South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Learning Disability Snooker Festival 2016 in Gloucester

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World Disability Billiards and Snooker are running the Learning Disability Snooker Festival 2016 at South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester on the 14th October 2016 (10am to 2pm) .

There will be a six red tournament for those who wish to compete, however for those that don’t or haven’t played before it is an opportunity to try snooker and play some fun games developed by our WPBSA World Snooker coaches who will be on site.

The session does cost £5 per person taking part, WDBS is a not for profit organisation so all fees going to costs of running events and developing community snooker projects.

Click here to learn more about World Disability Billiards and Snooker.

Click here to learn more about the Learning Disability Snooker Festival 2016 and download an entry pack. dis1

Healthwatch Wiltshire Event on 1 Nov at City Hall

healthwatch-wiltshire-logoHealthwatch Wiltshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Wiltshire. It has an important role in assessing the quality of health and social care services today and influencing the design of services for tomorrow.

This year’s theme is Mental Health & You and will take place at the City Hall, SP2 7TU from 9.30am – 3.30pm. Please click here for more details.

The event is FREE and open to all, including members of the public, volunteer sector and people who work in health and care.  Places must be booked in advance.

Please click on the following link to see full details and to register your place Healthwatch Annual Event

Public invited to voice their views at Wiltshire Council’s interactive meetings

wc-logoWiltshire Council’s Public Meeting on Wednesday 28 September at City Hall, Salisbury, 5.30pm

Residents are being invited to put forward their views as Wiltshire Council hosts a series of interactive meetings this month to discuss the challenges ahead.

The meeting in Salisbury will be an opportunity for Wiltshire Council cabinet members to share with local residents the context for decisions for the next financial year and to hear people’s views and suggestions.

The council currently spends around £900m each year on more than 350 services. Changing demographics, the continuing reduction in funding from central government and changes to the way future government funding might be provided, mean further savings need to be found.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “These meetings are an opportunity to share with everyone the context in which we need to make the decisions we face as a local authority and discuss openly how we can move forward together.

“Despite decreasing government funding we continue to hold fast to our main priorities of supporting the most vulnerable, building even stronger communities and taking action to boost the local economy while safeguarding and creating jobs. To achieve our priorities we need to consider new, innovative ways to find the necessary savings and deliver our services. Hearing residents’ views and suggestions for tackling these challenges is a key part of this.”

To confirm your attendance email events@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Safer Salisbury Showcase

safe-placesPartners from across the city are coming together on the 11th October from 10am to 2pm at St Thomas’s Church to showcase all the services, support, schemes and initiatives on offer that make Salisbury the safe place it is to live, work and play.

The police, fire, local councils, health services, Health Watch, Streetwatch, Victim Support, Dementia Friends, Safe Places, SW Mencap, BID and many more organisations will be exhibiting on the day. Entry is free, and the day will include talks, workshops and tea, coffee and refreshments.
The event has been organised by the Salisbury Safer & Supportive Community Group which has the remit of implementing schemes such as Safe Places and Dementia Friends in the city.

Click here for the flyer.

In addition to more than 25 local organisations taking part, are:

  • Lara Wilks Sloan of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust (the UK’s leading campaign group on the subject of personal safety) will not only be opening the event at 10.30 but also providing a workshop
  • At 1pm Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson will be holding a Q & A session on the Wiltshire strategy for combating Hate Crime
  • And there will be workshops or presentations on matters as diverse as Dementia Friends, a mindfulness session, Healthwatch support to finding social care, the safeguarding of children and Dementia Friends.

Everyone is welcome to drop in and visit this event.

Community Child Health Service Question and Answer Sessions September 2016

Do you have questions about the changes to community child health services and how they affect you?

In response to the commitment made at the previous sessions in December 2015, the WPCC worked with NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wiltshire Council and Virgin Care to arrange these follow up sessions for parent carers-:

  • Monday September 19th – Wiltshire College Chippenham, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QD
  • Tuesday September 20th – Salisbury and South Wilshire Sports Club, Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP2 9NY
  • Wednesday September 21st – The Enterprise Network (T.E.N), Whitehorse Business Park, North Bradley, Trowbridge, BA14 0XA

All three sessions will run from 10am – 12pm and there will be representatives from Virgin Care and Wiltshire Council to answer your questions.

If you would like further information relating to the December 2015 Question and Answer sessions please see our website: Virgin Care

To book your place click Here and for further details on these up and coming September sessions, click here.

Booking closes 5pm Thursday September 15th 2016

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Banding Information Sessions September 2016

In the past, Wiltshire Council has had several different funded banding systems which have been merged to form one system. This won’t make any direct difference to the support that children and young people receive from schools, as this is about making the “behind the scenes” processes smoother.

The priority for Wiltshire My Plans/ Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) is still to make sure that the right support and provision is specifically detailed in the plan; the changes will enable more flexibility and personalisation in how the support is provided for each child with a My Plan/ EHCP.

To help understand the new arrangements, in partnership with Wiltshire Council, WPCC are going to be running two information sessions on:-

  • Monday September 12th – Salisbury and South Wiltshire Sports Club, Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP2 9NY
  • Wednesday September 14th – Calne Masonic Club hall, Stanier Road, Calne, SN11 9PX

Both sessions run from 10.00am – 12.30pm and there will be a representative from Wiltshire Council attending both events to share information and answer your questions.

Both sessions will run from 10am to 12.30pm.

More information about the new arrangements is on the WPCC website: SEN Banding

To book your place at one of these sessions, click here  and for more details click here.

Booking closes at 5pm Wednesday September 7th 2016