Surrey Disabled People's Partnership      December 2015 E-Newsletter

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Welcome to the latest edition of the SDPP E-newsletter.  With the new year approach, it is often a time when people make resolutions to take on new challenges.  One option is volunteering and as you will see, SDPP are looking for new volunteer team members to support our services.  Volunteering can be a great way of getting involved with your community and making a real difference to those who need our support.  Speaking of volunteering, we have included an article about Angie Welch, who is a member of the Hub Godalming team and has just been recognised for the great work she does   We have also launched our new Advocacy in Surrey Website which I hope you will have the opportunity to visit. Our intention is to add additional functions to the site over the coming months.   Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2016.

Clive Wood


Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer Benefit Advisor Needed

Are you:
  • Open minded, tolerant and non-judgmental of other people’s life styles
  • Able to gain the trust and confidence of others
  • Able to listen and communicate effectively
  • Understand the need for confidentiality
  • Be independent, always concentrating on the needs/wishes of the client                     
Then we need you! GetWise are looking for Volunteer Benefit Advisor to join our busy team. You will be required to provide independent free and confidential welfare benefit support to clients within Surrey and to support the welfare benefit Service as a whole; in particular assisting clients with application forms and attending medical assessment.

You will receive all the relevant training. This really is a fantastic volunteering opportunity.

For more information, please contact the GetWise team on: 0300 030 9432
Text:  07561 392 818



GetWise are on Social Media

Don’t forget you can keep updated with GetWise via social media.
Check out our Website, Facebook and Twitter page (by clicking on the links below)

And don’t forget to give us a like or a follow please!

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Surrey Advocacy

 Advocacy in Surrey

Welcome to our new website!

SDPP is delighted that our new Advocacy in Surrey website is now LIVE!
The website provides information on our General Advocacy Service and the Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy Service.

The website is accessible to everyone and referals to the advocacy service can be made via an easy online system.

As previously stated, SDPP wanted to ensure barriers, which prevent interaction or access to some websites, were removed and that all users have equal access to information and functionality on the Advocacy in Surrey Website. The site therefore includes easy read material and BSL videos.

Get online now:



Volunteering Opportunity:

Citizen Advocate

Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership are keenly looking for volunteers to become Citizen Advocates (CA’s) both locally and across the County to form an integral part of our professional Advocacy Team.  

We would wish to encourage people who have a genuine interest in enabling and empowering disabled people to have the same quality of life as everyone else and to make the right decisions and choices for themselves. At the same time promoting social inclusion, equality and social justice.

It is a role which is interesting, challenging and very rewarding. Your help can really make a difference.

Training and support are actively ongoing.

All Citizen Advocates are subject to a DBS check and references.  If this role is of interest, please contact:
EVA BROWN ( or call 07734 571250 for more information.



Find out more about Advocacy in Surrey


The Surrey Hubs

And the winner is...

Angie Welch

SDPP are very proud of Hub Godalming volunteer Angie for scooping the
People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Volunteer at the Living and Aging Well in Surrey Awards.

Angie was nominated by Guy Hill, Volunteer development Worker at Hub Godalming. Wishing to acknowledge the wonderful work Angie does for the Hub, Guy put her forward for the coveted award. Guy stated “Angie does not let her disability interfere her work on social media, every day to help promote the Hub (Godalming) and the work we do in running our information centre for the Elderly, Disabled and Carers.”

So how did it all begin… we will let Angie tell you herself:
"It’s thanks to SDPP for deciding to have a Hub Godalming, then going for an interview with Guy Hill who then took me on at his peril as a volunteer right at the beginning when the Hub opened in 2013. I started volunteering at Hub Godalming along with my husband Gary in the October of that year.

Over the last 2 years and nearly 2 months I have met a lot of really nice people and also made some very good friends. What I find very satisfying  is that I’m able to help people through what I do both at Hub Godalming, I also love doing Hub Godalming social media and I also do my best to help promote Hub Godalming in the local community. I also care about Hub Godalming and I’m always coming up with ideas of what can be done to get people through that door and take great pleasure in ringing up Hub Godalming to bend Guy’s ear about another idea I’ve had to try and help.

I have been disabled all my life and for the first time in my life I have been given the opportunity to actually give something back by helping other people with their problems as part of a team of volunteers at Hub Godalming. It is with the help and support of my husband Gary, who is also a volunteer that I am able to go into Hub Godalming as I would not be able to get there without his help.

When I received an email from Guy to say that I had been short listed with the possibility of winning the Living and Ageing Well Awards for volunteering my reaction back to Guy was you are kidding me no way. Well it happened on 18th November, I unfortunately could not make it to the award ceremony so Guy went on my behalf. Later on that evening Guy text me some photos, I just kept looking at them in disbelief as I saw my name on the trophy… I had in fact won! I truly am very humbled to win such an award and again would like to thank all those people that made it possible."


       Angie & her husband Gary                                        The Award

On Thursday 3rd December 2015, Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership (SDPP) will be celebrating this year’s United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The theme for this year is: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
To celebrate the day and to raise much needed awareness around barriers and access issues, SDPP will be hosting ‘Breaking Down Barrier’ Booths at each of the Surrey Hubs.  We are encouraging members of the community to pop into your Hub, write down a barrier they face and be photographed holding their sign in one of our booths.

With an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, many face barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society. As a result, many people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education, as well as social and political participation.

SDPP is delighted to be supporting this international day, as it is our mission to enable and empower disabled people to have the same choices and quality of life as every other citizen of Surrey. We strive to increase disabled people's involvement in all aspects of the community and therefore gear all our services towards this aim. Services include The Surrey Hubs, Advocacy in Surrey and GetWise.


 HO HO HO...

Christmas has come to the Surrey Hubs!

The decorations are up and the Hubs are full of Christmas cheer! so its time to update you all on The Surrey Hubs Christmas opening times:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve all Hubs will be closing at 12noon
  • Addlestone and Camberley are closed from 12noon on 24th December and reopen on Monday 4th January 2016
  • Woking, Godalming and Staines Hubs are closed from 12noon on 24th December and reopen on 29th and 30th of December from 10am – 3pm

Normal opening hours will resume from Monday 4th January 2016

Find out more about The Surrey Hubs

Volunteers Needed to help spread Christmas Cheer!

SDPP are staging Christmas Collections at Woking Train Station on Friday 18th December and at Guildford and Woking Train Stations on Monday 21st December. 

Volunteers are needed between 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm to help us collect and spread some Christmas Cheer! Santa Hats will be provided!

If you would like to volunteer, please email Hayley

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