Monthly Archives: June 2018

Get Active in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council have a jam packed programme throughout the summer months to enable young people to get active.

Ability sports for individuals with a disability


A number of multi-sport activity days are delivered throughout the county during school holidays, providing young people with disabilities aged 8 – 19 years the chance to access sport outside of school. The holiday programme provides participants with the opportunity to try new sports, meet new people, develop friendships, learn new skills and improve their confidence. All activities are delivered between 10.30am – 2.30pm and is £15 per session.
Inclusive cricket will take place on Tuesday 14 August at Winterbourne Cricket Club, Salisbury. To book, email or call 07917 262686.

Carers in Wiltshire Joint Strategy 2017-22

Wiltshire Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working with partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector to support thousands of Wiltshire carers who look after vulnerable loved ones.

In the last census more than 47,000 people in Wiltshire said they provided unpaid care that’s about 10% of the population.  One in five of those devote more than 50 hours every week to caring.  Research suggests that there are many more who do not identify themselves as carers formally, particularly young carers and those who care for people with needs relating to mental health or substance misuse.

Wiltshire Carers’ Action Group (WCAG) has recently launched a five-year strategy to make sure that carers get the support they need when they need it. The joint Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire CCG strategy was co-produced with WCAG members including the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Support, Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council, Spurgeons Young Carers, Wiltshire Citizen Advice and Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living, Wiltshire People 1st and Wiltshire carers.

View or download the strategy here.

The strategy aims to ensure that: ‘Carers are identified and accepted as expert partners in care; are well informed; and maintain a good quality of life and healthy lifestyle outside of their caring responsibility.’

There is a detailed implementation plan to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Carers have improved physical health, mental health and wellbeing
  • Carers are empowered to make choices about their caring role and to access appropriate support and services for themselves and the people they care for
  • Carers have the best financial situation possible, and are less worried about money
  • Carers’ needs, and the value of carers, are better understood in Wiltshire
  • Carers influence services

If you are a carer and would like to be involved in how the strategy is implemented you can contact the Carer Engagement Manager at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or email Carer Support Wiltshire chairs the Wiltshire Carer Involvement Group and coordinates carer involvement in the development of a range of services which support carers and those they care for. Carer Support Wiltshire also runs groups across the county facilitated by Community Connectors who will help to implement the strategy at a local level.

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for adult social care, public health and public protection, said: “One of the most important duties we have is to protect vulnerable people in the community. Without the devotion of carers in the county that task would be incredibly difficult and costly, and place enormous strain on the resources of the council and the health service.

“Our carers do so much for the community, and it is right that the community helps them in return.”

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning for NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Everybody who works in health and social care understands the vital contribution that unpaid carers make. Looking after a person that you care about is something that many of us want to do, however, we need access to timely advice and support. Our new strategy builds on the great support that is available across Wiltshire, so that carers have the help they need when they want it.”

For more information about Carer Support Wiltshire

Summer Activities by Ta-dah SEN

Ta-dah provides a wide variety of resources and programmes to schools, teachers and parents. With in-depth knowledge and vast experience of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperges Syndrome, Attachment Disorder and Global Development Delay, we specialise in providing methods and resources to overcome associated behaviour traits and barriers to learning. Ta-dah are offering an exciting programme of activities throughout the summer.

Musicality Sunday 22 July 1pm-3pm at 1st Wilton Scout Group, Wilton SP2 0AL
This event will comprise of 2 halves. As an introductory concept the cost will be £5 for both.
1-2pm: An hour music making session incorporating music with movement, soundscapes, games and ensemble singing. All designed to build confidence, support social skills, improve focus and most importantly promote music and well-being.
2-3pm: Under the sea themed sensory play suitable for all ages.

Lego Youth Group 11am-12pm at Parkwood Health & Fitness, Salisbury SP1 3YU
Saturday 28 July, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug
Book direct with Ta-dah via their facebook page or email Sophie Scott

Rainforest Eco-craft Monday 6 August 1pm-3pm at 1st Wilton Scout Group, Wilton SP2 0AL
A fabulous afternoon of group and individual arts and crafts suitable for all ages! From treehouses to giant art forms, this is guaranteed to excite everyone! £10 per child.
Book direct with Ta-dah via their facebook page or email Sophie Scott

Summer Cookery and Picnic Wednesday 22 August 10am-2pm at 1st Wilton Scout Group, Wilton SP2 0AL
Book direct with Ta-dah via their facebook page or email Sophie Scott

Sensational Science Wednesday 29 August 1pm- at 1st Wilton Scout Group, Wilton SP2 0AL
An engaging afternoon of hands-on science perfect for any school aged child! Volcanic fruit, life sized digestive system and giant animal templates already on the list! £10 per child.
Book direct with Ta-dah via their facebook page or email Sophie Scott

Easy Read Booklets by Macmillan

Macmillan have launched four new easy read booklets:

They have many more easy read documents on this subject available on their website. Easy read uses simple words and images. Although it is written for people with learning disabilities, we know that many other people use it too. Please share these booklets with anyone you support who may find them helpful.

Videos about coping with cancer and an additional disability

Coping with cancer can be difficult. When you have a disability as well, it can be even more challenging. Watch or listen to our videos about other people’s experiences of coping with cancer and an additional disability. View Macmillan’s videos here.

Signposting Continues

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that whilst the Trustees of South Wilts Mencap review the role of Family Visitor, we are still here to listen to you. We offer signposting through our website, our Monday Bulletins, email and phone.

We would also like to thank Sue Bailey for her commitment to South Wilts Mencap. Although no longer our Family Visitor, Sue is still very much an important part of the team as Club Leader for 4&More and also Fun Days.

Email our Secretary, Emma if you have questions, need to know who the experts are or where you can find information. Emma’s can be contacted by email or call her on 07702 565 318. Sign up to receive the Monday Bulletin email if you haven’t already.

The Wiltshire Vision for Health Services and Social Care

In 2018 the current Health and Wellbeing Board vision for Health Services and Social care in Wiltshire is being refreshed to reflect the latest developments.

Your views about the health and care needs of people in Wiltshire are wanted.

Local system leaders in health and social care invite anyone living in Wiltshire to take part in the development of the vision for the way health and care services are provided in the county.  Your views will help to build and develop a health and well being strategy, which sets the direction for services supporting people to live as well as possible.

Your input will help to inform what Wiltshire people consider to be the most important factors in their health and care.  The feedback you give will also help work out how to prioritise the money available to help people manage their own health and well being, and what support people need to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible.
Everyone – no matter what age – is welcome to contribute.  This is your county, so please share your thoughts.

The survey is open from 14 June 2018 to July 3rd 2018 12 noon and can be accessed online here

Pan Disability Football Launch in Salisbury

Salisbury City Council are pleased to announce the launch of their Pan Disability Football team for young people aged 12-16.

Developed in partnership with Salisbury Rovers and Wiltshire Council, the Council are looking to provide young people who have a disability the opportunity to get involved in playing football. The team is open to all abilities, those with previous playing experience through to those without.

Sessions will start at 5.30pm on Monday 25 June at Victoria Park Bowls Club, SP1 3JH. They will last an hour and provide participants the opportunity to get involved with fun, inclusive footballing activities. Subsequent sessions will take place every Monday for an initial 5 weeks, with the view to continuing depending on the number of participants.

If you would like any more information, please contact our Community Sports Coach, Sean Saunders on 01722 417100, or email

Message from The Shop

The directors of the Shop are sad to announce the retirement of Anne Finch from active management in the Shop, which we can all understand after her recent bereavement and then illness.  Anne has devoted half of every week for 35 years, since the start of the Shop in the early eighties, to work as a volunteer and for most of that long period as joint manager of the Shop with Jean Burden.  We in the Shop and LD community have benefited immeasurably from her remarkable dedication, her experience and enthusiasm in generating funds for SWM over that period.  We are pleased that she has now returned to join us as a volunteer, as indeed her Shop colleagues and many of our customers are also.

In her place the directors have appointed Sharon Dooley and Pauline Osgood to work as a team with Jean Burden and carry the Shop forward on their respective days of work.  Sharon will be particularly involved with Jean in the sorting, pricing and display of donations, and Pauline – knowing most of our customers – will lead the front of house team to great effect on her days.

The Shop directors have full confidence in our team going forward.

Message from The Chair

Dear Members,

There is an outstanding programme of work underway to improve how our charity is governed and managed.  This involves introducing a separate Board of Trustees and reviewing all our processes and procedures to ensure we are fully compliant with current regulations.

We are very fortunate in having an excellent team to undertake this work, which will make SWM fully fit to serve its increasing membership. This energetic team represents our future.

I have been Chair for over three years now and believe it is the appropriate time to handover to someone directly associated with SWM’s future, so Chris Murray, our Vice Chair, will deputise pending the recruitment of a replacement. As the role of Treasurer is vacant I will now fill this important but less demanding role.

Please be assured that our wonderful charity will benefit greatly from a reinvigorated approach, and I know that you will want to offer your support by wishing the new team every success.

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Afford