South Wilts Mencap: News

South Wilts Mencap news along with local and national stories relating to people with learning disabilities.

Dementia Study Days

Come and raise your awareness in knowledge and skills when caring for and supporting people with dementia

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust are organising dementia study days at Salisbury District Hospital throughout 2019.

They will endeavour to answer “what is dementia?”. The study days aim to help you understand the role of family carers/adult supporters for someone with dementia as well as understand the behaviours that challenge.

To book a place, email julia.burton@salisbury.nhs.

2019 dates: 24 January, 11 April, 11 July, 10 October. Each session runs from 9am to 4pm. Download the flyer below for full details.

Techy Tea Party

Techy tea party is a free event for adults interested in learning more about accessing the internet safely. The session begins with a short talk on using tablets and smartphones safely, followed by tea, cake and a chance to ask further questions.

Tuesday 5 February 2019 2:30pm – 4pm at Salisbury Library

Transforming Maternity Services Together

As part of the local maternity system, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is consulting the general public on their proposal to transform maternity services across Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Swindon and Wiltshire. Their proposal has been developed by all the NHS organisations that plan and buy health services as well as those that provide or manage maternity services across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire. Over last 18 months, these organisations have worked with more than 2000 women and families, staff, and partner organisations to look at ways they can improve the services they provide to mothers and families across the region. They want to provide:-

  • More equal access to the different birthing options available to women
  • Improved personalised care so they listen to and understand what women want
  • Continuity of care to improve the relationship between mother, family and midwife
  • Improved community support to provide targeted care close to home
  • Integrated and seamless care regardless of where and how women choose to give birth.

This consultation period runs from 12 November 2018 until 24 February 2019.

Transition to Adulthood Focus Group Session

Do you want to have an opportunity to be part of making a positive change to support and accommodation services for young people with SEND?

As a parent/carer of a child with a disability, preparing for Adulthood can be a daunting task. It can also be difficult to understand what independent living might mean as it can mean different things for different people.

The WPCC would like to invite you to join them at one of their focus groups sessions to work with key representatives from Wiltshire’s Children and Adult Social Care teams as well as Wiltshire Council Commissioners to start to address gaps in support and accommodation services for young adults aged 15-25 years of age who will require ongoing support from Adult Social Care from 18 years of age. They also want to use these sessions to consider the information and support parents/carers might need to support their children plan for adulthood and prepare for this transition.

Sessions will take place on:-

  • Monday 28 January 2019 in Calne from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Thursday 31 January 2019 in Trowbridge from 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Monday 4 February 2019 in Salisbury from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Your child does not have to be aged 15-25; all input is welcome whether your child is younger or older.

Special Schools Consultation Surgeries

On 9th January 2019 Wiltshire Council published a statutory notice in respect of the closure of St Nicholas School in Chippenham, Rowdeford School in Rowde, and Larkrise School in Trowbridge, along with the pre-statutory notice regarding the opening of a new special school.


The document also includes the detailed proposals with information such as:-

  • Reasons for closure
  • Pupil numbers and admissions
  • Provision
  • Curriculum
  • Travel
  • Location
  • Costs, etc.

From page 9 of the consultation document, you can find out about the consultation process, timeline and the ways in which you can contribute your views on the proposals.

The WPCC is organising surgeries for parent carers to contribute to the discussion on the proposals. These surgeries are for parent carers of children who are perhaps:-

  • home educated,
  • too young to attend school,
  • do not attend St. Nicholas, Larkrise or Rowdeford schools,
  • attend a mainstream school or resource base 
  • attend a school outside of Wiltshire

Tuesday 15 January at Grasmere House Hotel, Salisbury SP2 8JN 10.30am – 12.30pm

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 SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury from 11am to 2pm

Meeting dates/ themes:
14 January

11 February

11 March

Venue: SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW
When: Monday 11am to 2pm. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided
See their facebook page for more details

Carer Support Wiltshire Support Group

This monthly group is open to all carers. There is always a support worker on hand to help you and discuss any difficulties you may have.

Venue: Clifton Room, Church Centre, St Paul’s Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Dates: Wednesday 30 January, Wednesday 27 February, Wednesday 27 March

Carer Support Wiltshire Salisbury Carer Cafés

Get out of the house, make new friends and enjoy a cuppa and a chat with other carers in relaxed, friendly surroundings. Come when you can and stay for as long, or as little as you like.

Venue: The Red Lion Hotel, Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AN

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Dates: Tuesday 15 January, Tuesday 19 February, Tuesday 19 March 2019

Venue: The Refectory, The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EJ

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

Dates: Saturday 5 January, Saturday 2 February, Saturday 2 March

Nominations Please

South Wilts Mencap are looking for nominations for our two annual awards. These awards are a legacy of the late Betty Williams, who managed our charity shop for over 20 years.

AWARD 1 is for someone with a learning disability who made real progress in their personal ability or independence during the past year.

AWARD 2 is for an organisation that has “travelled that extra mile” to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities.

Download the nomination form and return by email or post to our Secretary. Click here for more information about the South Wilts Mencap Awards and who was awarded them last year.

Email: secretary@southwiltsmencap.org.uk

Post: Emma Harper, SWM Shop, 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury, SP1 2DA

Campaign Workshop

Mencap and Salisbury NHS are holding a workshop for those who would like to receive training in how to campaign for better healthcare for people with a learning disability in your local hospital.

Wednesday 3rd April at Salisbury Hospital. 10:30am to 3:30pm.

This is a fully accessible event for people with a learning disability, carers, family members, supporters and health professionals.

Book a place with Mike Le-Surf by email michael.lesurf@mencap.org.uk