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20.10.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: 1. Coalition update 2. Social/Peer support coming up 3. The Access Survey Euan’s Guide 4. British Standards Institute Consultation 5. Surrey Transport Plan consultation reminder 6. Could you be an SABP Governor? 7. Important Recognising You Awards updates!  8. YMCA Exercise Referral 2022 Falls course start 10th January 9. Upperbody … Continue reading

Return to the pool!

Find about Surrey Coalition member Claire Bellinger’s long-awaited return to the pool in the attached article This week I’ve been talking to Claire Bellinger, Surrey Coalition member about her long-awaited return to the swimming pool.  Claire tells me she first started swimming regularly 5 or 6 years ago when she requested a “buddy” to go … Continue reading

We are hiring an Operations Manager

Are you a value-driven, honest, kind and hard-working person who wants to change the world?  Come and join us as an Operations Manager. Click here to see job description and how to apply.

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 Website7. Relaxed Cinema 8. Musical Memories 9. Neighbourhood … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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.

Welcome Alex

Hi, I’m Alex Pullin, the new Tech to Community Connect Area Coordinator for North West Surrey and Guildford & Waverly. With a background in education, I’ve seen first-hand the role technology can play in learning, communication and engagement, yet in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, I witnessed the extent to which digital exclusion affects … Continue reading

Welcome to Jean

Hello, I’m Jean Parker, and I’ve recently joined Surrey Coalition as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Tech to Community Connect project. I will be working with Volunteer Tech Angels across Surrey, but particularly in Guildford, Waverley and North West Surrey.  If that’s you, I’m looking forward to meeting you soon! As someone who has a … Continue reading

23.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: 1. Coalition Update 2. Social/Peer support coming up 3. Community Foundation for Surrey website accessibility 4. Public Toilets Provision Review Guildford 5. Health Engagement Events in East Surrey 6. Don’t miss out on your Surrey Carers’ Flu Jab Voucher 7. Reminder – Surrey Transport Plan Consultation 8. … Continue reading

National Fitness Day 2021

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 … Continue reading

16.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes: 1.  Coalition Update 2.  Social/Peer Support coming up 3.  Dance for People Living with Parkinson’s 4.  All Age Autism Strategy 5.  Invitation to NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group AGM 6. Share your experiences of using the Disability Rights UK (DRUK) Website 1.  Coalition Update Talent Corner … Continue reading

A poem by Claire

This little old man from Egham Who talked to the birds as he fed um He laughed all the time, as his nature was thine This little old man from Egham. This little old man from Egham Would sing a nice tune, if you let him The words were in braille, which told a great … Continue reading

09.09.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes: 1.  Coalition Update 2.  Social/Peer Support coming up 3.  Tech Workshops 4.  ASC 2021/2022 budget co-production – call for participants 5. Updated Surrey County Council Accessibility Guidance 6. Centre for Psychology Groups 7. Deafblind Convention 2021 8. Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) Newsletter 9. Surrey Faith … Continue reading

Free technology workshops!

Would you like to learn a little bit more about technology? About Wi-Fi, Alexa, Siri or Google, text relay or shopping online? Then join our free technology workshop, which will run on four Mondays, starting Monday 13th September 2021. For more information and details please see the poster below.

Paralympics week 2

It’s been a phenomenal week at the Paralympics. Team GB has won an incredible number of medals and remains 2nd in the medal table with a total of 94 medals, 33 of which are gold. As day 9 continues on the other side of the world, Sarah Storey has just become GB’s most successful Paralympian … Continue reading

Team GB – medal rush

As I write day 2 of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is nearly over although there are still some events going on into the evening in Tokyo. It’s been hard to keep up with the successes of Team GB so far – there have been many! From the continuing success of Paralympic legends such as Dame … Continue reading

Tokyo paralympics 2020

There are now only 5 days to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and I can’t wait to watch some world class sporting competition and cheer on Team GB. Two weeks ago we showed the brilliant Channel 4 trailer – click here to watch it again and to see the signed and … Continue reading

19.08.2021 weekly update

Welcome back! Hope you are enjoying a bit of a sun. Did you miss our weekly updates? If you did, good news – they are back! Click here to read today’s update.

19.08.2021 weekly update

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: 1.  Coalition Update 2.  Social/Peer Support coming up 3. Reminder Surrey Heartlands Digital Navigator Meetings 4. Public Inquiry 5. Proposal for better access to Turf Hill Park Lightwater for Disabled People 6. NICE Committee Equalities survey 7. Green and Blue Infrastructure Supplementary Planning Document consultation 8. What … Continue reading

In anticipation of Paralympics

With the Olympics over for another 3 years we are looking forward to the Paralympics. Not long to wait now as they start on the 24th August. In the meantime, watch this incredible trailer to get you ready!

05.08.2021 weekly update

Happy Friday everybody! See this week weekly update. Enjoy it and make it last, as we won’t have one next week due to staff annual leaves.

Access adventures

Our thanks to Beth for highlighting the activities run by Access Adventures at the Edge Adaptive Sports Centre, Herons Lake.  Access Adventures is a registered charity delivering life-changing adaptive sports & activities. Their mission: Improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through activity programmes Make sports & activities accessible and affordable for everyone with … Continue reading

Inclusive cycling

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that provides fun cycling sessions for children and adults with disabilities and differing needs. The programmes use specially adapted cycles and have specially trained volunteer leaders, enabling all participants to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of cycling. Most sessions are held on dedicated … Continue reading

Do you need help with technology?

Or maybe you know someone, who would like to get connected virtually to their families, or take part in virtual activities, but they don’t know where to start? Or they don’t have a tablet to take part? Look no further! Visit our Tech to Community Connect project for more information on how we can help. … Continue reading

The return of Parkrun!

As England moved into stage 4 on Monday, final preparations were being made across the country for the safe return of mass participation sports events. This includes parkrun which last took place on March 14th 2020. I’m one of the organisers at Riddlesdown parkrun and I share the excitement of event directors throughout Surrey. We … Continue reading

VI tennis

Katy, our physical activity navigator, has been chatting to Luke Tye, one of our Board Directors, about his love for VI tennis. Read all about it below. Also, please visit physical activity news page for some information about hockey, wobble exercise and free personal training opportunities! And don’t forget to join the Get More Active … Continue reading

Help us name our bot!

We have been working away on a chatbot. A chatbot is a kind of virtual assistant that can use artificial intelligence to help to find you the information you need. They can be used on an app, a website, on a smart speaker and on a phone or SMS system. Eventually, our chatbot will be … Continue reading

A sunday morning walk

– by Jonathan Fisher During the last week of June, Shepperton Rotary Clubs announced that their annual sponsored walk would take place on Sunday July 4. Because this charity supporter has generously donated to Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne Talking Newspaper, I decided that I should show our appreciation by taking part. From the accompanying notes, … Continue reading

Visit to YMCA

The YMCA sports and community Centre in Redhill is a fantastic venue in East Surrey. It has recently been extended to include an innovative inclusive sports facility allowing them to offer more disability sport and physical activities for people with disabilities and long-term ill-health.   Facilities include a state-of-the-art inclusive sports hall with 2 boccia … Continue reading

Meet Caroline

Hello, my name is Caroline Butler I have recently joined Surrey Coalition as Volunteering Lead on the Tech to Community Connect project. I am very much looking forward to working on this exciting  project. I have worked for a number of years in adult learning providing training courses for community groups,  encouraging disadvantaged people to … Continue reading


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