New light touch review form for PIP

The DWP have finally created a light touch review form for claimants who have reached pension age or who have an ongoing PIP (Personal Independence Payment) award. 

The form known as the AR2 form is being issued from August 2023.

This form is a much shorter alternative to the AR1 PIP award review form, which most claimants who have an end date to their award receive.

The AR2 form is being issued to claimants who have:

  • very stable needs which are unlikely to change over time
  • high level needs which will either stay the same or get worse
  • a planned award review date due on or at State Pension age

PIP was first introduced in 2013. The new form is being brought out just as the earliest PIP claimants with ongoing (no end date) awards, have been claiming for 10 years and are therefore due to have their first review.

Find out more here

Shingles vaccine to be available to more people

A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease, is currently available on the NHS to people in their 70s.  Unlike the flu vaccine, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.  Most people will only need 1 dose, but some people who cannot have the routine vaccine for health reasons will need 2 doses.

From September 2023, this vaccine will also be available to people turning 65 after 1 September and to people over 50 with a severely weakened immune system.

Once you become eligible for shingles vaccination a GP or practice nurse will offer you the vaccine when you attend the surgery for general reasons. If you are worried that you may miss out on the shingles vaccination, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment to have the vaccine.

For more information visit the NHS website

July 100 club winner

100 club winners July:

Drawn by Jo Schofield

1st prize Geoff Fewings

2nd prize Julia Gower

3rd prize Nandi Ablett

Sharing a total prize fund of: £102.50

Free Six Week Hope Programme for MS starting September

We have been sent the following information about a free 6 week online course aimed at people with MS:

Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?

Hope For The Community CIC are running a group self-management programme for people living with MS to improve their wellbeing. The programme was co-created with people living with MS, healthcare professionals and researchers at Coventry University to make sure it is rooted in science.

  • Free 6 week course starting from 27 September
  • Facilitated by trained community volunteers with lived experience of MS
  • Learn whenever you like, at a pace that suits you.
  • Learn wherever you like. You can access the Programme on desktop, tablet or smartphone. 
  • You can learn whatever you like. If you do not enjoy some of the content or activities, just skip it or bookmark it and come back to it later.
  • Share and learn from each other. We all have a story to share and we learn best with others. If you want to, make sure you join in the page discussions, forum topics and by liking and commenting on others posts.
  • Online sessions covering topics such as fatigue management, physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and more

If you are interested in signing up, please visit the Hope for the Community website

Have your say on the Government’s Disability Action Plan

The Government’s Disability Unit has recently launched a 12-week consultation, which will inform the new Disability Action Plan.

This consultation is aimed at anyone with an interest in the action the government will take during 2023 and 2024 to improve the lives of disabled people. Disabled people and disabled people’s organisations may be particularly interested but the consultation is open to everyone, including both organisations and individuals, so this is your chance to have your say.

Find out how to take part in the consultation and have your say by going to the UK Government website.

Physio-led pool classes

Neuro Aqua Power

Physiotherapist-led pool exercise sessions for people with neurological conditions

Neuro Aqua Power is a fun and empowering 50 minute exercise class! We cover strengthening, cardiovascular fitness, core stability and balance work.

Participants need to be able to access the pool using a series of short steps with a rail.

The West Oxfordshire MS Society are very generously providing a £5 subsidy per session for anyone with MS.

Venue: Carterton Leisure Centre, Broadshires Way, Carterton OX18 1AA

Day and time: Wednesdays 12.15pm – 1.15 p.m, running in 4 week blocks.

Cost: 4 week block booking of £50 (£30 if eligible for subsidy) or £15 PAYG (£10 if eligible for subsidy)

Pre-booking and initial consultation (phone or in person) essential


Telephone: 07702884531 Oxfordshire Neurophysiotherapy

Many thanks Phil Hicks

Many thanks to Phil Hicks who has provided us with some stunning flower pots again this year. 

Lots of people have commented and it brightens our day!

Items for sale

Items for sale, all only £5 per item:

  • Paper shredder
  • Multi-purpose Bottle and Jar Opener
  • Rigid Sock and Stocking Helper (complete with instructions)!

Speak to Sue if interested……