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Get involved in a local disability group

Including mental health, learning disabilities, autism, physical and sensory disabilities, and long term neurological conditions.

Surrey County Council often seek to involve people who use their services, in designing new services, or changing existing services. There are a number of specific groups that meet regularly to discuss services and issues of relevance. Click on the links below to get more information about each of the groups.

Valuing People Groups

We operate four Local Valuing People Groups in Surrey to ensure that people at a local level are involved and informed. These groups meet bi-monthly and enable everyone to have a say at a local level on what and how things can be done for those people with a learning disability. More specifically they ensure people with a learning disability and their families have a voice and can contribute to improving their local communities. Each of the Local Valuing People Groups feed into Surrey’s Learning Disability Board. The Local Valuing People Groups are as follows:

  • East Surrey (Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge)
  • Mid Surrey (Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley)
  • North Surrey (Spelthorne, Runnymede and Woking)
  • South West (Surrey Heath, Guildford and Waverley)

For further information about each of the Local Valuing People Groups, please visit the Surrey Partnership Boards website.

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The Surrey Positive Behaviour Support Network

The Surrey Positive Behaviour Support Network is a group of providers, commissioners, professionals, people with a learning disability and/or autism and family carers. We meet quarterly, and work together to improve support for people whose behaviour may challenge in a way that threatens the quality of life/or the physical safety of the individual or others, to become a voice for best practice, so that this is reflected in strategic planning and service development in Surrey.

The Surrey Partnership Board website has more information about the Positive Behaviour Support Network.

If you would like to join the Surrey Positive Behaviour Support Network, please email your contact details to:

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Disability Alliance Network in Surrey

The Disability Alliance Network in Surrey (DANS) is made up of four groups of local disabled people, and their carers, who meet quarterly to discuss issues that affect them. The groups aim to engage and empower the local disabled community and to champion their interests. As well as disabled people and their carers, representatives from local organisations like, Surrey County Council and the NHS regularly attend meetings.

  • Mid Surrey (Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Mole Valley)
  • South West Surrey (Guildford and Waverley)
  • East Surrey (Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge)
  • North Surrey (Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and Surrey Heath)

Over the last year, members of these groups have been consulted on and fed into number of reviews and issues including:

  • South West Trains and GTR franchise
  • Surrey County Council transport review
  • Community Hospital review
  • Outside dining and A boards on pavements
  • Accessible pharmacies, dentists, GPs, shops and venues

South West Surrey - Guildford and Waverley

Venue: Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming, GU7 1BA.

  • Wednesday 7 February 2018  - 10.30am - 1pm
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018 - 10.30am - 1pm
  • Wednesday 12 September 2018 - 10.30am - 1pm
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018 - 10.30am - 1pm

East Surrey - Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge, Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley

Venue: The Orpheus Centre, North Park Lane, Godstone, RH9 8ND.

  • Monday 26 February 2018 - 11am - 1pm
  • Monday 21 May 2018 - 11am -1pm
  • Monday 24 September 2018 - 11am - 1pm
  • Monday 10 December 2018 - 11am - 1pm

North and Mid Surrey - Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and Surrey Heath and Elmbridge

Venue: Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Road, Addlestone, KT15 2NJ.

  • Tuesday 6 February 2018 - 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 15 May 2018 - 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 11 September - 2pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday 4 December - 2pm - 4pm

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Special interest groups

Surrey County Council commission four special interest groups, which take place quarterly, for people with specific impairments. The purpose of these groups is, to engage with and get feedback from people who use council services.

The four groups are:

  • Long term neurological conditions
  • Hard of hearing forum
  • Surrey Vision Action Group
  • Surrey and North East Hampshire Independent Mental Health Network

If you would like to know more about or attend one of these meetings, please contact Sandy Frean, Engagement Officer by email:, or call or text 07976 864082.

Hard of Hearing Forum – Thursdays 10.30am to 1pm

  • Thursday 21 September 2017
  • Thursday 14 December 2017

Long Term Neurological Conditions Group – Tuesdays 10am to 1.15pm

  • Tuesday 22 August 2017
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017

Surrey Vision Action Group – Thursdays 10.30am to 12.30pm

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • Thursday 26 October 2017

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Surrey and North East Hampshire Independent Mental Health Network

Have you experienced mental ill-health, or do you care for someone who has? Share your views and experience at the Surrey and North East Hampshire Independent Mental Health Network to help improve services.

For more information please email: or text or call: 07397 240035.