Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Big Knit Salisbury with Age UK Wiltshire

Join Age UK Wiltshire on Friday 14th September, 1pm-3pm at our Knit and Natter group, Salisbury Medical Practice, Fisherton House, Salisbury, SP2 7FD to knit woollen hats, meet with friends and enjoy a cup of tea and cake.  Patterns available from beginners to advanced knitters.

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people. You knit the hats, innocent drinks wear them and we receive 25p for each little hat.

With a target of 50,000 hats which we hope to raise £12,500 helping the battle to reduce isolation and loneliness.

For knitting patterns and information please call us on 01380 727767 or visit our website

Three Chequers Carers Coffee Morning

Three Chequers Medical Practice welcome all carers and ex-carers to come to our coffee morning at St Thomas’s Church on Thursday 6 September from 10am to 12pm. This is a chance to get together for an informal chat over free coffee (or tea!) and cake with others. It is a chance to meet new friends, and share experiences with others in a similar situation.

You can also do something creative, with the “Crafty Carers”.

Feel free to come along with your “cared for” and any other friends or relatives. This event is for all carers, not just those registered at 3CMP. It is also open to those who have lost the person that they cared for.

If you plan to come please try to let us know (so we know how many cakes to get!) but of course feel free to just drop in.

For more info contact Clare or Lyn 01722 336441 or email

Movies under the Spire

Salisbury Cathedral is one of the main partners in the Salisbury Dementia Action Alliance, working to make the city dementia friendly. On the 21st September, 6.45pm – 9pm, it will screen the movie Iris and run a short panel discussion about the issues arising from it.

Iris tells the true story of celebrated author, Iris Murdoch.  Brought to life by two of the most acclaimed British actresses, Dame Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, the film depicts her life long romance with her husband John Bayley, right from her days as a scholar at Oxford, through to her battle with Alzheimer’s at the end of her life. The film is based on John Bayley’s Books ‘Iris: A Memoir’ and ‘Elegy for Iris‘.

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Booking Details: Tickets: £9.00 which includes refreshments. Doors open at 18:30

Fundraising & Marketing Trustees

South Wilts Mencap supports people with learning disabilities. Celebrating our 60th anniversary, we are looking for a trustee with a background in marketing and/or fundraising to help raise our profile and raise funds.

All trustees will make a real difference to the lives of our members as well as gain new skills for their professional development.  It would be preferred if applicants work and/or live in Salisbury or the surrounding area.

Whilst we ensure that the Board remains refreshed through time limited directorships, we cherish the longevity of support from many volunteers over the years and celebrate our rich history as a local charity.

We are currently looking for trustees specifically with the following attributes:

  • Knowledge/expertise of communications or marketing; and
  • Experience of running successful fundraising campaigns.

We are also looking for any combination of the following skills or attributes from the applicant:

  • An excellent understanding of the different operational contexts of the public, voluntary and private sectors;
  • Knowledge of Salisbury and the surrounding villages;
  • An empathy towards people with learning disabilities;
  • A strong commitment to organisational development and improvement;
  • Excellent communication skills, political awareness and an affinity with the vision of SWM;
  • Knowledge or understanding of Information Technology and/or business systems;
  • Knowledge/expertise of our local health service, social care or Local Government;
  • Knowledge/expertise of the law; in general, or with an expertise of charity or disability law; and
  • Previous non-executive experience, with the strategic skills and commercial acumen necessary to ensure excellent governance and Board performance.

We are also very keen to hear from younger people looking for trustee experience or from anyone with a family member who has a learning disability. In addition, there is an expectation that any trustee will be IT literate and will be able to commit to a minimum of 12 meetings per year, plus an Annual General Meeting. All trustees, including the chair, are appointed for a term of four years with an option for reelection for a further term of four years.  

The Board meets in central Salisbury monthly, in the evening. It is expected that trustees communicate via email in between meetings and arrange sub-group meetings as and when required to complete agreed tasks. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per month for emails, phone calls and ad-hoc meetings.

Email our secretary, Emma Harper, for an application form.

SWM Street Collection Saturday 22 September 2018

Please support South Wilts Mencap on Saturday 22 September in Salisbury City Centre. We organise two street collections every year as they raise much needed funds to help continue our clubs, activities and services for people with learning disabilities.

This is an opportunity to be part of our team; by giving your time to our charity, you will help make a difference. Just one hour of your time on Saturday will contribute an enormous amount of support. We have lots of fun during the street collection as it is an opportunity to meet other supporters of South Wilts Mencap. Please email Nigel and let him know which times you can do on Saturday 22 September between 9am and 4pm.

Wiltshire Creative Lift Off in Salisbury

Join Wiltshire Creative for four days of free entertainment this August Bank Holiday as we celebrate the arts across the city of Salisbury and launch Wiltshire Creative’s first season of programming.

With live music and fireworks, street theatre and circus, family fun and arts activities, the Lift Off! Weekend runs from Friday 24 to Monday 27 August at Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and in the city’s streets.


There will be free theatre in and around Salisbury Playhouse, a Family Fiesta at Salisbury Arts Centre and a visual arts trail between the two venues.

Kicking off the weekend will be a Picnic in the Close with live music in the Cathedral Close from 7pm on Friday 24 August. Music will come from local bands The Deloreons and Just Us. At the end of the evening fireworks will herald the opening of the Lift Off! Weekend in spectacular style in the Close.

Wiltshire Creative Artistic Director Gareth Machin said: “Lift Off! will be a free party for the whole city, a celebration of this creative city and the new organisation as we open the doors for our first season of work. We hope as many people as possible will come into the city and join us for a spectacular weekend.”

Transition with Able Hands Together

Are you worried about transition into social care? Looking for something active for their service? Therapeutic farming is a fantastic way to learn life skills and build confidence and self esteem.

Contact Able Hands Together and book a private consultation and assessment with Laura Tween 

Visit their website to find out more about what Able Hands Together is all about.

Our Musicality

Our Musicality aims to engage people in meaningful musical experiences, whether it is learning an Instrument, or taking part in an improvised ensemble performance.

Our Musicality offers 1:1, small group and class Inclusive music projects. We recognise the immense benefits to well-being that music has to offer us all.

We use a blend of Music technology and traditional instruments to provide a well-rounded approach to all of our work. We aim to provide everyone with the same opportunities and support to create and experience music.

Our team are experienced in SEN/D/and have worked with local schools and care companies to deliver Music Projects. We also have a newly qualified occupational therapist advising us to ensure we provide the best support we can to everyone involved.

Visit their Facebook page or contact Adam Varney by email or phone 07505 983781.

2018 Off Balance

Working Families surveyed 1,250 parents of disabled children during autumn 2017 and held a focus group to explore some issues in greater detail. The report titled 2018 Off Balance, has now been published.

All working parents can feel under strain, juggling competing demands and dealing with the unexpected. These challenges are multiplied for parents of disabled children.

Given the huge mismatch between the number of flexible jobs and the proportion of people who want or need to work flexibly, wholesale change to UK workplaces can only serve everyone’s interest. What is crucial is that the recommendations made throughout this report – around ‘adjustment leave’, parental leave and carer passports, for example – are accompanied by cultural change in the workplace. Otherwise, they risk being mere ‘tick box’ exercises that won’t impact on the lived experience of parents of disabled children.

We need practical action to ensure that services better meet the needs of families with disabled children. This is about ensuring that the improvements we have seen in the availability of childcare includes all families, and that public services recognise and act on the fact that parents of disabled children want to be in paid work. Many of the themes and findings in this report are worryingly consistent with what we found in our 2012 and 2015 reports. Change is urgently needed: it’s time to act.

Read the full 2018 Off Balance report here.