Monthly Archives: January 2018

SWM 2018 Membership

By joining South Wilts Mencap you will lend your support to the work we do locally helping people with learning disabilities.

If you haven’t already, complete and return your membership form for 2018 so that we can keep in touch with you. Members are inviting to our Celebration and AGM event and can access our clubs and activities.

SWM_MembershipForm2018   complete this form as an individual or family

SWM_LD_MembershipForm2018   complete this form if you live in supported living and have learning disabilities

It’s very easy, just fill out your details and return the form by email to our Membership Secretary or pop it into our Shop at 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury, SP1 2DA for the attention of Membership Secretary.

New Pan Disability Football

Salisbury City Council, working in partnership with Salisbury Rovers FC, are looking to start a PAN Disability football team within the Salisbury area.

We are currently on the look-out for players aged 12-16 who would be interested in joining such a team, whatever their ability or experience.

To register your interest, please call 01722 417100 and ask for Sean, or email Sean Saunders.

Click here to view the flyer.

 

Learning Disability Helpline

The Learning Disability Helpline is our free helpline service offering advice and support for people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Mencap advisors are available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can get in touch by:

Alternatively, you can contact Mencap by completing this online form and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

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Blue Badge Consultation Considering Hidden Disabilities

The government believes that the Blue Badge scheme should not discriminate in principle between physical and non-physical disabilities.

The current rules embrace all conditions, physical or otherwise, but it has become clear to us that the regulations and guidance are not clearly understood by local authorities. People with hidden disabilities may be finding it difficult to access badges, even though their condition causes them very significant difficulties when undertaking a journey.

The department has accordingly committed to look again at how the scheme works for people with hidden disabilities, to ensure that the rules and guidance are clear and that those with the greatest needs have access to a Blue Badge. This accords with the government’s manifesto commitment to give parity of esteem to mental and physical health conditions.

This consultation document discusses the key issues involved, and presents ideas for improving the rules. The challenge will be to ensure a scheme that is both sustainable and works for all who are eligible for it, whatever their disability.

Read more about the consultation here.

WPCC SENDIS Annual Event 2018

Bookings are now open for the WPCC annual SENDIS Information Event which takes place on Friday 2nd February 2018As in previous years, the event is taking place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes, SN10 1HS and will run from 10.00am to 2.00pm (9.30am registration and tea/coffee). Further details of the event are on the attached flyer and booking form. To book your place at the event now, simply click this link: SENDIS Event 2018

View the flyer here.

South Wilts Mencap Shop Volunteers

South Wilts Mencap is looking for Shop Volunteers

Are you looking to volunteer?

Why not turn your time into time that makes a difference?

Our shop in Salisbury has been trading for over 35 years and is vital to us continuing to provide a range of services to the Learning Disability community in South Wiltshire.  For every £1 spent in the shop, the charity gets 88 pence. So, if it’s because you want to improve your CV, meet new people, or put your creative skills to use, come along to our shop and see how you could be part of our amazing volunteer team.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Even one shift per week can make the difference and means we can continue to run social activities for our members – as well as the enjoyment, fulfilment and development of your own life.

Our volunteers have a great time working as a team and find their confidence increases, as well as improving on their customer service skills, retail experience and problem solving.  The three roles available are –

Front of shop – This will involve lots of customer contact, so a friendly sunny disposition is vital.  You will be using your customer service skills to full use helping with customers and replenishing stock.

Back of shop – This be sorting through all donations, largely clothes, preparing these for the shop and pricing in accordance with our pricing structure.

Bric a Brac specialists – We receive a vast range of these donations and need someone passionate over everything from a Ming vase to a casserole dish!  We would welcome a bric a brac specialist at any time throughout our opening hours.

We are looking for volunteers to either work 9:45am-1pm or 1pm-4:15pm. We can offer flexibility to accommodate willing volunteers.

So, pop into our shop at 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury and speak to Angela for more information and introduction to the shop. Alternatively, phone Angela on 01722 336894.

Short Breaks Scheme 2018/19 Applications Now Open

One of the ways that Wiltshire Council provides short breaks to children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disability is through the Short Breaks Scheme.

Designed in consultation with parents and carers, the scheme aims to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to either access or engage in leisure activities or ‘short breaks’.

As per last year, applications for the scheme need to be made via the Wiltshire Council [online form].

On submitting your application you should get a submission page on screen confirming your application. Text on the submission screen will include the following message: “Late applications will not be accepted so you are advised to keep a copy of this page (print or save a copy) as a record of your application should you need to evidence that you applied before the deadline.”

If you experience difficulties, do not have access to the internet or you need some help to make an application, please contact WPCC on 01225 764647 and they will be happy to help you. Please leave a message with your name and telephone number on the answering machine, if you cannot get through.

Change4Life

Change4Life are offering a free health snack pack, money-off vouchers and stickers.

Sign up here for your FREE healthy snacking pack and get money-off vouchers and stickers for the kids.

Joining Change4Life means you will also receive emails including healthy eating tips, tasty recipes, fun activities for kids, offers and lots more!

The Change4Life website is packed full of tips, recipes, activity ideas, advice and so much more or you can download one of their apps. Visit now… 

Turn2us offers support to people in financial hardship

Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.

You could be missing out on financial help available to you through welfare benefits or grants. Turn 2 Us provide a free and easy-to-use Benefits Calculator and Grants Search tools which can help you check what you might be able to claim or apply for.