Surrey Disabled People's Partnership      April 2016 E-Newsletter

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter.  As someone who is a serious chocaholic, I certainly did!  This month’s newsletter definitely has an exercise theme, which will help with the excess of chocolate over the break. We have a runner in the upcoming London marathon.  Biba has been training hard to raise money for SDPP and achieve a lifelong ambition to run the marathon through the streets of London.  On a related note, we are looking for people to run, walk or stroll the British 10K for SDPP. Not as demanding as a marathon and a great way to see London.  Guy explains how exercise has helped him to manage his depression.  SDPP has been working with Royal Holloway to enable Social Work students to carry out work placements with our advocacy team. This is an excellent way of ensuring the Social Workers of the future gain awareness around the challenges faced by disabled people on a daily basis.  Our Get Wise team recently held a PIP workshop which was a great success.  Future workshops are being planned with the next this week.  Finally, how can I forget Duncan’s Piggywig.

Clive Wood


Making Benefits
easier to understand

In our March E-Newsletter, SDPP told you about a new  Workshop taking place at Hub Staines.  We always knew that getting the first Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Workshop off the ground would be challenging as our focus was upon empowering people to take control of their PIP claim.  GetWise recognises that claimants will have their PIP claims periodically reviewed and that they need to have the confidence to interact with the process.  The Workshop in March proved to be very engaging.  Attendees were given the opportunity to go through their PIP Claim Forms page-by-page and they willingly took advantage of this opportunity.  One of the attendees was initially quite reserved but as the Workshop progressed even this individual came out of their shell and it was heartening to find that they had the confidence to share quite personal experiences with the group. 

The PIP Workshop was such a success, GetWise will be staging  a repeat Workshop:

Friday 15th April 2016

Hub Staines

10:30 – 13:30 hrs

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 Staines
Tel: 01784 458200  Text: 07519 861452

Email: or

Alternatively, you can contact GetWise on 0300 030 9432


Find out more about GetWis£
Surrey Advocacy

 Advocacy in Surrey

Meet Chole our Social Work Student

Royal Holloway

Advocacy in Surrey is dedicated to the nurture and development of our future Social Workers. Advocacy in Surrey has been approached by The Royal Holloway University to mentor four social work students, this involves a placement with SDPP lasting around 73 days. The aim is for students to learn more about Advocacy and issues faced by disabled people and  use these skills productively throughout their career. 

This month we would like to introduce you to Chloe. Chloe is studying Msc Social Work at The Royal Holloway University and is currently in her first year:

Why did you decide to do a degree in Social Work?: 

I have had previous experience working with 16-25 year old young people facing adversity and homelessness and it gave me the bug to get into social work. I have a previous degree in English but wanted to study something with a bit more variety.


Working Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9-5 mainly, but this may change depending on client availability. I was lucky enough to get two weeks off for Easter break too!


Here until:

My last working day will be 13th June


What will you be doing at SDPP: 

I will be part of the advocacy team. I will be taking on a caseload of clients for both general advocacy and few for NHS complaints advocacy. At the moment I have 9 clients.  For the benefit of my learning and reflection on the course, I will be working with a diverse group of clients with differing advocacy needs. By the end of placement here, I will have a large portfolio of evidence of my learning and experience here which will then be assessed.



I am obsessed with travelling and would love to see all parts of the world (once I win the lottery)! On the weekends, I like to kid myself by promising that I will go to the gym, but you will normally find me with a bottle (or two) of prosecco in hand instead.


Ideal dinner party companions:

Philip Schofield – Silver Fox – my celebrity crush

Jack Whitehall  

Jennifer Lawrence


Find out more about Advocacy in Surrey
The Surrey Hubs

The Hubs are going Mobile!
The Surrey Hubs Project provides information and support to help people living in Surrey stay independent. 
The Hubs are  gateways to information, advice and services. They empower people by providing the right information for the individual’s needs, to ensure people can make informed choices about their care and support options available to them within the community.
The Hubs also host a wide array of drop-ins from a range of organisations, including Getwi£e, Advocacy in Surrey and Surrey Police. 
Due to a reduction in funding for this project, we have had to make the decision to close Addlestone and Camberley Hubs. However, with the need for The Surrey Hubs growing, SDPP has decided to provide Pop Up Hubs in different locations throughout these areas.  
The Pop Up Hubs will provide information and access to advice and support in the same way as our fixed location Hubs in Staines, Woking and Godalming.


Come and see us…

Monday 10am to 1pm

Eileen Tozer Social Centre – Crouch Oak Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AN

Monday 2pm to 4pm

Voluntary Support North Surrey – 12/13 Sainsbury Centre, Chertsey, KT16 9AG

Tuesday 10am to 1pm

Windle Valley Centre – 6 Park Street, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5AQ

Tuesday 2pm to 4pm

Camberley Library – Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY

Wednesday 10am to 1pm

Brockhill Buddies Centre – Brockhill, Goldsworth Park, Woking, Surrey, GU21 3NE

Camberley Library – Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY

Thursday 10am to 1pm

Community Connectors – Diocesan House, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3XG

Camberley Library – Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY

Friday 10am to 4pm

Vyne Wellbeing Centre – Community Centre, Broadway, Knaphill, Surrey, GU21 2SP

Friday 2pm to 4pm

Camberley Library – Knoll Road, Camberley, GU15 3SY

Please note, location, times and dates may change. For further information, please see the contact details below:

Phone: 01276 631155

Text: 07854 009694


Find out more about The Surrey Hubs

Furry Friends

Meet PiggyWig...

This month's Furry Friend, isn't very furry, but has proved to be a very special friend to our Welfare Benefit Advisor, Duncan for over 25 years. Piggywig is also the reason why Duncan became a vegetarian. Duncan said "The pig is the source of my vegetarianism.  I couldn’t consider eating meat after I got this soft toy in my life."


Name: Piggywig.

Age: 25 (or thereabouts – actual birth date not known)

Who is your human: Duncan Hayes

What do you do for your human: My general presence in Duncan’s life keeps him on the straight & narrow.  Very much a power behind the thrown scenario.

What three words would you use to describe yourself: Soft but determined.

What is your favourite thing to do: I’m an expert at looking like I’m doing nothing but really I’m in charge.


Learn how Guy kick's his depression
"I suffer from Depression and one the major things that has helped me over the years is exercise, for me its kickboxing and even when I don’t want to go to my kickboxing classes I always feel so much better afterwards. I have had some pretty major episodes including admissions to hospitals but kickboxing has always been there for me and my illness hasn’t stopped my ability to achieve my Black Belt..., something of which I am very proud."
If like Guy, you are looking for fun ways to exercise, why not take up running and join our British 10K 2016 team.

Sometimes, the hardest part is just saying 'Yes!'

The event takes place on Sunday 10th July 2016, through the streets of London and we are looking for participants of all different fitness levels and ages.

If you would like to join our team or for more information, please contact Hayley on:
Text or Call: 07734 570 406

Show your support for Biba!

SDPP's London Marathon Runner 2016

With little over a week until  Biba Jagodic undertakes the London Marathon 2016 in aid of SDPP, we caught up with her, to find out how her training was going. 

We found Biba 7000m above sea level, training  in mountains around  Obertraun  in Austria.  When asked why her training took her so far and so high, Biba filled us in:

"It is the most beautiful place. I visited where my friend  Jane  lives with  her  family. My  friend  Lisa  and  I  finally  visited  Jane  after  15  years of not  seeing  each  other.  It  was  amazing & emotional reunion.
The  mountains  we climed and ski are over 7000m  high, so training is going really well. It is an amazing  place, I can  not  wait  to  come  back  sometime next  year. "

If you would like to make a donation and help Biba reach her fundraising target, please click here  - Every penny counts!

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