Surrey Disabled People's Partnership      August 2015 E-Newsletter

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It’s already been a busy summer for the team a SDPP.  Our stand at Hampton Court Flower Show was very busy and having great weather all week made all the difference.  We are currently looking to recruit some new Directors to the Board of SDPP.  If you or someone you know would be interested in joining please get in contact.  We had a great team of runners in the British 10k for the second year.  Every runner raised money and promoted SDPP, which we are extremely grateful for.  The demand for our GetWise and Advocacy in Surrey services continues to increase.  This does show that there are many residents of Surrey who value this support.  As you will see from the Advocacy case story, support from an Advocate can make a real difference.  Talking of advocacy, we have new Self Advocacy Groups in Staines and covering Guildford & Woking.  Peer support like this is a great way of empowering people and a good opportunity to meet new friends.

Clive Wood, CEO


Practical help which makes a real difference:

Meet John...

John’s only income was Employment & Support Allowance (ESA).  He lived by himself and not only was he physically struggling to get to the shops due to arthritis in his back and shoulders but he was struggling to afford to pay for a decent diet and was having to purchase cheap, poor quality food.  John was in a relative amount of debt because he could only afford to buy items through catalogues and pay the minimum charge per month to pay down the debt.
GetWise identified that John should submit a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  A GetWise Advisor supported John to complete the PIP Claim Form and attended his Medical Assessment alongside him.  John was awarded the Standard Rate of the Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  As John lives by himself and no one was caring for him GetWise also identified that he was eligible for the Severe Disability Premium of ESA and supported him to submit a claim for this.  John was also awarded the Severe Disability Premium.

The GetWise Advisor calculated the financial impact to John’s income was an increase of approx. £460.00 per 4 week period (across both the PIP & Severe Disability Premiums).  John also received a backdated lump sum equalling approx. £4,000.00 which has enabled him to clear his debts.  John is now able to purchase nutritious food for himself and has commented upon how this has improved his health and how he feels so much better.  John can now also consider getting connected to the internet to take advantage of internet shopping and home delivery (therefore avoiding the physical difficulty of getting to the shops himself) and to broaden his social sphere.

If you would like to speak to a GetWise Advisor or make a referal, please email : GetWise     call: 0300 030 9432   or    text: 07561 392 818

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 Advocacy in Surrey

"Isolated, unhappy and at the mercy of others”
Find out how Advocacy in Surrey can help you...


Meet Sandra…

The Advocacy team was referred a lady in her 50’s with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) this affected her mobility which was limited.

Sandra relied mainly on her Husband as her main carer but this had caused them much stress and was also affecting their relationship.

Sandra needed help with personal care, housework and accessing the community. She also had difficulties getting around her home and accessing the bathroom. She wanted to explore the possibility of adaptations but was wary of the process and cost.

Sandra expressed to the Advocate that she often felt “isolated, unhappy and at the mercy of others”.

She knew she needed support with daily living however due to negative experiences in the past felt unable to communicate effectively.

The Advocate met with Sandra at her home and went through how her disability was affecting her daily living and her independence. She went through all the options Sandra had and how these could be met.

The Advocate supported her to contact adult social care and then supported her through the assessment process. The Advocate also discussed with Sandra the adaptation process and they put a DFG (Disabled Facilities Grant) into process.

Sandra is now in receipt of a small package of care and is also being supported to set up an account with SILC (Surrey Independent Living Council) to manage the extra money to employ a personal assistant who will help her day-day.

The DFG is going through and plans have been submitted for a stair lift, wet room and extra toilet.

This will give Sandra back her independence and in turn remove some pressure from Sandra's Husband.

If you would like to find out more about Advocacy or would like the support of an Advocate, please email Advocacy  call: 0300 030 7333   text: 07561 392818

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The Surrey Hubs

Ready, Steady, Bake! 

Hub Godalming recently hosted a “Bake off” competition to support Crossroads in raising awareness of their work, raising awareness of The Hubs, and to show our support and understanding of the daily challenges carers can face.

Many of our staff and volunteers entered, and the competition took no time at all to heat up! One of Hub Godalming’s volunteers, who is a carer himself, was the judge. His credentials for such an important role: he is partial to a piece of cake!

It was an incredibly busy day and proved how a window full of cakes draws in the public! Much fun was had by all sampling the cakes and there was also visits from Age UK and Sight for Surrey.

Congratulations to o
ur very own Claire Lane won 1st prize for her seaside themed cupcakes!

The Winner Claire & her cupcakes           Hub Godalming's Guy having a taste!

The Surrey Hubs are for everyone

Surrey Disabled People's Partnership is proud to be part of the User Led Organisation Partnership, together with Surrey County Council, to provide information and access to advice & support services through Hubs located in town centres across Surrey. 

These Hubs are for the community and open to all.

You can find out more information about the Hubs including their location, opening times and organisations that offer drop-in sessions at the Hubs, by visiting
The Surrey Hubs Website

A new Advocacy Group has come to Staines upon Thames!


In a relaxed environment, over refreshments, a new Advocacy Group for people with learning difficulties meets fortnightly on a Thursday morning at the new Hub Staines.

The group aims to give people a voice and they are actively seeking new members.  The group is part of the Surrey Self Advocacy Network that is linked to Valuing People Groups, The Surrey Partnership Board and The Regional Forum.

They are running the first few meetings as 'Open Meetings' meaning everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about the new group.

The next meeting is Thursday 6th August from 10.30 - 12.00 at the Hub Staines. Please pop along for a cuppa and a chat!

The new Guildford and Woking Self Advocacy Group seeks members

There is also a new Self Advocacy Group for Guildford and Woking which takes place every other Wednesday at Jacobs Wells Community Hall.

The group is for people living with learning disabilities and aims to get  people to advocate on their own behalf, using a collective voice to speak up for change and secure their rights.

For more information on this group and all Self Advocacy Groups, please call Barry Hobbs: 020 8549 1028

Find out more about The Surrey Hubs
Hampton Court Flower Show 2015
Last month, SDPP attended RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to promote our range of services to the thousands of people attending.   Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the largest flower show in the world, with over 150,000 visitors each year. The event also gave SDPP the opportunity to promote the benefits of gardening for disabled and older people, whilst enabling us to assist visitors with access issues at the event.  
Our stand was located just outside the Thames Gate Entrance and what a fantastic week we had!

Our wonderful team of volunteers experienced the hottest day in July on record… followed by rain! We drank a week’s worth of water in 2 days and gave out over 26,000 seed packets. Watch out, there may be a Cornflower epidemic this time next year!
But most importantly we spoke to a number of Surrey residents needing our support and services.
SDPP would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers for kindly lending their time to this event and to all those who came and said hi!

Now here are some fun facts for you…
Did you know during show week, visitors consume:
• 48,501 cups of fair-trade tea and coffee
• 15,029 rounds of sandwiches and 1,500 baguettes
• 14,274 glasses of Pimm's
• 14,868 glasses of champagne
• 5,598 flower pot muffins
• 4,357 slices of cakes


SDPP Volunteers & Carol Pearson                    SDPP's CEO Clive Wood
from Surrey Coalition of Disabled People          speaking with event goers

SDPP's very own flower experts                     Hub Woking Customers came
    Ann, Roger and Richard                       and said hi to SDPP's Claire and Vicki


Femi our GetWise Advisor and               Rain or shine, the crowds kept coming!
      his family joined the fun

Running for a Reason!

On Sunday 12th July 2015, Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership (SDPP) entered a team into the Vitality British 10K London Run. Our team of 5 runners came from all over Surrey to join almost 25,000 other competitors in this extremely popular running event.

With a wide range of fitness levels taking part on the day, the charity was delighted to see every SDPP team member cross the finish line safely within 1 hour. The team has raised an impressive £1,500 to date and this amount continues to rise.

SDPP supporter Jack Buckle spoke of his experience:
“I have been supporting SDPP’s work for a number of years, so when I heard they were entering a team into the British 10K, I jumped at the chance. Raising both funds and awareness was the least I could do for a wonderful organisation that really does empower disabled people to have the same choices and quality of life as every other citizen. The day was amazing and I was so proud to be part of the SDPP team. I can’t wait for next year!”

Wearing their bright purple T-shirts, the runners passed iconic London landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and The Houses of Parliament on route to the finish line.

SDPP would like to sincerely thank all our runners who took part on day and you are still able to show your support of the team by texting SDPP02 £5 to 70070 or visiting our website

You can also register your interest for participating in next year’s event by emailing: Hayley


The SDPP British 10K Team

We are Looking for New Directors

Would you like the opportunity to make a difference to the future direction of SDPP? To be part of a charity that empowers disabled and other vulnerable people to have the same rights and responsibilities as others?

SDPP was founded over 20 ago with a mission to empower and enable disabled people.  In its infancy, the organisation consisted of a small group of disabled people who came together to give peer support.

The charity has since developed and expanded, responding to meet the needs of disabled people and others. For example the introduction of a professional advocacy scheme as well as our information service (The Hubs).

We are looking for applicants who can clearly demonstrate their understanding of the role of Director; support strategic decision-making and uphold high standards of professionalism and quality.

We particularly wish to appoint Directors who have experience in one of the following areas:

•        Fundraising and/or bid writing

•        Law

•        Information technology, Marketing and social media

•        Social entrepreneurship

•        Volunteer management

•        Health & social care

•        Social entrepreneurship

•        Volunteer management

•        Health & social care

We are committed to equal opportunities.

We particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified disabled people.

Further Information & Application Pack

For more details regarding the role of Director and the application Pack, please click on one of the following links:

PDF Format:  SDPP Board Member Recruitment Pack

Word Document: SDPP Board Member Recruitment Pack

If you require the application pack in other formats (such as large print or on disk) please call 01483 541686 or text 07561 392818

Closing date for applications: Friday 28th August

The above video is currently being used by Surrey Police to promote the appropriate use of 101,111 and 999 numbers.  This has been put together by Lancashire Police together with a local organisation Team Rise Project and the video is titled “Who You Gonna Call?”.

Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now!

A disabled peer has appealed for more than 10,000 people to put their names to a new campaigning charter, in order to pressure health bosses and politicians into improving England’s much-criticised wheelchair services.

Baroness Grey-Thompson posed for pictures outside parliament in a wheelbarrow this week to highlight how many disabled people are being provided with inadequate wheelchairs by the NHS.

The retired Paralympian and now crossbench peer was at the House of Lords with other members of the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance (WLA) – which was set up with NHS England funding – to launch a new Wheelchair Charter.

The charter asks service-users, wheelchair-providers, charities, NHS commissioners, healthcare professionals and members of the public to pledge their support for 10 key principles that the alliance believes could transform the service for the 1.2 million wheelchair-users in England.

But Baroness Grey-Thompson told Disability News Service that the alliance’s new Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign needed the support of thousands of people in order to persuade MPs, ministers and England’s new clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to act.

She said: “We are asking people to write to their MPs and to their CCGs. If we could get half the CCGs to be discussing wheelchair services at board level, that would [lead to] an improvement in services.”

Article by DisableGo News

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