For LD Week 2018, we have put together a short display about our charity and the most amazing shop that underpins it all. You can see the full display in our shop window at 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury.
As you may have already seen, the Government have announced that they are delaying their decision on funding of the sleep-in care back pay bill for a further month.
How have Mencap responded?
Mencap have released a statement expressing their disappointment at the Government’s continuing failure to take action to resolve the social care funding crisis they have created, despite the fact that we have been raising strong concerns about this vital issue for almost a year already.
Mencap’s chairman, Derek Lewis, is urging the Government to take the issue seriously as even a delay has a serious impact for many providers. At the moment, 40% of local authorities are refusing to pay the increased rate for sleep-in care. This means learning disability care is being subsidised by charities, which simply isn’t sustainable.
However, the #StopSleepInCrisis campaign is not over. Mencap will continue to put pressure on the Government to reach a decision on this vital issue affecting the future care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
Millfield school in Somerset hold an annual fun day for people with a learning disability in the excellent facilities on the school grounds. The whole school is involved with the event, with the school’s pupils acting as guides on the day.
The event has been running for over twenty years and is packed full with a variety of activities with something to suit everyone, including drama, tennis, cooking, art and crafts. Over 700 people regularly attend this fantastic annual event.
Activities and lunch are all included for £1 per person.
On Saturday morning, we celebrated the arrival of our new minibus.
The Minibus was awarded to South Wilts Mencap by the Department of Transport under their Community Minibus scheme. “We understand most of the buses went to bigger community transport schemes, and very few to little local groups like ours” said former trustee and fund raiser Anne Trevett, “so we were thrilled that our bid succeeded.”
SWM Chair Nigel Afford said “Our minibus is absolutely essential in getting our people with learning disabilities to a whole range of activities as well as our hugely successful Breakaway holidays. Our old minibus was on its last legs so the arrival of this wonderful new vehicle with all the bells and whistles to transport people using wheelchairs as well as those who are mobile is a tremendous help.”
Kaya Drumming sessions are more than just drumming. They involve a variety of percussion instruments, play equipment and singing and dancing activities. Kaya Drumming is for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/ or disabilities aged 8 – 25 but if a younger child wishes to attend this may be possible with parent carer support.
November dates are as follows:-
Salisbury – Saturday 26 November 10.00am – 12.00pm
Marlborough – Saturday 19 November 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Partners from across the city are coming together on the 11th October from 10am to 2pm at St Thomas’s Church to showcase all the services, support, schemes and initiatives on offer that make Salisbury the safe place it is to live, work and play.
The police, fire, local councils, health services, Health Watch, Streetwatch, Victim Support, Dementia Friends, Safe Places, SW Mencap, BID and many more organisations will be exhibiting on the day. Entry is free, and the day will include talks, workshops and tea, coffee and refreshments.
The event has been organised by the Salisbury Safer & Supportive Community Group which has the remit of implementing schemes such as Safe Places and Dementia Friends in the city.
In addition to more than 25 local organisations taking part, are:
Lara Wilks Sloan of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust (the UK’s leading campaign group on the subject of personal safety) will not only be opening the event at 10.30 but also providing a workshop
At 1pm Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson will be holding a Q & A session on the Wiltshire strategy for combating Hate Crime
And there will be workshops or presentations on matters as diverse as Dementia Friends, a mindfulness session, Healthwatch support to finding social care, the safeguarding of children and Dementia Friends.
Everyone is welcome to drop in and visit this event.