About Us


About Us About Us
Spelthorne Committee for Access Now (SCAN) is a voluntary group, based in Spelthorne, Surrey, UK whose members are volunteers representing the views of people with disabilities on matters of accessibility to transport, the outdoor environment, buildings and facilities in Spelthorne. Our founding members were instrumental in the development of Staines Shopmobility and they also conducted the research that provided the information needed for the development of the Spelride service.
We Consult With Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey County Council on local issues such as:
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Pedestrian/Cycle Shared pathways
  • Disabled Access to buildings, shopping areas, countryside and leisure services
For the Improvement of  access to facilities and services for all members of our community in Spelthorne, please let SCAN know about:
  • pavements that are being obstructed either by badly parked vehicles or overhanging trees,
  • crossing points that need dropped kerbs
  • buildings or services that are not accessible
Since 2007 we have supported the Spelthorne Physical, Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities Forum and we hold quarterly meetings with representatives of various service providers such as Action for Carers and Adult Social Care and as well as other Surrey wide forums and groups.

SCAN actively encourages new members, to share and promote our objectives and meetings are open to everyone. Membership is open to any person or group who support the objectives of SCAN. There is a membership fee of £5 per person or voluntary organisation.
If you wish to become a member and/or make donations to SCAN please contact our Treasurer on lawindle@spelthorneaccess.org.uk  for further information.
Donations can also be made by registering with Easy Fundraising - see our features page and then every time you make an online purchase with any of the High Street retailers, energy and phone service providers and holiday or hotel chains, a donation will be made to SCAN's account.

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Features


CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 - Information and Advice from NHS

Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK. COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 - Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable

This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

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CORONAVIRUS – COVID19 - TELL US HOW YOU’VE BEEN AFFECTED

SCAN is conscious that groups represented at the Spelthorne Forum are experiencing a range of challenges at the moment and will continue to do so for at least the next 12 weeks.

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Beginnings of SCAN

From the introduction of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 a group of disabled people in Spelthorne was active and originally worked under the title the “Spelthorne Joint Committee for the Disabled”.

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Fundraising for SCAN

Donations can be made by registering with Easy Fundraising and then every time you make an online purchase with any of the High Street retailers, energy and phone service providers and holiday or hotel chains, a donation will be made to SCAN's account.

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‘Café Culture’ At Nostrano Lounge In Staines

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE We are sorry to tell you we will be closed until further notice. The Lounges are all about community and right now helping to protect the health of our community and our team has to be our number one priority. Stay well, stay safe and we will be open again as soon as possible.

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Children with Disabilities Forum

Parent Carers only meet briefly for discussion of issues to be raised at the formal meeting that will follows.

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Dramatize - Online Workshops

Throughout the lock down period, we shall be running a live stream, video uploaded and zoom workshops at the following times (please be patient if we are running a bit late)…

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Forum For Older People

An open-access forum attended mostly by statutory and voluntary providers of services for older people.

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Forum for Physical, Sensory And Cognitive Disabilities & Spelthorne Committee for Access Now

Physical meetings have been postponed for the duration of the pandemic restriction however we are hoping to sort put virtual alternatives.

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KEW GARDEN - GUIDED WALKING TOURS

The gardens have been closed as a precautionary measure during the outbreak. British Sign Language (Bsl) Tours For Visitors With Sight Loss And Their Carers Health Walks For People Living With Dementia

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North Surrey Disability Empowerment Network (DEN-NS)

Please Note All Empowerment Meetings Are Being Held ‘Virtually’ During The Covid19 Pandemic. DEN-NS covers the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath and is one of three groups of local disabled people, and carers, who meet up quarterly.

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Spelthorne Parasports Club

Suspended Due To Coronavirus Restrictions A club for young people aged 5 years - 25year from all local Boroughs with various learning or physical disabilities

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Staines Shopmobility

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE The service will offer reduced opening hours but these will be aligned with the current special hours the food stores are offering to vulnerable groups.

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Surrey Virtual Café

Join us every Monday for a good catch-up! 11.00 am – 12.00 noon

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Surrey Virtual Walk & Talk

Join us for our Virtual Walk and Talk Every weekday 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm from Monday 30 March 2020 onwards!

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Thrive – Using Gardening To Change Lives

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE At Thrive, we consider our relationship with our customers, Thrive Licensed Practitioners, other Thrive setting staff and Thrive trainers, and supporting the work we all do with children and young people, as paramount.

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Current News


CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 - Information and Advice from NHS

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

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CORONAVIRUS - COVID19 - Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable

This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

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CORONAVIRUS – COVID19 - Tell How You've Been Affected

Local Organisations with an involvement in Disability and Health support services across Surrey are encouraged to submit regular reports and updates. Are you arranging ‘virtual’ open meetings and events? – let us help to publicise them.

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April 2020 Special Issue Newsletter - CoronaVirus

This is the first ‘Special Issue’ of newsletters that we will, if necessary, distribute on a more frequent basis, to report any changes to or new information as the current situation evolves.

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2020 Newletters


SCAN is conscious that groups represented at the Spelthorne Forum are experiencing a range of challenges at the moment and will continue to do so for at least the next 12 weeks.

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Scams Advice From National Trading Standards, Coronavirus – (COVID19) - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected , Advice for Car Owners/Drivers If You Can’t Use Your Vehicle, Surrey County Council Community Helpline, Surrey Matters - Managing your waste - Coronavirus pandemic., Updates On Surrey County Council Services, AGE UK – Surrey - Coronavirus – (COVID19) Service Information, Every Mind Matters – Mental Wellbeing - Staying At Home, Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service, Staines Town Centre – Essential Businesses - Opening Times, Surrey Coalition Virtual ‘Walk and Talk’, Surrey Coalition Virtual Café, Virtual Reality (VR) Brings Support To Isolated Communities, Elmbridge, Runnymede & Spelthorne Talking Newspaper, How Are People Who Need Carers Supposed To Self-Isolate?

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Coronavirus - (COVID19) - Information and Advice SCAN and Disability Forum Meeting ‘I Used To Be Afraid To Admit That I Was Disabled’ Staines Shopmobility – Changes to Service - Coronavirus ASC Information & Engagement Team – Coronavirus Update ASC Information & Engagement Team – News in Brief Pavement Parking – Current Guidance from Surrey CC Pavement Parking Consultation Disability Rights (DRUK) - News ‘In Brief’ Emergency Genetic Test For Permanent Deafness In New-borns North Surrey – Disability Empowerment Network (DEN) Kew Gardens – Guided Walks Cancelled - Gardens Closed Coronavirus – (COVID19) - Tell Us How You’ve Been Affected

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PIP Stopped For Being Able ‘To Walk “Four Steps’ New MS Society Report – PIP Fails You Don’t Look Sick: ‘People Think I’m A Hypochondriac Because I’m Young’ DWP Loses Challenge Of High Court Decisions Pegasus Card Scheme – Surrey Police DWP Axes Review of PIP Claims Universal Credit will ‘SteamRoll’ Vulnerable into Poverty Financial Times Analysis - Disability Employment Discrimination Rail Replacement Services Delayed For Disabled Passengers BBC Review Cuts to Red Button Text Service Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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Wooden Spoon Children’s Charity Of Rugby NHS Parking Fees Changes From April 2020 Give Your Views - Possible Changes To NHS Walk-In Services Simple Energy Advice Heating Your Home, Learning Disability & Autism Forum Tweets, CornerHouse Closure, Reading Well Schemes @ Surrey Libraries, Active Prospects Homes for People with Complex Needs, New Support/Social Group for Autistic Adults, SHOUT 24/7 Crisis Text Line, ‘Stroke of Genius’ Project, Thrive – Using Gardening to Change Lives You Don’t Look Sick: I’ve Realised That Living With A Disability Is Not Embarrassing’ Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey Supermarkets Failing To Provide Fully Accessible Toilets Restrictions for Parking at St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey. NHS England Concludes Deal For Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Surrey County Council Reviews Countryside Parking Charges New Provider for Surrey Wheelchair Services – Excluding Spelthorne How Therapy Pets Can Help Children in Need Dolphins Inclusive Swim Scheme To Expand In Surrey Talk Assistive Tech Virtual Group Being Launched Challenging Hearing Loss Stereotypes Disabled Workers Paid Less Per Year That Other Workers Ben Elton’s Admission About Ableist Slurs In ‘The Young Ones’ You Don’t Look Sick: ‘I Won’t Let Haemophilia Define Me’ Blind Comedian Relates What Happened When He Woke Up In An Unfamiliar Room

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Archived Newsletters


News December 2019

Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey Restrictions for Parking at St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey. The Community Equipment Service - Consultation Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Long Term Neurological Conditions Group (LTNC) Fireworks and Pets - Guide Dog survey 10 Biggest Misconceptions About Guide Dogs For The Blind Extracts from the Disability Rights Newsletter – Accessibility at Work Survey, Disabled Cyclists Survey, Join The Conversation On Rare Diseases London Irish – Downs Syndrome Activity Sessions article content / subjects on your website.

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News - November 2019

Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ – I’ve Got Type 1 Diabetes Boy Told to Leave Wheelchair to Access Legoland Rides Supermarket Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey Equality & Human Rights Commission Make Stand Against Inaccessible Public Transport More Funding For Changing Places Toilets Adult Social Care Briefing incl - ASC Commissioning Intentions 2019/20 - Updated Send Action Plan - “We Are Surrey” 2019 Social Value Event And Recognition Awards Hear Here Drop In Hearing Aid Clinics Autumn Dates Dramatize – Get Online

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News - October 2019

Disabled People Deserve Respect More Than Once Every Four Years Cruse Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Dramatize – Get Online PLEASE Ask Before You Give Me A Push The Millennial Women With Arthritis Baywatch Results 2019 - 1 In 5 Bays Is Abused SCAN Blue Badge Parking Bay Abuse Survey

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News - September 2019

Man Believes Playing Piano Slows Effects Of Parkinsons Free Community First Aid Training - Action For Happiness - Exploring What Matters Course ‘You Don’t Look Sick’ – Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Dementia Awareness Workshops - Spelthorne Upgraded Service For Bus Users In North Spelthorne CRUSE Bereavement Care – North Surrey Volunteers Taxi Driver Taken To Court For Refusing Guide Dog Festival Organisers Change Policy For Disabled Gig-Goers

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Archived Planning Applications


Our Chairman receives a copy of the weekly Schedule of Planning Applications from Spelthorne Council. These schedules list the location and nature of planning proposals together with the named officer dealing with the application. Where proposals fail to demonstrate that proper consideration has been given to the needs people with disabilities, comments or objections are sent to the planning case officer.

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Forum


Forum
Welcome to our new online forum.
Local Organisations with an involvement in Disability Issues are welcome
to attend any of the Spelthorne Physical, Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities Forum meetings and present a report to the Forum.

We Consult With Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey County Council on local issues such as;
 Pedestrian Crossings
 Pedestrian/Cycle Shared pathways
 Disabled Access to buildings, shopping areas, countryside and leisure services

Tell Us about:
 pavements that are being obstructed either by badly parked vehicles or overhanging trees,
 crossing points that need dropped kerbs
 buildings or services that are not accessible
So that we can further improve access to facilities and services for all members of our community in Spelthorne.


Groups and Organisations


Details of Local Groups and National Organisations and Service Providers in the United Kingdom

Disclaimer

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Crossroads Care Surrey

Following advice from the Government on Monday 23rd March 2020 all face to face services have been cancelled. In addition, there is no support from the Crossroads Care Surrey head office due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government. If you require help and support, please contact our out of office contact number in an emergency. 07914 186 162

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Disability Equipment Service (DES)

Buying & Selling Disability Equipment •

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Disabled Motoring UK

Disabled Motoring UK A campaigning charity for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge holders.

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Disability Rights UK

We are disabled people leading change, working for equal participation for all

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Dramatize

A theatre company for individuals with learning disabilities Throughout the lock down period, we shall be running a live stream, video uploaded and zoom workshops

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Elmbridge, Runnymede & Spelthorne Talking Newspaper (ERSTN)

We are a Charity (No 1186678) dedicated to providing Local news and information to sight-impaired listeners within Elmbridge Runnymede and Spelthorne. We are sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs and supported by other donors.

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Heathrow Special Needs Centre

WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This action has been taken following HM Government guidelines on Covid-19 (coronavirus) to safeguard users, staff and volunteers.

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Marianne’s Community Cafe

Open in Staines Town Centre. Run by Surrey Disabled People Partnership (SDPP)

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Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF)

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) is a national disability charity based in Surrey.

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Runnymede Access Liason Group (RALG)

This group operates for the benefit of all residents in the Borough. Its principal function is to improve physical access to public amenities for anyone who encounters mobility or other sensory or cognitive difficulties.

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Surrey Local Offer

Information and services for young people with SEND and their families

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White Lodge Centre

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - Our management team and service team leaders we have taken the very difficult decision to suspend many of our services.

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Dates for Your Diary


12:00 - 14:00
Goddard Room
Location: Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines

An open-access forum attended mostly by statutory and voluntary providers of services for older people.
The forum meets four times a year.

10:30 - 12:30
Addlestone Community Centre,
Location: Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ

PLEASE NOTE ALL EMPOWERMENT MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD ‘VIRTUALLY’ DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC.
Covering the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath.
Local groups and support networks play a vital role in enabling disabled people to maintain a sense of connectedness to other disabled people and local residents. The groups can also provide very practical support to enable opportunities to participate in social and community life and leisure/cultural activities.
Please contact Yasmin Broome, Engagement Officer at Surrey Coalition: email: Yasmin.Broome@surreycoalition.org.uk Telephone or SMS text 0745 5267424


10:30 - 12:30
Addlestone Community Centre,
Location: Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ

Covering the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath.
Local groups and support networks play a vital role in enabling disabled people to maintain a sense of connectedness to other disabled people and local residents. The groups can also provide very practical support to enable opportunities to participate in social and community life and leisure/cultural activities.
Please contact Yasmin Broome, Engagement Officer at Surrey Coalition: email: Yasmin.Broome@surreycoalition.org.uk Telephone or SMS text 0745 5267424

10:30 - 12:30
Addlestone Community Centre,
Location: Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ

Covering the areas of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking & Surrey Heath.
Local groups and support networks play a vital role in enabling disabled people to maintain a sense of connectedness to other disabled people and local residents. The groups can also provide very practical support to enable opportunities to participate in social and community life and leisure/cultural activities.
Please contact Yasmin Broome, Engagement Officer at Surrey Coalition: email: Yasmin.Broome@surreycoalition.org.uk Telephone or SMS text 0745 5267424