South Wilts Mencap: News

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

BBC Relaxed Prom

The BBC’s first ever Relaxed Prom is suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.

Click here to listen to the performance. You will need to register to the BBC before you can use any of their content.

Image: Grant Llewellyn and Andy Pidcock © Betna Skovbro

Sleep In Crisis

South Wilts Mencap would like to support Mencap with their campaign #SleepInCrisis by raising awareness and asking our members to sign the petition.

Whilst, at South Wilts Mencap, we do not have any overnight support workers within our team, we recognise the importance of this campaign.

Sign the petition here.

What is the sleep-ins case?

Recently, a number of support workers have taken their employers to employment tribunals to challenge how they are paid for sleep-in shifts.

The tribunals ruled that support workers should be paid the hourly minimum wage for these shifts, with up to 6 years back pay.

Therefore, Mencap has created a petition, calling on the Government to avert a crisis in the sector.

They are urging the Government to fix the problem they have caused by:

  • stopping any HMRC enforcement action until the law is clarified and a final, clear decision is made on back-pay
  • accepting their responsibility and making an urgent, public commitment to fund the back-pay bill.

The future care of the most vulnerable people in our society must be protected.

On Wednesday 27 July 2017 the Government announced a 2 month suspension of HMRC’s enforcement action. But this did not address the catastrophic impact of the back payments on the sector.

Shackleton at Salisbury Arts Centre (relaxed performance)

Tall Tree Theatre combine compelling storytelling, live music and puppetry to tell this tall tale about stepping out of your comfort zone and saying yes to adventure!

Mr Middle has created a safe, predictable life of routine for himself and his loyal dog. Together they enjoy their evenings in and simple walks and Shackleton knows no different. Not one for surprises, Mr Middle keeps his world as small as possible but one day the garden gate is accidentally left ajar, which offers Shackleton the chance to look beyond what he has always known and forces his trepidatious owner into his own adventure in search of his beloved dog.

Performance – Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 2pm

Suitable for children aged 4+ years

PLUS! Create your own Shackleton puppet in a free drop-in session from 12noon – 1pm at Café Arts Centre.

Tickets: £7.50 | £6.50 concessions | £24 for family of 4
Members: £6.50 | £5.50 concessions | £20 family ticket for family members
A £1 transaction fee applies

Book online with Salisbury Arts Centre

Zone Club in Salisbury

Zone Club is a music and film-making club for young adults aged 16 and over with learning disabilities. Activities are participant-led and past sessions have seen the creation of a musical kung fu film and road movie about a car that runs on funk music! 

Zone Club takes place at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT and usually happens on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 2:30pm, and costs just £18 per person.

Zone Club dates are:
Saturday 29 July

For more details, including how to book a place, please contact Melanie on 01722 321744 or email Zone Club website.

Around the Clock Healthcare in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is helping people to make the right decision about where to go for healthcare treatment over the summer months in Wiltshire, with the help of an easy to use healthcare clock – a signposting tool to help people choose the right healthcare service for their illness or injury.

Download the fact sheet here.

NHS 111
Free non-emergency number where trained callers will listen to your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

NHS Choices
UK’s biggest health website for information and advice.

GP out of hours
Available from 6.30pm until 8am on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays. Call your GP practice to access the service

Minor Injury Unit
Treats minor injuries that are not life-threatening e.g. cuts, bites, stings and simple fractures

Experts in medicine and can give you advice on common ailments and are a potential alternative to a GP visit

If you have a condition that can’t be treated with over the counter medication or advice from a pharmacist, make an appointment to see your GP

For genuine life-threatening emergencies only and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Work Wiltshire – New Website

The new website, Work Wiltshire, is aimed at a range of people including, employers, young people, parents/carers.

Work Wiltshire ( has vital employment and skills information all in one place. Along with young people it also advises employers, those who are vulnerable, have complex needs or disabilities and people who require financial support.

The website is a result of engagement with partners including local schools, Carer Support Wiltshire and Community First to ensure the website provides the most up to date and relevant information for users.

The site has generic information and links to other relevant websites and local support on 1:1 topics including:

Support for those with barriers to work
Young people’s next steps
Working in Wiltshire
Information for employers
Further and higher education
Financial support
Support for schools
Programmes run by the Wiltshire Council’s Employment & Skills Service
Policies and data
Local projects

Advice and friendship over lunch

Thursday’s Carers who Lunch event was in the delightfully setting of Salisbury Playhouse. Carers came together to enjoy each other’s company and a delicious lunch on Thursday 13 July. Our family visitor, Sue Bailey, was on hand to share information and advice as needed.

We look forward to planning the next Carers who Lunch event soon.

Wheels for All is Launched

Wiltshire Wheels for All was launched on Saturday 15 July at Salisbury Athletics Track. People of all ages and abilities turned up and found a bike to suit their needs. The event was deemed a huge success by the organisations involved in setting up their new scheme; Wiltshire Council, South Wilts Mencap and Cycling Projects.

Many thanks to Jane Batchelor of SWM and Rob Paget of Wiltshire Council for their getting this up and running.

The new club starts on Monday 17 July and you can find out more about it here.

Take a look at the photos from the launch event.