One of the ways that Wiltshire Council provides short breaks to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disability is through the Short Breaks Scheme.
Designed in consultation with parents and carers, the scheme aims to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to either access or engage in leisure activities or ‘short breaks’.
As per last year, applications for the scheme need to be made via the Wiltshire Council [online form].
On submitting your application you should get a submission page on screen confirming your application. Text on the submission screen will include the following message: “Late applications will not be accepted so you are advised to keep a copy of this page (print or save a copy) as a record of your application should you need to evidence that you applied before the deadline.”
If you experience difficulties, do not have access to the internet or you need some help to make an application, please contact WPCC on 01225 764647 and they will be happy to help you. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number on the answering machine, if you cannot get through.
Wiltshire Scrapstore is an award winning environmental and community charity. The longstanding Scrapstore warehouse is situated in Lacock at Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock SN15 2PP and is open six days a week. Here members of the public, families, community groups can access a wide range of resources for creative activities and access a craft shop, creative workshops and much more. Membership is FREE and just a donation is requested.
Visit their website for more information.
They have now opened an additional scrapstore at Unit 2, Kingsway Business Park, Wilton SP2 0AP. The opening times in Wilton will initially be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am – 4.00pm but they hope to be able to extend these times if they can employ more volunteers.
If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering please contact Wiltshire Scrapstore on 01249 730011.
The WPCC is organising a series of sessions for parent carers to talk about planning for developing and expanding special school provision in Wiltshire.
The local authority has identified that by 2026 there will be a need for 220 extra special school places. There are a lot of issues involved in deciding how to create these new places, while at the same time making sure that provision for all children and young people with SEND continually improves. Click here for the flyer.
Who is this for?
These sessions are for parent carers only
We would like to invite you to join us at one of our sessions so that you can join the discussion, talk to the local authority and consider together how you think these issues might be addressed. We would like the sessions to consider a range of discussion topics that will inform future council decision making.
By getting involved now, you will be more informed and be better prepared to contribute to final decision making.
All sessions to run from 10am to 2pm
Arrive from 10am to sign in and grab a tea or coffee (refreshments provided)
Sessions start at 10:15am
Lunch at 1:00pm (lunch is provided)
Friday 1st December 2017 Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL You can book online
Alternatively call WPCC on 01225 764647 or email
Booking closes on Tuesday 28th November 2017
Zone Club is a music and film-making club for young adults aged 16 and over with learning disabilities. Activities are participant-led and past sessions have seen the creation of a musical kung fu film and road movie about a car that runs on funk music!
Zone Club takes place at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT and usually happens on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 2:30pm, and costs just £18 per person.
Zone Club dates are:
Saturday 25 November
For more details, including how to book a place, please contact Melanie on 01722 321744 or email email@example.com Zone Club website.
Visit the United Reform Church between 21st and 27th October 2017 to see the Angels. Free entry between 10am and 2pm.
4&More Club have entered an angel in memory of the late Sharon Haynes.
Monday 23 October – Young People’s Concert
A concert by local young musicians, raising money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Doors open at 6.30pm to view angels on display. Concert starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £5, or family tickets £10. To include light refreshments.
Friday 27 October – Drama Production by The Progress Players
A light-hearted evening of entertainment with an angel theme, entitled ‘This is Your Life’. Brought to you by the URC drama group, The Progress Players.
Tickets are £5 and include light refreshments.
Click here to visit their facebook page. United Reform Church, 30 Fisherton St, Salisbury SP2 7RG
2 DAY HOLIDAY COURSE IN OCTOBER
Swindon Dance will be running a 2 day holiday course on Monday and Tuesday 23rd/24th October from 10.30am-3pm.
Open to all children (boys and girls) aged 7-12 years old who have learning/ cognitive disabilities, the two days will be filled with movement, games and dance creation – no previous dance experience is needed.
Cost: £25 for both day. Venue: Swindon Dance, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QF
Led by The Swindon Dance Salto! Juniors team. Lots of fun and a live musician – Kieran Pocock
Supported by BBC Children in Need
MORE INFO/BOOKING: Email or Tel: Swindon Dance on 01793 601700 or visit their website
Wiltshire College – Salisbury has two courses starting this September providing supported learning.
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.
Click here to book for the WPCC Annual Event on Wednesday 27 September
Click here to download the flyer.
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
Support for schools
Programmes run by the Wiltshire Council’s Employment & Skills Service
Policies and data