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RETHINK Mental Health Carer Group

Are you caring for someone who has mental health problems? Come along to the Rethink support group for advice and support in a friendly, safe environment.

For more information please contact Clare Druett by email clare.druett@ntlworld.com

Location: Tindall Room, Sarum College, Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE Time: 7.00pm-9.00pm

Dates: Second Thursday of the month: 10th January, 14th February, 14th March


What is the DadPad?
It’s the essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS.

Why do you need it?
As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need.  The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Introducing DadPad Neonatal
Being a parent of a child in neonatal care can come with lots of other emotions and problems. DadPad Neonatal offers additional help and support in these situations.

Visit the DadPad website

Download the DadPad App from Google Play store or Apple store



FamilyHub by Mencap

Mencap offer FamilyHub for you to join

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.


  • connect with others
  • share triumphs and challenges
  • a place for support and tips

Sign Up Here

Watch their video about FamilyHub

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


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 Independent Support and Advice Service

As of April 2018, the WISA service will be delivered by the charity KIDS

WISA provide free and impartial information, support and advice to parents, carers, children and young people in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They can help with education related forms and letters, attend meetings with you or support you in discussions with the local authority, school/college or other setting, including the EHCP (My Plan) process, mediations/tribunals or other issues such as exclusions.

Kids WISA leaflet

Their new contact details from April 1st 2018 are telephone 01225 307455 (available Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm) or email wisa@kids.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KIDScharitySW

Curly Hair Project Webinars on ASD

The curly hair project is a social enterprise based in the UK, which aims to help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their loved ones. All our work is based on personal, real life examples and experience. The Curly Hair Project is running a series of webinars that you can watch/listen to from the comfort of your own home on a computer, mobile device or tablet.

Visit their website for all the details. 

April 2018

Mon 09: ASD and Sensory Processing (Evening)
Fri 13: ASD for Siblings & Families (Morning)
Tue 17: ASD and Family Relationships (Evening)
Thu 19: ASD and Sensory Processing (Morning)
Thu 19: Essential Guide to ASD (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)
Sun 22: ASD and Anxiety (USA Time)
Mon 23: ASD and Social Anxiety (Evening)
Tue 24: FREE Introduction to CHP + Sneak Animation Preview (Evening)

May 2018

Wed 01: ASD and Anxiety (Evening)
Wed 10: Meltdowns and Shutdowns (Evening)
Tue 15: Essential Guide to ASD (Evening)
Tue 15: ASD and Anxiety (Morning)
Tue 15: ASD and Females (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)
Thu 17: 10 Ways to Better Understand Each Other for ASD/NT Couples – (Evening)
Sun 20: ASD and Social Anxiety (Evening)
Mon 21: Essential Guide to ASD (Professionals Lunchtime Learning)

June 2018

Tue 05: ASD and Education (Evening)
Thu 14: ASD and Females (Evening)

If you have any further concerns or questions, please email alis@thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk
We look forward to you joining us for some wonderful online learning!

Kooth – free online mental health support for 11 to 19 year olds

Free Online Mental Health Support for Children and Young People, aged 11-19 (up to 19th birthday) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Did you know there was an anonymous free online counselling site for children and young people in Wiltshire and Swindon? The site is www.Kooth.com. It’s a professional online counselling and emotional support service funded and commissioned by the local authority.

Kooth gives young people anonymous and timely access to qualified psychotherapists, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) certified counsellors via any connected device, including a smartphone.

It offers year-round, live text-based chat up to 10pm every night. It also gives young people access to self-help resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. They can book scheduled chats with named counsellors and are free to read and contribute to Kooth’s online magazine.

Children and young people can live text chat confidentially about anything, from anxiety, stress and relationships to bullying, drug use and sexual health issues.

Kooth has a robust safeguarding practice to ensure it is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people, in a non-stigmatising environment.


It may feel awkward, but it’s important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. Sexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child.

As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn’t in the public interest.

For information and advice about how to talk to your child about sexting, visit the NSPCC website.

How to report an inappropriate image

If you are under 18 years of age and an explicit or nude image of you has been shared online, there is confidential help for you to get it removed. If you’re 18 or older, contact the website(s) where you’ve seen the image or video, or report it to the police. Click here for more information about how to report inappropriate images and how to get inappropriate images removed.

Self-Referrals – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

In Wiltshire, parent carers and young people can now ‘self-refer’ to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service using an online referrals form.

The new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) service starts on 1st April 2018 and will be delivered by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The service will be providing targeted and specialist mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people aged 0-18 years, which includes having timely access to an integrated system of co-ordinated and effective promotion, prevention, early intervention and community support and treatment.

The service will look at the referral and identify the help needed. It may also work with other organisations to get a child/ young person the help and support they require.

For the referral to be considered, the following information will be requested:

  • description of the mental health difficulty
  • how long it has been affecting the child/young person and family
  • impact on the child/young person/family e.g. schooling, home, friendships
  • significant family history/events/illness
  • what the child/young person would like to happen as a result of the referral
  • who else is involved with the child and what have they done, how well has this worked
  • confirmation that the referral to CAMHS has been discusses with the family/carer/child/young person to obtain consent

For emergency referrals (where a child poses an immediate danger to themselves or others) please call CAMHS directly:

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm: Salisbury – 01722 336262 (ext 2779)

For Professionals only at Weekends, bank Holidays and after 5pm: 01865 901000 (ask for SWB CAMHS on-call)

Weekends, Bank Holidays and after 5pm: Young people and their family should be advised to contact their GP or go to the nearest A&E department.