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South Wiltshire Carer Support Group

Exeter House, St Mark’s Junior and Wyndham Park Infants’ Schools are running groups where parents and carers can come along to chat with each other, to share information, for support, to hear guest speakers and to get help and advice with SEN issues.

From November 24th all sessions will now take place at The Hub, St Mark’s CE Junior school, Somerset Road, Salisbury SB1 3BL

All sessions run from 9.00am – 10.30am and refreshments will be available.

Please contact George Cooper, Parent Support Advisor Exeter House for more details on 01722 334168 or email 

Other dates: 12th January, 9th February, 9th March, 20th April, 18th May, 22nd June and 20th July

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.

Creative Carers Support Group

Explore your creative side with this friendly carer group. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun!

They meet at St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury from 11am to 2pm

Meeting dates/ themes:
9th October – Shadow boxes
13th November – 3D Christmas cards
11th December – Mosaic tree decorations
8th January – Felted wool art
12th February – Felted wool art
12th March – to be confirmed

Venue: St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW
When: Monday 11am to 2pm. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided
See their facebook page for more details

Government Delay Decision #SleepInCrisis

As you may have already seen, the Government have announced that they are delaying their decision on funding of the sleep-in care back pay bill for a further month.

How have Mencap responded?

Mencap have released a statement expressing their disappointment at the Government’s continuing failure to take action to resolve the social care funding crisis they have created, despite the fact that we have been raising strong concerns about this vital issue for almost a year already.

Mencap’s chairman, Derek Lewis, is urging the Government to take the issue seriously as even a delay has a serious impact for many providers. At the moment, 40% of local authorities are refusing to pay the increased rate for sleep-in care. This means learning disability care is being subsidised by charities, which simply isn’t sustainable.

However, the #StopSleepInCrisis campaign is not over. Mencap will continue to put pressure on the Government to reach a decision on this vital issue affecting the future care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

Sleep In Crisis

South Wilts Mencap would like to support Mencap with their campaign #SleepInCrisis by raising awareness and asking our members to sign the petition.

Whilst, at South Wilts Mencap, we do not have any overnight support workers within our team, we recognise the importance of this campaign.

Sign the petition here.

What is the sleep-ins case?

Recently, a number of support workers have taken their employers to employment tribunals to challenge how they are paid for sleep-in shifts.

The tribunals ruled that support workers should be paid the hourly minimum wage for these shifts, with up to 6 years back pay.

Therefore, Mencap has created a petition, calling on the Government to avert a crisis in the sector.

They are urging the Government to fix the problem they have caused by:

  • stopping any HMRC enforcement action until the law is clarified and a final, clear decision is made on back-pay
  • accepting their responsibility and making an urgent, public commitment to fund the back-pay bill.

The future care of the most vulnerable people in our society must be protected.

On Wednesday 27 July 2017 the Government announced a 2 month suspension of HMRC’s enforcement action. But this did not address the catastrophic impact of the back payments on the sector.

Advice and friendship over lunch

Thursday’s Carers who Lunch event was in the delightfully setting of Salisbury Playhouse. Carers came together to enjoy each other’s company and a delicious lunch on Thursday 13 July. Our family visitor, Sue Bailey, was on hand to share information and advice as needed.

We look forward to planning the next Carers who Lunch event soon.

Wiltshire Citizens Advice Carers Project

If you are a carer in Wiltshire and need information or advice about:

  • debt,
  • benefits
  • or money management issues

Wiltshire Citizens Advice can help you.

The advice we give is free and confidential and we will not discuss your information with anyone outside the bureau without your permission.

Download their Carers Project leaflet here.

Phone 01249 474064

Email carersproject@citizensadvicewiltshire.org.uk