About Us


About Us About Us
Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) is a voluntary group, based in Spelthorne, Surrey, UK whose members are volunteers representing the views of people with disabilities on matters of accessibility to transport, the outdoor environment, buildings and facilities in Spelthorne. Our founding members were instrumental in the development of Staines Shopmobility and they also conducted the research that provided the information needed for the development of the Spelride service.
We Consult With Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey County Council on local issues such as:
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Pedestrian/Cycle Shared pathways
  • Disabled Access to buildings, shopping areas, countryside and leisure services
For the Improvement of  access to facilities and services for all members of our community in Spelthorne, please let SCAN know about:
  • pavements that are being obstructed either by badly parked vehicles or overhanging trees,
  • crossing points that need dropped kerbs
  • buildings or services that are not accessible
Since 2007 we have supported the Spelthorne Physical, Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities Forum and we hold quarterly meetings with representatives of various service providers such as Action for Carers and Adult Social Care and as well as other Surrey wide forums and groups.

SCAN actively encourages new members, to share and promote our objectives and meetings are open to everyone. Membership is open to any person or group who support the objectives of SCAN. There is a membership fee of £5 per person or voluntary organisation.
If you wish to become a member and/or make donations to SCAN please contact our Treasurer on lawindle@spelthorneaccess.org.uk  for further information.
Donations can also be made by registering with Easy Fundraising - see our features page and then every time you make an online purchase with any of the High Street retailers, energy and phone service providers and holiday or hotel chains, a donation will be made to SCAN's account.

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Features


Carers Week During 8-14 June 2020

The theme of Carers Week this year is “Making Caring Visible”

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 -

Information and Advice from NHS

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 -

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable - Updated 22nd June 2020

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CORONAVIRUS – COVID19 -

Tell Us How You've Been Affected and Your Coping Mechanisms

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Beginnings of SCAN

From the introduction of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 a group of disabled people in Spelthorne was active and originally worked under the title the “Spelthorne Joint Committee for the Disabled”.

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Surrey Virtual Café

Join us every Monday for a good catch-up! 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

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Surrey Virtual Walk & Talk

Join us for our Virtual Walk and Talk Every weekday 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm from Monday 30 March 2020 onwards!

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Surrey Coalition Virtual Events

Please join us at our virtual meetings. We are using Zoom to run the meetings. Using Zoom is easy and free. Crafting chat and tips: Book chat/story sharing: Weekly quiz: Fitness & food chat:

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‘Café Culture’ At Nostrano Lounge In Staines

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE We are sorry to tell you we will be closed until further notice. The Lounges are all about community and right now helping to protect the health of our community and our team has to be our number one priority. Stay well, stay safe and we will be open again as soon as possible.

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Dramatize - Online Workshops

Throughout the lock down period, we shall be running a live stream, video uploaded and zoom workshops at the following times (please be patient if we are running a bit late)…

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KEW GARDEN - GUIDED WALKING TOURS

The gardens have been closed as a precautionary measure during the outbreak. British Sign Language (Bsl) Tours For Visitors With Sight Loss And Their Carers Health Walks For People Living With Dementia

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North Surrey Disability Empowerment Network (DEN-NS)

Please Note All Empowerment Meetings Are Being Held ‘Virtually’ During The Covid19 Pandemic. DEN-NS covers the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath and is one of three groups of local disabled people, and carers, who meet up quarterly.

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Staines Shopmobility

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Now Closed - We have to announce that the service is now closed until further notice. We hope that you all stay safe and we can open our doors to you again very soon.

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Spelthorne Parasports Club

Suspended Due To Coronavirus Restrictions A club for young people aged 5 years - 25year from all local Boroughs with various learning or physical disabilities

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Thrive – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the government safety measures and to protect the people we work with, we have had to close our regional centres in Birmingham, London and Reading and suspend all social and therapeutic horticulture programmes until public health advises it is safe to resume.

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Forum for Physical, Sensory And Cognitive Disabilities & Spelthorne Committee for Access Now

Physical meetings have been postponed for the duration of the pandemic restriction however we are hoping to sort put virtual alternatives.

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Fundraising for SCAN

Donations can be made by registering with Easy Fundraising and then every time you make an online purchase with any of the High Street retailers, energy and phone service providers and holiday or hotel chains, a donation will be made to SCAN's account.

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Children with Disabilities Forum

Parent Carers only meet briefly for discussion of issues to be raised at the formal meeting that will follows.

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Forum For Older People

An open-access forum attended mostly by statutory and voluntary providers of services for older people.

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Current News


Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief 2020

This page is a summary of news items released by Disability Rights UK (DRUK) that have appeared in SCAN's recent Newsletters

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Newsletters Issued in 2020

This page gives a summary of news that was covered in each of our newsletters with links to the individual issue. There are also links to items that have their own page on this website and these pages will the current news information for each organistaion

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Surrey Adult Social Care Team Current Special Bulletin

Coronavirus Special Briefing Information correct as of 3 July 2020

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SCAN Chairman's - Comments on Planning Applications

Planning schedules list the location and nature of planning proposals together with the named officer dealing with the application.

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Active Planning Applications – SCAN's Chairman's Comments

Our Chairman receives a copy of the weekly Schedule of Planning Applications from Spelthorne Council.

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2020 Newsletters


July 2020

Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief Plans To Re-Open Surrey Libraries If You're At High Risk – Current Guidance Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief Disabled People Exempt From Transport Face Covering 40% Fear Challenge If Not Wearing A Face Covering Call for Creation of Socially Just Coronavirus Recovery Plan End Of Lockdown: One Size Fits All Approach Fails Shielders Report Shows Coronavirus' Impact On Disabled People Disabled People Locked Out Of Digital Streaming Services South Western Railways Coronavirus Travel Information Disability Empowerment Network (DEN)- North Surrey ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ - Being Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness Was Surreal

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June 2020 - COVID Special Issue 6

Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief Disabled People ‘Forgotten By Government’ Shielders Resist New Guidance On Going Outdoors ‘Isolated, Alone, Forgotten’ – DR UK Shielding Survey Results Universal Credit £20 Per Week Increase Must Be Extended Government Extends Removal Of Rights In Last-Minute SEND School Guidance Accessible Holiday Accommodation Petition Government Urged To Protect Those With Sight Loss Face Masks From Coffee Filters Surrey Coalition Virtual Events TV Licence News: Message from Chief Executive Surrey Community Action Knitting for Keyworkers (Surrey and Sussex)

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June 2020

Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief Climbing Blind - Paralympic climber climbs the Old Man of Hoy You Don’t Look Sick: ‘My Doctor Said My Symptoms Were Just The After-Effects Of Having Children Discoloured Eye In Photographs Sign Of A Rare And Aggressive Cancer Coronavirus - Disabled Children’s Education Rights Must Be Restored Before Any Formal Return To School Adult Social Care – News In Brief – 29th May 2020 Coronavirus - National Shielding Programme Age UK Surrey Offering Help To Get Online Wide Pavements And New Cycle Paths Could Help Unlock Surrey Next Steps For Specialist Emergency Care Hospital Consultation Surrey GP Carers Registration Survey Report published Local Digital Shared Care Record For Health And Care Professionals Carers Week During 8-14 June

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May 2020 - COVID Special Issue (5)

Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief Supermarkets Urged to Talk to Disabled People NHS Roadmap To Safely Bring Back Routine Operations Inclusion Scotland - Survey Of Disabled People Coronavirus: The Meaning of the Five Alert Levels Coronavirus: Warmer Weather And The Spread Of Covid-19 Staines Shopmobility – Service Updates Whitelodge Services Status Coronavirus: Loss Of Smell Or Taste Added to List Of Symptoms Connectivity Issues - Choosing Between Income And Education What Happens To Our Bodies When We Go Without Touch?

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May 2020 - COVID Special Issue (4)

Disabled People 'Being Judged For Trying To Shop Safely Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief COVID-19-Related Concerns Affecting Well-Being Incapacity And Disability Benefit Claimants Feel Hard Hit Disabled Living Uk - Safer Use of Walking Frames Staines Shopmobility – Service Updates Coronavirus: 5 Tests To Meet Before Relaxing Lockdown How The Deafblind Are Coping With Social Distancing Adult Social Care – Information And Engagement Team

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May 2020

Coronavirus – Covid19 - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights UK (DRUK) – News In Brief New Report From Independent Age, In Focus: Experiences Of Older Age In England New-Style Employment And Support Allowance (NSESA) DWP Criticised By The UK Statistics Authority Surrey Coalition – Virtual Café Disability Empowerment Network (Den) - North Surrey Staines Shopmobility – Service Updates Disabled Motoring (DMUK) Baywatch 2020 Thrive – Why Your Garden Could Become A Life Saver RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020 Adult Social Care – Information And Engagement Team – Support For Carers With Shopping Bereavement Support Available Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing During Coronavirus Age UK Surrey Offers New Services Facebook Portal Devices Trial Keeps Care Home Residents Connected Dramatize – Bringing Theatre To People’s Homes Audiology Team Adapts Support To Ensure Patients Stay Safe At Home Surrey Libraries May Be Closed But More People Are Joining And Using Resources Are You Following Surrey Information Point Social Media Accounts?

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April 2020 - COVID Special Issue (3)

Coronavirus – (COVID19) - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected Disability Rights Uk (DRUK) – News In Brief Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service – Coronavirus A Message From Post Office Chief Executive, Nick Read Post Office To Make Cash Access Easier For Self-Isolators Surrey Coalition Of Disabled People - News In Brief ‘Blue Light Serenade’ Surrey Hospitals Join ‘Clap for Carers’ Supermarkets Launch Volunteer Cards

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April 2020 - COVID Special Issue (2)

Please Stay At Home – Runnymede Beat (Surrey Police) Report Mobility Sector Identified As 'Key Workers' Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service – Coronavirus Staines Town Centre – Essential Businesses - Opening Times The Freecycle Community And Covid-19 – Beware - Courier Scams Covid19 And The Rights Of Disabled People Support4Spelthrone Details of Local Food Banks Care Home Worker Rejected for Queue Skip at Tesco Adult Social Care Information Team - Coronavirus Update

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April 2020 - COVID Special Issue

Scams Advice From National Trading Standards, Coronavirus – (COVID19) - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected , Advice for Car Owners/Drivers If You Can’t Use Your Vehicle, Surrey County Council Community Helpline, Surrey Matters - Managing your waste - Coronavirus pandemic., Updates On Surrey County Council Services, AGE UK – Surrey - Coronavirus – (COVID19) Service Information, Every Mind Matters – Mental Wellbeing - Staying At Home, Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service, Staines Town Centre – Essential Businesses - Opening Times, Surrey Coalition Virtual ‘Walk and Talk’, Surrey Coalition Virtual Café, Virtual Reality (VR) Brings Support To Isolated Communities, Elmbridge, Runnymede & Spelthorne Talking Newspaper, How Are People Who Need Carers Supposed To Self-Isolate?

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April 2020

Coronavirus - (COVID19) - Information and Advice SCAN and Disability Forum Meeting ‘I Used To Be Afraid To Admit That I Was Disabled’ Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service - Coronavirus ASC Information & Engagement Team – Coronavirus Update ASC Information & Engagement Team – News in Brief Pavement Parking – Current Guidance from Surrey CC Pavement Parking Consultation Disability Rights (DRUK) - News ‘In Brief’ Emergency Genetic Test For Permanent Deafness In New-borns North Surrey – Disability Empowerment Network (DEN) Kew Gardens – Guided Walks Cancelled - Gardens Closed Coronavirus – (COVID19) - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected

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March 2020

PIP Stopped For Being Able ‘To Walk “Four Steps’ New MS Society Report – PIP Fails You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Think I’m A Hypochondriac Because I’m Young’ DWP Loses Challenge Of High Court Decisions Pegasus Card Scheme – Surrey Police DWP Axes Review of PIP Claims Universal Credit will ‘SteamRoll’ Vulnerable into Poverty Financial Times Analysis - Disability Employment Discrimination Rail Replacement Services Delayed For Disabled Passengers BBC Review Cuts to Red Button Text Service Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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February 2020

Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity Of Rugby NHS Parking Fees Changes From April 2020 Give Your Views - Possible Changes To NHS Walk-In Services Simple Energy Advice Heating Your Home, Learning Disability & Autism Forum Tweets, CornerHouse Closure, Reading Well Schemes @ Surrey Libraries, Active Prospects Homes for People with Complex Needs, New Support/Social Group for Autistic Adults, SHOUT 24/7 Crisis Text Line, ‘Stroke of Genius’ Project, Thrive – Using Gardening to Change Lives You Don’t Look Sick: I’ve Realised That Living With A Disability Is Not Embarrassing’ Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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Archived Newsletters


News December 2019

Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey Restrictions for Parking at St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey. The Community Equipment Service - Consultation Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Long Term Neurological Conditions Group (LTNC) Fireworks and Pets - Guide Dog survey 10 Biggest Misconceptions About Guide Dogs For The Blind Extracts from the Disability Rights Newsletter – Accessibility at Work Survey, Disabled Cyclists Survey, Join The Conversation On Rare Diseases London Irish – Downs Syndrome Activity Sessions article content / subjects on your website.

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News - November 2019

Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ – I’ve Got Type 1 Diabetes Boy Told to Leave Wheelchair to Access Legoland Rides Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey Equality & Human Rights Commission Make Stand Against Inaccessible Public Transport More Funding For Changing Places Toilets Adult Social Care Briefing incl - ASC Commissioning Intentions 2019/20 - Updated Send Action Plan - “We Are Surrey” 2019 Social Value Event And Recognition Awards Hear Here Drop In Hearing Aid Clinics Autumn Dates Dramatize – Get Online

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News - October 2019

Disabled People Deserve Respect More Than Once Every Four Years Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Dramatize – Get Online PLEASE Ask Before You Give Me A Push The Millennial Women With Arthritis Baywatch Results 2019 - 1 In 5 Bays Is Abused SCAN Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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News - September 2019

Man Believes Playing Piano Slows Effects Of Parkinsons Free Community First Aid Training - Action For Happiness - Exploring What Matters Course ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ – Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Dementia Awareness Workshops - Spelthorne Upgraded Service For Bus Users In North Spelthorne CRUSE Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Taxi Driver Taken To Court For Refusing Guide Dog Festival Organisers Change Policy For Disabled Gig-Goers

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News - August 2019

Scope & Virgin Media #Workwithme Scheme Sainsbury's Trials New Sunflower Lanyard Initiative Consultation on Changing Places Toilets Home Office Bars Entry For Young, Blind Musicians Free Community First Aid Training - Action For Happiness - Exploring What Matters Course TfL Training Shakeup For Staff Helping Disabled Passengers Town Getting It Right For Disabled People On Public Transport ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ – I was born with half a heart

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News - July 2019

Paralympian Denied Access To Aircraft By RyanAir Pilot Stockport Councillor With Prosthetic Leg Abused for ‘Wearing Wrong Shoes’ Parkinson’s Patients Accused Of Being Drunk Wife Has Ability To Sniff Out Parkinson’s Disease Blind People's Brains Rewire Themselves Blind Actor Believes ‘Able-Bodied Actors Should Tell Our Stories Too’ Yes, I'm Deaf. But That Doesn't Always Mean I Can't Hear Blood Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study

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Archived Planning Applications


Archive - Planning Applications - Comments

Our Chairman receives a copy of the weekly Schedule of Planning Applications from Spelthorne Council. These schedules list the location and nature of planning proposals together with the named officer dealing with the application. Where proposals fail to demonstrate that proper consideration has been given to the needs people with disabilities, comments or objections are sent to the planning case officer.

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Forum


Forum
Welcome to our new online forum.
Local Organisations with an involvement in Disability Issues are welcome
to attend any of the Spelthorne Physical, Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities Forum meetings and present a report to the Forum.

We Consult With Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey County Council on local issues such as;
 Pedestrian Crossings
 Pedestrian/Cycle Shared pathways
 Disabled Access to buildings, shopping areas, countryside and leisure services

Tell Us about:
 pavements that are being obstructed either by badly parked vehicles or overhanging trees,
 crossing points that need dropped kerbs
 buildings or services that are not accessible
So that we can further improve access to facilities and services for all members of our community in Spelthorne.


Groups and Organisations


Details of Local Groups and National Organisations and Service Providers in the United Kingdom

Disclaimer

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Crossroads Care Surrey

If you require help and support, please contact our out of office contact number in an emergency. 07914 186 162

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Disability Equipment Service (DES)

Buying & Selling Disability Equipment •

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Disabled Motoring UK - Baywatch Campaign

Disabled Motoring UK is the charity which supports disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

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Disability Rights UK

We are disabled people leading change, working for equal participation for all

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Dramatize

A theatre company for individuals with learning disabilities

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Elmbridge, Runnymede & Spelthorne Talking Newspaper (ERSTN)

We are a Charity (No 1186678) dedicated to providing Local news and information to sight-impaired listeners within Elmbridge Runnymede and Spelthorne.

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Heathrow Special Needs Centre

We Are Currently Closed To All Visitors Until Further Notice following HM Government guidelines on Covid-19 (coronavirus) to safeguard users, staff and volunteers.

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Marianne’s Community Cafe

Open in Staines Town Centre. Run by Surrey Disabled People Partnership (SDPP)

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Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF)

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is a national disability charity based in Surrey.

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Runnymede Access Liason Group (RALG)

This group operates for the benefit of all residents in the Borough.

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Surrey Local Offer

Information and services for young people with SEND and their families

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White Lodge Centre

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - WHITELODGE SERVICES STATUS - 23RD APRIL 2020

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Dates for Your Diary


10:30 - 12:30
Addlestone Community Centre,
Location: Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ

Covering the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath.
Local groups and support networks play a vital role in enabling disabled people to maintain a sense of connectedness to other disabled people and local residents. The groups can also provide very practical support to enable opportunities to participate in social and community life and leisure/cultural activities.
Please contact Yasmin Broome, Engagement Officer at Surrey Coalition: email: Yasmin.Broome@surreycoalition.org.uk Telephone or SMS text 0745 5267424

10:30 - 12:30
Addlestone Community Centre,
Location: Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ

Covering the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath.
Local groups and support networks play a vital role in enabling disabled people to maintain a sense of connectedness to other disabled people and local residents. The groups can also provide very practical support to enable opportunities to participate in social and community life and leisure/cultural activities.
Please contact Yasmin Broome, Engagement Officer at Surrey Coalition: email: Yasmin.Broome@surreycoalition.org.uk Telephone or SMS text 0745 5267424