Surrey Disabled People's Partnership      March 2016 E-Newsletter

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I find it hard to believe we are in to March already and Easter is approaching fast!. This month’s newsletter includes articles about the Awareness Day we had at Royal Holloway University for social work students. You will also see that the Get Wise team are holding a PIP workshop at Hub Staines; A topic that we know many of our customers are effected by.  We are always looking for volunteers to join the team like Andy;  Although he is a Saints fan but nobody is perfect.   The passing of Ella Findlay was extremely sad news for the whole team here.  Ella will be greatly missed by many people she worked with and supported.

Clive Wood

Remembering Ella Findlay

27.04.1979 – 07.02.2016
Well, where do we start in paying tribute to Ella Findlay??
Ella joined SDPP in May 2013 and was appointed Volunteer Development Worker for a new Hub to be opened in Camberley. It soon became apparent when the Hub opening was delayed that Ella had a determined, enthusiastic and utterly tenacious approach to work!
To raise awareness of the opening of the Hub (finally), Ella even went as far as shaving her head!!
Some may say stubborn, or like a dog with a bone but Ella’s genuine passion and dedication resulted in a fantastic team of volunteers at the Hub, delivering an excellent service in Surrey Heath. Ella really has left her mark at SDPP – a great example of what we hope that all disabled people can achieve, the same rights, choices and control over their lives as every other citizen. An ambassador for empowering and enabling!
My personal thoughts about Ella will always be of a cheerful, creative, hardworking and fiercely independent individual. And Ella’s memory was almost as bad as mine, which was often a source of great amusement  when neither of us could ever remember anyone’s name!  We met and worked with a lot of “thingymejigs” 
Even when Ella received her diagnosis of an incurable cancer last October, she approached this in a stoic, positive and thoughtful way, immediately getting on with her bucket list – seeing the Northern Lights, getting a tattoo, seeing the Nutcracker ballet, kittens, fast cars’ and an incredible piece of graffiti in Brighton!
We will all miss Ella – here are some memories from her team and colleagues:

A gorgeous, warm person who was always helping people. Thank you for being my friend

.......your smile, energy, enthusiasm, passion and sense of fun. Glad to have met you

Ella was a girl who –
#Knew her own mind           
#Was comfortable in her own skin
#Was courageous and determined                
#Was a defender of the vulnerable          
#Was unafraid to speak out
# Is an example to us all and will be remembered with love and admiration


SDPP Annual Review 2015
SDPP are delighted to release our Annual Review 2015.

2015 has been a very busy and fun year for the charity and we hope this is reflected in our review.

Need for our imperative services proved to be at an all time high in 2015 and SDPP would like to thank all of the volunteers, staff and partners who helped meet this need.

SDPP would also like to thank Alan Price, who kindly volunteered his time and expertise to put this Annual Review together - Thank you.

Click here to download your copy:
Annual Review 2015


Free PIP Workshop

(Personal Independence Payment)

@The Hub Staines, Friday 18th March 2016
10:30 am – 13:30 pm


To start or continue a claim for Personal Independence Payment you are required to complete a Personal Independence Payment Claim Form.  The form will contain some of the information the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) will use to assess the validity of your claim. The PIP Workshop run by GetWise, is designed to give claimants the insight and confidence to successfully complete their PIP Claim Form.

Structure of the Workshop
The Workshop will be run by two experienced GetWise Benefits Advisors.  They will talk you through the form and what is required of the claimant at each stage.  Attendees need to be aware that the Workshop is in the form of a group session.  You will be alongside other individuals looking to claim or continue their PIP claims.  Together we will work through the PIP Claim Form with opportunities for individuals to pose questions specific to their circumstances.  There will be limited scope for private interaction with the attendant Benefits Advisors over more personal concerns.  The Attendee has the option of attending and benefiting from the Workshop and then returning home to complete their PIP Form themselves or of attending with the Form and completing it during the Workshop.  Please note that although Benefits Advisors will be present throughout that the expectation is that the attendee will complete their PIP Claim Form themselves.
What You’ll Need

  • Your Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Claim Form
  • Details of your GP, Consultants and Medication
  • Support with you if you struggle with writing
  • A supply of pens
  • A willingness to talk about the struggles you face in your day-to-day life

Further Details
Places on the Workshop are limited and therefore you will need to confirm your attendance.  You can confirm your attendance via contacting:

Hub Addlestone

Tel: 01932 846491  Text: 0752 290 2082

Email: or

Hub Staines
Tel: 01784 458200  Text: 07519 861452

Email: or

Alternatively, you can contact GetWise on 0300 030 9432

GetWise Team
Find out more about GetWis£
Surrey Advocacy

 Advocacy in Surrey

Disability Awareness Day 2016
Royal Holloway University

Royal Holloway

On Thursday 25th February 2016, SDPP and Advocacy in Surrey held a Disability Awareness Day for Social Work students at Royal Holloway University.

The Skills Day was used to bring disability right to the forefront of the students minds. We wanted to squash all their preconceived ideas and put the text books back on the shelves! This training day was to be different, we wanted the students to leave feeling inspired and empowered. The day was interactive, interesting and sometimes uncomfortable, but the end result was these students learnt skills and gained knowledge which they can use within their professional and personal lives moving forward. 

Feedback from the university was fantastic:
"Thank you all so very much for organising and delivering the Skills Day at RH. I have had feedback from the students who really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot. Many say that it was the best Skills Day that they have had!"

For more information about our Disability Awareness Days, email:

Throughout the day, one of our guest speakers, Dan Jeffery, who spoke with the students about living with a disability, penned a poem. We are delighted that Dan has kindly agreed for us to share this with you...

As it happened on the day...
I sit and look as all-round the space outside is filled with things trees and cars people too
They gather to watch and learn from some who are not but the same as them
Talking happened  first of all than with notes it was discuss things that were said to them a break was had
After that findings of the talk we saw oh what a sight it was to see so very interesting to me
Q&A we did have so much fun that was next we head off to lunch
Chit chatter took place around the room as the theatre group got set to go and go they did what a show we all got in on it’s flow
Now one last break then a communication thing useful for all who saw it Now we hear from Sdpp what they do learning objectives to finish the day
Find out more about Advocacy in Surrey
The Surrey Hubs

Do something life changing... 


Meet Andy...
"I was diagnosed with MS and was very angry and upset with that for a couple of years. I joined a yoga class for disabled people, met a couple of people from SDPP and they encouraged me to volunteer! I plucked up the courage eventually and volunteered. That was 10 years ago.

Volunteering has become an important part of my life and has helped me deal better with my illness. It allows me to help others and help myself at the same time."
SDPP are looking for volunteers to join our team, we have lots of exciting volunteering opportunities available.

For more information email:
Telephone: 01483 750973
SMS: 07561 392 818

Find out more about The Surrey Hubs

Furry Friends

Meet CoCo...


Name:  CoCo

Age: 4 years old

Animal: Cat, but I sometimes confuse myself with being a Lion!

Who is your human: Hayley Mackin (SDPP Communications & Media Officer)

What do you do for your human: I give the best cuddles & when we had a cat flap (which has now been removed?) I used to bring in lots of presents, (mice, birds... even a live crow which proved difficult for my bird-phobic family to get out of the house!) Suprisingly they didn't seem as impressed with my efforts as I was!

What three words would you use to describe yourself: Independant, Fun and Naughty

What is your favourite treat/toy: Any paper bag or box!

What is your favourite thing to do: Either laze in the sun or hunt!

Good Luck Biba!

SDPP's London Marathon Runner 2016

We are delighted to introduce Biba Jagodic, SDPP's London Marathon 2016 runner. We sat down with Biba reccently for a coffee and catch up, to find out a little more about what drives and motivates her to take on this huge challenge:
"Hi everyone, I'm Biba and I am a Retail  Manager , working for Signet UK. 

This is my 1st Marathon, I decided to run the  London Marathon about 3 years ago after meeting  Rachel Morris , British Paralympic handcyclist, now rower. Rachel inspired me after just a few minutes with her determination and never give up attitude to life.

That day I set myself the goal of running and completing the London Marathon for charity before I am 50 years old.

I am going to be 50 next year... so it is now or never!
Training is going well so far.  I train 6 day a week, mixture of running before or after work about 6+ miles and 2h workouts in the gym.
I am so proud to run London Marathon and raise money for such an amazing local charity that is Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership and I will do my absolutely best to raise as much money as possible."

If you would like to make a donation and help further motivate Biba, please
click here  - Every penny counts!

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