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.

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.

Public Consultation for New CAMHS

If you were unable to attend the parent carer only CAMHS sessions then these public consultations are another opportunity for you to give your feedback and have you say about the new service that will go live on April 1st 2018.

Public Consultation session at Sarum Academy, Salisbury SP2 9HS on Tuesday 25 April 2017 from 4pm to 6pm. 

The session is open to all, including young people, professionals, parents and carers. This is an important opportunity to listen to a presentation by James Fortune, Wiltshire’s Lead Commissioner for children and young people’s mental health, and to share your views which will help shape the new service. Please see the attached flyer.

For more information or to register your interest please email

 

Fit and Fed in Salisbury with Wiltshire Sports Development

Come along to a new Fit and Fed programme in Salisbury. Get involved in preparing and cooking a healthy hot meal, advice available on healthy eating, take part in fun games
and multi-sports activities.

It is FREE to attend. The events are for children aged 5 and over and parents are welcome.

Fit and Fed at The Friary takes place on Tuesday 18 April from 10.30am to 1.30pm at The Friary Community Hall, 112 Carmelite Way, Salisbury, SP1 2HW

Fit and Fed at Bemerton Heath takes place on Wednesday 19 April from 10.30am to 1.30pm at St Michael’s Community Centre, 96 St.Michael’s Road, Bemerton, SP2 9LE

For more information and to register your interest, please contact: Karlene Jammeh, Sports Development Officer, Wiltshire Council on 01722 434437 or email, you can also look at their website