Recliner chair seller successfully prosecuted after trading standards investigation

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 15:57

Shropshire Council has successfully prosecuted Steven Sloan (50), of Hunts Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, following an investigation by Shropshire Council’s trading standards service in relation to a series of unfair trading practices. Mr Sloan was a company director and salesman of a business, Recline Ltd, that sold recliner chairs to the elderly.

On 14 November 2019, at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Mr Sloan was ordered to pay almost £18,000. He must pay fines of £6,500, a contribution towards prosecution costs of £7,500 and a victim surcharge of £120. He was also ordered to pay compensation to the victims of £3,875.

At an earlier hearing, on 2 April 2019, Mr Sloan pleaded guilty to four offences under The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. These resulted from sales orders obtained for recliner chairs when, in June 2017, he visited the homes of elderly customers who had agreed to a home demonstration by his company.

Mr Sloan obtained the orders through unfair trading practices in that he had:

  • Applied pressure to a lady from Shifnal aged 75 to sign an order there and then during his visit, by making her believe that if she were to pause and wait until she could speak with her son about it, she would lose a discount he claimed she was getting and that she would have to pay an additional £350 to cover a second visit. She had hoped to buy a chair for £695 but was persuaded to order one that would cost £2,750, paying a £1,375 deposit.
  • Stayed at the home of a Priorslee couple aged 82 and 84 for over three hours until, when tired, they had agreed to order two chairs from him at a total cost of £4,987. The visit was arranged for one chair, but during his time at the couple’s home he persuaded them to have one each. He repeatedly refused to reveal the selling prices of the chairs when asked, and also refused to accept a cheque (that could be stopped) for the £2,500 deposit.

In both cases, the customers made attempts to cancel the orders but were denied this on the grounds that the chairs were claimed to be ‘bespoke’. This led to the customers turning to trading standards for help. In interview, Mr Sloan denied the accusations. The case initially proceeded to trial on 1 April 2019, with the Shifnal victim giving evidence; however, on the second day of the trial Mr Sloan changed his plea and pleaded guilty to four of the six charges against him.

Speaking after the case, Grant Tunnadine, investigations team manager, said:

“This case highlights the importance of not being rushed when making any sort of purchase that is out of the ordinary and costly. Whilst there are, in general, rights that provide cancellation periods for contracts formed in our homes, there are some exemptions that apply; one of those is for items that traders will describe as ‘bespoke’.  There is an entire sales industry formed around exploiting that exemption involving furniture like this, and it is not at all easy to discern and then prove whether the goods being ordered are genuinely unique. Consumers should take great care when allowing people into their homes to discuss major purchases.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the witnesses who helped officers bring this case to Court; they have remained both patient and supportive throughout the investigation and deserve full recognition for the very important role they have played. I very much welcome the sentence and hope Mr Sloan now understands the impact that his unfair sales practices had on his victims. Cases like this are not only about financial loss but also the significant psychological impact that such illegal practices have on victims.  Should Mr Sloan return to selling consumer products in the future, I sincerely hope he does so within the law. The outcome of this case sends a clear warning to others. The trading standards service will take action to tackle those individuals who take advantage of vulnerable members of the community and individuals involved can expect to find themselves under investigation, before the courts and with criminal convictions.”

Frances Darling, trading standards and licensing manager, said:

“It is very sad to hear of cases like this where an individual clearly intends to target vulnerable members of our community for their own financial gain. One of the council’s key priorities is to ensure care for those in need at any age. Such care is delivered in many different ways, not only through the direct care provided by adult social care services, but also by taking a much broader approach. The work of the trading standards team is a key part of the council’s efforts to protect vulnerable members of the community, and this case is a clear example of the way in which a very small team has taken action to ensure those in need are cared for by tackling unfair trading practices. This investigative work also protects legitimate businesses and helps the council to ensure businesses grow and succeed, and this can only be good news for our local economy.”

Consumers who have concerns about any product or service where they feel they have been misled in any way should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06, with whom Shropshire Council works in partnership. Information can be given anonymously and will always be treated in line with the council’s information governance policies.

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Shropshire’s first town-wide housing needs survey launches in Whitchurch

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 14:48

A Shropshire Council-led initiative to identify housing needs across the county has officially launched its first town-wide survey this week in Whitchurch.

Right Home, Right Place, part of the council’s affordable housing team, have been running surveys in a number of smaller villages and parishes since 2018, but this is the first time a survey of this scale has taken place in a town.

Right Home Right Place team in Whitchurch

Unlike many of the parish surveys, the Whitchurch Housing Needs Survey will be completed entirely online. Posters are being placed throughout the town to encourage residents to take part, and representatives from Right Home, Right Place will be manning a stall at Whitchurch’s Friday market inside the Civic Centre until mid-December 2019 to answer questions.

The survey aims to gives residents the chance to share their views on the housing needs of their area, and to identify all housing needs in the town including affordable housing, open market homes, properties to downsize into, and starter homes.

Right Home Right Place logo

Edward West, Shropshire Council’s planning policy and strategy manager, said:

“Throughout Shropshire, as with the rest of the country, we’re seeing a growing gap between the average salary and the average house price, which is making it very difficult for people to stay in the areas they’ve grown up in, gone to school, have family in or now work in.

“As a result of this, people begin moving elsewhere and this has a knock-on effect on our towns and villages; schools close, transport and infrastructure can be affected, pubs close, and we begin to lose various aspects of what makes our local communities vibrant and thriving places to live and work.”

“The open market in Shropshire offers very little in the way of affordable housing, and there are lots of people with housing needs; individuals who are struggling to get on the ladder, young families who need a larger home but can’t afford anything nearby, and older residents who need to downsize for cost or mobility reasons but can’t find anything affordable to downsize into.

“Our job is to help identify what type of housing people need, and where it’s needed most. Even if you people don’t currently have any housing needs, we still need to know – so we do strongly encourage all residents of Whitchurch to get involved and take the survey. It’s an invaluable chance to have their say on the future housing in their town or parish.”

Whitchurch residents can take the housing needs survey online at

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News from our partners: Shropshire Council gets to star in Shrewsbury Monopoly game

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:58

News from our partners Winning Moves UK

The official Shrewsbury Monopoly game hit shop shelves this morning (Friday 15 November 2019).

And .. drum roll .. Shropshire Council gets to star in it ! The council-owned and managed landmarks occupy the blue, red, yellow and purple coloured spaces in this brand new edition, which was being launched this morning at a high profile ceremony (being attended by  the Town Crier, as well as Mr Monopoly no less!) at Shrewsbury’s ex-prison The Dana.

Shrewsbury Monopoly box

As well as Shrewsbury Library, Theatre Severn, The Market Hall Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and the Charles Darwin statue, the board features pretty much all the great and good of the town.

Mayor of Shrewsbury Phil Gillam awards a Shrewsbury Monopoly set to featured charity Shropshire Cat Rescue.

Shrewsbury Monopoly – box and board

In this new unique version of Monopoly, whilst the rules, money denominations and spirit of Monopoly stay exactly the same .. the spaces all become exclusively Shrewsbury landmarks and favourites. And many of the Chance and Community Chest cards are customised too. One fines players for accidentally dropping their phone in the River Severn!

Monopoly tokens

Winning Moves UK are the makers of this version under official license from Monopoly owners, Hasbro.

Monopoly money

The game went on sale from 10am today at all good book and toy stores, including Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works – and very widely online, including on Amazon.

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News from our partners: New scheme to support children who have witnessed domestic abuse

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 11:19

News from our partners West Mercia Police

A scheme to support children who have witnessed domestic abuse has been launched in Shropshire.

Operation Encompass is an initiative which will involve West Mercia Police working even more closely with schools and Shropshire Council to ensure the welfare of children who may have witnessed domestic abuse incidents.

The initiative sees police and the council informing a specially-trained member of staff at the school of a child or young person who has experienced a domestic incident.

The scheme allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to pupils who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members’. This can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.

Through Operation Encompass, a member of school staff – usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – is given special training to enable them to receive information and liaise with police and Shropshire Council. The information is shared by police, via the council, in confidence.

Shropshire Safer Communities Chief Inspector Sarah Corteen said:

“We want to offer the best support possible to children in Shropshire and this will be beneficial in helping us and other agencies work together to achieve that goal.

“This scheme has already proved to be a success in other areas and we’re pleased to be launching it here in Shropshire. Teachers being made aware of that a child has witnessed a domestic abuse incident means that they can make sure the child is supported appropriately.”

Karen Bradshaw, Shropshire Council’s director of children’s services, said:

“We are delighted to support this initiative through the appointment of a dedicated domestic abuse education co-ordinator, who will ensure that education settings are informed of incidents before the start of each school day. This means school staff will be able to provide emotional and practical support to pupils and will further enhance the work Shropshire Council undertakes with partner agencies, to recognise and address the impact that domestic abuse has on children and young people.”

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News from our partners: Pass Go, go directly to Jail – at Shrewsbury’s ex-prison, in Monopoly

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:30

News from our partners Winning Moves UK

Pass Go, go directly to jial – at Shrewsbury’s ex-prison*

*but do not collect £200

Salopians will from this week be able to advance to Shrewsbury’s showpiece Charles Darwin Statue at the throw of a dice.

Shrewsbury Monopoly – Charles Darwin statue

But along the way it could be a perilous journey as they may end up in jail .. Shrewsbury’s very own visitor jail!

Today (Friday 15 November 2019) sees the much-anticipated Shrewsbury Monopoly game ‘Big Reveal’, when it will be revealed that two jails will get to star in the game .. instead of the normal one that you find on a Monopoly game board.

That’s unique on any Monopoly game anywhere in the world!

In this unique version of Monopoly, all four corner squares, including the legendary Monopoly jail, remain exactly the same. But all the other spaces are customised to Shrewsbury, with one spot dedicated to Shrewsbury’s ex-prison which sits next to the ‘Go to Jail’ squares.  Other leading town landmarks Passing Go include Shrewsbury Castle, the Charles Darwin Statue and Shrewsbury School. The game is being launched at the exact same time as it hits the shop shelves.

At the launch a gigantic replica of the gameboard will be rolled out. Formally launching the game will be Mr Monopoly… in handcuffs, flanked by two ‘prison officers’ from Shrewsbury’s ex-prison The Dana – a tourist magnet for the Midlands and UK. And the first game will be played inside The Dana (with a ‘prison officer’ acting as the banker), with the Mayor and Town Crier amongst the players.

Shrewsbury Monopoly box

As well as 22 multi-coloured property spaces all being handed over to leading Shrewsbury landmarks, the Community Chest and Chance cards will be heavily town customised too. One will penalise players for accidentally dropping their phone in the River Severn (and, maybe less accidentally, parking on a double yellow line). Another rewards players for brushing up on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.  Charles Darwin is the town’s most famous son or daughter… and his statue gets to land on the top-ranked Mayfair property space.

Shrewsbury edition Monopoly money

Jo Adger, Custom Games Executive at Wiining Moves UK, the makers of Monopoly: Shrewsbury edition, said:-

“The game features the great and good of Shrewsbury.

“The rules, money denomination, playing tokens and above all the spirit of Monopoly stay the same – but in this unique version the property spaces all become Shrewsbury landmarks.

“The property sets are themed from heritage to tourism, travel to culture, from education to leisure – and more. Thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions for the landmarks and cards.”

Included in an education set of three is Shrewsbury School, which dates back to the 16th century and is one of the world’s most famous schools.

Stuart Cowper, Head of Partnership and Community Engagement at Shrewsbury School, said:-

“We are proud to feature in the new Shrewsbury edition of Monopoly, celebrating the wondrous town we have been a part of since 1552. Shrewsbury is full of heritage and to appear alongside other historical landmarks, as well as our most well-known Old Salopian Charles Darwin, is a great privilege. We hope all players have serious fun playing the Shrewsbury edition of Monopoly.”

Also included in the education set is leading Shropshire college, Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

Catherine Armstrong, Group Vice Principal, said:-

“The colleges group is delighted to be part of such a landmark game as we play such a large part in so many people’s lives.

“Shrewsbury Monopoly is a fantastic idea; we even used the theme in a recent marketing campaign with activity across the county featuring ‘community chest’ designs.

“Just like Monopoly, we offer something for all ages, from part-time hobby courses to A Levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships, all the way through to degree level courses.”

Shrewsbury’s ex-prison heads up a yellow set of three which is themed around leisure.

Joel Campbell, CEO – The Campbell Group of Companies, said:

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the launch of this iconic game at Shrewsbury’s ex-prison. With the perfect synergy between Monopoly and ‘Go Directly To Jail’ it’s a great fit – and we’re sure Mr Monopoly will feel right at home here!

“It is fantastic that Monopoly has chosen Shrewsbury as the ideal location for this latest version of the classic board game, just as the ex-prison itself has been recognised by the BBC as the only UK attraction to feature in their world’s ‘Top Dark Tourism’ attractions. Both accolades will undoubtedly be a massive boost to tourism in the town.”

And the game is being widely hailed by civic leaders as a massive tourist boost for the town.

Local figure Phil Gillam said:-

“I love it when some of my favourite things come together in perfect harmony – like scones and jam and clotted cream – and now my  favourite board game, Monopoly, has come together with my favourite town, Shrewsbury.

“It’s a match made in heaven! I can’t wait to play it.”

And Martin Wood, Town Crier for Shrewsbury, commented:-

“It’s wonderful to see that Shrewsbury has been honoured by having its very own Monopoly game. People from all over the world can now put their own houses and hotels on great landmarks and streets.”

Winning Moves UK are the makers of this unique version under official license from Monopoly owners Hasbro.

Town favourites and landmarks to star on their very own property space include the Charles Darwin Statue (Mayfair), Shrewsbury Castle (Park Lane), Shrewsbury’s ex-prison (Piccadilly), Shrewsbury School (Bond Street), Shrewsbury Colleges Group (Regent Street), Flaxmill Maltings (Pentonville Road); and and very many more.

Alastair Godfrey, Historic England’s Project Lead for Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, said:

“Historic England and our partners, the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council, are thrilled that Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings features in the new Shrewsbury edition of Monopoly.

“This site has been a prominent part of the town for over 220 years – and as the world’s first iron-framed building and the grandparent of modern skyscrapers, its significance is far-reaching. A decade ago this collection of fantastic buildings was in danger of being lost to the town forever.  However, thanks in large part to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Main Mill and Kiln buildings are being restored and the Flaxmill Maltings has been put firmly back on the local map – and now the Monopoly map!”.

Four charities also get to land on their very own spaces on the board, following a month-long public vote. They are: Severn Hospice, Shropshire Cat Rescue, Shrewsbury Ark and The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, whose thrilled Chief Executive Officer Naomi Atkin said:-

“We are honoured to see Lingen Davies Cancer Fund represented in the new Shrewsbury Monopoly game.”

The new game goes on sale from 10am today at all good toy and book stores, including at Waterstones, WH Smith and The Works – and very widely online, including on Amazon. Mr Monopoly will be visiting all four stores and more today, and ‘selfies’ with him and the new game are being invited.

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Shropshire Council invites you to venue accessibility workshop

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:46

Shropshire Council is inviting residents to attend a free face-to-face workshop to talk about accessibility to Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema in Shrewsbury.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 from 10.30am – 12.30pm. It will be held at Theatre Severn.

The workshop follows the launch of a consultation on Friday 4 October 2019, asking residents to share their views on the current access arrangements and how they can be improved.

Shropshire Council is looking to improve access to both venues for people with less visible conditions like anxiety, autism or dementia.

New proposals are being made to help create a more inclusive experience for all at both venues. This includes making it easier to book tickets for Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall cinema by providing online booking to all and removing barriers to people attending events.  The consultation asks for your views on the current offer at both venues for people who may need further assistance.

The workshop will be an opportunity for you to raise any concerns you have with the current proposals and suggest improvements that should be made to make the two venues more accessible to all.

If you would like to attend this free face-to-face workshop, you can book your place here.

Your feedback at the workshop and through the consultation will be used to inform future decisions on accessibility to the two venues.

To take part in the consultation online, follow this link and complete the survey. Paper copies are also available from both Theatre Severn and the Old Market Hall. The consultation will run until Friday 29 November 2019.

This local work is taking place alongside theatres and venues nationally looking at adopting revised access policies.

Please make us aware of any access requirements ahead of your attendance at the workshop. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.

Theatre Severn and The Old Market Hall are owned and managed by Shropshire Council.

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Shropshire Council issues provisional view on 75 BT payphones proposed for removal

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:16

Shropshire Council is today issuing its provisional view or First Notice with regard to the 75 payphones in the Shropshire area that BT propose to permanently remove from service.

BT has an obligation to consult with Shropshire Council with regard to the proposed removals. The formal 90-day consultation period, as set out by Ofcom, is now at the stage where the council is required to publish its interim comment in order to then allow for a 30-day period for any further views.

A red payphone box in Shropshire

Lois Dale, Shropshire Council’s rurality and equalities specialist, said: 

“We have been heartened by the feedback we have received to date, not only from parish councils and town councils but also from the public and local Shropshire Councillors. This has been enormously useful in assisting us to reach a provisional view for each of the 75 payphones, whether that is for adoption of the kiosk, where several areas wish to turn them into defibrillator storage points, removal of the payphone where it is no longer seen as necessary, or retention of the service, where it is seen as continuing to fulfil a social and community need.

“It was also really helpful to have BT confirm that, although there were originally 135 set for consultation with a view to removal, with notices placed in such kiosks, BT reduced this down to 75 in recognition that mobile phone coverage was not assured at these payphone locations at this time.

“The 75 kiosks are therefore the only ones under consideration in this exercise. If people have further views, or perhaps have not been in a position to make comment to date, we would be very grateful if they could look at the list with our interim comments, and come back to us by the final deadline of 4pm on Monday 16 December 2019. Thank you all very much.”

The listing is available at

There are additional online resources for parish councils and town councils who are considering adoption of their kiosks for usage such as defibrillator storage, whether these are on the 75-strong listing or not.

During the 90 day period, the task of the council as the local planning authority is to seek views from local town councils and parish councils and to include any views from local councillors, residents, policing teams, and so forth, in order to help in reaching a decision in each case as to whether to Consent to removal of the service and kiosk; Object in order to keep the service operational, or Consent to removal of the telephony and retention of the kiosk itself where the local parish or town council wish to adopt.

Where the council has not as yet heard back from a local community, we have held to our default position of objecting to removal of the telephony in order to seek to ensure continuation of the service.

For feedback on your views, please contact the lead co-ordinating officer, Lois Dale. via email to ensure that we have a written record of these views. The address is

Further information

The initial views are known as the First Notification, which will be copied to the relevant Government department in line with the formal direction from Ofcom. The minimum one month consultation period, for any further comments on the draft view, takes us up to 4pm on 16 December 2019. After this, the council will issue a Final Notification of the decision of Shropshire Council on this matter with regard to the payphones above, which will also go to the relevant Government department as well as to BT by 4pm on the closing date of 19 December 2019.

The stated starting position of Shropshire Council, as a predominantly rural county with a dispersed population, is to Object to removal of telephony at kiosks unless local feedback suggests otherwise, due to concerns over things like emergency access, physical access where the next nearest payphone may be some distance away for those with mobility problems, and concerns over consistency and quality of mobile phone coverage.

Equally, the council is looking to consider factors in favour of removal of the payphone where the views of the local community are that its use is no longer warranted, or that adoption would be a better option in that area, perhaps for defibrillator storage, or that there has been repeated vandalism or misuse of the kiosk.

For more details, please click the link to see the listing and other resources on the website at

The listing is going to clerks for all town councils and parish councils, and to members of the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly.

Online resources include details about what to do if a local parish council or town council wants to think about adopting the kiosk for a use such as a defibrillator store. Individuals are not permitted to adopt kiosks, but they can also be adopted by community organisations.

There is also advice from the historic environment team about what can or cannot be done if the kiosk is a listed structure, and how to ask if there are queries about conservation considerations.

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Shropshire Council to work with cultural sector over new Cultural Strategy

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 15:07

Shropshire Cultural Strategy Working Group (CSWG) are to work with the county’s cultural sector about the development of a new cultural strategy.

The aim of the new strategy is to raise the profile and quality of culture across Shropshire.  The final strategy will be focused around an ambitious, clear and deliverable vision.

The CSWG are looking to build on the current evidence held along with the results of the 2017 consultation in developing a new draft cultural strategy for public consultation in 2020.

The CSWG are inviting all organisations and individuals working or with an interest in Shropshire’s cultural sector to attend one of three workshops in November 2019.

The workshops will be held on:

  • Friday 22nd November 2019, 10.00 – 13.00
    Wem Town Hall

The workshops will be run using a World Café format. This works on the assumption that the ‘wisdom is in the room’ and puts the community at the heart of the conversations.

CSWG is looking for representatives from museums; archives; libraries; Country Parks; natural heritage sites; historic environment; arts; leisure and sports; health and wellbeing; visitor economy; food and drink, and anyone else involved in the creative and cultural industries across the county.

Clare Featherstone, interim head of culture and heritage at Shropshire Council, said:

“A cultural strategy for Shropshire will build on the exceptional culture and heritage of the county to set a new five-year strategic direction that puts culture at the heart of future development.  Consultation with the sector is key to achieving this.

“We look forward to welcoming and engaging with the sector at these workshops later in November.”

Shropshire Cultural Strategy Working Group is a partnership of representatives of 16 organisations from across Shropshire’s cultural sector.

FEI (Festivals & Events International) have been commissioned to help the sector develop a cultural strategy for Shropshire.

What do we mean by culture?

At one level, ‘culture’, is about places to go and things to do. It includes arts, sports, libraries, reading, museums, heritage, archaeology, archives, architecture, crafts, children’s play, parks, open spaces and green networks, natural heritage, historic buildings, countryside recreation, food and drink, leisure, tourism and the cultural and creative industries.

However, culture is about much more than this. It is also:

  • Our sense of identity – as individuals and as a society – the connections we feel with where we live and the people we live among
  • Our spiritual, intellectual and emotional wellbeing
  • Our traditions, beliefs and values.

In short, it is about what makes us distinctive and how we choose to express this at community or individual level.

The use of culture to refresh neighbourhoods, improve the physical environment, offer places to go and things to do, increase local pride and a desire to stay in that place, and build stronger communities is well established.

Cultural assets contribute economic and environmental benefits as well as encouraging better physical and mental health, reducing loneliness and isolation and contribute to regeneration; attracting new and increased investment and creating jobs and opportunities for local people. Culture and Heritage also offer fantastic opportunities to educate, inspire and encourage people of all ages to aspire to a better tomorrow.

For more information on the cultural strategy, please contact Alexa Pugh at

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Shrewsbury’s Artisan Atrium offers local businesses a high street presence

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:41

The Artisan Atrium in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre

A number of small makers and producers from Shropshire and the Marches are enjoying a presence on the ‘high street’ thanks to the ‘Artisan Atrium’ that is open in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre until 21 December [2019].

A unique creative pop-up retail space, the  Artisan Atrium opened on 9 October in the former Boots Optician’s unit on the top level of the Darwin Centre.

The Atrium offers an ever-changing line-up of small businesses, from food and drink to homeware, clothing and artwork.

Until 21 December more than a dozen small businesses will be popping up in the Atrium, including:

  • Sarah Lister Art – creator of illustrations of family and pets.
  • Martha Loves – colourful and exciting childrenswear
  • Julian Road – modern country clothing for women
  • Mad March Hare – homeware
  • Victoria Elsmore – photographer specialising in family, baby and pet portraits.
  • Nikki Guy – mosaics
  • Sister Sister – badges and decorative ceramic hearts

There will also be food and drink businesses including Hobson’s Brewery, Powell’s Pies and Avenue Bakes.

Powell’s Pies – one of the businesses in the Artisan Atrium

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“Every business is from Shropshire and the Marches so customers will be supporting local producers when they shop at the Artisan Atrium. Each offers something perfect for the festive season, and there’s plenty to discover, even if you’ve already made a visit.”

The Artisan Atrium is open Wednesday to Saturday and has been organised by Shrewsbury shopping centres and local marketing agency, Buy-From.

For more information, visit

Further information

To follow Shrewsbury shopping centres on social media, go to:

Facebook: @shrewsburyshopping
Twitter: @shop_shrewsbury
Instagram: @shrewsbury_shopping

Issued on behalf of Shrewsbury shopping centres



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Host of activities to mark National Safeguarding Adults Week next week

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:32

News from our partners Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network will be hosting a range of activities from Monday 18 November to Sunday 24 November 2019, in support of National Safeguarding Adults Week 2019.

Adult social care

The annual campaign, led by the Ann Craft Trust, aims to promote the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of adults, particularly those with needs for care and support across the UK.

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network will be supporting the week locally by:

  • Launching a “Know Your Rights” campaign to encourage organisations in Shropshire to start a conversation with:
    • adults who use their services
    • family members
    • staff and volunteers.

The ‘Know Your Rights’ conversation will focus on ensuring that all parties are able to understand the rights of adults who use services and, more importantly, that adults are enabled to uphold and challenge organisations when they do not feel they are being respected.

The campaign includes a Know your Rights guide and toolkit which has been developed in collaboration with partners* and is available online for individuals and organisations.

  • Hosting their annual Adult Safeguarding Awareness 2019 Conference on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at the Barnabus Community Centre in Shrewsbury. The joint event with Telford Safeguarding Partnership, focuses on domestic abuse, adult safeguarding and older people, and is aimed at staff and volunteers across organisations in Shropshire and Telford to raise awareness of older people who are at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse.

As well as any local initiatives that week there will be a national push on the following topics:

  • Modern slavery
  • Self-neglect
  • Domestic abuse
  • Transforming care
  • Safeguarding adults in sports and activities.

Ivan Powell Chair of The Keeping Adults Safe Network, said:-

“I am pleased to be supporting National Safeguarding Adults Week which helps us to continue to raise the awareness of adult safeguarding among all the citizens of Shropshire. This presents the Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership and the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network with the opportunity to celebrate and promote the positive work that organisations are doing day in and day out.

“We work in partnership to ensure that we can support and promote people to live as independently and safely as they can throughout their lives, and to ensure that adults are kept safe from the risk or experience of abuse or neglect.

“During the week I would like to encourage organisations to make use of our Know Your Rights campaign and have a conversation about how they are upholding the rights of our citizens when they need to access their services. I’m also looking forward to our partnership event with our neighbouring Safeguarding Partnership in Telford which this year has a particular focus on domestic abuse and older people.”

If you have a concern or want to talk to someone about an adult who is or might be being abused or neglected, it is better to talk to someone sooner rather than later.

You can call Shropshire Council’s First Point of Contact on 0345 678 9044.

Further information about National Adult Safeguarding Week can be found here.

To find out more about The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network Website visit

The website also includes information and learning resources to help professionals, volunteers and organisations to continue to develop and maintain their knowledge understanding and skills in key areas relevant to adult safeguarding.

Further information

Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network brings together representatives of each of the main organisations responsible for helping and protecting adults with care and support needs; who are at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. Our vision is that Shropshire is a place where adults with care and support needs as well as children live a life free from abuse or neglect. We work together to make sure that everyone in the partnership is working towards this vision and are working with adults at risk to help prevent and protect them from being abused.

Organisations represented in the network include:

  • Shropshire Council
  • West Mercia Police
  • Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • National Probation Service
  • Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company
  • Shropshire Partners in Care
  • Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Foundation Trust
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
  • Healthwatch Shropshire
  • Shropshire Fire and Rescue
  • Shropshire Voluntary Sector Assembly
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service


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Chance for children to make a festive lantern, then join Shrewsbury’s lantern parade

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:03

Shropshire’s youngsters are being invited to to make a festive lantern at Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre this Saturday (16 November 2019) between 11am and 3pm – then join Shrewsbury’s annual lantern parade next Wednesday (20 November) ahead of the town’s Christmas light switch-on.

The lantern-making workshop on Saturday will take place in the unit next to Poundland on the mid-level of the Darwin Centre. It’s being run by Maggie Love and her team.

On Wednesday lanterns can be collected from 5.15pm at the same location, before the parade sets off at 5.45pm.

The 2018 lantern parade

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“Nothing signals Christmas more obviously than the twinkling of Christmas lights and this year we’re preparing to light up Shrewsbury with our festive lantern making workshops.

“Children of all ages can get their Christmas creative hats on and join Maggie Love and team to create a beautiful Christmas lantern on Saturday 16 November. They can then come back at 5.15pm on Wednesday to parade their lanterns through the Darwin Centre and down Pride Hill with the Mayor of Shrewsbury, ending at the Christmas lights switch-on event in the Square.”

For more information go to

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Facebook: @shrewsburyshopping
Twitter: @shop_shrewsbury
Instagram: @shrewsbury_shopping

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News from our partners: Stock up on medicine cabinet essentials say health bosses

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:49

News from our partners Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Residents are being encouraged to stock up on medicine cabinet essentials as part of a new health campaign launched by NHS Shropshire CCG.

A series of pop-up events are also planned offering people healthcare advice and the chance to ask any questions they might have on self-care remedies.

As part of Self Care Week 2019, which runs from Monday 18 November 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019, this latest campaign from the CCG recommends that medicine cabinets are fully stocked over the colder months to help ease symptoms straightaway and to aid a faster recovery.

Health bosses say that it is not always necessary to see a GP for common ailments, such as coughs and colds, as the symptoms of these can be eased with the help of a healthy medicine cabinet.

Shropshire CCG medicine cabinet poster

Essentials for a medicine cabinet include ibuprofen, paracetamol, antiseptic cream, indigestion treatment and plasters – all available to buy without a prescription at a small cost from a pharmacy, supermarket and other stores.

With advice and tips on what you need to keep in your medicine cabinet this winter, come along and meet our Medicines Management Team at Shropshire CCG.

Event details:

Monday 18 November, 2019:

  • Albrighton Medical Practice, Shaw Lane, Albrighton, WV7 3DT (9am-11am)
  • Bridgnorth Medical Practice, Northgate Health Centre, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EN (12pm-2pm)
  • Much Wenlock & Cressage Medical Practice, Kingsway Lodge, King Street, Much Wenlock, TF13 6BL (3pm-5pm)

Wednesday 20 November 2019:

  • Pontesbury Medical Practice, Hall Bank, Pontesbury, SY5 0RF (2pm-3pm)
  • Severn Fields Medical Practice, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RQ (4pm-5pm)

Friday 22 November, 2019:

  • Plas Fynnon Medical Practice, Middleton Road, Oswestry, SY11 2RB (9am-11pm)
  • Wem & Prees Medical Practice, New Street, Wem, SY4 5AF (12pm-2pm)
  • Churchmere Medical Practice, Trimpley Street, Ellesmere, SY12 0DB (3pm-5pm)

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:

“A healthy medicine cabinet is a simple but significant way to help you, your family, and your local NHS.

“A lot of minor aliments can be treated at home but you should make an appointment to see your GP if you have an illness or injury that will not go away, such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or backache.

“Calling NHS 111 or speaking to a local pharmacist is also a good way to get healthcare advice and treatment without the need to book an appointment. Help is free, plus if you are unsure whether you need to see a doctor you can just ask for their advice.”

For more information on minor ailments that can be treated at home, please visit:

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Applications going to Southern planning committee on 19 November 2019

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 16:31

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Southern planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 2pm.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and reports, click here.

Proposed agricultural workers dwelling east of Welbatch Farm, Hookagate, Shrewsbury (19/02641/REM) Approval of reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) pursuant of 18/00273/OUT for the erection of an agricultural need dwelling and garage to include access.

Proposed development land at former bus depot, Minsterley, Shrewsbury (19/03734/OUT) Outline application (access for consideration) for mixed use development of residential and business units.

Hysbatch, Tickerton, Church Stretton, SY6 7DQ (19/03983/FUL) Conversion and extension of domestic garage to form separate dwelling.

Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

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News from our partners: Healthwatch visit dementia care homes across the county

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:55

News from our partners Healthwatch Shropshire

One in six people over the age of 80 has dementia, and 70% of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems. There will be over one million people with dementia in the UK by 2025, and there are over 40,000 people in the UK under 65 living with dementia today.

Dementia is of particular concern in Shropshire due to its large and growing ageing population. As the Shropshire Dementia Strategy 2017-2020 puts it, “As far as Shropshire health conditions go, we believe that dementia is a sleeping giant… one that has begun to wake up. Projections show that by 2031, 45% of the south Shropshire population will be over 65 years of age and will be among the three oldest populations across England and Wales.”

Healthwatch Shropshire, the local health and social care consumer champion, have carried out a series of visits to care homes who provide dementia care across the county to learn more about the care they provide and to identify areas of good practice.

In their report just published they found that:

  • Overall the residents and relatives were happy with the care they were receiving at the homes they visited.
  • End of Life Care is seen as an essential part of providing dementia care.
  • Homes are encouraging and supporting residents’ use of information technology to help them keep in contact with relatives or friends.
  • Many homes have separate dementia units and they found that purpose built care homes were more dementia friendly in terms of the environment and décor. One non-purpose built home scored very highly.
  • Activities on offer varied from home to home.
  • Residents were supported to make choices eg what to eat or wear, or how to personalise their bedrooms at all eight homes and their communication needs were taken in to account whenever they were being asked to make choices.

Lynn Cawley, Healthwatch Shropshire Chief Officer, said:-

“It is really important that those living with dementia in care homes receive the care they need. Our role is to listen to their experiences and identify where things are working well and where things could be improved. The visits were carried out by our trained volunteers, they observed the environment and talked to residents, their families and staff in the homes.

“This project focused on dementia care, but we are always keen to hear about people’s experiences of care homes and domestic care services and would ask people to get in touch.”

The full report can be found here:

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Further information 

Healthwatch Shropshire is one of a network of 148 Local Healthwatch in England.  It is supported by a national organisation, Healthwatch England.

It has a team working in community engagement, plus a volunteer programme, a visit programme to health and social care premises and an associate membership scheme to involve the public in its work.  It also has a signposting service to help people access health and social care services and support.

Healthwatch Shropshire also provides the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS) for Shropshire. The IHCAS service provides information, advice and, if necessary, can support people through the NHS complaints process.

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News from our partners: Flicks in the Sticks employs five young people to engage new audiences

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:37

News from our partners Arts Alive

Thanks to funding from the British Film Institute (BFI), rural cinema Flicks in the Sticks has been able to employ five young people as Cultural Co-ordinators in a bid to reach and engage new audiences through film events specifically for young adults.

Based in and around market towns in Shropshire and Herefordshire; Whitchurch, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Leominster and also Welshpool, the co-ordinators aim to work closely with groups of local young people to organise film screenings for those aged 16-30.

Arts Alive – Flicks in the Sticks

The funding has given jobs to young people who are passionate about film and are keen to organise events with, and support attendance by, other young people with similar interests. It is important to Flicks in the Sticks that we expand our audiences to include more people under 35.

We hope to learn from the new audiences how we can make Flicks more accessible to under-represented groups and offer a much more social event, moving away from the trend of watching films on a phone or tablet. With the introduction of streaming sites like Netflix, iPlayer and YouTube and the costs of travelling and going to mainstream cinemas, rural young adults are increasingly engaging with film at home.

Ian Kerry, Director of Arts Alive, said:-

“We are really excited to have received this support from the BFI, and we are now in a position to employ some young people to deliver this great project. If you are between 16 and 30 and want to screen films in a venue of your choice now is your chance to get in touch!”

Tune in to BBC Radio Shropshire to hear Cultural Co-ordinators Polly and Jo on The Seven O’Clock Show: Thursday 14 November, 7pm.

Flicks in the Sticks, the flagship project of rural touring scheme Arts Alive, delivers over 1,000 high quality film events to village hall and community venues across Shropshire, Herefordshire and beyond. In 2018 alone, 48,000 people attended a Flicks screening. This year Flicks in the Sticks celebrates 20 years of bringing a wide range of cultural film to local audiences.

If you are interested in putting on a film screening for people between the ages of 18-30, please contact

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Discover town’s lost history in new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:21

Discover ‘Lost Shrewsbury’ in the new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) which is set to open on Saturday 23 November, 2019 at 1.30pm.

‘Lost Shrewsbury’ was created in partnership with local author and historian, David Trumper, whose has authored a new book of the same title.

The exhibition will share with visitors the unseen history of Shrewsbury and will take you on a fascinating trip through Shrewsbury’s rich history and heritage with images not seen before.

C. R. Birch & Son was founded in 1909

Lost Shrewsbury will feature 40 slides containing images from the book and will.  All slides will be captioned by David Trumper.

Paintings of the Shrewsbury landscape from SM&AG’s own collection will also feature in the exhibition. Pieces of art included will be a fine painting of the Old Welsh Bridge by Paul Sandby and a view of the English Bridge by C. W. Radclyffe.

C.W. Radclyffe English Bridge, Early 19th Century

Phil Scoggins, interpretation officer for Shropshire Council’s museums service, said:

“David has an unrivalled knowledge of the life of Shrewsbury and its people over the last century. It is a great pleasure to host images from his fantastic archive and display them alongside lost local scenes depicted in the museum’s own fine collection of paintings.”

David Trumper, author of Lost Shrewsbury, said:

“I am very grateful to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery for allowing me to launch my new book, ‘Lost Shrewsbury’, there.  I am also grateful to the museum for setting out the exhibition in the museum to coincide with the launch. 

“Most of the views have been collected from a number of local people over the last 3 or 4 years and have never been published before.  I am looking forward to meeting them again and thanking them for their kindness.”

‘Lost Shrewsbury’ will run until Sunday 12 January 2020.

SM&AG is open Tuesday – Sunday and standard museum admission applies.

The paperback edition of Lost Shrewsbury by David Trumper will be available to buy from the Visitor Information Centre at SM&AG for £14.99.

For more information about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, visit the website.

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News from our partners: north Shropshire architects in international awards success

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:04

News from our partners Greenspace Architects Limited

Greenspace Architects from Ellesmere, Shropshire, have been awarded a High Commendation against international competition in the New Civil Engineer TechFest Awards 2019 at a gala awards dinner in London. The Award, in the Cities Visionary category, is for work undertaken with Shropshire Council on the visionary ONE Housing Scheme in Shrewsbury, and celebrates how technology and thoughtful, person-centred design can combine to help people live better, independent lives, regardless of age or ability.

The ONE Scheme – Aerial View from South East © 2019 Greenspace Architects Ltd

The entry was a close second to winners City of Helsinki 3D+ who went on to receive the overall Judges Award for the best entry across all categories so it was tough competition.

The New Civil Engineer said: “High commendations are not to be taken as lip service. To have been recognised by the judges as an outstanding entrant in a category, although not the winner, is an amazing achievement in itself.”

Only 8 out of the 18 categories recognised a Highly Commended entry in the 111-strong shortlist. The judges’ comments noted ‘strong synergies between the themes, scalable and positive impact on community and its people.’

Kevin Slack, Director of Greenspace Architects, recognised the role Shropshire Council has played in this achievement, both in the innovative, aspirational ONE Housing Scheme brief, and the work being done to harness digital technology across four Centres of Excellence that has been incorporated:

“We have risen to the challenge of an exemplary brief and the outcomes of pioneering work such as The Broseley Project to create an exceptional masterplan as a model to help Shropshire meet its housing needs in a low carbon, low energy economy. The well-being of the residents is at the heart of the brief, based on light, airy accessible homes set in car-free green spaces with good opportunities for social interaction and food production.”


Andy Begley, Shropshire Council’s director of adult social care and housing, said:

“The ONE Housing Scheme is something that we’re particularly proud of and we’re so pleased that it has been recognised as one of the best in the world.

“As many will know, Shropshire has an ageing population and we’re keen to address this by providing homes that people can and want to live in for longer.

“These proposed homes offer something really quite different to what’s on the open market today – they will be designed around the people who will live in them, built with thought and care, and within a welcoming community setting.”

Greenspace Architects Ltd were also runners-up in the recent Rural Business Awards 2019/20 for ‘Best Rural Professional Services Business’, and their design for a new highly efficient timber-framed house in Babbinswood, near Oswestry, has been shortlisted in the Build It Awards for the ‘Best Offsite Manufactured Home’, with MBC Timber Frames, with winners announced in November.

For more information contact

Kevin Slack, Director

Greenspace Architects Ltd

01691 623889

07717 704098


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Important information about voting in the general election on 12 December

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 10:26

The UK general election will be held on Thursday 12 December 2019. In this election you elect a Member of the UK Parliament to represent your constituency.

In the Shropshire Council area three constituencies are up for election: Ludlow; North Shropshire, and Shrewsbury & Atcham. Shropshire Council is responsible for organising and running the elections for these three constituencies, including polling stations, the verification and counting of votes, and the declaration of the results.

The votes for all three constituencies will be verified and counted at Shrewsbury Sports Village.

Who are the candidates?

A list of candidates (also known as ‘persons nominated’) in each constituency – as well as a list of polling stations – will appear on our website shortly, using  the appropriate link.


North Shropshire

Shrewsbury & Atcham

Who can vote?

To vote at the UK general election you must be registered to vote and:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day.
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland.
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

For more information, visit the Electoral Commission website.

Are you registered to vote?

Did you know that around seven million people are not correctly registered to vote in the UK? That means they can’t have their say in the general election on 12 December.

If you’re not registered to vote, you’ll need to register to vote by 5pm on 26 November if you want to vote at the general election.

If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to re-register to vote.

You can register to vote at You’ll need your National Insurance number.

Recently moved? Make sure you’re registered at your new address. Go to

Home from university on 12 December? Make sure you’re registered at your home address. Go to

How do I vote?

In person, at a polling station

Most people cast their vote by going to the polling station in person on polling day. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 12 December.

To find out more about voting in person, click here.

You’ll find the name of your polling station on the poll card sent to all registered voters before the election, or follow the link for your constituency at the top of this page.

Proxy votes

If you can’t vote in person, one option is to cast your vote by proxy – this means getting someone else to vote for you.

For more information about voting by proxy, including how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is Wednesday 4 December at 5pm.

Postal votes

If you can’t vote in person, one option is to cast your vote by post.

For more information about voting by post, including how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm.

When will the result be known?

The UK general election uses the ‘first past the post’ system. When votes are counted, the candidate who receives the most votes is elected as MP for your constituency.

The votes cast will be counted after the polling stations close on 12 December, with the winning candidate for each of the three Shropshire constituencies set to be announced on the morning of Friday 13 December.

Want to know more?

For everything you need to know about voting in the UK, go to

For more information about the election in Shropshire, click here to visit the Shropshire Council website.

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News from our partners: Try out home technology at new taster sessions for older people

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 15:47

News from your partners Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin

New Tech Taster sessions are being run for older people in Shrewsbury from Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Volunteers Janet Taylor and Julie Armstrong outside the Age UK STW charity furniture shop in Shrewsbury.

You can drop into Riverside Shopping Centre between 10am and 2pm to learn how to use smart gadgets to control lights at home, play music, listen to audio books and call friends and family without lifting a finger!

New found knowledge could lead to greater independence, reduce loneliness, and energy savings for users of the free service. And if you’re looking for ideas for Christmas, our sessions may just hold the answer.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin has joined forces with Shropshire Council’s assistive technology team to provide the sessions at the Age UK unit in the Riverside Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said:

“Assistive technology can really help support older people, so why not give our Tech Taster sessions a try and learn something new?

“People are living longer with complex health conditions, and technology can help older people to stay independent, live well and safe in their own homes.”

James Warman, Shropshire Council’s assistive technology and telecare co-ordinator in housing services, added:

“At the free drop-in sessions, you’ll be able to talk to ‘Alexa’, see who’s at the front door without leaving your chair, try out motion-activated lights, get to use a smart tablet, and so much more.  Volunteers will be on hand to give advice and support.”

Tech Tasters will be every Wednesday – starting Wednesday 20 November 2019 – between 10am and 2pm in the Age UK Unit in Riverside Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury.

No need to book, just turn up!


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Enable supported employment service highly commended at national awards

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 15:16

Shropshire Council’s Enable supported employment service were highly commended for Team of the Year at the 2019 BASE awards this week.

The Base awards recognise and celebrate outstanding practice in the field of supported employment in the UK. Their focus is on promoting the remarkable work that goes on across the country to help people with disabilities, and other disadvantages, get the support they want to achieve their work aspirations and retain paid employment.

Enable won the award for their consistently high-quality results on government employment programmes, such as Work Routes and Work and Health programme, and their Mental Health, Learning Disability and Transitions Services.

L to r: Enable’s Emma Carless Senior Business Development Officer at Wolverhampton;, Jonathan Allan Employment Services Manager; and Roshni Shrosbree, Deputy Employment Services Manager, celebrating their award this week.

Enable delivers a wide range of services, generating £1.7 million income in the financial year 2018-19, and these include supported internships, travel training and employment support for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs in Shropshire and Wolverhampton.

Jonathan Allan, Employment Services Manager at Enable, said:-

“We are absolutely delighted at being awarded Highly Commended for this prestigious award. This is a huge achievement and honour to be recognised nationally for the work we do at Enable. I would like to thank all our staff for their dedication and commitment to help people gain employment.”

Enable support people into employment using a person-centred approach. Their highly experienced Employment Officers support and advise people with disabilities, mental health needs and other health conditions to find work suited to their interest and skills. Enable help approximately 400 clients per year into paid work, across six teams in Shropshire, Telford and Wolverhampton.

If you would like to find out more about Enable, visit

Further information

BASE is the national trade association for the supported employment sector.  They support, promote and develop principles and provision of supported employment, and is managed by a voluntary National Executive Committee (NEC).

To find out more visit

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