South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Able Hands Together C.I.C. at River Bourne Farm

ablehandstogetherAble Hands Together CIC is a small holding with farm animals on at River Bourne Farm, Cow Lane, Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 2SR.

The Co-Farmers (people they support) will learning how to care for chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats. They encourage positive risk taking at the farm to teach new skills which will be evidenced through videos to show potential employers or for voluntary work. These can also be shown to parents and carers.

The session runs from 9am to 4pm every Monday between 31 October and 12 December.

Activities, which are open to young people aged 16+ and adults who have learning disabilities, include: Animal care, maintaining the allotment, maintaining the small holding, cooking, crafts and woodwork.

For more information, take a look at their flyer. Also, please click here for a free day pass.

If you are interested contact Laura Tween on 07713 439 346 or email ltween@ablehandstogether.org.uk. Videos and photos can also be found on their Facebook page or Website.

Transitions – Information and Advice Day for Parents with 4-6 year olds

On Wednesday 16 November at Salisbury Library from 9.30am to 2.30pm, Oxford NHS Foundation Trust and Wiltshire Council are providing an information and advice day for parents and caregivers of children aged 4 to 6 years old on supporting your child through transitions. 

They will tackle questions such as; How do young children experience transitions like moving from nursery to school or moving between schools? and What are the challenges for parents and children? And they will help share and develop ideas and strategies for supporting you and your child.

If you would like a place on the day, please phone/text: Laura – 07747 454971 or Annabelle – 07979 852629

Click here for the flyer.

Here I Am: Understand Me

Learning disability has been invisible for too long. It’s time to see people with a learning disability for all they are and all they can be.

Join the Here I Am campaign, spread the word and help change the future.

I’m not a learning disability

WPCC Transition Mapping Workshops

wiltshire-parent-carer-council-logoWPCC need your help to map out transition pathways that will help families in Wiltshire plan for every stage of transition. WPCC especially want to learn from parent carers whose children have gone through transition.

WPCC would like you to join them at one of these sessions and together we can begin to produce transition maps that inform and support families of children and young people with SEND to plan and prepare for their futures.

Click here for the flyer.

Thursday 10 November from 10am to 2pm at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Sports Club, Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP2 9NY

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

You can book online by using the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TransitionMap2016

Alternatively call WPCC on 01225 764647 or email: office@wiltspcc.co.uk
Bookings will close at 5pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016

Salisbury Christmas Market Charity Chalet Friday 25 November

salisburychristmasmarketSouth Wilts Mencap will once again be taking up the charity chalet as part of this year’s Salisbury Christmas Market. Visit our chalet on Friday 25 November from 10am to 6.30pm.

Handmade gifts and treats for sale and try your hand at our tombola to win prizes.

All proceeds go directly to South Wilts Mencap to support and enable our members.

 

Age UK Advice Bus in Salisbury on Friday 11 November

Age UK Advice Bus

Age UK Wiltshire has launched an exciting, new service, the Advice Bus! It is coming to Guildhall Square, Salisbury on Friday 11 November between 11am and 3pm. 

This will help us take our information & Advice service into Wiltshire’s rural communities where you will be able to speak to one of our advisers to get free, impartial, confidential advice for older people on such matters as:

  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Care
  • Family Issues
  • Leisure Activities
  • Local Services

Fun Day for 15 to 25 year old’s this October

zumbaSouth Wilts Mencap are organising a fun day for young people aged 15 to 25 year’s old with learning disabilities on Thursday 27 October. The venue is Stratford Road Social Club in Salisbury and runs from 9.45am to 2.30pm.

This fun day includes;

  • Zumba Session
  • Drawing on canvas
  • Singing with Adam
  • Snack and lunch breaks
  • Reflection time
  • Sharing ideas for the next fun day

Click here for more details and the booking form.

October Young Fun Day

youngfundayOn Wednesday 26 October South Wilts Mencap are holding a young fun day for children aged 5 to 14 year’s old at Old Sarum Community Hall from 10am to 12.30pm. 

Click here for more details

Family fun days for children with special needs and their siblings. No need to book in advance. Cost £5 per child. Come for the morning or come for an hour.

Activities include; animal hoppers, soft play toys and a ball pool, as well as a quieter games and activities including Gloop and Playdough, drawing and crayons, and sensory play.

For older children; minibikes, art work, and an Anybody Can Cook session will end up with everyone eating together.

Coffee and cake will be on offer for family carers and a chance to relax whilst keeping an eye on your youngster.  The activities for the children will be supervised by our experienced play leaders and the South Wilts Mencap Family Visitor will be on hand to tell you about the service.

SEN School Transport – WPCC want feedback

wiltshire-parent-carer-council-logoSEN school transport is an issue that has been identified by many families nationally over the years. There is the possibility of an opportunity for parent carers to inform a Parliamentary Inquiry with some MPs and Peers to help raise awareness of issues with school transport. It is likely that this Inquiry will cover Early Years, Post 16 and Post 18 transport issues as well as access to quality travel training.

The WPCC would welcome examples of positive experiences/good practice, as well as details of any issues you may have experienced. The WPCC will collate and anonymise all feedback, and submit a response on behalf of Wiltshire parent carers. The response needs to be submitted by 16th November, so the WPCC need to have received all feedback by Friday 28th October. Please use the WPCC feedback form and email to WPCC.