South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Everybody Sing Workshop May 2017

Everybody Sing is a Swindon based singing group delivered by professional vocal coaches for children and young people aged 8-25 years who have additional needs. They have been running successful groups in the Swindon area and have now branched out across Wiltshire.

Saturday 27 May Thursday 1 June 10.00am – 12.00pm. The Bourne Centre, Southampton Road, Salisbury SP1 2NY

The Salisbury Session will follow the theme of “Charlie and the Chocolate factory” and include songs from the musical, acting and dancing opportunities and decorating your own chocolate to take home!

Sessions cost £8.00. Parent carers can stay and younger siblings can be included too.

For more information or to book a place please email Jane or email Alison or call Barnardos on 01249 463907.

Early Birds at The Science Museum

Early Birds enables families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to come along and enjoy the Science Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public.

Taking place on selected Saturdays across the year, we open the Museum early at 8.30am, and some of our interactive galleries remain available exclusively to booked Early Birds guests until 11.15am. As well as exploring some of the galleries you can enjoy a selection of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations.

All of these events are completely free and suitable for families with children under the age of 15.

The next Early Birds will take place on 10 June 2017. Booking will open at 10am on Friday 30 December 2016. Places are limited so you do need to book. Call on 020 7942 4000 – we’ll take your details and send an email confirming your Early Birds places. The booking line is open from 8.30am—6pm, seven days a week.

Successful Street Collection in Salisbury

44 volunteers collected £1,065

Thanks to everyone who helped on Saturday.  £1,065 is an incredible amount of money that will be used to do a lot of good.

There is a list of who collected what below.  The individual amounts do not matter however, as these related to where collectors were placed and how long they were there.  Collectors who stood by Lloyds Bank did really well!

Thanks also Nigel Scott, Nigel Tanner and Ian Ousey who organise the whole day.

Alan Grandfield £79.71
Alan Scott £10.05
Andrew Strange £8.11
Angela Ockenden £5.05
Brian Neate £29.17
Caroline Loveless £7.62
Charlie King £14.94
Claire Jay £24.00
Claire, Megan and Zachary £28.15
Dave Claydon £27.22
Debbie Brewer £27.00
Edana Ousey £13.15
Elizabeth Nielsen £31.70
Elspeth Jeans £15.40
Emily and Jill Silman £45.69
Georgina Haggarty £23.68
Gill Silman £7.18
Holly Lucas £22.43
Ian Ousey £49.60
James Goldsmith £30.42
Jamie Young £57.40
Jeremy Bugden £14.61
Jo Adams £15.20
John Walsh £11.05
Kateriene Gallagher £17.92
Kayleigh Farrelly £8.02
Kirsty Kelly £9.11
Linda Lane £10.17
Margaret Strange £12.99
Matt Hart £3.42
Nigel Afford £63.20
Nigel Rudd £20.75
Pat Redfern £13.70
Richard Braisher £13.70
Richard Morgan £56.66
Sandy Blythe £30.75
Simon Grant £67.47
Susan Strong £32.04
Tom Blythe £24.17

Millfield Day 2017

Millfield school in Somerset hold an annual fun day for people with a learning disability in the excellent facilities on the school grounds. The whole school is involved with the event, with the school’s pupils acting as guides on the day.

The event has been running for over twenty years and is packed full with a variety of activities with something to suit everyone, including drama, tennis, cooking, art and crafts. Over 700 people regularly attend this fantastic annual event.

Activities and lunch are all included for £1 per person.

Timings: 10am – 4pm
Date: Saturday 24th June 2017
Address: Millfield School, Street, Somerset, BA16 0YD

Email Emma or speak to your Club Leader about attending, as names must be registered in advance through SWM. SWM are providing two minibuses for New Horizon Club members primarily.

Ask the Expert

Mencap know if you have a child with a learning disability, one of your biggest worries is making sure they’re looked after when you’re no longer around.

If you have questions about the nitty gritty, including wills, trusts, the Court of Protection and Powers of Attorney, ask them on FamilyHub.

Katherine, Director at Renaissance Legal, is online to answer your queries.

Monday Karaoke in Salisbury

Karaoke at the Kandi Lounge, in Salisbury, is every Monday except bank holidays from 2pm to 3:30pm. It is free entry to all and under 18s are very welcome too.

Soft drinks cost just £1 and alcoholic drinks are £2.

Feel free to contact Sue Bailey if you have any questions, or simply turn up. The address is Kandi Lounge, 25b High St, Salisbury SP1 2NJ