Connect with others going through similar experiences to you.
Whether you are a sibling of someone with a learning disability, a parent who’s just had a diagnosis, or a parent of an adult with a learning disability with wisdom to share, you’ll find a warm welcome in the FamilyHub.
Exeter House, St Mark’s Junior and Wyndham Park Infants’ Schools are running groups where any 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.
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.
20 July 2018
Please contact George Cooper, Parent Support Advisor Exeter House for more details on 01722 334168 or email
WPCC are looking to recruit 6 volunteer parent carers to become trainers to deliver training to support parents in Wiltshire as part of a new initiative. As a trained facilitator, you would work in partnership with a trained professional from Wiltshire Council to deliver training called Time Out for Parents which has been produced by an organisation called Care for the Family. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by delivering training. WPCC are excited by this opportunity to empower parents to be trained as professionals so that they can train and support other parents.
If you are interested in this opportunity, you would need to commit to five days of training. The training would give you the skills to facilitate groups, and you would be trained to use materials to enable you to deliver a range of sessions that includes a module specifically for parents of children with special needs. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by attending the training days.
Training will take place in Trowbridge on the following days:-
Monday June 4th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Tuesday June 5th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday June 6th: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Monday July 9th: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Tuesday July 10th: 9.30am – 3.30pm
To understand a little more about the courses for parents, please click HERE to visit Care for the Family’s website.
WPCC would welcome applications from any parent carer wishing to express an interest in being trained to deliver these courses.
Applications must be received by 5pm Sunday 13th May 2018.
Informal interviews including more information about the training, the courses and an opportunity to ask questions, will take place on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (likely to be from 10am and finish no later than 2pm). If you are not sure if this is for you or not and you would like an opportunity to understand more and ask any questions you may have, we would encourage you to complete an application form too.
Please click APPLY to complete a short application form.
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).
The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.
The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.
The Card is developed by UKCA’s Disability Working Group, whose members include film exhibitors and distributors, and national disability charities such as Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB, Dimensions and Muscular Dystrophy UK.
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.
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.