Monthly Archives: February 2017

BBC 4 Storyville: Life, Animated

Nominated for an Academy Award, this film tells the uplifting story of Owen Suskind, an autistic young man and his family. After unremarkable early years, at the age of three Owen withdrew and suddenly stopped speaking. Diagnosed with autism, Owen slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated films, using them as an emotional road map to reconnect with the wider world.

Owen and his family describe the challenges he faced growing up and the understanding he drew from these stories. Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams tracks how by repeatedly watching these Disney classics, Owen learned to view the world as deep and complex, as well as inspirational and instructive.

Life, Animated is a remarkable insight into Owen’s unique way of seeing the world, and an emotional coming-of-age story as he leaves home and takes his first steps towards independence.

View the short film here. This is available to view until Wednesday 22 March.

Award Winning Show at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Following a phenomenally successful tour of the UK & Ireland in 2015, The National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time embarks on a second tour in 2017.

This innovative drama is based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, and has been adapted for the stage by award-winning Playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning Director Marianne Elliot. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony awards, including ‘Best Play’. This smash-hit new production continues to play to sold-out houses in London’s West End and on Broadway and will thrill new audiences on this much anticipated second tour of the UK & Ireland.

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under the suspicion of killing Mrs Shears’ dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Performances between Monday 27 March and Saturday 1 April 2017. Tickets range from £20.50 to £37.50. Book here

Mencap’s Planning for the Future Seminars

Mencap’s video: Financial planning for a child with a learning disability

We know that if you have a child with a learning disability, one of your biggest worries is making sure they’re looked after when you’re no longer around.

Our Wills and Trusts service is here to help you understand the financial options available, and offer advice on this difficult topic.

The seminar will provide information on how families and carers can ensure that someone with a learning disability is provided for financially when their parents or carers are no longer around, by making a suitable will or setting up a trust.

When your loved one has a learning disability, it is important that measures are in place to ensure a secure financial future. This seminar is an ideal place to get started – you will be able to find valuable information and legal advice on wills and trusts, as well as gaining peace of mind.

11 May 2017 in Bristol – book here

8 November 2017 in Swindon – book here 

Free Workshop – How to get the right support

Good News! People with learning disabilities (aged 16+) and family carers have stronger legal rights to good support under the new law for adult social care – the Care Act. Do you know how it might affect your relative or friend with a learning disability, and you as a family carer?

This free workshop will give you the information and confidence you need to ensure your views are heard, get the best support for you and your relative or friend, and challenge when things go wrong.

Where: Voluntary Action Swindon, Swindon
When: Thursday 23 March 2017
Start: refreshments from 10am, to start at 10.30am
Finish: 2.30pm

Come along to find out about:

  • New legal rights to ‘personalised’ support
  • Stronger legal rights to support for family carers
  • The ‘wellbeing principle’
  • Assessments and eligibility
  • Care and support planning
  • New rights to Independent Advocacy
  • Personal budgets, and much more…

If you would like to attend please book at place online or contact Samta at InclusionNorth on 0113 244 4792 or email Click here for the flyer.

Our New Minibus Has Arrived!

On Saturday morning, we celebrated the arrival of our new minibus. 

The Minibus was awarded to South Wilts Mencap by the Department of Transport under their Community Minibus scheme. “We understand most of the buses went to bigger community transport schemes, and very few to little local groups like ours” said former trustee and fund raiser Anne Trevett, “so we were thrilled that our bid succeeded.”

SWM Chair Nigel Afford said “Our  minibus is absolutely essential in getting our people with learning disabilities to a whole range of activities as well as our hugely successful Breakaway holidays. Our old minibus was on its last legs so the arrival of this wonderful new vehicle with all the bells and whistles to transport people using wheelchairs as well as those who are mobile is a tremendous help.”

Sunday Munch with Able Hands Together

The last Sunday of every month at 1030am, the team from Able Hands Together, are going to meet up at Weatherspoons in Salisbury for brunch.

If you fancy coming along and meeting our team, talking about the free training we have on offer and just have a nice time please join us. This is an open invitation to meet the team including CoFarmers. AHT will not be providing any support at this time as this is a social event.

Click here for more details.

Healthwatch Wiltshire publish their report on Transfers of Care

Patient Experience – When Care is Transferred by healthwatch Wiltshire

Over the last two years we have listened to patients and their unpaid carers about experiences of being discharged from hospital or when care is transferred between different care settings.

Healthwatch Wiltshire is pleased to share with you our published report on this feedback about services used by Wiltshire residents.

This report has been shared with the relevant decision makers in Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to make sure that they are aware of local peoples’ experiences and concerns. Click here to view the report. 

Should you need good quality information about health and care, the ‘go to place’ for signposting is a website called Your Care Your Support Wiltshire:

Their website contains information for adults; information for people with disabilities; information to help keep healthy and well; information on social care; and information for people who care for someone in Wiltshire so that they can live more independently and make good choices.

Hop, Skip and Jump in Swindon

Hop Skip and Jump provide immediate and flexible respite care for children and young adults with disabilities and SEN. We are able to cater for up to 60 children a day, providing a variety of groups and activities for them to engage with, indoor and outdoor play facilities, all with an emphasis on self-development and discovery.

At Hop Skip and Jump they provide day and evening respite care, seven days a week, to anyone in need: no condition or behavioural issue is too complex.

They run after school care from 3:15 to 6pm most days. On Thursday’s, they have an adult session from 6pm to 8pm.

Location: Upper Shaw Ridge Farm, Ridge Green, Swindon SN5 5PU

Telephone Number: 01793 873098 or Mobile Number: 07557435012 Email or visit their Website for more information


WPCC SENDIS Goes into the Salisbury Community on 16 March

On Thursday 16 March, the WPCC SENDIS Officers will be in Salisbury Medical Practice, Fisherton House in conjunction with Salisbury Medical Practice Health Promotion Team from 10am to 12pm. 

Simply turn up and meet the SENDIS officers face to face. They will be on hand to offer their usual service, provided on the phone, but in person.

No need to book in advance. The full address is Salisbury Medical Practice, Fountain Way, Salisbury, SP2 7FD.