South Wilts Mencap: News

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

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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