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Virtual trip to Hever Castle

In April we were treated to a fabulous virtual trip to Hever Castle.  Harriet our expert guide, took us through the full history of the castle and some of our members were able to view rooms they had never seen before because they were on the first floor. Watch the full virtual trip below. For … Continue reading

Find out more about our social activities

Virtual Café Bring a cuppa and join our chat. The cafes are held on a Monday at 11am and on a Friday at 11.30am. There’s no agenda for the meeting, it’s just a catch up about anything and everything! Join the conversation! Virtual trips We have excellent reviews on our virtual trips. We have been … Continue reading

Weekly Update 16th May 2022

Dear Members Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer Support coming up Tapestry Day Club Surrey Wide Creative Hope Project Voluntary Action South West Surrey (VASWS) Disability Football Taster Session at the YMCA Pop-up charity shop for Dementia awareness week Plans for new homes on the site of the former Horley … Continue reading

Volunteering at Park Run – Ted Talks!

Ted has been aware of parkrun for some time as his daughter is a keen runner. She has been parkrunning at her local event for around 5 years. During a visit in the spring of 2020 Ted’s daughter tried to persuade him to volunteer at his local event but Ted wasn’t keen “I’d been putting it off as I didn’t want to do anything that involved getting up early on a Saturday morning!” Continue reading

Weekly Update 9th May 2022

Dear Members Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer support coming up Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15th May Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan: Discussion Paper and Call for Evidence Surrey County Council new community helpline – financial, health and welfare support Ageing with a lifelong disability research SASH survey re Boots … Continue reading

Weekly update 29th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly Update, this edition includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer support coming up Music in the Park in aid of Sight for Surrey Talking Book Reading Friends Group, Epsom Library Audio described talks about art Model Town Guildford Epsom Strengths and Balance Refugee Evening at Guildford Cathedral Surrey Heath Borough Installation Update To listen … Continue reading

Weekly Update 25th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  We hope you all had a good Easter break.  This update includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer Support coming up April is Stress Awareness Month Call for Audience Testers Sight for Surrey Talking Books Webinar Guide Dogs Update Headway Surrey Carer’s Survival Toolkit Course starting in  23rd May Headway Surrey Lunch and … Continue reading

Weekly update 11th April 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer Support Coming up Start-up of Surrey Carers Partnership Board Invitation to be a member New COVID-19 guidance provides important public health advice COVID-19 Spring Booster New BSL COVID-19 vaccination resources for children aged 5 to 11 years Sight for Surrey announces partnership with Specsavers … Continue reading

Meet Charlotte

Hi everyone! My name is Charlotte and I have recently joined Surrey Coalition as part of the Involvement team. Last summer, I graduated from Durham University where I worked with several individuals with learning disabilities and Autism, alongside disabled peoples’ organisations, on various projects focused on physical activity and co-production. I strongly believe that disabled … Continue reading

Weekly Update 28th March 2022

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer Support coming up UK’s first firefighter wearing a bone anchored hearing aid joins Surrey Fire and Rescue Adult Social Care Monthly Briefing 22 March Diabetes Type 2 Programme Woking & Staines The Macular Society Support Groups April’s Descriptive Zoom from Royal Collection Trust 5 … Continue reading

Vikki Walton- Cole

My name is Vikki, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I identify as a queer disabled woman. Whilst I have only identified as disabled since becoming physically disabled in 2018 and then a wheelchair user, I realise I have been disabled much longer. I am also a carer for my wife, as she is for me. … Continue reading

Information for Professionals

GYA Social Care Activity Pack A guide for people working in social care to support disabled people to be more active. Produced by Get Yourself Active (Disability Rights UK). Mind toolkit for mental health providers A toolkit for mental health providers to deliver a sport and physical activity service. Produced by mental health charity Mind. … Continue reading

Back by popular demand!

Due to the popularity and success of the first group session for digitally excluded women in Woking, we organised another event in February 2022. All the ladies found the session particularly helpful. Some of the things that they learned during the course were: how to order lateral flow tests online shop safely online placing parental … Continue reading

My favourite animal related webcams

I love animals, and I have found some great webcams that I check very regularly!  I thought others might enjoy them too so I thought I would share the links to them.  I’d love to hear about any you monitor and enjoy!  American Bald Eagle Cam Thank you to Arthur Burgess for making me aware … Continue reading

Meet Helen

I’m the Operations Manager at Surrey Coalition of Disabled People. I’m delighted to join the organisation and to be able to support the whole team in their work by making sure the operational side of things is running smoothly. In my role I will be overseeing the organisation’s systems and processes and I have a … Continue reading

Meet Wendy

I’m Wendy Smith, Project Officer on the Co-production team. I’ve had depression and anxiety for most of my life and I’m autistic, so it’s really important to me that people with lived experience are heard, valued and involved in their care. I also deliver courses on mental health and wellbeing for the Recovery College, to … Continue reading

Weekly Update 7th March 2022

Dear Members Welcome to the weekly update.  If you prefer to listen to the update, please click the link below This edition includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer support coming up Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust People’s Panel Autism Acceptance Week Young Persons’ Covid 19 Vaccine Lead Centre for Psychology Update Surrey Faith Links Newsletter SCAN … Continue reading

Weekly Update 7th February 2022

Dear Members Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes: 1.  Coalition update 2.  Social/peer support coming up 3.  Service user and carer survey on mental health services 4.  Have your say on public toilets in Guildford 5.  Can you help with research for a PHD 6.  South Western Railway (SWR) research 7.  Sight for … Continue reading

Claudia’s parkrun story

Here is Claudia Burrough’s story from the parkrun website in January 2019. Claudia is still participating regularly and has now completed 151 parkruns including Surrey parkruns Banstead Woods, Brooklands, Guildford Hazelwood, Homewood and Woking! I achieved my 50th parkrun exactly 53 weeks after completing my first parkrun last year. I credit parkrun as the biggest … Continue reading

#Timetotalk day 2022

Sarah and Matthew* share how talking and peer to peer support has been so important to them while navigating their way through the mental health system. This Time to Talk’ day, Sarah and Matthew, share with us their experience of being carers for their daughter, who has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Sarah and Matthew also … Continue reading

Time to Talk 2022

“Conversations about mental health have the power to change lives” 1 in 6 adults have experienced a ‘common mental disorder’ like depression or anxiety.1 2.0 million adults and 0.8 million children accessed NHS mental health, learning disability and autism services in 2020/212 Around 1 in 6 children aged 6 to 16 has at least one … Continue reading

31st January Weekly Update

Dear Members Welcome to the weekly update.  This update includes: Coalition Update Social/Peer Support coming up Can you help? NHS service provision issues Parliament UK research New Sight for Surrey leaflet Free bipolar on line conference New SEN football club at Brooklands college Guildford Conquest Art Brighton – Three Bridges Major Work 19-27 February Romance … Continue reading

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