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Creative Carers Support Group

Explore your creative side with this friendly carer group. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun!

They meet at SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury from 11am to 2pm

Meeting dates/ themes:
14 January

11 February

11 March

Venue: SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW
When: Monday 11am to 2pm. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided
See their facebook page for more details

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 

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

Shop Director

Volunteer position available at 16 Catherine Street Ltd

To maintain our vitality needed to keep our charity shop vibrant, relevant and profitable, we are looking to recruit a volunteer Shop Director to support the shop and its retail business.

Roles and responsibilities

  • To maximise the retail potential and sales performance of the shop
  • Be the Line Manager for the Shop Managers
  • Work with the Shop Managers to develop, support, train and create effective relationships for all volunteers
  • Support the Shop Managers in the management of the volunteer team
  • Model best retail practice for all volunteers
  • Promote best practice within the shop and develop effective ways of dealing with display, donation sorting, stock movements, stock control
  • Work with Shop Managers and staff to maximize the effectiveness of the shop layout
  • Provide regular feedback to fellow 16CSt Directors
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the strategic and financial plans and management of the organisation
  • Attend Board Meetings

It is expected that the Shop Director will initially spend time working in the shop in order to understand how it functions.  Hours to be discussed, but initially are anticipated to be up to 10 hours per week, to include spending time in the shop.  Board meetings are currently monthly for two hours, but it is anticipated these would be less frequent in the future.

What we are looking for

  • Excellent communication skills and experience of people management
  • Leadership experience and skills
  • An understanding of the charity/voluntary sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of working with volunteers
  • An empathy towards people with learning disabilities
  • A strong commitment to organisational development and improvement

What difference will you make

16 Catherine Street Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of South Wilts Mencap, an independent local charity based in Salisbury which aims to support, enable and inspire people with learning disabilities and their families and carers living in Salisbury and South Wilts. Income from 16 Catherine Street charity shop and residential rental accommodation, within the premises, provides the principal income for South Wilts Mencap, to fund all of its activities for the learning disabled community.

What is in it for you as a volunteer

The team at 16 Catherine Street Ltd are 100% volunteers, many of whom have served the shop for decades. The friendly relaxed environment allows everyone to bring their skills and enthusiasm to making the shop a thriving success in the heart of Salisbury city centre. With extensive storage space and a shop floor refurbished in 2018, volunteers can choose where they use their skills to best use; sorting donations or serving customers. The recently refreshed board of directors continue to work closely with the aims of it’s parent company, South Wilts Mencap as we all look forward to celebrating their 60th anniversary. The shop director would be joining a strong and passionate board.

How to apply

Read our application pack which you can view/download below for full details and if the role sounds ideal for you, email our secretary, Mrs Emma Harper to request an application form.

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

Is It For Me Event

Find out about the activities and support available for older people living in Salisbury at this event organised by the older people’s team at Salisbury Medical Practice, on the 2nd October, from 10am-1pm, at Fisherton House, Salisbury Medical Practice.

This is a free event, with tea, cake and advice and information on offer.

For more information, contact Katy on 01722 333034 or email her: katy.gillingham@nhs.net