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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

Treat Me Well

Simple adjustments make a big difference.

Treat me well is Mencap’s campaign to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital. Find out what we’re calling for and how you can help.

Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference – better communication, more time and clearer information.

But we know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.

1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in hospital, each and every year.

Mencap’s campaign, Treat me well, calls on NHS staff to make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability which can help to save lives.

Sign up to support the campaign

Watch the video

Treat me well report

We know we can only make a real difference to healthcare inequalities if we work together with those who are at the front line of the NHS.

Therefore, we’ve carried out research not only with people with a learning disability, but also healthcare professionals, hospital trusts and universities teaching medical and nursing students.

Read our report to find and more and what we’re calling for. Full Report. Easy Read Report.

All content and media thanks to Mencap.


Government Delay Decision #SleepInCrisis

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 Day 2017

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.

Timings: 10am – 4pm
Date: Saturday 24th June 2017
Address: Millfield School, Street, Somerset, BA16 0YD

Email Emma or speak to your Club Leader about attending, as names must be registered in advance through SWM. SWM are providing two minibuses for New Horizon Club members primarily.

Our New Minibus Has Arrived!

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.”

Art Programme with Becky Churchill

“The World Around Us” – We have postponed this programme until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience.

South Wilts Mencap are very excited to announce our art programme of four workshops with artist, Becky Churchill, is taking place on Mondays from 6:30pm to 8pm.

The programme is open to all young people aged 14 to 30 with learning disabilities.

It costs just £8 per person for the whole programme and you can book by calling Pauline Cain on 07766 272284 or email.

The venue is St. Michael’s Church and Community Centre, Bemerton Heath, SP2 9LE.

These sessions are thanks to the generous donation from the Reis Family, thanks to Tom Reis running a half marathon to raise funds for South Wilts Mencap.

Kaya Drumming

kayadrumlogoKaya 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
  • Chippenham – Saturday 3 December 10.00 – 12.00pm
  • Trowbridge – Saturday 10 December 2.00pm – 4.00pm

To find out more information and to book a place call 01249 463907 (option 4) or email: alison.lawrence@barnardos.org.uk  or jane.middletonjones@barnardos.org.uk

Safer Salisbury Showcase

safe-placesPartners 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.

Click here for the flyer.

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.