Monthly Archives: November 2017

Safer Salisbury this Christmas

Come down to the Christmas Market in Salisbury on the 1st December to meet with members of the Safer Salisbury Community Group and see the work they have been doing this year.  In particular, the group will be launching a new guide for people with dementia on where to go for advice and services in Salisbury.

There will also be information on the Safe Places scheme which many businesses are signed up to in the city, ensuring that any person requiring extra support and care when out and about can access it.

For more information, contact Karen Linaker on 01722 434697 or email

WPCC Short Breaks Survey

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) facilitated a series of consultation sessions with parent carers of children and young people with SEND during June 2017 to consider the Short Breaks Scheme and help inform decisions about next year’s Scheme.

The purpose of the sessions was to give parent carers:-

  • The opportunity to help review the current Wiltshire Short Breaks Scheme
  • To understand the increasing pressures and demands on the Scheme
  • Encourage open, honest and informed dialogue to enable parent carers to suggest different ways to shape the Scheme to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND aged 0-25 years in Wiltshire, in recognition of the growing pressures on the Scheme.

As in previous years, we are asking as many parent carers as possible to inform the decision making process by taking part in this year’s Short Breaks Scheme survey. This is an important opportunity to have your say; your feedback helps to make sure the Scheme continues to meet the needs of those who need it most and to make sure it remains affordable.

The survey has been written to consider the topics, conversations, discussions and the suggestions made by parent carers who attended our face to face consultation sessions in June 2017.

As always, we are really grateful for your responses to help inform the Short Breaks Scheme for the 2018/19 period and as a THANK YOU for taking part in the survey, when you get to the end there is an invitation to take part in a FREE PRIZE DRAW – you could win a £50 voucher.

A copy of the consultation report from the face to face sessions can be found on the WPCC Website

Complete the Survey: Short Breaks Survey

This survey will close at 5pm on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Project Rugby Coming to Salisbury

England Rugby have worked closely with Premiership Rugby to create a 12 week, school rugby programme aimed at engaging young people who are 16 years old and above with special educational needs. The aim of the programme is for more young adults with special educational needs playing rugby regularly by being part of mixed ability rugby teams.

Bath Rugby Foundation is working hard to develop opportunities for disabled people to engage in various forms of the game with the above project being a FREE opportunity. The project is aimed at local groups who engage with a post 16 audience with Bath Rugby looking to attend a block of already existing sessions to raise interest.

The main aim of the Project Rugby sessions is for young adults aged 16+ years to transition across to the new Mixed Ability Rugby team Bath Rugby are looking to set-up in this area.

This is a great opportunity to try a new activity within the Salisbury area.

Anyone interested in finding out more information should contact Becks Toan at Bath Rugby Foundation directly by email 

Local Dining Out Group Donation

In May, the Local Dining Out Group selected South Wilts Mencap as their chosen charity to support.

Local Dining Out Events are organised on a voluntary basis and all organising and work undertaken is unpaid. Anyone can join and have the opportunity to dine out on a monthly basis. The group travels by coach to the nominated restaurant in and around Salisbury and have a thoroughly enjoyable time. Local Dining Out Group also organises a raffle for their chosen charity every time they dine.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Local Dining Out Group for their generous donation of £70.26 and hope they continue to have lots more delicious meals with their dining out friends.

You can visit their website to find out more about their group.

Continued Indecision #StopSleepInCrisis

“We are dismayed by the Government’s continued indecision around funding for back pay.” Mencap

The Government recently issued an update regarding the sleep-in crisis. They have decided to delay the decision on funding of overnight sleep-in care back pay liabilities for at least another 12 months.

This decision in no way helps provide long-term reassurance to people with a learning disability that their care and homes are secure. You can read more information and Mencap’s response in Mencap’s official press release.

The changes to ‘sleep-in’ payments are putting at risk vital support from thousands of disabled people which allows them to live a safe and independent life. The £400 million bill for the care sector could mean the end of social care as we know it. Mencap’s petition aims to #StopSleepInCrisis by calling on the Government to fix the problem that they have caused.

Sign the petition

PS. If you’ve already signed the petition, thank you! You can still help by sharing the campaign with your friends and family and encouraging them to sign the petition too.

Special School Provision – Salisbury Session on Friday 1st December

The WPCC is organising a series of sessions for parent carers to talk about planning for developing and expanding special school provision in Wiltshire.

The local authority has identified that by 2026 there will be a need for 220 extra special school places. There are a lot of issues involved in deciding how to create these new places, while at the same time making sure that provision for all children and young people with SEND continually improves. Click here for the flyer.

Who is this for?
These sessions are for parent carers only

We would like to invite you to join us at one of our sessions so that you can join the discussion, talk to the local authority and consider together how you think these issues might be addressed. We would like the sessions to consider a range of discussion topics that will inform future council decision making.
By getting involved now, you will be more informed and be better prepared to contribute to final decision making.

All sessions to run from 10am to 2pm
Arrive from 10am to sign in and grab a tea or coffee (refreshments provided)
Sessions start at 10:15am
Lunch at 1:00pm (lunch is provided)

Friday 1st December 2017 Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL You can book online 
Alternatively call WPCC on 01225 764647 or email
Booking closes on Tuesday 28th November 2017

Hookwink Performing in Salisbury Hospital

Elevate has commissioned Hoodwink to create a sequence of events that unfold around a patient, the ward and the hospital. With funding from Arts Council England and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust, Hoodwink in Hospital is touring Salisbury District Hospital and 4 other hospitals with a one-to-one special experience for patients.

As part of the whole learning experience of creating immersive theatre work for hospitals, we would like to invite you to one of 2 seminars to experience a little of the Hoodwink in Hospital magic and learn more about how the Elevate programme has supported patients’ well-being and recovery over the last 5 years.

Tea and cake will be served part way through the seminar, in Elevate vintage tea party style.

Seminar dates: Tuesday 5th December or Thursday 7th December
Times: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital, SP2 8BJ

These seminars are free, but booking is essential. To book please email or call 01722 336262 Ext 5613

Elevate brings live music, poetry, dancing, singing, theatre and vintage tea parties to the wards of Salisbury District Hospital 3 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

Pluss Employment Services in Salisbury

Pluss provides Work Choice throughout Wiltshire as a subcontractor to Working Links. Work Choice is designed to support jobseekers with disabilities and long-term health conditions who face significant barriers when it comes to looking for and keeping work. It helps people who wish to work at least 16 hours a week.

Referrals to Work Choice are made by

  • Disability Employment Advisers at your local Job Centre Plus
  • A range of Specialist Referral Organations (SROs). Please contact the Salisbury office for details of SRO organisations in your local area.

Pluss also deliver employability workshops on behalf of Wiltshire County Council through the ‘Steps2Strides’ programme. This is a DWP Future Support Fund contract for people who are considered furthest from the labour market.

Office: Cross Keys House, Suite 5, 2nd Floor, 22 Queen Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1EG
Telephone: 07407 733804

Work Choice is the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) specialist disabilty
employment programme.Work Choice is designed to support jobseekers with disabilities and long-term health conditions who face
significant barriers when it comes to looking for and keeping work.It is a flexible programme that is individually tailored to each individuals needs. It will help individuals to
reach their full potential so they can move into independent, unsupported employment.

Work Choice is part-financed by the European Social Fund for customers referred to the programme prior to 25th April 2017.

Visit their website for more information.

The Waving not drowning network

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.

The Waving not drowning network is run by Janet Mearns. You can sign up to receive newsletters and e-bulletins for parents and carers of disabled children.

The dedicated helpline for questions about work and caring is 020 7017 0072. Visit their website.