South Wilts Mencap: News

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

URC Angel Festival

Visit the United Reform Church between 21st and 27th October 2017 to see the Angels. Free entry between 10am and 2pm.

4&More Club have entered an angel in memory of the late Sharon Haynes.

Monday 23 October – Young People’s Concert

A concert by local young musicians, raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Doors open at 6.30pm to view angels on display. Concert starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £5, or family tickets £10. To include light refreshments.

Friday 27 October – Drama Production by The Progress Players

A light-hearted evening of entertainment with an angel theme, entitled ‘This is Your Life’. Brought to you by the URC drama group, The Progress Players.
Tickets are £5 and include light refreshments.

Click here to visit their facebook page. United Reform Church, 30 Fisherton St, Salisbury SP2 7RG

South Wiltshire Carer Support Groups Winter 2017

Exeter House School are starting support groups at three different venues. They are open to any families of children/young people with SEN/disabilities who live in the Salisbury/South Wiltshire area.

Parent carers and “adult” carers are welcome to come along for a chat, to share information and to get support with any Sen issues.

  • October 9th & November 13th – Wyndham Hall, 50 Church Street, Amesbury SP4 7EU
  • October 2 & November 6 – Ashdown Children Centre, Drummer Lane off Station Road, Tidworth SP9 7NR
  • September 25 & October 30th – Exeter House School, Somerset Road, Salisbury SP1 3BL

All sessions run from 10.30am – 11.30am and refreshments will be available.

Please contact George Cooper, Parent Support Advisor Exeter House for more details on 01722 334168 or email 


Creative Carers Support Group

Explore your creative side with this friendly carer group. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun!

They meet at St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury from 11am to 2pm

Meeting dates/ themes:
9th October – Shadow boxes
13th November – 3D Christmas cards
11th December – Mosaic tree decorations
8th January – Felted wool art
12th February – Felted wool art
12th March – to be confirmed

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW
When: Monday 11am to 2pm. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided
See their facebook page for more details

Swindon Dance – October holiday course


Swindon Dance will be running a 2 day holiday course on Monday and Tuesday 23rd/24th October from 10.30am-3pm.

Open to all children (boys and girls) aged 7-12 years old who have learning/ cognitive disabilities, the two days will be filled with movement, games and dance creation – no previous dance experience is needed.

Cost: £25 for both day. Venue: Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QF

Led by The Swindon Dance Salto! Juniors team. Lots of fun and a live musician – Kieran Pocock

Supported by BBC Children in Need

MORE INFO/BOOKING: Email or Tel: Swindon Dance on 01793 601700 or visit their website


October Events at Tesco, Southampton Road, Salisbury

October Halloween Creative Competition

Tesco are running a Halloween contest between 3rd October and 27th October. SWM members can create anything to do with Halloween maybe a picture or a decorated figure these can then be dropped off to the customer services desk at Tesco. With name and address and telephone number. These will then be judged and a prize sent to the winner.

Charity Collection Weekend – Diabetes and Heart Foundation

Secondly from Friday, 27 October until Sunday, 29 October Tesco are running a Halloween weekend where they will be collecting for diabetes and heart foundation if anyone would like to volunteer please email Sue.

2nd Salisbury Scout Group Recruitment Drive

Thirdly the 2nd Salisbury scouts group are holding a recruitment drive for a range of ages and mixed abilities at Tesco’s on 21 October. Please contact Sandy Yates on 01980 625119 if you can help.

Government Delay Decision #SleepInCrisis

As you may have already seen, the Government have announced that they are delaying their decision on funding of the sleep-in care back pay bill for a further month.

How have Mencap responded?

Mencap have released a statement expressing their disappointment at the Government’s continuing failure to take action to resolve the social care funding crisis they have created, despite the fact that we have been raising strong concerns about this vital issue for almost a year already.

Mencap’s chairman, Derek Lewis, is urging the Government to take the issue seriously as even a delay has a serious impact for many providers. At the moment, 40% of local authorities are refusing to pay the increased rate for sleep-in care. This means learning disability care is being subsidised by charities, which simply isn’t sustainable.

However, the #StopSleepInCrisis campaign is not over. Mencap will continue to put pressure on the Government to reach a decision on this vital issue affecting the future care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

SWM Street Collection Saturday 23 September 2017

Thirty-one members took to the streets of Salisbury and collected a magnificent £1,091.05 for our charity.  Many thanks to all of you, and particularly Nigel Scott who organised the event; it was a wonderful effort.

Rachel Wyman was out collecting the whole day and collected £165.49, fantastic 😊


Name Total
Alan Grandfield £54.88
Alan Scott £19.77
Andrew Strange £27.93
Angela Ockenden £11.85
Brian Neate £29.50
Clair Jay £15.65
Dave Claydon £13.69
Elspeth Jeans £25.50
Emily Silman £18.49
James Goldsmith £26.76
Jamie Young 1 £47.00
Jason £22.01
Jennifer Light £24.04
Jeremy £11.17
Jo Adams £34.55
Kayleigh Farrely £15.00
Lauren Muspratt £32.33
Luke Purver £16.88
Margaret Strange £29.31
Mark Mattox £9.60
Matt Hart £42.67
Natalie Rose £31.83
Nigel Afford £24.80
Nigel Scott £68.43
Nigel Tanner £86.64
Patrice Redfern £25.01
Rachel Wyman £165.49
Richard Brasher £31.32
Richard Morgan £36.95
Sally Melton £29.65
Simon Grant £43.02
Susan Strong £19.33