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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

24.06.2021 weekly update

Have a look at our weekly update here. You can find all previous updates here. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Become a tech angel!

Would you like to volunteer some of your free time to help people? Have a look at our volunteering opportunities page, who knows, maybe you will be one of our tech angels!

We are hiring!

We have few positions opened now, so if you are looking for a job and have interest in technology, disabilities, mental health – check them out here! And don’t forget to check later on this week – we will be having few more coming.

Cricket and Emily Reed

Summer has finally arrived and my thoughts this week have turned to cricket – at last rain will NOT be stopping play! Coalition member Emily Reed is an enthusiastic advocate of the game and I understand has a great drive! Emily plays with the Lords Taverners Super 1’s group in Epsom and she kindly agreed … Continue reading

My journey with the Coalition

Here is an ode written by one of our Board Directors and long standing members, Jonathan. After being asked for my thoughts, I’m putting down words, It’s up to the readers, if they think they are the best. Now, what or which words should I use? I thought of some, a few were discarded, Here … Continue reading

30 days wild

June is 30 Days Wild month so this week I’d like to follow on from volunteering opportunities in the great outdoors and look at some other ways you can Get More Active whilst enjoying the wonderful countryside in Surrey. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the countryside is by walking if you are able. … Continue reading

Big THANK YOU to our wonderful Volunteers

It’s volunteers’ week, and all of us here, in Coalition, would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers. We recorded a short video with all our thanks, watch it here!

Open Water Swimming

I have a print above my desk that I glance at from time to time when working. It is entitled “Swim Wild” and has an ink drawing in shades of blue of a lady diving into water next to a poem by Steven Corbett: “What’s a worry, once you’re in? Let the lake evaporate all … Continue reading

How to start?

If you are thinking about Getting More Active but aren’t sure where to start here is a short blog with some top tips! Of course, you can also contact the Get More Active project for some friendly support and ideas. Email getactive@surreycoalition.org.uk or phone/SMS text on 07434 865062 Get More Active – Getting Started! We are probably … Continue reading

06.05.2021 weekly update

Good morning Friday! Can you believe it’s May already? Here is your weekly update, if you were waiting for it! Enjoy!

Relay UK Review

I am an adult with hearing loss, I have hearing aids but find that telephone calls can be a trial. I came across Relay UK and decided to give it a go. Relay UK offers text-to-speech and speech-to-text translation services. A relay assistant in a call centre acts as an intermediary, enabling people with hearing … Continue reading

Bob, the Tech Angel

Bob is one of our brilliant volunteer Tech Angels!  During lockdown, Bob has been using Team Viewer to provide remote support to work with people on the Tech to Community Connect project.  Bob says “I have some spare time and I wanted to give something back, being a Tech Angel is a rewarding way to … Continue reading

Caterham Salvation Army donated a tablet to us!

A huge THANK YOU to Caterham Salvation Army who have very kindly donated a tablet to the Tech to Community Connect service.  Pete Dommett, Technology Lead, went to pick up the tablet today.  Pete says: “we are doing all we can to get people who are digitally excluded online.  People who are disabled, living with … Continue reading

This is Maya

You have already met Karen and Katy, today you will meet Maya, our third new starter. Hello, I’m Maya Ahuja-Hofheiz, the Tech to Community Connect Area Coordinator for East Surrey and Surrey Downs! I recently graduated from the university of York, with an undergraduate degree in literature and philosophy. During my degree and more recently … Continue reading

Meet Katy

Morning everyone! Please meet another new addition to Surrey Coalition, who, like Karen, also started this month. My name is Katy Hubbard and I am the new Physical Activity Navigator for Surrey Coalition. I grew up in Sussex and after a few years living and working in London settled in Surrey with my husband and … Continue reading

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.   … Continue reading

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