Tag Archives: learning disabilities

Nominations Please

South Wilts Mencap are looking for nominations for our two annual awards. These awards are a legacy of the late Betty Williams, who managed our charity shop for over 20 years.

AWARD 1 is for someone with a learning disability who made real progress in their personal ability or independence during the past year.

AWARD 2 is for an organisation that has “travelled that extra mile” to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities.

Download the nomination form and return by email or post to our Secretary. Click here for more information about the South Wilts Mencap Awards and who was awarded them last year.

Email: secretary@southwiltsmencap.org.uk

Post: Emma Harper, SWM Shop, 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury, SP1 2DA

Fit Club Sessions in Salisbury

Fit Club is for adults aged 17 and above with disabilities allowing participants to continue to take part in sport and physical activity.

Sessions from Monday 14 January 2019

  • Salisbury – Monday evenings 6.30 to 8pm at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, SP1 3NR

Fit Club costs £30 for 10 sessions

For further information and to book a place please do not hesitate to contact Rob Paget on 01722 434770 or by email to robert.paget@wiltshire.gov.uk 

Zone Arts in Salisbury

Zone Arts is a music and filmmaking club for adults with learning disabilities, aged 16 and over. Have fun making music and films with new friends.

Zone Club takes place at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT and usually happens on the last Saturday of every month from 10:00am – 2:30pm, and costs just £18 per person.

Zone Club dates are:
Saturday 24 November 2018

For more details, including how to book a place, please contact Salisbury Arts Centre on 01722 321744 or book online.

Image thanks to Wiltshire Creative.

Sei Solo by Exeter House School Students with La Folia

La Folia warmly invites you to share the experiences of the students of Exeter House School and Vocational Centre as they explore the music of Bach and create their own songs and dances in response.

This free event will be the culmination of a three-month project, led by Howard Moody, in which over 50 young people have had a unique opportunity to generate new ideas alongside a world class creative team.

No advance booking required – please just come along and join us.  There will be a retiring collection for La Folia’s ongoing work in the community. If you should require any further details please contact: rebekah.bernstein@lafoliamusic.org.uk or phone 07866 622413.

Date: Friday 28th September 2018 at 10.30am
Venue: St Martin’s Church, St Martin’s Church St, Salisbury SP1 2HY

The Garden at Salisbury Arts Centre

The Garden is a show designed for learning disabled people to interact and engage with.

A show where taking part is built into the performance, The Garden is an interactive installation that takes participants on a multi-sensory journey through the seasons… smell spring, touch summer, taste autumn and feel winter.

Spare Tyre are a leading UK charity transforming lives through participatory arts.

‘It was a beautiful show. Gorgeous visual, perfect pace, enhancing audio, lovely cast, amazing.’ Audience member

Venue: Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT
Date: Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 October at 11am & 2pm
Book: Salisbury Arts Centre

Theatre Workshop

Working Creatively with People with Learning Disabilities Led by participatory arts specialists Spare Tyre, this is an introductory skills development masterclass for professional participatory arts practitioners who are beginning to work with, or would like to work with, people with learning disabilities.

The masterclass will explore what you need to consider when engaging learning disabled people in creative practice, accessing their world on their terms. You will develop knowledge of working in a person-centred way using non-verbal techniques.


Venue: Rehearsal Room, Salisbury Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, SP2 7RA
Date: Thursday 4 October from 11:00am – 4:30pm
Book tickets: Salisbury Playhouse

Child Immunisation Focus Groups

Would you like to help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service?

Wiltshire Parent Carer Council are inviting parents and carers to express their views and opinions about children’s immunisations on:-
Thursday 27th September at Grasmere House Hotel, 70 Harnham Road, Salisbury, SP2 8JN. Session runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm and tea and coffee will be provided.

There are only 12 places at the focus group so early booking is advised.

This is an important opportunity to share your opinions, experiences such as the challenges you may have faced, and ideas and suggestions you may have to help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service. Parent carers can claim travel and childcare expenses if attending these events.

You can book online here.

Child Immunisations Bookings will close at 5pm on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Stage 65 Youth Theatre

Stage 65, Wiltshire Creative’s Youth Theatre, offers weekly workshops, end of term performances, productions on our stages and a range of discounts to anyone aged 4-25 years.  These workshops are a fantastic opportunity if you want a career in theatre, or even if you would just like to meet new friends and take part in the arts.

Workshops take place at Salisbury Playhouse, Exeter House School and Wellington Academy, Tidworth (11-18 years old).  Fees are outlined on our registration forms (reduced membership rates and bursaries are also available).

If you would like to join Stage 65 youth theatre or know someone who might, contact the Take Part department at Alexandra.martyn@wiltshirecreative.co.uk or complete the online registration form below.

If you would like to join Stage 65 youth theatre please complete the online form here.

Visit Wiltshire Creative website for full details about Stage 65 youth theatre.

Divoky Riding School in Shepton Mallet

At Divoky Riding Centre, they welcome adults and young people with disabilities and their highly experienced team can provide safe and enjoyable lessons for any level of rider. They have a great selection of horses and ponies available for your lesson, or they can teach you on your own horse if you prefer.

They run weekend sessions and weekday sessions, which can be suited to complete beginners, novices and/or competitors. At the club children are split into ability groups for riding lessons.

They are located at: Divoky Riding School, Manor Farm, Downhead, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4LG. For more information please call on: 01749 880 233 or email: info@divoky.co.uk