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Changes to vaccination services from Epsom Racecourse
The Epsom Racecourse vaccination service has relocated to Sandown Park and started running from Monday 17 May 2021.

The GP-led vaccination service previously based at Epsom Racecourse, which is managed by the GP Health Partners has also relocated to Leatherhead Hospital, with sessions being run on weekdays 4-8pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8am-6pm, for people who are eligible and who have been invited by text or telephone. Vaccines will only be available for those who have booked an appointment.

British Sign Language Coronavirus videos now available
A range of British Sign Language videos relating to the vaccination programme are now available:

Learning Disability Week 14-20 June 2021 with a theme of Creativity
This year Surrey will be celebrating Learning Disability Week from 14-20 June and the theme is Creativity.

The Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team would like to hear about the creative things that people with a learning disability are doing across Surrey. This will be a great opportunity for people to get reconnected and involved.

Please let the team know about:

  • Any creative activities that are being run or people can join. These could be arts and crafts, gardening and horticulture, music and dance or anything else where people with a learning disability can be involved and get creative.
  • Any new, creative or innovative ways people with a learning disability are contributing to the community, inspiring others or developing independence.
  • Anywhere that creative work made by people with a learning disability is being sold to the public or people with a learning disability are involved through volunteering or work. Publicity and links for people who want to buy the work or the services can be shared.

Imogen Osborne from the Learning Disability and Autism team is putting together a programme of events/activities that are on offer over the week or the following week and the team looks forward to hearing about any ideas and experiences. Please get in touch:  Email;

Carers Week taking place 7-13 June 2021: Time to recognise, value and support Surrey’s Carers
This year’s Carers Week aims to raise public awareness of caring, help people realise they are carers, and make carers aware of the support available.

Action for Carers has information on all their free events for carers, and events will include: drumming workshops, picnics in parks, a legal session on wills and lasting power of attorney as well as mindfulness and yoga.

Carers can contact Action for Carers: Telephone: 0303 040 1234 Text: 07714 075993 Email:

NHS Safeguarding App
A new NHS Safeguarding App has recently been developed as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and individuals.

The App provides 24 hour access to up-to-date legislation and guidance, as well as providing information on how to report a safeguarding concern, and a searchable directory of safeguarding contacts for each local authority in England.

The App can be downloaded through the Google Play store and the Apple Store by searching for NHS Safeguarding.

Join the Big Lunch Weekend, 5-6 June 2021
Over the past year Surrey’s communities and neighbourhoods have come together to support each other in an unprecedented way. To continue building and celebrating amazing communities and to harness the community spirit the Big Lunch project will help to create a weekend of making (safe and socially distanced) positive local connections across Surrey and offers a great opportunity for people in Surrey to come together and celebrate and give thanks to communities and places. People can join in online, on their doorsteps, or over the fence.

To get involved, sign up for the free Big Lunch pack. To share events and pictures from the weekend use #Surreytogether

Hidden Talents: share your views on access to education, training and employment
Everyone in Surrey has a hidden talent, which is why the county council wants to ensure everyone can access education, training, skills development and employment opportunities. 

If someone is aged 18 and over with additional needs including learning disabilities, autism, mental health, sensory impairments, long term health conditions or are a carer, struggling to get into employment, Surrey County Council wants to hear from them. To take part and share views people must not be receiving existing employment support provided by Adult Social Care or Surrey Choices. 

What people share will help the county council understand how they can support people to succeed. This could be working with local businesses and organisations to ensure people have access to the jobs and opportunities they desire. 

How to share views;
Individuals can share views on Surrey Says. The survey will go live by the 1st June 2021 and will be open for eight weeks until the 30th July 2021. Pleaseshare the link to the survey

Alternative formats such as easy read, large print and screen reader accessible will also be available to download from Surrey Says from the 1st June 2021 and hard copy versions can be obtained by contacting if someone has a hearing impairment, please feel free to use the alternative SMS mobile number: 07917 087560.

Individuals are also invited to share their views, experiences, and suggestions at a range of virtual sessions on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. To find out more information about the virtual sessions and/or the hidden talents project, please contact Julia Pears:  Email:

Healthwatch Surrey currently trialling a Community Engagement Hub
Healthwatch Surrey’s Community Engagement Hub is a one stop platform where they want people to be involved in issues that affect local health and social care services; take part in a survey, leave their opinion in a poll or share their feedback about care.

On the platform, individuals can also find information on Healthwatch Surrey’s partnership with local Citizen Advice and their free Independent Health Complaints Advocacy service, as well as some of their published reports.

Help provide feedback on improving NHS 111 for people who are deaf or hearing impaired
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) are looking to explore how improvements can be made to NHS 111 and would like to understand the experience and views of people who are deaf or have hearing loss when accessing NHS 111 online or over the telephone.

Complete the using Survey Monkey or for people who have questions or prefer to respond in BSL, please email

Sign up for Healthwatch Surrey Insight Bulletin
One of the statutory duties of Healthwatch Surrey is to listen to the view of local people about their health and social care and to share the views with those who make decisions about local services.

Healthwatch Surrey’s engagement is agenda free and people speak to Healthwatch Surrey in their own words.

Each month Healthwatch Surrey produce a monthly Insight Bulletin highlighting themes. To sign up to receive a copy of the Insight Bulletin, for a paper copy of the Insight Bulletin, or a copy in a different format contact Laihan Burr Dixon:  Email:

Get More Active project launches
Get More Active is a project for disabled people, and those living with a long term health condition, who would like to get more active, and offers 1:1 appointments to discuss what could be achieved, as well as finding out about activities and exercises that meet a person’s needs and interests. To find out more, contact Surrey Coalition of Disabled People:  Email: 07434 865062

Sight for Surrey activity update
Sight for Surrey’s vision impaired rehabilitation team are resuming vital, non-urgent mobility sessions, and the Communicator Guides are increasing their visits and are now able to offer support with a wider range of activities. The Hearing Loss Advice Team are also resuming non urgent equipment visits, and the main office at Rentwood is gradually re-opening to deliver services.

For more information contact Sight for Surrey helpdesk:  Telephone: 01372 377701

The Sight for Surrey Deaf BSL café meets each week with a different topic. To take part:

Let’s Talk Tech is a series of webinars which will be delivered via Zoom and will give information about technology specifically designed for people with vision impairments:

  • Wednesday 30 June 2-3.15pm Screen Readers – what are they and how do they work?
  • Wednesday 28 July 11am-12.15pm Windows 10 - accessibility features

For more information and to join a session:  Telephone: 01372 377701 Email:

Age UK volunteer shopping service no longer accepting new referrals
Since 1 May 2021, Age UK Surrey have no longer been taking new referrals to their volunteer shopping service. Clients who currently receive a shopping service through Age UK Surrey will continue to be supported by volunteers.

For more information:  Telephone: 01483 503414 Email:

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