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Parent Carer Group at St Pauls

Carer Support Wiltshire run support groups for people who are caring for a child or young adult. Come along to share useful information and experiences with other parent carers and chat with one of our carer support workers.


St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury. SP2 7QW

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm


Wednesday 10th January 2018

Wednesday 14th March 2018

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RETHINK Mental Health Carer Group

Are you caring for someone who has mental health problems? Come along to the Rethink support group for advice and support in a friendly, safe environment.

For more information please contact Clare Druett via email or visit their website.

Location: Tindall Room, Sarum College, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Dates: Second Thursday of the month: 11 January, 8 February, 8 March 2018

Family Holiday Association Applications for 2018 Short Breaks

Family Association short breaks are  mainly at seaside holiday parks, staying in a self-catering caravan. They also work with a wide range of other holiday parks, hotels and hostels who donate availability to them. They provide families with their holiday accommodation free of charge, and can sometimes make a contribution towards expenses for travel / food etc. The majority of breaks take place between Easter and the end of October.

Their criteria are that families have at least one child under 18, have not been on holiday in the last four years, and are on a low income (household income of under £24,000 per year).

Group Trip Funding

They can also provide funding for organisations to run trips for families, such as a day out at the seaside or a few days at an outdoor centre with the first deadline 31st January 2018.

They are especially keen to receive applications from organisations who take an unusual or innovative approach to supporting families through trips and breaks.

Day Trips

Day trips will be available later in the year.

Please Note: Applications can only be made by professionals. For professionals to get started click here

Visit their website for more information.

Wiltshire Scrapstore now Open in Wilton

Wiltshire Scrapstore is an award winning environmental and community charity. The longstanding Scrapstore warehouse is situated in Lacock at Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock SN15 2PP and is open six days a week. Here members of the public, families, community groups can access a wide range of resources for creative activities and access a craft shop, creative workshops and much more. Membership is FREE and just a donation is requested.

Visit their website for more information.

They have now opened an additional scrapstore at Unit 2, Kingsway Business Park, Wilton SP2 0AP. The opening times in Wilton will initially be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am – 4.00pm but they hope to be able to extend these times if they can employ more volunteers.

If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering please contact Wiltshire Scrapstore on 01249 730011.


Advocacy – What is it?

Mencap makes it easy to understand the term advocacy and how to go about using it when needed.

Advocacy is a fancy word for helping people to speak for themselves.

Advocates don’t speak on behalf of people with a learning disability – they make sure a person’s own voice is heard.

Advocates support people to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to voice their concerns and make sure they are being treated right.

Read more on the Mencap website about advocacy.

Wiltshire Council’s advocacy service provider is Rethink.

Image and content thanks to Mencap.

NHS Stay Well This Winter

As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate.

Don’t! Stay active throughout autumn and winter to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world.

If you’re short on ideas for getting active, try the NHS’s popular Couch to 5K running plan and Strength and Flex exercise plan, which are ideal for beginners.

And if you’re not keen on exercising outdoors, check out:

If you’re looking for something less energetic, these strength, balance, flexibility and sitting exercises are ideal if you want to improve your health, lift your mood and remain independent.

Don’t worry if you’ve not done much for a while, these exercises are gentle, easy to follow and can also be done indoors.

For more advice on how to Stay Well this winter, check out the NHS website

Safer Salisbury this Christmas

Come down to the Christmas Market in Salisbury on the 1st December to meet with members of the Safer Salisbury Community Group and see the work they have been doing this year.  In particular, the group will be launching a new guide for people with dementia on where to go for advice and services in Salisbury.

There will also be information on the Safe Places scheme which many businesses are signed up to in the city, ensuring that any person requiring extra support and care when out and about can access it.

For more information, contact Karen Linaker on 01722 434697 or email

WPCC Short Breaks Survey

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) facilitated a series of consultation sessions with parent carers of children and young people with SEND during June 2017 to consider the Short Breaks Scheme and help inform decisions about next year’s Scheme.

The purpose of the sessions was to give parent carers:-

  • The opportunity to help review the current Wiltshire Short Breaks Scheme
  • To understand the increasing pressures and demands on the Scheme
  • Encourage open, honest and informed dialogue to enable parent carers to suggest different ways to shape the Scheme to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 years in Wiltshire, in recognition of the growing pressures on the Scheme.

As in previous years, we are asking as many parent carers as possible to inform the decision making process by taking part in this year’s Short Breaks Scheme survey. This is an important opportunity to have your say; your feedback helps to make sure the Scheme continues to meet the needs of those who need it most and to make sure it remains affordable.

The survey has been written to consider the topics, conversations, discussions and the suggestions made by parent carers who attended our face to face consultation sessions in June 2017.

As always, we are really grateful for your responses to help inform the Short Breaks Scheme for the 2018/19 period and as a THANK YOU for taking part in the survey, when you get to the end there is an invitation to take part in a FREE PRIZE DRAW – you could win a £50 voucher.

A copy of the consultation report from the face to face sessions can be found on the WPCC Website

Complete the Survey: Short Breaks Survey

This survey will close at 5pm on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Project Rugby Coming to Salisbury

England Rugby have worked closely with Premiership Rugby to create a 12 week, school rugby programme aimed at engaging young people who are 16 years old and above with special educational needs. The aim of the programme is for more young adults with special educational needs playing rugby regularly by being part of mixed ability rugby teams.

Bath Rugby Foundation is working hard to develop opportunities for disabled people to engage in various forms of the game with the above project being a FREE opportunity. The project is aimed at local groups who engage with a post 16 audience with Bath Rugby looking to attend a block of already existing sessions to raise interest.

The main aim of the Project Rugby sessions is for young adults aged 16+ years to transition across to the new Mixed Ability Rugby team Bath Rugby are looking to set-up in this area.

This is a great opportunity to try a new activity within the Salisbury area.

Anyone interested in finding out more information should contact Becks Toan at Bath Rugby Foundation directly by email