South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Fragile Xpedition

What is the FragileXpedition?

The FragileXpedition is a virtual challenge that everyone can get involved in, to help us collectively travel the 8,026 miles of the entire outline of the UK.  It is a big challenge but it’s a great opportunity to raise both funds and awareness for the Fragile X in a fun, inclusive way that everyone can take part in.

When is it?

This year’s event launched in August and will run until Fragile X Awareness Day on Tuesday 10th October 2017.  All miles logged during this time will be added together to reach our target of 8,026 miles – the equivalent of the outline around the UK.  We are hoping to beat last year’s amazing total so go get those hiking boots, swimming costumes or trainers on!

Why?

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common inherited cause of learning disability, and the leading single-gene cause of autism. Its effects are variable, but individuals commonly experience communication issues, severe anxiety and epilepsy. It is a lifelong condition. Fragile X is a family of genetic conditions and multiple members of families may be living with varying effects of this genetic change. You can find out more via the tab above.

How?

Just click to register and you have started your journey.  Once you have created your fundraising page, you will be sent your FragileXpedition supporters pack. Follow our hints and tips on how to promote your support of the FragileXpedition to family, friends and colleagues. Let them know what you are doing to support us and most importantly, why you have decided to take part.

Supported Learning Courses 2017/18

Wiltshire College – Salisbury has two courses starting this September providing supported learning.

Creative Workshop
This course is designed for adults with a range of learning disabilities who wish to learn new craft skills and art techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. The focus will be on the doing rather than the finished product and the learners will make choices about their designs for art, craft and garden.

Passport to Independence
This course is designed for adults with a range of learning disabilities who wish to increase their independence. It will cover areas of learning that impact on daily living and will be geared to the needs of individuals, enabling them to gain confidence and increase independence.

Click here for more details.

Rising Stars Sports Club

Rising Stars Sports clubs are open to any young person with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disability from the ages of 8 to 16 years.

From Friday 15 September 2017:

  • Friday evenings 4-5pm – Sarum Academy, Salisbury Flyer

Delivered with the support of the Bath Rugby Foundation, clubs encourage young people to explore new activities and sports, helping individuals gain life skills as they take part. Participants develop social, personal, creative and learning skills as well as benefiting from improved confidence and self esteem. These clubs provide a safe, friendly and fun environment for everyone and new members are always welcome.

The cost per session is £3 or £30 for the term

For further information and to book a place please do not hesitate to contact Rob Paget by email or phone on 01722 434770.

Fit Club Sessions from September 2017

Fit Club is for any person aged 17+ with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disability starting on Monday 18 September

  • Salisbury – Monday evenings 6.30 to 8pm at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, SP1 3NR Flyer

For further information and to book a place please do not hesitate to contact Rob Paget on 07917 262686 or by email 

Salisbury Street Collection

Many volunteers will be in Salisbury City Centre on Saturday 23 September to collect vital donations for South Wilts Mencap.

You can help by volunteering your time; just 1 hour will make a huge difference. Please contact Emma with your details and what times you can help with the street collection.

All donations received go directly to support, inspire and enable people with learning disabilities and their families from Salisbury and South Wilts.

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging

communitymessaging-logoYou can join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging to participate in the exchange of information with Wiltshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Action Fraud.

When signing-up for Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging you choose how you wish to receive information – by email, text or voicemail.

Examples of messages that you may receive include community policing news and events, details of area crime trends, appeals for information, crime prevention advice and outcomes of court cases relating to incidents in your area.

To sign up, click here.

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The Label: A Story for Families by Caroline White

The Label by Caroline White and Sandra IsakssonBeing a new parent is nerve-jangling enough as it is, but what happens if your baby is not what you were expecting?

How do you deal with the conflicting feelings, a heart assailed by overwhelming love and overwhelming fear, guilt and anxiety as your expectations are rerouted?

This happened to Caroline White. So she pulled together her contrary emotions – the good, the bad and the ugly – and spun them into a poignant and uplifting fable, an inspiration for all new parents who find themselves stumbling along an unfamiliar and unanticipated path.

Written with great honesty and love, The Label is anchored by a simple yet powerful central image, a metaphor for all that is limiting and prescriptive, and explores what happens when you let the label go and watch as your child blossoms into their best life untroubled by negative expectations.

Click here to purchase the book.

WPCC Transitions Information Event

Transitions Information Event – Preparation For Adulthood

Bookings are now open for the next Information Event run by WPCC which takes place on Friday 6th October 2017. 9.30am to 2.00pm, Corn Exchange, Devizes.

More information about the workshops is available on the booking form or on the WPCC website.

This free event is for PARENT CARERS, and PROFESSIONALS who work with children and/or young people aged 0-25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND), and is designed to help parents and carers to consider some of the things they should be thinking about as their child with SEND approaches adulthood with SEND. A series of workshops will take place during the day alongside a ‘marketplace’ of information from local services and providers in Wiltshire to help with some of the information you need, and to help answer some of the questions you may have.

Following two presentations, a series of workshops will be available during the day covering topics to help young people and their families understand options and plan for their future adult lives. The workshops available are called:-

  • Wiltshire Employment Support Team and Community Connecting
  • Somewhere to Live with the Right Support
  • Young Peoples’ Experiences of Transitioning to Adulthood
  • Journey from School to College and Beyond

Over 25 different providers and services are booked to attend the event to provide information in our ‘Market Place’. A list of confirmed providers is on the flyer, and a brief description of each of the providers is available on the booking form.

Further details of the event are on the flyer. Booking closes at 5pm on Monday 2nd October 2017.

Booking is essential and we look forward to seeing as many of you at the event as possible.