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Our February meeting about Oswestry Town Council was very informative and extremely well received. We would now like to invite everybody to our March meeting.
Sarah Laszlo, Learner Voice Programme Co-ordinator at Derwen College, will be describing how her learners are forging new links with the wider community. This includes the Orange Wallet scheme by which they can now travel safely by train. Their award winning film about this will be shown. Learner Robin will also talk about his role on the committee of the National Union of Students, and two of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold participants will outline what they have achieved.
The meeting is next Thursday, March 10th at 7.30pm in Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry. A donation of £1 at the door will be appreciated.

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And on to our summer programme. Please remember that everybody is really welcome at any of our meetings.

May 19th. "The role of newspapers in today's society"
7.30pm in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church. Colin Channon, the new editor of The Tizer, will talk about how important he feels the local press is, and the future of printed news. This is another chance for you to come and meet him and ask questions. It should be a really good evening.

We were going to have a mental health workshop that day, but have had to postpone it. We are extremely lucky that Colin could step in at short notice.

 

May 21st. Celebrating Age

This event, which we are co-sponsoring withy Oswestry Library, will run from 10am – 1pm in Oswestry Library. At the last count 20 different organisations have agreed to attend. There will also be other activities. The idea is to showcase what is available for the over 50s.

This will be similar to the Health Awareness Day held last Saturday.

 

 

 June 16th. "Is there a role for Trade Unions Today?"

Again – 7.30pm in Cabin Lane Church.

Shaun Pender, Unite Community Regional Co-ordinator, West Midlands, has kindly agreed to come over to talk. He knows a tremendous amount about trade unions, and this talk should be of interest to a lot of people. .

 

We ask for a minimum donation of £1 at the door if we are at Cabin Lane, to cover hall hire. Coffee, tea and cake are included in this cost!

 

If anybody would like to know more, please contact me at oswestryequalitygroup@gmail.com.

Alternatively, we will be at The Big Celebration at St Martins on May 14th..

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Colin Channon, the recently appointed editor of the 'Tizer, is speaking about "The role of newspapers in today's society". This is on Thursday (May 19th) at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry,  SY11 2LQ .We ask for our normal £1 donation to cover hall hire. Coffee/ tea and homemade cake are included!

Do you think that the 'Tizer is giving the right coverage of what is happening in the 3 Parishes? Come along and tell him what you think.

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Colin's talk was excellent. Our next one should be just as good.
 
Next Thursday's Equality Group meeting is about the role of Trade Unions in today's world.

Shaun Pender, Unite Community Regional Co-ordinator, West Midlands, is coming over to talk about whether we actually need trade unions any more. He will talk about their history, what is happening at the moment, and what their future might be.


This meeting is on Thursday, June 16th at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church. A minimum £1 donation is requested to cover hall hire please, though coffee/tea and (homemade) cake are all included.
 
Absolutely everybody is welcome to come along.

For more details, our e-mail address is oswestryequalitygroup@gmail.com

 

EQUAL PEOPLE, EQUAL VOICE

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The Oswestry Equality Group is turning its attention to the Special Olympics Movement for their next meeting. This will be on July 14th, at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church.

 

Brian Johnson, Chair of Special Olympics North Shropshire will be speaking. He will be coming along, with some of his Special Olympians (and their medals), to talk about the history of the Special Olympics, what they are achieving now and what they hope for the future..

 

The Rio Olympics are upon us very soon, with days of what feels like blanket media coverage of ‘able bodied’ Olympians (the big names), and the paralympians who are getting an increasing amount of coverage. However, those with learning difficulties and disabilities are not included. They make up the Special Olympics movement. These people should be given the recognition and support that they deserve, and this talk will help to celebrate their achievements.

 

A minimum of £1 donation at the door is requested to help pay for the hire of the hall. Refreshments are included in this cost.

 

Please come along and support them. They also need more volunteers and participants.

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Oswestry Equality Group’s successful summer

The Equality Group has a new tag-line – Equal people, equal voice. With this in mind, we have been involved in a variety of projects this summer. These have included talks on the role of local press by Colin Channon, the new editor of the Tizer, the role of trade unions by a regional Unite co-ordinator and also the Special Olympics by Brian Johnson, Chair of Special Olympics North Shropshire. The group felt very strongly that those with learning disabilities involved with the Special Olympics are not treated in the same way as all of the Olympians who have been to Rio. They have also worked in conjunction with Oswestry Library to put on a very successful Celebrating Age Day.

Next term’s programme is very much focused on youth.

 

On September 22ndSarah Smith, who is a Senior Support Worker at New Century Court (NCC) in Oswestry will be speaking about homelessness among young people. Sarah is an experienced worker who has worked at NCC for 2 years, where they support young people (aged 16 – 25) who are homeless or at risk of becoming so, to develop their life skills so that they can go on and live independently.

She will be talking about the impact of homelessness on a young person’s life and the kind of situation that these young people experience before they get to NCC. She will be accompanied by at least one of their customers who is happy to talk about their experiences.

These young people have had a difficult time and we should give them every opportunity to tell us what they have experienced and how they feel about their situation and the support that they are receiving.

 

On October 20th Bill and Lynn Morris from the Kenyan Schools Project will speak about young people in Kenya. It should be interesting to find out what similarities and differences there are between their young people and ours.

 

This will all be followed by a discussion of young people’s mental health on November 17th

Kay Brophy, who is a Counsellor and Psychologist, set up Acorn Families four years ago to provide counselling services to schools for children, young people and their families. She will talk about the mental health problems that school age people face. She will be accompanied by John Slowley who will talk about mental health issues in pre-school children.

 

All of these meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church. A donation of £1 is requested to pay for the room hire. Light refreshments are included.

 

Anybody who would like to find out more about these meetings or the group can contact Penny Rice on 01691 680382 or e-mail oswestryequalitygroup@gmail.com.

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According to the news yesterday there are plans for widespread cuts to NHS services, not just the potential loss of A&E in Shrewsbury, and I expect the reason given will be not enough qualified staff.

The potential cuts in the BBC reports (but uncovered by 38 Degrees) will go out to consultation to the public next year, but people in the Oswestry area already have experience of this process.

So the question is, when is a consultation a consultation?

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I'm afraid that, due to unforseen circumstances, we are going to have to postpone the September talk on youth homelessness. We hope to plan it for the spring.

Rather than cobble something together at the last minute, we will instead have a 'House meeting' at 8 High Fawr Avenue, Oswestry, SY11 1TB. Perhaps we ought to discuss contingency plans!

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And now we've discovered that the October talk about the Kenyan Schools Project has also been cancelled.

We really aren't doing too well at the moment!

A big one about mental health issues in young people is still due for November.

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The Oswestry Equality Group is ending a busy year with a look at the current state of young people’s mental health. The talk is titled “Finding your way through children’s mental health

The mental health charity Young Minds has very recently published new figures showing the extent of usage of mental health services by young people. They reveal that 235,189 young people aged 0 to 18 in England get specialist care.  Of these 11,849 are boys and girls aged 5 or under. Perhaps surprisingly, more boys (130,395) were included than girls (104,522).

This is obviously a very important topic, with local young people possibly affected.

 

This meeting will be at 7.30pm on November 17th in the Upper Room at Cabin Lane Church. The speakers will be Kay Brophy, who is a Psychologist, Family Practitioner and Author, and who set up Acorn Families five years ago. This provides counselling services to schools for children, young people and their families. She will talk about the mental health problems that school age people face. Accompanying her will be John Slowley, who will introduce a discussion of how early years affect mental wellbeing in later years, such as attachment and trauma issues.

 

A minimum donation of £1 is requested to pay for the room hire. Coffee, tea and cake are included. For more details, please contact Penny Rice on 01691 680382, or e-mail oswestryequalitygroup@gmail.com

OEG Childrens Mental Health Poster v0.1.pdf

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