South Wilts Mencap: News

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



A Stage 65 Youth Theatre Production in The Salberg
Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 April at 7.30pm
Also Saturday 14 April at 2.30pm

But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

Salisbury Playhouse’s exhilarating Youth Theatre, Stage 65, brings arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play about loss, love and revenge to The Salberg.

The King of Denmark is dead. Hamlet’s uncle now sits on the throne, newly married to Hamlet’s mother. Plunged into despair Hamlet is driven on a violent quest of vengeance by the vision of her deceased father.

A young cast explodes the classic text with exciting projection design, digital technology and their unique ensemble style to present a fresh and modern take on this iconic play.

Sponsored by Fletcher & Partners
Photo thanks to Salisbury Playhouse

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Teaching Children about Sex and Relationships

Parents are key in teaching their children about sex and relationships, helping them cope with the emotional and physical aspects of growing up and preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities that sexual maturity brings, but it isn’t always an easy conversation to have and knowing how to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) can be even more difficult.

The following online guides and information may be helpful:-

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision – Green Paper and Consultation

The Department of Health and the Department for Education are running a consultation on its green paper on Transforming Children & Young People’s Mental Health Provision.


There is a ‘quick read’ version of the green paper that includes:

    1. About the green paper
    2. Plans for schools and the NHS:

  • A mental health lead in every school and college
  • Mental health support teams working with schools and colleges
  • Shorter waiting times
  • Mental health of 16 to 25 year-olds

3. Improving understanding of mental health:

  • Internet and social media
  • Researching how to support families
  • Researching how to prevent mental health problems

Responses are welcomed from those who have experience of mental ill-health, know someone close to them who has such experience, and from organisations.  The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented.  You can choose to just answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you.  There are specific questions around how teams could work with children and young people who experience different vulnerabilities.

Here is a quick read of the Government’s consultation

Click HERE for the online consultation

The consultation closes at 12 noon on Friday March 2nd 2018

Treat Me Well

Simple adjustments make a big difference.

Treat me well is Mencap’s campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Find out what we’re calling for and how you can help.

Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference – better communication, more time and clearer information.

But we know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.

1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in hospital, each and every year.

Mencap’s campaign, Treat me well, calls on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability which can help to save lives.

Sign up to support the campaign

Watch the video

Treat me well report

We know we can only make a real difference to healthcare inequalities if we work together with those who are at the front line of the NHS.

Therefore, we’ve carried out research not only with people with a learning disability, but also healthcare professionals, hospital trusts and universities teaching medical and nursing students.

Read our report to find and more and what we’re calling for. Full Report. Easy Read Report.

All content and media thanks to Mencap.


Minecraft – a Safe Place for Children and Young People with Autism

The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. AutCraft has been designed for children and young people with autism and their families, which creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for those who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere).

AutCraft was created by Stuart Duncan (aka AutismFather in game) who not only has autism himself but also a child with autism as well. The server is administrated by adults that include autistics, parents of autistic children or a family member of someone with autism. Bullying, killing, stealing, griefing, swearing etc. is not tolerated on AutCraft.

Click to visit the website AutCraft.

Learn more about this safe online environment by listing to Stuart Duncan’s talk

Nominations Please

South Wilts Mencap are looking for nominations for our two annual awards. These awards are a legacy of the late Betty Williams, who managed our charity shop for over 20 years.

AWARD 1 is for someone with a learning disability who made real progress in their personal ability or independence during the past year.

AWARD 2 is for an organisation that has “travelled that extra mile” to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities.

Download the nomination form and return by email or post to our Secretary. Click here for more information about the South Wilts Mencap Awards and who was awarded them last year.

Parent and Carer Childcare Survey 2018

Wiltshire Council has a duty to assess whether there is sufficient childcare in Wiltshire to enable parents to work or train leading to work as far as reasonably practicable.  Your views will be invaluable in helping us to carry out that assessment. Our assessment report will be available on the Wiltshire Council website by April 2018.

Click here to complete the survey online

Childcare can be defined as anyone else (other than a parent or carer) looking after your child especially when you are at work, training or studying. This includes ‘a safe place to be’ for older children such as supervised activities after school and in the school holidays.

This survey will run until 10 March 2018

Healthwatch Information Stand in Salisbury

On Thursday 8th February the Healthwatch Information Stand will be in Salisbury Library from 1pm to 3pm.

Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch Wiltshire will be gathering the views of local people on health and care services.

Healthwatch Wiltshire are also in the process of setting their priorities for 2018/19 and would like your views. Click here to compete their survey.