Monthly Archives: April 2018

CAP Money Course

A CAP Money Course is a FREE short course that makes managing your money simple and was devised by the charity Christians Against Poverty.

It teaches budgeting skills and aims to help people manage their finances so they can budget, save and prevent getting into debt.

To find out your nearest course and to get more information please visit their website, see the leaflet or email: info@capmoneycourse.org

Books About Fears, Feelings and Bereavement at Wiltshire Libraries

Wiltshire Libraries have various picture books for younger children about dealing with difficult situations, fears and feelings, including bereavement. Generally they are for younger children, but some might work for slightly older children too.

The following books are about bereavement:

  • Mike Dumbleton – Passing on (see reviews here. This is available to reserve for free at Wiltshire Libraries)
  • Patricia J Murphy – Death (Available here and also available to reserve)
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad book (deals with his feelings about the death of his son – Click here to view)

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

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.”

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)

CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.

The Card is developed by UKCA’s Disability Working Group, whose members include film exhibitors and distributors, and national disability charities such as Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB, Dimensions and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Apply for a CEA Card online

Apply for a CEA Card by post

Eligibility

You will need to provide evidence that the card holder receives one of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Blind Persons Registration

You will need to send a copy of the awarding letter from DWP or a statement confirming receipt of the allowance for the person requiring assistance (the card holder).

This should be dated within the last 12 months.

Alternatively, if you are a Registered Blind Person then please send a photocopy of certification for the person requiring assistance (the card holder).

To apply, the person requiring assistance must be 8 years of age or older.

Home Education

The Department for Education (DfE) is calling for evidence to inform their decisions around issues, including monitoring the provision of home education and support for families who home educate, where families have chosen (for whatever reason) to educate their child at home.

The DfE is also looking for comments on draft versions of two DfE guidance documents about elective home education; one is designed for parents and the other is for local authorities.

For more information and to answer the SURVEY

The survey closes on July 2nd 2018.