Shropshire Services and Self-Help Support Groups

Shropshire CCG - Self Care and Support

This provides information about Self Care and Support available for those patients living with a health condition that they will have for the long term, i.e. for the rest of their lives, referred to as a long term condition.

This includes:

  • An Introduction, with Background information and some details of local registered Self Help (Peer Support) groups
  • The Aims of the service
  • Listing of Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups
  • Listing of National Services

More information is available below:

Shropshire CCG - Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan)

If you have a Long Term Health Condition, the Wellbeing Plan is a place for you to keep important information about you and your health treatment in one place.

It will help you to check on your condition and learn the things that make you feel better or worse. You can take it with you to all your appointments, can refer to it when you’re at home and update it as you go along.

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Information

This provides information on the Wellbeing Plan.

  • Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Background
  • What is a Wellbeing (Care) Plan?
  • How do I create my Wellbeing Plan?
  • What does the Wellbeing Plan look like?
  • Things to think about

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Information

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Document Sections

There are different sections available for the Wellbeing Plan. These are:

  • Wellbeing Plan - basic content.

There are several sections of the Wellbeing Plan document and you can add your own details to make it all personal to you.

  • Long Term Health Conditions.

Additional sections can be inserted into your plan for any of the Long Term Health Conditions listed that are relevant to you.

  • Extra pages. Additional pages are available for both the above sections.

Wellbeing Plan (Care Plan) - Document Sections**

Shropshire CCG - The Community and Care Co-ordinator

Community and Care Co-ordinators exist in many GP Practices in Shropshire (and in some of the Telford & Wrekin GP Practices where they are called Care Navigators).

They help provide signposting to local services in the community, matching these services to the needs of the more vulnerable patients.

Community and Care Co-ordinator

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust provides a range of community-based health services for adults and children in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and some services to people in the surrounding areas.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust - Falls Prevention Team

The Falls Prevention Service is a specialist one aiming to reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries and is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses and rehabilitation technicians.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of urgent hospital care for almost 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

Local services are provided by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council is the local authority of Shropshire (excluding Telford and Wrekin). It is also one of the local services providers.

Shropshire Council - Community Directory

Shropshire Community Directory is your local gateway to information on over 3000 community groups, clubs, societies, support groups and self-help groups throughout Shropshire.

Locally, the National Health Service, Local Authority, Voluntary Agencies, patient representatives and members of the public have combined to help produce an awareness of the local Self Help Groups available for different Long Term Health Conditions, under the banner “Self Help Shropshire.”

The health related Self Help (Peer Support) groups are made up of people with a particular health condition and those that care for them (carers).

They are able and willing to share their experiences and knowledge to offer practical and emotional support to each other, providing valuable support and often based in the local area.

A group meeting format varies and can include a guest speaker, a social element and a time to ask and answer questions.

Listings of Self Help (Peer Support) Groups and links to these different groups are available in Shropshire Council’s internet based Community Directory.

Shropshire Council - Adult Social Care

This is Shropshire Council’s information about all aspects of Social Care for Adults.

The Adult Social Care team can suggest practical solutions to improve your quality of life, including making changes to your home to allow you to be more independent, or to help your carer assist you.

Shropshire Council - Social Care Services Annual Directory

The Social Care Services Annual Directory provides information for older people and adults with disabilities about the range of social care services available across the county.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page and then on the highlighted link within the text for the Directory:

Shropshire Council - Support for Carers

You may not think of yourself as a carer but anybody who helps a friend or relative with necessary care and support needs, without pay for their services, is a carer. You may be entitled to receive some help to do this.

Shropshire Council - Crossroads Together 

The Carers’ Support Service provides information, advice, help and support to adults who are caring for someone over 18; family members, friends and neighbours who are supporting someone who is frail and elderly, has a physical disability, learning disability, long term condition, mental health or substance misuse problem.

The service includes a telephone support line, home visits and 1:1 advice and information, carer training, newsletter, support groups, outings, events and activities across Shropshire.

For more information, please call the support line on 01743 341995.

Shropshire Council - Assistive Technology (gadgets and aids to live independently)

Assistive technology is the use of gadgets and aids for living independently. It can be any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people. It can also be any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks that they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.

This includes Personal Pendant Alarms worn on a cord loosely around the neck or strapped to the wrist, similar to a watch. This alerts a monitoring company in the event of a fall.  Other features may be available too, such as a bogus caller alarm, sensors for smoke, carbon monoxide, extreme temperature or flood. Also doormat sensors to indicate if someone wanders outside unknowingly.

Shropshire Council - Blue Badge Parking Scheme

The scheme provides an almost national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties and people who are registered as severely sight impaired (blind) that travel either as passengers or drivers.

Shropshire Council - Community and Voluntary Transport

Offers transport for people who, for various reasons, cannot use public transport.

Shropshire Council - Disabled Toilet Key (RADAR Key) Scheme

A RADAR Key (Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation) is a large, conspicuous, silver-coloured key that opens all the 9,000 plus accessible disabled toilets in the UK. At 4 inches long, it is designed to be easier for people with physical impairments to find and place into the lock.

Only those people considered eligible are allowed to have a key. Official RADAR keys normally cost about £5, including postage and packing. But Shropshire Council provides them free of charge.

A National Key Scheme guide is produced for purchase each year, which lists the location of every RADAR toilet on record. A smartphone app is also available, with added walking and driving directions. Both are £5 but check first with Shropshire Council in case they can provide anything free.

Shropshire Council - Disability information

Shropshire Rural Community Council (Shropshire RCC)

Shropshire Rural Community Council (Shropshire RCC) is an independent charity established over 50 years ago to benefit people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. It is also one of the local services providers.

Shropshire Rural Community Council (Shropshire RCC) - Wise and Well

The Wise & Well Team organise information events in towns and large villages across the county, so that people can access quality advice in their local community. These are in partnership with other services and voluntary organisations to provide information about a broad range of relevant topics.

The content of each information event varies but the format is a series of short talks from experts followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

Shropshire Health and Wellbeing Board

The Health and Wellbeing Board acts to ensure that key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Shropshire residents.

Age UK Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin aims to enable older people across the region to love later life, by providing older people with information & advice to enable them to make choices and services to help them remain independent. Age UK was created from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.

For more information, click on the web link below to take you to the web site page:

Age UK Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin - Services  

Provides a range of services to support older people to make choices and remain independent.

Age UK Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin - Advocacy Services

Offers independent and reliable support for older people facing problems and needing support or representation.

British Red Cross (Shropshire Office)

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.

A range of local health and support services are also provided in the UK. Locally in Shropshire, there isn’t a local web site, but for more information, contact the Shrewsbury office on Telephone: 01743 457800.