South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Family Holiday Association Applications for 2018 Short Breaks

Family Association short breaks are  mainly at seaside holiday parks, staying in a self-catering caravan. They also work with a wide range of other holiday parks, hotels and hostels who donate availability to them. They provide families with their holiday accommodation free of charge, and can sometimes make a contribution towards expenses for travel / food etc. The majority of breaks take place between Easter and the end of October.

Their criteria are that families have at least one child under 18, have not been on holiday in the last four years, and are on a low income (household income of under £24,000 per year).

Group Trip Funding

They can also provide funding for organisations to run trips for families, such as a day out at the seaside or a few days at an outdoor centre with the first deadline 31st January 2018.

They are especially keen to receive applications from organisations who take an unusual or innovative approach to supporting families through trips and breaks.

Day Trips

Day trips will be available later in the year.

Please Note: Applications can only be made by professionals. For professionals to get started click here

Visit their website for more information.

Wiltshire Scrapstore now Open in Wilton

Wiltshire Scrapstore is an award winning environmental and community charity. The longstanding Scrapstore warehouse is situated in Lacock at Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock SN15 2PP and is open six days a week. Here members of the public, families, community groups can access a wide range of resources for creative activities and access a craft shop, creative workshops and much more. Membership is FREE and just a donation is requested.

Visit their website for more information.

They have now opened an additional scrapstore at Unit 2, Kingsway Business Park, Wilton SP2 0AP. The opening times in Wilton will initially be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am – 4.00pm but they hope to be able to extend these times if they can employ more volunteers.

If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering please contact Wiltshire Scrapstore on 01249 730011.

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Advocacy – What is it?

Mencap makes it easy to understand the term advocacy and how to go about using it when needed.

Advocacy is a fancy word for helping people to speak for themselves.

Advocates don’t speak on behalf of people with a learning disability – they make sure a person’s own voice is heard.

Advocates support people to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to voice their concerns and make sure they are being treated right.

Read more on the Mencap website about advocacy.

Wiltshire Council’s advocacy service provider is Rethink.

Image and content thanks to Mencap.

NHS Stay Well This Winter

As the days draw in and temperatures drop, you may be tempted to hang up your exercise gear and hibernate.

Don’t! Stay active throughout autumn and winter to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world.

If you’re short on ideas for getting active, try the NHS’s popular Couch to 5K running plan and Strength and Flex exercise plan, which are ideal for beginners.

And if you’re not keen on exercising outdoors, check out:

If you’re looking for something less energetic, these strength, balance, flexibility and sitting exercises are ideal if you want to improve your health, lift your mood and remain independent.

Don’t worry if you’ve not done much for a while, these exercises are gentle, easy to follow and can also be done indoors.

For more advice on how to Stay Well this winter, check out the NHS website