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.
Millfield school in Somerset hold an annual fun day for people with a learning disability in the excellent facilities on the school grounds. The whole school is involved with the event, with the school’s pupils acting as guides on the day.
The event has been running for over twenty years and is packed full with a variety of activities with something to suit everyone, including drama, tennis, cooking, art and crafts. Over 700 people regularly attend this fantastic annual event.
Activities and lunch are all included for £1 per person.
4&More Club members are invited to attend the Royal Oak Pub, Salisbury on Wednesday 17 May for the Bronze 2016 Presentation. Parents are very welcome to attend. The event will run from 6pm to 8:30pm. A buffet and disco are being provided so you just need to bring some money for drinks.
4&More Club will meet at The Royal Oak every third Wednesday of the month with the following two exceptions. On Wednesday 21 June and Wednesday 20 September, they will meet at The Kandi Lounge in Salisbury for Karaoke and disco. Soft drinks £1 alcohol £2. Our Club members are very welcome to attend too.
On Saturday morning, we celebrated the arrival of our new minibus.
The Minibus was awarded to South Wilts Mencap by the Department of Transport under their Community Minibus scheme. “We understand most of the buses went to bigger community transport schemes, and very few to little local groups like ours” said former trustee and fund raiser Anne Trevett, “so we were thrilled that our bid succeeded.”
SWM Chair Nigel Afford said “Our minibus is absolutely essential in getting our people with learning disabilities to a whole range of activities as well as our hugely successful Breakaway holidays. Our old minibus was on its last legs so the arrival of this wonderful new vehicle with all the bells and whistles to transport people using wheelchairs as well as those who are mobile is a tremendous help.”
Kaya Drumming sessions are more than just drumming. They involve a variety of percussion instruments, play equipment and singing and dancing activities. Kaya Drumming is for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/ or disabilities aged 8 – 25 but if a younger child wishes to attend this may be possible with parent carer support.
November dates are as follows:-
Salisbury – Saturday 26 November 10.00am – 12.00pm
Marlborough – Saturday 19 November 2.00pm – 4.00pm