Polio Fellowship Newsletter

Dear Member,

We hope you are keeping safe and well. We would like to share some updates happening at The British Polio Fellowship.

Office Move
When we sold the offices at the Xchange on Wilmington Close, we struggled to find offices that were value for money and fitted all our needs. On a fine spring day we came to see our current office at CP House, and it fitted the bill. It was value you for money and a nice environment to work from. However, there was a small catch, the building is accessible our actual office suite is down some stairs. Not ideal, but at the time we needed somewhere to go to so we signed up on the proviso that as soon as we could we would move to something fully accessible. If anyone with mobility issue visited in the meantime, we could do so in the meeting room.

Offices have now become available, and we will begin to move to them from next Monday 28th of June. This may cause disruption to our phone lines throughout the week and we apologies if you have any issues getting in contact throughout next week. Where possible please first try contact the Fellowship through our email info@britishpolio.org.uk and one of our team will get back to you at the soonest available moment.

Please note our contact details have not changed and our address and telephone number remain the same.

Healthcare Professionals
We are currently updating our list of Healthcare Professionals with expertise or understanding in Polio and PPS. If you have had a positive experience with a Healthcare Professional about managing your condition, we would love to hear from you about it. Please contact Kripen at Kripen@britishpolio.org.uk

Scottish AGM
The Scottish region are hoping to hold an AGM on August 5th at 11.00. The meeting will be held by Zoom due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 restrictions. Anyone interested please contact Pat Leyden on 01501 753859 or email leydenpat@gmail.com and we’ll send a link for the meeting.

National AGM
We will also be hosting our national AGM on Saturday 18th September. It has also been decided that the event will be moved to a virtual setting using Zoom. This has been decided due to the uncertainty of the coming months and restrictions on gathering and to allow for more members to attend who may not have been able to physically. You can still register for the event by returning the slip in the bulletin. Alternatively, you can register through on Eventbrite through this link to save on the postage. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bpf-agm-2021-tickets-156232570825

Richard Flint
The Richard Flint awards deadline for submission has now been moved to 31st August so there is plenty of time still to send in your entries. The awards are our annual art competition for Polio survivors over three categories of Art, Poetry and Photography with a first prize of £250, second prize of £150 and third prize of £75. Full details of how to enter the competition can be found in the Spring bulletin page 8.

Barabara Woods
We have also extended to submission date to 31st August for the Barbara Wood awards. The Fellowships highest accolade is awarded each year to two people who have had a profound impact on The Fellowship, one Polio and one non Polio. If you would like to nominate someone you think has made an outstanding contribution to the Fellowship please contact kripen@britishpolio.org.uk

Zoom Café
Our monthly Zoom Cafes are still running and have been a great success with such a wonderful turnout. July’s meeting will feature a talk from Step Free Access’ Ian Cook about his campaign for equal access on trains and public transport. If you have not yet had the chance to join us, we very much hope you will in the future. Links to register for all our upcoming Zoom Cafes are below. Please be aware that to attend the Zoom Café you need to register through the Eventbrite link prior to the event, failure to do so will unfortunately mean you will not receive the Zoom details for the event.

21 July 11:00 AM – Guest Speaker: Step free Access – Ian Cook
26 August 11:00 AM – Guest Speaker: WheelPower
15 September 11:00 AM – Guest Speaker: Carers UK

Wishing you all the best.

Yours in Fellowship.

Kripen Dhrona 
Operations Director 
The British Polio Fellowship