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:-
Change4Life are offering a free health snack pack, money-off vouchers and stickers.
Sign up here for your FREE healthy snacking pack and get money-off vouchers and stickers for the kids.
Joining Change4Life means you will also receive emails including healthy eating tips, tasty recipes, fun activities for kids, offers and lots more!
The Change4Life website is packed full of tips, recipes, activity ideas, advice and so much more or you can download one of their apps. Visit now…
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 or visit their website.
Location: Tindall Room, Sarum College, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm
Dates: Second Thursday of the month: 11 January, 8 February, 8 March 2018
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 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
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.
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