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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.

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

HANDi App

A free mobile app which provides expert advice to parents, carers and health care professionals on common childhood illnesses has launched by The Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Developed and approved by Paediatric Consultants at the RUH and endorsed by local GPs, the HANDi app provides expert advice on how best to manage the six most common childhood illnesses; diarrhoea and vomiting, high temperature, chestiness, newborn problems and stomach pain.

Download the App from your Google Play store or Apple store on your tablet, PC or mobile device.

Positive Parenting Program in Salisbury

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Parenting Group October/November 2017

These are seven week courses for families with children up to 12 years. They support parents and carers to make small changes that will have a positive long term impact on their child’s behaviour. Parents are introduced to a range of strategies to enhance parent-child relationships and manage children’s behaviour.

Although the groups are not specifically aimed at parents of children with special needs, many parents of children with additional needs and disabilities attend. Feedback from these parents has been positive, both the tools and strategies being very useful but also the support from other parents invaluable.

The Salisbury group takes place at Bemerton heath Centre, Pinewood Way, Salisbury SP2 9HU – starts Tuesday October 31st. To book your place or for more information call Claire Turner on 07767 230 082 or email Claire Visit the Triple P website

Be healthy, be happy, don’t miss out

Care for someone with a learning disability? Don’t let them miss out

If you care for someone with a learning disability, they can get extra support when visiting their doctor – all you or they have to do is ask for their name to be added to the GP learning disability register. You can help them do this by talking to their doctor’s surgery or use this template letter. Complete this letter and give it to the doctor during their next appointment.

Once on the register they can speak to their doctor about having a free Health Check every year. There are lots of reasons why they should have their Annual Health Check if their doctor says they can have one, including:

  • Not always knowing if they are unwell – the doctor can spot signs that you or the individual might miss,
  • Getting better treatment – for example new medication
  • It offers an opportunity for them to talk to the doctor about anything worrying them
  • The doctor can provide advice on lifestyle choices, such as diet
  • They can have more control in their own health and body

Make sure the doctor gives them a health action plan after the health check – this includes goals for them and the doctor to work towards together.

Another way you can ensure they are getting the very best healthcare is by supporting them to give their doctor consent for their information to be shared. With the individuals permission, or in some cases the carer or family members permission, the doctor can add additional information to the individuals Summary Care Record (SCR).

Everyone has a SCR – speak to the doctor about the individual giving consent for Additional Information (AI) to be stored, this can include details of their learning disability, any physical/sensory disability, communication needs, contact details of a carer or next of kin etc., allows all health professionals who care for them to know their latest needs and requirements.

At Mencap, they have worked with NHS England to produce some guides to help you, or the person you support, to access better healthcare.

Download a full guide here.

Download an easy read letter template here.

Read more from Mencap on Annual Health Checks

Work Wiltshire – New Website

The new website, Work Wiltshire, is aimed at a range of people including, employers, young people, parents/carers.

Work Wiltshire (www.workwiltshire.co.uk) has vital employment and skills information all in one place. Along with young people it also advises employers, those who are vulnerable, have complex needs or disabilities and people who require financial support.

The website is a result of engagement with partners including local schools, Carer Support Wiltshire and Community First to ensure the website provides the most up to date and relevant information for users.

The site has generic information and links to other relevant websites and local support on 1:1 topics including:

Support for those with barriers to work
Young people’s next steps
Apprenticeships
Working in Wiltshire
Information for employers
Further and higher education
Financial support
Support for schools
Programmes run by the Wiltshire Council’s Employment & Skills Service
Policies and data
Local projects