OVER – Vote for Shropshire RCC!

Hi all, Shropshire RCC has been chosen to be the recipient of a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. The funding received will be used to help fund the Community Garden project we are developing.

There are many ways to vote:

  • Via email, go to: http://bit.ly/1xk80yX and click the orange ‘Vote for us’ button in the top right hand corner, they also send you an email to confirm so make sure you click to confirm button inside that email otherwise that vote won’t count! You can also vote more than once so if you have more than one email account, you can use all!!
  • Tweet ‘RVW #CommFund’ or retweet any tweet that mentions this as every tweet/RT counts as a vote.
  • Text VOTE RVW to 61119, or +447860 014 100 from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.
  • You can also go into a Lloyds branch near you and deposit a token in the Shropshire RCC voting box.

Voting ends 10 October, so be sure to get your votes in for Shropshire RCC ASAP!

If you’ve voted in any way, thank you so much! It’s greatly appreciated!


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4Carers – Do you know someone?

Who are they?

Throughout the UK there are 6.5 million people providing unpaid care for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called “carers” but they would probably say “I’m just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.”

Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the bathroom, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.

Caring can be a rich source of satisfaction in people’s lives. It can be life-affirming. It can help deepen and strengthen relationships. It can teach you a multitude of skills and realise potential you never thought you had.

But without the right support caring can have a devastating impact. Evidence shows that caring can cause ill health, poverty and social isolation. When caring is intensive and unsupported you can struggle to hold down a job, get a night’s sleep, stay healthy and maintain your relationships with friends and family.

Quest – Carers UK

Why Get Online…

We believe that the internet is a useful tool for carers and one that could enhance this rewarding role and bring enjoyment too. The internet can be confusing and a little scary, but with the right training it can open up new doors, allowing people to find information and help, save money and keep in touch. This includes using it for fun, discovering health information, shopping online, being able to keep up to date with current affairs and keeping in touch with friends and family.

A short list of the possibilities:

  • Social Interaction – Email, Skype & Social Media
  • Entertainment – Films, music, games & “Catch-up” TV
  • Shopping – It can be cheaper, you can have goods delivered and you get a greater choice
  • Banking – Access your account outside banking hours
  • Information – Public, Community & Voluntary Services, research, hobbies & social activities

Colin – Family Carer “We use Skype to help my wife communicate with her sister in Vancouver, an uplifting experience for both. The internet has been so helpful for researching my wife’s condition and treatments. Our life would be difficult and more isolated without the internet.” – December 2013

Jim – Family Carer “I do all my finances online, banking, paying the gas & electricity. You can access the information and make transactions 24/7. It gives me greater flexibility.”6th February 2014

There is a wealth of opportunity waiting… Encourage the carer you know to give it a go!

How can that person learn?

Get Shropshire Online has organised FREE training days in July specifically for carers. The day will cover:

  • Keyboard and mouse skills
  • Using email
  • Using the internet safely
  • Using online searches
  • Entry Level 3 City in Guilds Qualification


Thursday 10th July – Friday 11th July – Monday 21st July -Tuesday 22nd July

All the sessions are 10am till 4pm and are being held at Shropshire Rural Community Council, The Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park, SY2 6LG – To join us call 01743 342177

Our poster if you would like to share this information: Carers Learn Together


Margaret- Volunteer Mentor “The training is going very well, one of my students has gone online and booked herself a disability scooter in Spain for when she goes on holiday next week. It has opened so many possibilities.” – December 2013

Is there anything else I can do?

Carers Week 9th-15th July

Carers Week is an annual campaign that celebrates and recognises the valuable contribution that people make when they look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. There are currently 6.5 million carers in the UK and every day 6,000 people take on new caring responsibilities.

Carers Week Manager Helen Clarke said ‘We heard from carers in the report Prepared to Care? how they were missing out on the advice and information, support and services which can really be of benefit to them and the person they care for. Carers Week provides the ideal opportunity to reach out to people to let them know what is out there to help them with their caring role. By working together during Carers Week we can achieve a real buzz about caring and help thousands of people.’

To find out more about supporting carers visit –




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Progress report!

Hello everyone! Just thought I’d update you on the progress of Get Shropshire Online.

Myself, Lisa and Renee are currently doing sessions at Oswestry library, so far we have one volunteer down there but we are recruiting for some more and hopefully we’ll create a nice get online group down there!

Still doing get online sessions at our offices at Shrewsbury Business Park. Currently helping John, Wendy and Pat. All lovely people and have a great laugh each week!

We now have some volunteers at the Lantern Centre in Shrewsbury (also known as Harlescott Library). One of the volunteers is starting today and another is starting next Thursday.

Still all the regular sessions going on in Bridgnorth, Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Shawbury, Shifnal, Shrewsbury and Wem.

If you know someone who would like to get online in Shropshire or interested in helping someone else get online then either call us on 01743 342177 or email laura.bugden@shropshire-rcc.org.uk.

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Tools for job seekers

Know someone who is looking for a job?

Take a look at some of the top job hunting websites: jobsite, totaljobs, reed, monster

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Shrewsbury Parkinson Society

Last Thursday, Lisa went to the Shrewsbury Parkinson Society to do a talk about Get Shropshire Online. She talked about the many things the internet could be used for and also went online to show them.

Lisa also told them about the work of the Community Council, especially of the Get Shropshire Online team, and how they could help install computers on a loan with the necessary equipment to access the internet.

If you know a group of people looking to learn how to use the internet but are unable to, please give Lisa a call on 01743 342177 and she can discuss possible options for you and your group.

Here’s a link to the Shrewsbury Parkinson Society’s brief write up to the event: http://www.shrewsburyparkinsons.co.uk/warhorse.html

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Oswestry Library

Oswestry LibraryThis time 4 weeks ago, myself, Lisa and Renee visited Oswestry library to mark the first of our Get Shropshire Online sessions there. All of our learners are job seekers that Lisa had met at the job centre last November.

Lots of people have different reasons for not using the internet, whether it be time has just gotten away with them, not knowing what to do, confidence, or maybe not even seeing the point to using it. All our learners are getting on really well and the sessions are going swimmingly. It’s such a friendly environment at the sessions and everyone gets on so well.

I am looking forward to doing more sessions in the future!


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Norton in Hales

Picture from left: Hugo & Trudy Chandor, Lisa Darkin (Shropshire RCC), Julie Williams, Norman Sharman and David Ramsden

Partnership work brings a computer group for beginners to Norton in Hales. Thanks to the hard work of their Parish Plan Group and willing local volunteers the group holds beginner computer sessions in the local pub the Hinds Head.

The group were successful in a bid to Shropshire Councils Broadplaces to enable them to purchase refurbished laptops to use within the community and the volunteers received training from Get Shropshire Online a project of Shropshire Rural Community Council.

The group meets once a week to learn the basics of using the internet and emailing, using the online training programme “Learn My Way” from UK Online Centre’s

The local Primary School have also opened their doors to learners so they can practice their new skills during the week.

I think this is a great example of a community working together to address a local need which was identified in their Parish Plan – Good Luck Norton in Hales!

If you’re interested in setting up a group or if you have any questions, please call Lisa: 01743 342177.

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Job clubs

County Training provides work clubs across Shropshire each week. Job clubs provide an excellent opportunity for unemployed people to identify potential work opportunities, receive support from other people, develop their CV, exchange skills, make contacts and get support to help you in your return to work. Their sessions last 2 hours and are completely FREE!

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring career options
  • Developing a personal job search plan
  • Creating an effective CV
  • Writing business letters
  • The application form
  • Preparing for interview

Current job clubs available are:

  • Rockspring Community Centre, Ludlow – Tuesday 10am – 12pm
  • The Lantern, Shrewsbury – Monday 10am – 12pm
  • Market Drayton Library, Market Drayton – Thursday 10am – 12pm

If you have any enquires about these job clubs or to book your place then give County Training a call on 0345 6789023


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Shropshire RCC #PopUpShop + #ArtExhibtion

We are taking over one of the shops in Darwin centre during November. The idea being to promote some work for the Shropshire RCC. Come and visit us! We’re on the second floor between WHSmiths and M&S. There’s a lot of information about Fuel Poverty, Volunteering, Digital Skills and Art Exhibitions by home carers. Really hope to                                                                                      see you there!

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Helping Job Seekers

Throughout the whole of October we have been in Shrewsbury JCP, 3 times a week, helping job seekers get online. We have been offering 1-1 work to help them develop their online skills, learn more about what they can do and how this can help them find work.

The majority of the people we see have already been given support to learn digital skills and for various reasons the type of help they received had not been successful. Many of these people have come to the realisation that they are going to struggle to get work if they do not possess the basic IT skills.

We now have a pool of learners which we are going to support in the Shrewsbury area by offering them 1-1 help to develop their digital skills. Get Shropshire Online have also been working closely with other job centres. We are currently working closely with Market Drayton and Oswestry to try and develop similar schemes in the area. We aim to work with other partners in these locations to develop a scheme that does not duplicate but fills in the gaps  of need.

We have also been using this time to recruit more volunteers for our local Get Online sessions which are based within libraries. If you’re interested in becoming a Digital Champion, give us a call on 01743 342177 or email Lisa.Darkin@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

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