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
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.
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
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.
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.