Monthly Archives: December 2018

Help us Help you

This winter, NHS England and Public Health England have introduced a new overarching brand that brings together all the winter pressures campaign activity – ‘Help Us, Help You’.

The winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. The ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign aims to help reduce these pressures. This includes messages about flu immunisation, staying well in winter, NHS 111, community pharmacy and extended GP hours.

By following their advice, you can help NHS experts help you stay well, prevent an illness getting worse, take the best course of action and get well again sooner.

Guide to Healthy Ageing and Caring

NHS England has co-produced free guides that provide older people with practical advice to support healthy ageing and caring.

The Healthy Ageing and Healthy Caring guides provide information to older people and carers about staying healthy, fit and independent during the winter months. They identify the support that’s available to help maintain health and wellbeing and which can help older people and carers to stay out of hospital.

The guides have been co-produced with AGE UK, Fire Rescue Service, Carers UK, Carers Trust, Public Heath England, carers networks and people with lived experience including older people. They are part of NHS England’s long term ambition to support older people and carers to look after their own health.

A Christmas Carol

A Blue Apple Production on Fri 11 – Sun 13 January 2019 in Winchester.

Blue Apple

Community Event on Friday 11 – Sunday 13 January at 7.30pm 
Theatre Royal Winchester

Buy tickets online

Tickets £19, Friends £17, U26s £14, Schools/Groups (8+) £10

Your winter festivities won’t feel complete without an encounter with Scrooge – and this season’s Ebenezer will be unlike any other in this innovative new adaptation of what is, for many, the ultimate Christmas classic.

This will be the Dickens story you know and love but much more… There will be snow and there will be ghosts, but filtered through Blue Apple’s unique style of uplifting theatre that includes drama, dance, puppetry and music.

You should expect an old tale with a new twist.

Founded in 2005 and based in Winchester, Blue Apple is an ambitious theatrical company that supports performers with learning disabilities to develop and present high quality productions for the widest possible audience – performing and touring theatre, dance and film within a variety of large and small scale venues around Hampshire and the southern regions.

Special School Update 30 November

WPCC have released a further update following a Cabinet meeting.

Wiltshire Council Cabinet met on Tuesday 27th November to discuss the proposal for special school provision in Wiltshire. The agenda item to consider the proposal concluded with Wiltshire Council’s cabinet backing a £20m investment to create a new centre of excellence for pupils with special needs in the county. The new school will be developed at Rowdeford near Devizes to match the facilities at Exeter House, Salisbury.

Cabinet members agreed the proposals and for a statutory consultation on the creation of the new school. The final decision will be made at Cabinet in March 2019.

The recording of the Cabinet meeting, along with minutes and questions received can be found on the Wiltshire Council website (item 300).

WPCC are also maintaining a Q&A document that responds to questions being raised by parent carers which can be viewed here.

Multitude of Voyces

South Wilts Mencap were delighted to enable Multitude of Voyces to bring their pilot project to Salisbury, thanks to a grant.

Multitude of Voyces worked with children with SEND from several primary in Salisbury, bringing them together in a performance of music with Makaton at St Thomas’s Church, as part of their Christmas Tree Festival. 

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Celebrate Life CD

Celebrate Life is an album of original songs written by Foundation Studies students at Wiltshire College & University Centre, Salisbury, in collaboration with La Folia Music.

Available to buy online now – click here to purchase. 

Silver Sunday December Events

Irene Kohler, Salisbury Area Board’s Older People’s Champion is delighted that Philip Tomes the Salisbury Library manager has agreed to put on two events as pre-Christmas treats for people of 55 and over.  The Techy Tea Party and the Prose and Poetry sessions, part of the Silver Sunday programme celebrating International Older People’s Day at the beginning of October proved to be very popular with many requests for repeats.

There will be a techy tea party on Monday 10 December from 2.30 to 4pm.  Accompanied by tea/coffee and cake, people of 55 and over can take their mobile phone, tablet or other device and receive one-to-one help in resolving the mysteries of its various functions.

On Tuesday 11 December, from 2.30 to 4pm, people of 55 and over are invited to share their favourite poem or piece of prose which may have a Christmas theme or be your favourite piece.  Irene says that she will be there and is already looking through to see which pieces to share.

If you wish to attend either of these events, please leave your name at the library reception desk.

Exeter House School Christmas Bazaar

Exeter House School are holding their Christmas Bazaar on Friday 7 December.

1.30-2.30pm Students of Exeter House daytime event with stalls, games and tea

5-7pm Friends of Exeter House Family fundraising event with stalls, games, festive food, mulled wine, face painting, fabulous raffle prizes and Father Christmas