South Wilts Mencap: News

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

Music Group Carol Service

Join us at Amesbury Methodist Church on Thursday 21 December for our annual carol service with performances by the South Wilts Mencap Music Group. The service starts at 10.30am.

Light refreshments are served afterwards. It is a wonderful occasion during the Christmas festivities to which everyone is welcome.

Find out more about our music group.

Hookwink Performing in Salisbury Hospital

Elevate has commissioned Hoodwink to create a sequence of events that unfold around a patient, the ward and the hospital. With funding from Arts Council England and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust, Hoodwink in Hospital is touring Salisbury District Hospital and 4 other hospitals with a one-to-one special experience for patients.

As part of the whole learning experience of creating immersive theatre work for hospitals, we would like to invite you to one of 2 seminars to experience a little of the Hoodwink in Hospital magic and learn more about how the Elevate programme has supported patients’ well-being and recovery over the last 5 years.

Tea and cake will be served part way through the seminar, in Elevate vintage tea party style.

Seminar dates: Tuesday 5th December or Thursday 7th December
Times: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital, SP2 8BJ

These seminars are free, but booking is essential. To book please email or call 01722 336262 Ext 5613

Elevate brings live music, poetry, dancing, singing, theatre and vintage tea parties to the wards of Salisbury District Hospital 3 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

Pluss Employment Services in Salisbury

Pluss provides Work Choice throughout Wiltshire as a subcontractor to Working Links. Work Choice is designed to support jobseekers with disabilities and long-term health conditions who face significant barriers when it comes to looking for and keeping work. It helps people who wish to work at least 16 hours a week.

Referrals to Work Choice are made by

  • Disability Employment Advisers at your local Job Centre Plus
  • A range of Specialist Referral Organations (SROs). Please contact the Salisbury office for details of SRO organisations in your local area.

Pluss also deliver employability workshops on behalf of Wiltshire County Council through the ‘Steps2Strides’ programme. This is a DWP Future Support Fund contract for people who are considered furthest from the labour market.

Office: Cross Keys House, Suite 5, 2nd Floor, 22 Queen Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1EG
Telephone: 07407 733804
Email 

Work Choice is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) specialist disabilty
employment programme.Work Choice is designed to support jobseekers with disabilities and long-term health conditions who face
significant barriers when it comes to looking for and keeping work.It is a flexible programme that is individually tailored to each individuals needs. It will help individuals to
reach their full potential so they can move into independent, unsupported employment.

Work Choice is part-financed by the European Social Fund for customers referred to the programme prior to 25th April 2017.

Visit their website for more information.

The Waving not drowning network

If you’re caring for a disabled child, you may find yourself going down a different life path than the one you had planned, so remaining in paid work can be quite challenging. Knowing your rights can help you combine paid work and caring for your child. Working Families has set up ‘Waving not drowning’ – a dedicated network and advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work.

The Waving not drowning network is run by Janet Mearns. You can sign up to receive newsletters and e-bulletins for parents and carers of disabled children.

The dedicated helpline for questions about work and caring is 020 7017 0072. Visit their website.

Wiltshire Mind

Wiltshire Mind provides a range of services to support anyone in Wiltshire suffering from Mental Health issues.

Please Note: Their services are primarily for adults 18+ years but their 1.1 counselling sessions are for 16+ years as they recognise there is a high demand for this vulnerable group of young people.

The Salisbury Group meet every Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm at SP2 Coffee Shop, 159-161 Fisherton St, Salisbury SP2 7RP

 

Services offered include:-

  • 6 Peer Support Groups across Wiltshire
  • Evening Peer Support Group
  • Polish Counselling Service
  • 1-1 Counselling Service
  • Mental Health Awareness Training for organisations and businesses
  • Telephone service
  • Charity Shop

Wiltshire Mind do not receive any funding from the National charity Mind and are not commissioned to provide any services in Wiltshire.  This means that every penny they need has to be raised to continue their services.

For more information please contact their offices: 01225 706532 or email

Please also see their website: Wiltshire Mind and their information sheet

RETHINK Mental Health Carer Group

Are you caring for someone who has mental health problems? Come along to the Rethink support group for advice and support in a friendly, safe environment.

For more information please contact Clare Druett via email

Location: Tindall Room, Sarum College, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Dates: Thursday 9 November and Thursday 14 December 2017

Everybody Sing in Salisbury

Barnardo’s have contracted ‘Everybody Sing’ to provide singing sessions. The next Salisbury session’s are on Saturday 18 November and Saturday 9 December 2017, 2-4pm.

Everybody sing is a singing group delivered by professional vocal coaches for children and young people aged 8-25 years who have additional needs.

The aim of the session is to encourage participation and enjoyment of all types of music and movement and the emphasis will be on fun and confidence building. Props and percussion instruments will also be used.

For more information or to book a place please email Jane or ring the office: 01249 463907 option 4.

Venue: Exeter House,131 Exeter Street, Salisbury, SP1 2SG
Age: 8-25
Cost £8

Organisation: Barnardo’s Contact Person: Jane Middleton-Jones

Zone Club in Salisbury

Zone Club is a music and film-making club for young adults aged 16 and over with learning disabilities. Activities are participant-led and past sessions have seen the creation of a musical kung fu film and road movie about a car that runs on funk music! 

Zone Club takes place at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT and usually happens on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 2:30pm, and costs just £18 per person.

Zone Club dates are:
Saturday 25 November

For more details, including how to book a place, please contact Melanie on 01722 321744 or email melanie@salisburyarts.co.uk Zone Club website.