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Building Bridges Programme

The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. If you need help and support to find work or access skills training or education, you could really benefit from taking part in the programme.

If you are looking to get into work or education, the programme can help you to develop the skills and qualifications you need and address the practical issues such as transport costs, confidence and help with childcare.

Who can take part?

In order to take part in the Building Bridges programme you must be aged 15 or over, living in Wiltshire or Swindon and not currently working (unemployed). Please note the Building Bridges programme is not able to work with people on zero hours contracts.
You must have the legal right to work in the UK in order to take part. The programme can support registered refugees but is currently unable to work with asylum seekers. The Building Bridges programme is also unable to work with people who are currently in prison.

Visit their website for full details

 

Big Pledge Challenge 2018 – Join the Ability Sports Team

In celebration of the home nations success at the Commonwealth Games the Big Pledge: Beat the Clock 8 week activity challenge is back!!

Rob Paget, Wiltshire Council’s Disability Sports Development Officer has created an “Ability Sports” Team.

All Rising stars, Fit club, Boccia, football, adapted cycling and any PE at school counts. In fact any physical activity counts towards the challenge including walking and housework! The team is not only for individuals with a disability – Rob will be inputting his totals and he hopes that parents/carers will also sign up too.

To sign up:

  • Follow the link below and hit the ‘Sign up’ button.
  • Enter your details then select ‘Big Pledge Beat the Clock Team Challenge
  • Tick ‘Join a Team’ and enter ‘Ability Sports’ for the team name
  • Then finish signing up as required!

For more details and to register for free go to: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/bigpledge

Salisbury Parent Carer Support Group

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.

18 May
22 June
20 July 2018

Please contact George Cooper, Parent Support Advisor Exeter House for more details on 01722 334168 or email 

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:
14th May – Spring wreaths
11th June 2018
16th July 2018
13th August 2018
10th September 2018

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

Volunteer Today

South Wilts Mencap is building its team of volunteers, so please give some thought to joining us for a few hours each week.  Here are some of the areas you can volunteer in;

  • Our Charity Shop needs sales assistants and people to help sort and manage the stock.  It is a great place to enjoy a bit of company whilst helping to generate vital income to keep the charity running.  There is no need for experience, but if you have worked in retail, so much the better!
  • We need someone to coordinate, and others to help, with our Ability Bikes Club one evening per week between 5:30 and 7:30pm (day as yet unknown).  This activity is great fun, you would love it!
  • Our other clubs need some friendly faces too, from practical help with the activities to admin assistance.
  • If you are interested in a more strategic role, you might consider becoming a Trustee or member of the Executive Committee.  Both Boards are made up of voluntary positions with committee meetings held in the evenings.
  • We can also find small tasks for anyone with administrative experience.
  • Finally, please don’t forget out Street Collection in Salisbury on Saturday 19th May.  This is such an important team effort.  Last May we took over £1,000 and it would be so good to beat that figure.  We are looking for a coordinator for the bi-annual street collections and volunteers to come into town and collect for an hour.

Interested?  Need more information?  Ring Our Secretary, Emma Harper on 07702 565318 or email secretary@southwiltsmencap.org.uk

Survey for Adoptive Parents Living in Wiltshire

Jess and Marie are two adoptive mums living in Wiltshire. They both hit some bumps and felt a little lost and alone in the early days of being adoptive mums and wish they had met each other sooner!

They then met Sara, who is an experienced adopter, 15 years down the line. Sara is passionate about helping to make Wiltshire adopters’ journeys less bumpy.

Together, they are hoping to set up an independent group for adopters in Wiltshire to provide peer support, networking opportunities and information.

It would help them understand what adopters in Wiltshire would like, and where. If you are an adoptive parent, Jess, Marie and Sara would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in this quick questionnaire HERE

IMPACT

IMPACT – Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service has been launched by social enterprise, Turning Point.

The new substance misuse service is operating from 3 central hubs in Swindon, Salisbury and Trowbridge, as well as groups and sessions taking place in a range of community venues.

Turning Point already has a strong track record on helping people with drug and alcohol issues in Wiltshire. Last year they treated and supported more people and the number finishing treatment successfully also increased.

The service promises to be more personalised, responding to changing drug and alcohol trends and improving recovery rates across both Wiltshire and Swindon.

IMPACT – IMproving Prevention, Accessibility, Collaboration & Treatment

Visit the IMPACT website

IMPACT will be introducing a number of new ways of working, making services more accessible including:

  • Better use of digital technology through on-line support and information and telemedicine.
  • Delivering services from a range of discreet and convenient community locations.
  • Working jointly with other local organisations to reach out to groups that can often be under-represented in treatment services, such as women.

Jay Stewart, Director of Public Health and Substance Misuse at Turning Point said:

“We are very much looking forward to expanding our strong track record of services in Wiltshire to the borough of Swindon and developing a new integrated service.

“Our new initiatives incorporating digital technology and joint work with The Nelson’s Trust will make services more accessible and expansive to the community.”

Jerry Wickham, Cabinet Member for Public Health from Wiltshire Council said:

“ Substance Misuse can affect anyone from our communities. That is why we look forward to continuing to work with Turning Point to develop a new service that is more accessible and aims to intervene at a much earlier stage.

“In working with Swindon Borough Council to jointly commission this service, local people across the whole county will experience a fully joined up way of working.”

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said:

“It is acknowledged that drug and alcohol misuse in our communities has an impact on police and the criminal justice system, it is therefore so important to have a service that ensures the best chance of recovery to those dealing with their addictions.”

Wiltshire Family Learning

What is Family Learning?

In simple terms Family Learning is about turning these three things into reality:

  1. Improving the skills and prospects of parents/carers
  2. Improving the achievements of children
  3. Helping parents/carers to understand how to support their children to learn and to value their role as their child’s first teacher

The impact of Family Learning

In a recent study of Family Learning in Wiltshire, 94% of learners felt the courses helped them with one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Goals and ambition
  • Confidence with work and general confidence
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Future ambitions
  • Independent study
  • Finding employment
  • Being aware of help available for work
  • Volunteering
  • Progress to further learning
  • Improved skills to return to work

When and where?

Courses are:

  • Fun
  • Free
  • Practical

Learners will be part of a small group where everyone joins in to learn in a relaxed and friendly environment, usually within a:

  • Local school
  • Children’s centre
  • Community venue

Sessions take place in term time and holidays for a couple of hours over a few weeks. Parents/carers may have the opportunity to take part in a longer programme leading to a qualification.

Timetable of Courses

Entry requirements

If you have 5 GCSEs grades A to C (5 O Levels) this course may not be suitable for you. Please contact us if you require further details; we’d love to hear from you

Employed or Unemployed

Resident in the UK or EU for 3 years

Aged 19 or over (contact us regarding exceptions)