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Weekly update 07.01.2021

Welcome to the weekly email update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/peer support groups coming up
  3. Disability and Access Ambassadors for Government
  4. Volunteers sought for NHS community services provider’s new patient panel
  5. Headway Surrey Family and Friends Zoom support group dates
  6. SCAN Newsletter
  7. Research on Fathers’ experiences of supporting son/daughter with an LD in their transition to adulthood
  8. Make it click
  9. Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text
  10. Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter

1. Coalition Update

National Lockdown – as you will all be aware, we have just entered ‘lockdown 3’ to help to control the Covid-19 pandemic.  If you need assistance, please do contact Surrey Community Helpline for support (Surrey Community Helpline information).  You can see the range of mental health support available here: Mental Health support.  Please do stay connected during this time and join in with one of our daily activities so we can all support each other.  Please see below a copy of the Coalition Covid Diaries, this is a record of members experiences during the last two lockdowns.  We would like to add members experiences of the current lockdown to this document, so please can you share your experiences by completing a short survey  your experience during the Covid-19 pandemic

2. Social activities/peer support opportunities coming up

Virtual Café Trip to the Farm! – Due to the unprecedented success of our last trip those attending our virtual café will be given another opportunity to visit Cronkshaw Farm on Monday 25th January.  Join us as we explore the farm with fantastic views of the Lancashire countryside, ask the farmer questions and meet the animals. 

Young Adults Group – Our Young Adults Group will meet during the day on Wednesday 27th January at 11am to enable members to visit the farm and have the opportunity to ask Farmer Dot questions and enjoy the full interactive experience.  If you are a young disabled adult and would like to join us please use this link.

Virtual Café – Our virtual café takes place every Monday giving members the opportunity to chat to each other overa coffee.  This week we spoke about Christmas and more specifically our Christmas dinner!  The culinary delights ranged from roast turkey, roast chicken, gammon marinated in mulled wine, Jamie Oliver’s beef wellington, stuffed turkey thighs and of course a vegetarian option!  Most of us finished our feast with huge amounts of Christmas pudding topped with Baileys cream! After making each other feel extremely hungry we discussed our Christmas viewing.  If you would like to join us click this link at 11am on Monday.  The virtual café includes a Tech Room which is ably facilitated by Gary Eady – come and ask the expert your tech questions and learn from each other! 

Craft and Chat – Our Craft group meets on Tuesdays at 12.00 noon. Our activities for January are:

12th January  – Mosaic designs of your choice using canvas and fabric

19 January – Burns Night craft and traditions with coloured Paper and scissors

26th January  Tea cup gardens-using anything you have at home You can also use mugs.

We look forward to seeing you, to Join us this link

Book Chat – Join us on Wednesday at 2.30pm to discuss ‘Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens’, do let us know if you would like the questions for the book.  

3. Disability and Access Ambassadors for Government – Michael Adlington from South Western Railway contacted us to let us know that The Government is looking for some new disability and access champions for various areas, including the railway. The below link goes to the website with press release and necessary information. Please do forward to anybody who may be interested.

From a rail perspective, over the last 3 years the industry has worked with the incumbent Rail Sector Champion, Stephen Brookes, to make improvements to our service provision and given the challenges of Covid over the last 9 months, now is a great time to help shape the future of the industry, especially from an accessibility perspective.

4. Volunteers sought for NHS community services provider’s new patient panel – Volunteers willing to give a patient’s perspective on NHS community services in East Surrey are being sought for a new patient panel.  First Community Health and Care is launching the panel to enable the public to have more input into the way its community health services are provided and developed.  The virtual sessions will take place on Thursday 4 February 2021 between 6pm and 7.30pm and on Monday 8 February 2021 between 11am and 12.30pm – interested parties need only to attend one session. To register your attendance and be sent the meeting link please email by 28 January 2021.

Those unable to attend the online sessions are still encouraged to have their say and can share their ideas in writing to Be Involved, First Community, 2nd floor Forum House, 41-51 Brighton Road, Redhill, RH1 6YS; by sending an email to, or calling 01737 775450 and asking to speak to Su Ryan by 28 January 2021.  Please see attached document for further details.

5. Headway Surrey Family and Friends Zoom support group dates – Headway Surrey’s Zoom support group for family / carers of those with an acquired brain injury will be restarting this week. Here are the January dates for the groups, please contact Chloe at Headway Surrey if you would like to join any of them or feel free to forward on to anyone who may be interested.

Wednesday 6th January 2pm-3pm and Wednesday 20th January 7pm-8pm

Chloe Bunce, Services Coordinator Telephone: 01483 454433, Text / Whats’App 07735 024383 , Email:

6. SCAN NewsletterClick here.

7. Research on Fathers’ experiences of supporting son/daughter with an LD in their transition to adulthood – We have been contacted by Meera, an undergraduate psychology student from the University of Reading. Meera is conducting virtual interviews with fathers about their experience with preparing and supporting their son/daughter with an LD into their transition to adulthood (from adolescence onwards) for her dissertation. Meera says there is limited research on fathers going through this crucial stage, it would be beneficial for them to share their perspective and get their voice heard!

The study has been ethically approved by the university. Meera’s supervisors for this project are Dr Fiona Knott (clinical psychologist and lecturer at the University of Reading specialising in autism) and Dr Jon Codd (clinical psychologist at the Reading adult LD service).

For more details please see the attached a poster and information sheet. Meera is looking to recruit dads from South East England, so please ignore the requirement that they must only live in Berkshire).  If you would like to contribute please contact Meera

8. Make it click – Caroline from Surrey Community Action has asked us to let members know abouta free opportunity that Surrey Community Action are promoting. It’s called the ‘Make it Click Project’ – there are a range of great learning opportunities to choose from, such as creating eye-catching CV ‘s and adapting to remote working to helping you create simple presentations and getting to grips with social media.  Please see further information attached about the learning opportunities available.  The resources are free and available for anyone to access. Simply visit make it click and register using the Surrey Community Action unique login code 8006093. This will make it easier for Surrey Community Action to support you if you have any problems with the site or the online resources.

If you are interested but would like more information before you register then please contact Caroline on 01483 447137 or by emailing

9.  Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text – Please be aware a fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.  The URL leads to fake NHS website that asks for your personal details, including your bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’.  When you are invited for your vaccine you WILL NOT be asked for bank details or payment of any kind.  Report all scams to us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

10. Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter – Please click here.

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