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Welcome to the weekly email update. This update includes:
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 email@example.com
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 rsc-tr.Audiology@nhs.net
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. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5dj-kdPKRwWg_oH0yoTrOQ
Welcome to the weekly update. This update includes:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 https://surreyfaithlinks.org.uk/news-and-events/newsletters/
7. Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update
Welcome to the weekly update. This edition includes:
1. Coalition Update
It was great to see so many of you at our recent round of Special Interest Groups and DENS (Disability Empowerment Network) group meetings – thanks for sharing your experiences with commissioners and service providers.
We have been preparing for two of our first ‘face to face’ events in a very long time! We will be running a stand at the Surrey Pride event in Godalming on Saturday – if you are attending then please do drop by and say hi to us! We are also attending a community event in Ewell on Monday to run a stall to increase awareness of ways that local disabled people can have their voices heard.
2. Social/Peer support coming up
Virtual Café – Many thanks to Melanie from Guildford Museum who gave members a really interesting and interactive talk on the painter John Russell. We all had great fun trying to guess the back stories of the people he painted! Melanie has promised to take us on another tour in the future. If you would like to join our virtual cafes for a chat and a chance to get to know others please click here on Monday and click here on Friday.
Get More Active Update – We hope you enjoyed getting active on National Fitness Day yesterday – you can see what fitness means to some of the Surrey Coalition team on Facebook and Twitter!
It’s National Boccia Day on the 27th September – read all about the sport and where you can play in Surrey. Join Katy and the Get More Active Group on Friday at 2pm here – this week’s topic is “How to build a bit of activity into your day”
3. Community Foundation for Surrey website accessibility
The Community Foundation for Surrey are looking for one or two Coalition members who would be willing to try out some new accessibility software that they are considering for their website. If you would be willing to help, the team would send you the link to the website, you would then look around it and then feed back to them by email (they have a couple of key questions) – the process would take 30 minutes or so. Please let us know if you are willing to help and we can put you in touch with the team.
4. Public Toilets Provision Review Guildford
At the South West DEN meeting on Wednesday members discussed the Public Toilet review which is currently underway in Guildford. The Council has written to say over the past few years Guildford Borough Council (GBC) has undergone our Future Guildford programme. This included a Council wide restructure, and introduction of new systems, to ensure the organisation is as efficient as possible while still providing high quality and good value services to our residents. This has already produced significant efficiency savings. However, reductions in central government funding and the pandemic response has had a large impact on our finances, so there is still more to do.
The public toilet provision review seeks to investigate which small number of public toilets could be viable to close in a way which minimises impact to our residents while delivering much needed cost savings. GBC will be reviewing all of the toilets in Guildford Borough and would be grateful for Guildford Access Group’s comments as any change to provision could have an impact on our residents with disabilities. However, there is currently no shortlist and, as such, no decision has been made – GBC are in the investigate and review stage currently.
David, our South West DENS chair has already sent a response to GBC which is attached to this email for your information, David wanted to encourage all members to respond to this review. You can do so by emailing ToiletReview@guildford.gov.uk
5. Health Engagement Events in East Surrey
East Surrey place-based healthcare system are running public engagement sessions for local people to join a conversation about how healthcare could be delivered in East Surrey through new models of care, fit for the future of healthcare. The healthcare systems in the NHS are set to change following a change in legislation, and the impact of COVID19. These changes mean there will be a greater focus on what is important to the local communities our healthcare providers serve.
6. Don’t miss out on your Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher
Surrey unpaid carers continue to be eligible for the free flu jab and it is crucial that they are vaccinated as early as possible. To support this Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, Surrey County Council, Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex are launching the Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher for the fifth year running.
Why Surrey Carers should get the flu jab
Flu and Covid-19 viruses can be life threatening and have the potential to increase pressures faced by the NHS this winter, particularly if infection waves from both viruses coincide. We are therefore encouraging all unpaid carers in Surrey to take up the offer of a free flu vaccination as a priority, not only to protect themselves and the people they care for, but to help reduce hospitalisations during a time that we expect will be especially busy for the NHS and social care.
When to get the jab
The flu season is fast approaching and generally lasts from October to March.
How to get a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher
Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Vouchers are available through all of our Carers Support Services:
- Surrey County Council Adult Social Care
- Action for Carers Surrey
- Crossroads Care Surrey
- Surrey Independent Living Council
How to use the voucher
If you are a carer looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, you can ask for a flu jab at your GP practice or take a Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher to your nearest participating community pharmacy. The vouchers provide the assurance that you are known to carers services here in Surrey and are therefore entitled to a free vaccination.
Flu can be life threatening, so protect yourself, your family and those you care for. Don’t delay, get your free vaccine now
7. Reminder – Surrey Transport Plan Consultation
Just a quick reminder that the Draft new Surrey Transport Plan has been published for consultation until Sunday 24th October 2021. The Draft Plan is available to view at https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ along with a shorter Executive Summary explaining our proposed measures, and other supporting documents, including the Plan’s Integrated Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulation Assessment. Your consultation responses will be reviewed to shape the final version of the plan.
Have your say on the draft Plan by visiting https://surreyltp4.commonplace.is/ Please submit your views by 11:59pm on 24 October 2021. If you have already responded to the consultation we would like to thank you for your valuable comments and your interest in the Surrey Transport Plan.
If you have any questions, would like to receive the consultation in an alternate format or would like to get in touch with the team at SCC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 200 1003 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays).
8. Surrey Police Survey on Community Engagement
Surrey Police would be grateful for ten minutes of your time to take part in this short survey about engagement. Surrey Police want to make sure that you can get the right information from us when you want and need it, and that this information is put where you are most likely to see it. This is your chance to have a say on what you would like to see from the Force moving forwards in terms of Engagement – whether that be in person events or social media content? The survey is quick and easy to complete, taking no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Any information you provide is anonymous. Please complete it here
9. Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing – 22 September 2021
Welcome to the weekly update. This update includes:
1. Coalition Update
Talent Corner – One of our members has written a fantastic poem which can be found here. If you have something you would like to share with members i.e a poem, drawing, photograph etc please send it to us along with your permission to share on our website for others to enjoy.
Join the Independent Mental Health Network for their next Lunch + Learn session – Immy and Guy hope you can join them on Wednesday 29th of September from 12 noon for a Lunch + Learn session about Surrey’s new Mental Health Improvement Plan. We will be talking about why Surrey are doing this, what areas changes will be made in and how you can get involved.
For the joining link, please email email@example.com, phone 01483 456 558 or text 07563 997 932.
Welcome to Alex and Jean! – Alex and Jean joined the coalition team this week. Alex will be working as an Area Coordinator for the Tech to community Connect scheme in Guildford and Waverley and North West Surrey, Jean will be working as a Volunteer Coordinator.
2. Social/Peer Support coming up
Don’t forget our next virtual talk on John Russell, a Georgian Portrait Painter at Work – We are very pleased to announce that during our virtual café on Monday 20th September we will be given a virtual tour of Guildford Museums latest exhibition on Painter John Russell. Our host Melanie will talk a bit about John Russell’s life and the paintings on show. So if you fancy a bit of art and culture on a Monday morning please join us. As we recently announced, we were thrilled that the community foundation for Surrey have decided to fund our virtual trips for a year, if you have some ideas of where you would like to go then we would love to hear from you.
National Fitness Day – Read all about how you can get involved in the upcoming National Fitness Day here. If you like, you can also use the attached background to share what fitness means to you – take a photo or a short video clip and share with the Coalition or using #Fitness2Me. You can see what fitness means to Katy in the attached photo! (photo description Katy is smiling and holding a sign which says ‘Fitness means to me…Fun, Friendship, and Freedom!). Read more about National Fitness Day in the document attached.
Don’t forget Friday’s social get together for the Get More Active peer support group at 2pm. Join here for this week’s topic “What’s on at your local leisure centre.
3. Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s
Please find attached details of a free weekly dance class for people living with Parkinsons Disease. This fun upbeat class led by a qualified dance practitioner (Kate Finegan of Inclusive Integrated Dance IID) will take place at Godalming United Reform Church, Bridge Street, Godalming every Wednesday from 2 – 3pm followed by tea and biscuits. The first class commences on 22 September and will run until 1 December 2021.
No previous dance experience is necessary, and partners and carers are welcome to join in. For more information and to register email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. All Age Autism Strategy
Please see below the All Age Autism Strategy along with a copy of the briefing document for your information.
5. Invitation to NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group AGM
Please see the attached letter from Dr Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair of Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group, inviting you to join Surrey Heartlands CCG for their Annual General Meeting on 27th September 2021. Please see the attached document for more details.
6. Share your experiences of using the Disability Rights UK (DRUK) Website
DRUK are delighted to let you know that they have started work to develop a new website, launching in 2022!
DRUK are now conducting research about how you use the current website and what you would like to see change or stay the same.
Please complete this survey so they can make the changes you want to see. It’s crucial they hear from you, their audience and make the improvements you want.
Welcome to the weekly update. This update includes:
1. Coalition Update
Surrey Coalition AGM – Our AGM will take place on Wednesday 20th October on Zoom. We will send more details out soon to all members. We can’t wait until next year, when we can finally (hopefully) all get together again for a bigger event.
Wheelchair Service Feedback – It’s just over a year since the new Surrey Wheelchair service started and our Board members would like to hear any feedback you have on how the service is going. Please contact Yasmin to give your feedback on this.
Bus Service Improvement Plan – Surrey County Council are in the process of working with partner organisations and Surrey residents, to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). This is in response to the National Bus Strategy for England, announced by Government this year. A successful BSIP to the Department for Transport will mean getting a share of the £3bn of funding available for a vast range of actions and improvements focused on increasing bus use. We have been in contact with the team, to suggest how they could best engage with people with lived experience and Carers, and to co-produce the BSIP. In the meantime, the team leading the BSIP have asked us to consider the below questions.
Questions to consider:
- Accessibility can mean a lot of different things. We want to know your thoughts on accessibility? For example, at bus stops and stations where shared spaces and bus stops can create obstacles and conflicts with other people? On bus accessible features and access to information about travelling?
- Of those barriers to accessibility, are there other places in the country or in other countries that deal with these better that we can learn from?
- The core purpose of the BSIP funding is to grow and sustain bus use. With that in mind what priority or priorities would you like to see?
If you would like your comments or suggestions included within our response, please share these here by 20th September: bus service improvement plan questions
2. Social/Peer Support coming up
John Russell, a Georgian Portrait Painter at Work – We are very please to announce that during our virtual café on Monday 20th September we will be given a virtual tour of Guildford Museums latest exhibition on Painter John Russell. Our host Melanie will talk a bit about John Russell’s life and the paintings on show. So if you fancy a bit of art and culture on a Monday morning please join us.
Get More Active Update – Whenever September arrives, I feel a renewal almost like the new year – maybe it’s just the peacefulness of the house when the kids have returned to school! I often feel inspired to make new plans or try new things especially when it comes to activity. Join us on Friday at 2pm where we can share our plans for the autumn and discuss our first September topic. Topics for the rest of the month are:
Friday 10th – Wellbeing Walks – there are many accessible guided walks around Surrey with new routes added this autumn.
Friday 17th – What’s on you at your local Leisure Centre – classes and clubs
Friday 23rd – Adding activity to your day – being more active doesn’t have to mean going to an organised session. How about a kitchen disco to get you moving?
Friday 30th – Dance – we will be looking at Para dance’s Tour of the Floor series.
See you on Friday! Katy
3. Tech Workshop coming up
We will be focusing on WiFi and connection issues. Join us for help with the following:
- Improving your WiFi
- Extenders and MESH WiFi
- Things to consider when using public WiFi
- Using BT WiFi
Our Tech Angel volunteers can provide 1:1 help in your own home, but if you would like some general advice and conversation about WiFi in your home then please drop in to our virtual Café on Monday 13th September for support. If you know anyone who is not online, who could benefit, please do encourage them to join by phone or by SMS text relay.
If you have any questions please email Pete.email@example.com
4. ASC 2021/2022 budget co-production – call for participants
Surrey County Council are starting work on co-producing their plans for next years’ budget. They have asked an external agency (‘Lake’) to support some focus groups (phase 1) and to undertake some targeted survey work (phase 2).
For the focus groups, they are recruiting (around) 30 people who make use of ASC services and Carers of people who use ASC services to be involved. The agency will be giving each participant a voucher to thank them for their involvement.
The potential dates of the two focus groups are 18th September 10am – 12pm and 21st September 6pm – 8pm and they will be held on zoom with a freephone dial in option.
If you use Adult Social Care Services or care for someone who does and you would like to be involved please contact me (Yasmin). Please let me know which of the two focus groups you would like to attend.
5. Updated Surrey County Council Accessibility Guidance
Surrey County Council’s Accessibility Guidance has been updated with lots of useful tips and best practice to help staff. It has been developed with support from Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and Sight for Surrey.
The Accessibility Guidance outlines their approach to accessibility, including making communication and the information they provide, accessible to all.This means making ‘reasonable adjustments’ where necessary to ensure differing needs are met, ensuring everyone has equal access to services and making information available in different formats, so that people are not prevented from accessing services because they cannot find out about them, or respond.
The guidance also outlines Adult Social Care’s responsibilities relating to the Accessible Information Standard.
The document has been attached for your information.
Please note that as the document is aimed at Surrey County Council staff, several of the links embedded in the document will not be accessible to those outside of the organisation.
For any further information, please contact the Adult Social Care Information and Engagement Team:
SMS/Text: 0781 6077122
6. Centre for Psychology Groups
The Centre for Psychology have a number of different groups coming up in the next few months. These would all be run online (via Zoom). The groups coming up are:
CBT For Sleep Difficulties
Improving Self Esteem
Coping with Diabetes
Please see the attached poster with more information, including how those interested can refer to this service (clients are required to refer and complete an assessment to ensure their suitability for the group).
The Centre for Psychology are still providing one-to-one treatment and their new website has been launched (www.centreforpsychology.co.uk) where anyone who is interested in receiving support from this service can directly self-refer by completing an online form.
7. Deafblind Convention 2021
Deafblind UK will host the UK’s first virtual Deafblind Convention on 7th October. The event will comprise several well know international and UK based speakers who will all focus on the theme of ‘Living better with sight and hearing loss’. Use this link for more information and to book a place. https://deafblind.org.uk/events/deafblind-convention-2021/
8. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter
9. Surrey Faith Links Newsletter
Please the latest Surrey Faith Links Newsletter above. You can also access the newsletter using this link. SFL-Newsletter-AUGUST-2021.pdf (surreyfaithlinks.org.uk)
10. Volunteer In Your Local Neighbourhood Team
Are you interested in learning more about local policing and developing new skills?
Surrey Police are currently recruiting volunteers based in their local neighbourhood teams. There are opportunities available as Safer Neighbourhood Volunteers and Vehicle Maintenance Volunteers, and through both roles you’ll be supporting frontline officers and staff, helping Surrey be safe and feel safe.
Safer Neighbourhood Volunteers help keep local communities informed of policing activity through positive and regular engagement. You’ll build strong relationships with your communities by providing reassurance and reducing the fear of crime.
Vehicle Maintenance Volunteers will help ensure vehicles are maintained, equipped and presented to a professional standard. You’ll conduct basic maintenance checks and update equipment inventories, highlighting any issues to your supervisor.
If you’d like more information, or are interested in applying, please follow the job vacancy links below. Applications close on Sunday, 12 September.
Vehicle Maintenance Volunteer: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/vehicle-maintenance-volunteer-safer-neighbourhood-teams-all-boroughs–sysx-vol00113
Safer Neighbourhood Volunteer: https://www.lumesse-engage.com/policejobssurreyandsussex/jobs/safer-neighbourhood-volunteer-elmbridge-runnymede-epsom-ewell-tandridge-and-mole-valley-sysx-vol00114-2#