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:-
Bookings are now open for the WPCC annual SENDIS Information Event which takes place on Friday 2nd February 2018. As in previous years, the event is taking place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes, SN10 1HS and will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm (9.30am registration and tea/coffee). Further details of the event are on the attached flyer and booking form. To book your place at the event now, simply click this link: SENDIS Event 2018
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
You could be missing out on financial help available to you through welfare benefits or grants. Turn 2 Us provide a free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools which can help you check what you might be able to claim or apply for.
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.
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
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
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
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).