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ROUND UP: Surrey employee wins mental health award; Orchestra on the UP!; Crossrail 2 drop-in sessions in Surrey

SMaya award with Sallyurrey employee wins mental health award

A Surrey County Council employee has won a national award for a project that uses comedy as a way of getting soldiers to talk about mental health issues like stress, depression and anxiety.

Maya Twardzicki, from the council’s public health team, won the award from the Royal Society for Public Health after she teamed up with comic John Ryan to tour Army bases.

She was given recognition of the award at a meeting of the Full Council today by Surrey chairman Sally Marks. More information can be found on this blog.

Orchestra on the UP!

An orchestra supported by a Surrey County Council arts service is in the running to win a national award.

The Unlimited Potential (Up! Orchestra), which is one of the first of its kind in the country, has been shortlisted in the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

It helps people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to play in an orchestra with other musicians and Surrey Music Hub are inviting people to attend a free music workshop on Saturday 19 December from 10am at Westfield School in Woking.

Up! will find out if they have won at a ceremony on 25 February while those interested in attending the workshop should email


Crossrail 2 drop-in sessions in Surrey

Two more events are being staged in Surrey next week to help people find out more about the planned Crossrail 2 train line.

Transport for London is holding drop-in sessions at Shepperton railway station on Monday 14 December and Tuesday 15 December from 12pm following similar events in Epsom last month.

Proposals for the cross-London line take in Shepperton, Epsom, Hampton Court and Chessington South stations on its southern tip.

For more information about the events and taking part in the consultation, visit Transport for London’s website. Crossrail 2 could be running by 2030.


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