out the form – they’ll do the rest! You’re welcome to nominate as many young people as you like – nominate away!

The deadline for nominations is the 31st October 2021.

You’ll find more information about how to nominate in the poster attached, please feel free to print and share! More details of the event will follow.

4. Singing for the Mind  at Maltings

Please see the attached flyer giving details of the Singing for the Mind sessions that will be running at Farnham Maltings every Monday at 1.30pm

5. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN)

6. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter

Please see document attached or follow this link

7. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update

Let’s dance!

As Strictly returns to our screens this Autumn, Katy looks at opportunities for inclusive dance in Surrey. Join the Get More Active chat group on Friday here to find out more.