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FamilyHub by Mencap

Mencap offer FamilyHub for you to join

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.

 

  • connect with others
  • share triumphs and challenges
  • a place for support and tips

Sign Up Here

Watch their video about FamilyHub

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

 

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

Are you a Parent Carer Interested in Learning to Deliver Training to Support other Parents?

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.

       

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.”

Curly Hair Project Webinars on ASD

The curly hair project is a social enterprise based in the UK, which aims to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their loved ones. All our work is based on personal, real life examples and experience. The Curly Hair Project is running a series of webinars that you can watch/listen to from the comfort of your own home on a computer, mobile device or tablet.

Visit their website for all the details. 

April 2018

Mon 09: ASD and Sensory Processing (Evening)
Fri 13: ASD for Siblings & Families (Morning)
Tue 17: ASD and Family Relationships (Evening)
Thu 19: ASD and Sensory Processing (Morning)
Thu 19: Essential Guide to ASD (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)
Sun 22: ASD and Anxiety (USA Time)
Mon 23: ASD and Social Anxiety (Evening)
Tue 24: FREE Introduction to CHP + Sneak Animation Preview (Evening)

May 2018

Wed 01: ASD and Anxiety (Evening)
Wed 10: Meltdowns and Shutdowns (Evening)
Tue 15: Essential Guide to ASD (Evening)
Tue 15: ASD and Anxiety (Morning)
Tue 15: ASD and Females (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)
Thu 17: 10 Ways to Better Understand Each Other for ASD/NT Couples – (Evening)
Sun 20: ASD and Social Anxiety (Evening)
Mon 21: Essential Guide to ASD (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)

June 2018

Tue 05: ASD and Education (Evening)
Thu 14: ASD and Females (Evening)

If you have any further concerns or questions, please email alis@thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk
We look forward to you joining us for some wonderful online learning!

Shared Lives

Shared Lives Plus provide a membership network of Shared Lives and HomeShare schemes around the country which match people who want extra support at home with people who have a spare room and love to give.

Learn more by visiting their website.

Wiltshire Council Shared Lives Scheme
Kennet House, Sergeant Rogers Way, Hopton Industrial Estate, SN10 2ET
Ronni Lever
Tel: 01380 826458
Email: sharedlives@wiltshire.gov.uk

Ali Hall, Development Officer for young people in transition
Tel: 07387 418741
Email: alison@sharedlivesplus.org.uk

Kooth – free online mental health support for 11 to 19 year olds

Free Online Mental Health Support for Children and Young People, aged 11-19 (up to 19th birthday) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Did you know there was an anonymous free online counselling site for children and young people in Wiltshire and Swindon? The site is www.Kooth.com. It’s a professional online counselling and emotional support service funded and commissioned by the local authority.

Kooth gives young people anonymous and timely access to qualified psychotherapists, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) certified counsellors via any connected device, including a smartphone.

It offers year-round, live text-based chat up to 10pm every night. It also gives young people access to self-help resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. They can book scheduled chats with named counsellors and are free to read and contribute to Kooth’s online magazine.

Children and young people can live text chat confidentially about anything, from anxiety, stress and relationships to bullying, drug use and sexual health issues.

Kooth has a robust safeguarding practice to ensure it is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people, in a non-stigmatising environment.

RETHINK Mental Health Carer Group

Are you caring for someone who has mental health problems? Come along to the Rethink support group for advice and support in a friendly, safe environment.

For more information please contact Clare Druett, Caroline Wilkinson
(M) 07818 482228 (group) Salisbury, Wiltshire Email: salisburycarersgroup@rethink.org

Location: Tindall Room, Sarum College, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Dates: Second Thursday of the month: 11 May, 14 June 2018