South Wilts Mencap: News

South Wilts Mencap news along with local and national stories relating to people with learning disabilities.

Club Volunteer Helpers Needed

South Wilts Mencap 4&More Club are always looking for volunteers. The group has 30 members whose ages range from 18 to 30, all of whom have learning difficulties. The Club runs from 6pm till 8pm every first second and third Wednesday of the month the first and second are held at the Saint Michael’s Community Centre and the third week we either go to the Royal Oak Pub or the Kandi Lounge in Salisbury.

Experience of working with people with learning difficulties would be an advantage but not a necessity. The evenings are always relaxed and fun. We currently have a waiting list of new members wanting to attend however without any more volunteers we cannot accept any more members, please email Sue Bailey team leader for more details DBS will be carried out by SWM.

Supported Learning Courses Starting in May

Wiltshire College – Salisbury has two courses starting this May providing supported learning.

Pathway to Employment starts Monday 3 May 2017 9am to 3pm for 8 weeks.
During this course we aim to set and meet individual SMART targets, with the purpose of improving your skills for work. We will practise your literacy and numeracy skills. We will also brush up on your computer skills and design a CV and a portfolio. There will be opportunities to try some voluntary work with our charity partners. Improving our communication and social skills will also be a main focus of this course, with each learner practising their interview skills.

Pathway to Independence starts Thursday 4 May 2017 9am to 3pm for 32 weeks.
During this course we aim to set and meet individual SMART targets, with the purpose of improving your independence skills. We will practise your literacy and numeracy skills. We will also brush up on your computer skills and learn about keeping fit and healthy. There will be opportunities to practice your skills for independence in the new training flat. Practising our communication and social skills will also be a main focus of this course.

Click here for more details.

Be healthy, be happy, don’t miss out

Don’t miss out when it comes to your health

Do you have a learning disability or support someone who does?

If the answer is yes, make sure you tell your GP that you have a learning disability. They will add you to the learning disability register, and make changes to the care you get by making things a bit easier. You could also get a complete health check every year. Watch this video for more information.

At Mencap, they have worked with NHS England to produce some guides to help you, or the person you support, to access better healthcare. Take a look and download them today.

Inquiry into housing for disabled people

On 14 December 2016 the Commission launched a formal inquiry on housing for disabled people. It will look at whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, is fulfilling disabled people’s rights to live independently. Our inquiry will cover England, Scotland and Wales.

What is the problem?

Housing and associated support is an important part of independent living. Without appropriate housing it is much harder to access employment, education, leisure and recreational opportunities and the risk of illness and disability is increased.

According to one housing report, there are 1.8 million disabled people whose housing needs are not met. Another report estimated that there is only enough funding to pay for one in every ten people who want to adapt their homes.

Tenancy support and advice, such as help with budgeting, can help to make sure people are able to stay in their rented home and are not forced to leave. These services are particularly important for some groups, such as people with learning disabilities. There is a worry that less funding may mean these services are taken away. There is also a worry that not enough accessible or adaptable houses are being built to meet the needs of disabled people.

What is the inquiry looking at?

Easy Read – Housing for disabled people: what we want to find out

Housing inquiry terms of reference

Visit the website for more information.

Whose voice is it anyway?

Whose voice is it anyway? An approach to end of life care for people with learning disabilities (LD)

Monday 5 June 2017, 9.00 – 16.30 at Dorothy House Hospice, Winsley, BA15 2LE

This course has been designed specifically for front line LD staff as an introduction to the principles and practice of end of life care to support their service users and service users’ families.

All health & social care professionals with responsibility for individual service users with a learning disability.

Cost £80 – Lunch & refreshments provided

To book onto this course please contact Dorothy House Education Tel 01225 721 470 or Email  Or complete and return the booking form to us in the post or electronically.

Further information about our Education programme, including Courses and Events, can be found here.