South Wilts Mencap: News

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

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

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

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

GP
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

A&E
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 (www.workwiltshire.co.uk) 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
Apprenticeships
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.

Garden Fete Raises Funds for SWM and John McNeill

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Penny Marland, hosted a Garden Fete in the grounds of Odstock Manor on Sunday 9 July to raise funds for South Wilts Mencap and John McNeill Opportunity Centre.

People turned up in the glorious sunshine to enjoy traditional fete games, afternoon tea and face painting with the Wilton & District Band providing the music.

Thank you to Alabare and La Folia for joining the fete with their stands.

Thank you to Barclays Bank have match funded up to £2000 of the fete’s takings.

        

We hope you enjoy the gallery of photos.

Wiltshire Citizens Advice Carers Project

If you are a carer in Wiltshire and need information or advice about:

  • debt,
  • benefits
  • or money management issues

Wiltshire Citizens Advice can help you.

The advice we give is free and confidential and we will not discuss your information with anyone outside the bureau without your permission.

Download their Carers Project leaflet here.

Phone 01249 474064

Email carersproject@citizensadvicewiltshire.org.uk

Update to Portage Services in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Portage took over the Portage service for children and families in the Salisbury and surrounding area from Virgin Care on 1st July 2017.

Wiltshire Portage currently has Home Visitors covering the rest of Wiltshire excluding Swindon.

Wiltshire Portage has already begun the process of recruiting new Home Visitors for the South Wiltshire area, and as soon as they have completed their training, Wiltshire Portage is confident they will be able to resume a full Portage Service across the county. In the meantime, Wiltshire Portage will be keeping in touch with families known to the service to discuss how they can help during this transition period, and will be keeping these families notified of the timescale for the new service.

Wiltshire Portage wishes to offer the assurance that the team of experienced Home Visitors will work alongside new members of staff to ensure that an excellent Portage service is delivered to the south Wiltshire area.

Wiltshire Portage is working very hard to get the new service up and running as quickly as possible; any parent carer or family member with urgent queries or who requires help, should contact the Portage Service Manager: Kim Hannay-Young on 07780 653888 or email.

Take a look at their website: Portage

SEN Summer Sport 2017

Wiltshire Council is organising a summer of fun for any young person with SEN and/or a disability aged 8-19 years.

SEN Multi Sports Day

at Sarum Academy, Salisbury on Wednesday 2 August 2017

Inclusive Athletics

at Hardenhuish School, Chippenham on Friday 11 August 2017

Inclusive Tennis 

at Springfield Community Campus, Corsham on Thursday 17 August 2017

The activity days provide a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn new games, have a go at exciting activities and help keep young people fit and healthy over the holidays!

All sessions cost £15 per participant and run from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

To book, contact Rob Paget, Disability Sport Development Officer on 01722 434770 or email.