Community Connecting assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following:
finding voluntary work, socialising, meeting friends or joining a club, further education; including college courses and other training opportunities,
using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy,
Community Connecting provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.
When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Coordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue. They will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found they then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. Community Connecting will review their work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.
Following the Special School Discussion sessions WPCC organised before Christmas in 2017, progress has been made as a result of what parents fed back during these sessions. One of the outcomes of the sessions has been an agreement by Wiltshire Council Cabinet to go to public consultation to consider proposals for meeting the growing demand on special school places.
Wiltshire Council has shared the following information with the WPCC:
Wiltshire Council has been collaborating with schools on how to improve special education provision and this has now reached the stage of going out to consultation with everyone next month. The consultation will help decide the future of three of its special schools. It will be live on the Wiltshire Council website and we will be sharing the detail of how you can have your say as soon as this is available.
Wiltshire needs an additional 220 places by 2026 for children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities. There is also a need to address where the schools are placed to ensure sufficient spaces are available for different needs in the north and south. Some pupils currently have to travel up to 90 minutes to attend school.
The three options are to develop a single school, develop two schools or develop/continue three schools in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Rowdeford. The results of the consultation will be considered by Wiltshire Council for any further action including the possibility of publishing statutory notices for formal consultation on any specific proposal.
Further information can be found here on the Wiltshire Council website: Consultation on Special Schools and the WPCC will promote information about how parents can participate in the consultation when the information is available.
The Post Adoption group for Salisbury meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm – 9.00pm and the last Friday of every month at 10.00am – 12.00pm.
If you are interested in coming along to this informal and supportive group please contact Sara Taylor on 07788727234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sara will confirm the venue when you make contact.
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.
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.
In celebration of the home nations success at the Commonwealth Games the Big Pledge: Beat the Clock 8 week activity challenge is back!!
Rob Paget, Wiltshire Council’s Disability Sports Development Officer has created an “Ability Sports” Team.
All Rising stars, Fit club, Boccia, football, adapted cycling and any PE at school counts. In fact any physical activity counts towards the challenge including walking and housework! The team is not only for individuals with a disability – Rob will be inputting his totals and he hopes that parents/carers will also sign up too.
To sign up:
Follow the link below and hit the ‘Sign up’ button.
Enter your details then select ‘Big Pledge Beat the Clock Team Challenge’
Tick ‘Join a Team’ and enter ‘Ability Sports’ for the team name