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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.

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

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

Bereavement Resources and Training

There are now 3 new resources available to support bereavement and loss in special schools (and other SEND settings).

1. A Special Kind of Grief

The complete guide for supporting bereavement and loss in special schools (& other SEND settings). This resource book is for teachers and other school staff and includes everything that a special school needs to manage bereavements sensitively and effectively.

Available as a paperback book and ebook.

2. Remembering Lucy

A children’s story book about grief and bereavement. Joe, an 8-year-old boy, who attends a special school, tells the story of his school and what happens when one of his friends, Lucy, dies

Available as a hardback book and ebook, (perfect for displaying on a whiteboard).

Both books are published by Jessica Kingsley

You can purchase these books from:

Jessica Kingsley



3. Bereavement & Loss Widgit Symbol Pack

A set of resources, (including social stories, flashcards etc.), designed to help children cope with the issues of death and support them with the grieving process.

You can buy this symbol pack from Widgit

Bereavement & Loss Training

If your school needs specific bereavement and loss training please contact: Backpocketteacher

All training is designed to meet the individual needs and requirements of the school/setting.

Training days

There are also various training days running across the South West.

  • October 13th 2017 Dorchester, Dorset
  • October 20th 2017 in Grittleton, Wiltshire
  • December 8th 2017 Dorchester, Dorset
  • January 19th 2018 Dorchester, Dorset
  • February 6th 2018 in Totnes, Devon
  • February 26th 2018 in South Petherton, Somerset

Diversability Card – sign up now

The official discount card for people with disabilities in the UK. Providing exclusive and market leading discounts with your favourite brands, service and entertainment providers.

Click here to sign up (scroll down to the bottom of their webpage to fill out the form.)

The Diversability Card was created in response to the exclusion disabled shoppers face on a daily basis.

Research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has shown disabled people find shopping the most difficult experience for accessibility, followed by going to the cinema, theatre and concerts.

Research by Scope has found a shocking three quarters (75%) of disabled people and their families have left a shop or business because of poor disability awareness or understanding.

In addition to this, disabled people and their families face many extra costs. From expensive equipment to higher energy bills, disabled people and their families pay over the odds for essentials. These costs add up to an average of £550 a month and the annual cost of bringing up a disabled child is three times greater than that of bringing up a non-disabled child.

Anyone who receives one of the following benefits will be eligible:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  • Attendance Allowance (AA);
  • Blind Persons Registration;
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

Supported Learning Courses 2017/18

Wiltshire College – Salisbury has two courses starting this September providing supported learning.

Creative Workshop
This course is designed for adults with a range of learning disabilities who wish to learn new craft skills and art techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. The focus will be on the doing rather than the finished product and the learners will make choices about their designs for art, craft and garden.

Passport to Independence
This course is designed for adults with a range of learning disabilities who wish to increase their independence. It will cover areas of learning that impact on daily living and will be geared to the needs of individuals, enabling them to gain confidence and increase independence.

Click here for more details.

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
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