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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.

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

Wiltshire Council Learning Disability Information Day

The Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD) is a joint health and social countrywide team that has a range of specialist staff.  They offer a range of guidance and support to the person, their family and paid carers.

You are invited to meet them on Tuesday 11 September between 10am and 1pm in Crown Court Room, Guildhall, Salisbury. Simply pop in and say hello.

View the flyer Learning disability information day 11.09.18.

EmployAbility Fair

Following the success of last year’s EmployAbility Fair, Wiltshire Council, in partnership with Job Centre Plus, is hosting another EmployAbility Fair in the Atrium, County Hall on Tuesday 2 October 2018 from 10am-2pm.

The event will be open to all members of the public with the aim being to support disabled people into work by providing an occasion for job seekers to meet local employers in an informal setting and find out about job opportunities and other routes to employment.

The event celebrates our commitment to being a Disability Confident employer. This year 30 exhibitors have signed up to attend including Wiltshire Police, Asda, BT Openreach, Longleat and Building Bridges. To read more about what a Disability Confident employer entails, visit their website.

Venue: Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Rd, Trowbridge BA14 8JQ

Fundraising & Marketing Trustees

South Wilts Mencap supports people with learning disabilities. Celebrating our 60th anniversary, we are looking for a trustee with a background in marketing and/or fundraising to help raise our profile and raise funds.

All trustees will make a real difference to the lives of our members as well as gain new skills for their professional development.  It would be preferred if applicants work and/or live in Salisbury or the surrounding area.

Whilst we ensure that the Board remains refreshed through time limited directorships, we cherish the longevity of support from many volunteers over the years and celebrate our rich history as a local charity.

We are currently looking for trustees specifically with the following attributes:

  • Knowledge/expertise of communications or marketing; and
  • Experience of running successful fundraising campaigns.

We are also looking for any combination of the following skills or attributes from the applicant:

  • An excellent understanding of the different operational contexts of the public, voluntary and private sectors;
  • Knowledge of Salisbury and the surrounding villages;
  • An empathy towards people with learning disabilities;
  • A strong commitment to organisational development and improvement;
  • Excellent communication skills, political awareness and an affinity with the vision of SWM;
  • Knowledge or understanding of Information Technology and/or business systems;
  • Knowledge/expertise of our local health service, social care or Local Government;
  • Knowledge/expertise of the law; in general, or with an expertise of charity or disability law; and
  • Previous non-executive experience, with the strategic skills and commercial acumen necessary to ensure excellent governance and Board performance.

We are also very keen to hear from younger people looking for trustee experience or from anyone with a family member who has a learning disability. In addition, there is an expectation that any trustee will be IT literate and will be able to commit to a minimum of 12 meetings per year, plus an Annual General Meeting. All trustees, including the chair, are appointed for a term of four years with an option for reelection for a further term of four years.  

The Board meets in central Salisbury monthly, in the evening. It is expected that trustees communicate via email in between meetings and arrange sub-group meetings as and when required to complete agreed tasks. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per month for emails, phone calls and ad-hoc meetings.

Email our secretary, Emma Harper, for an application form.


Families views needed to shape local services

The Families and Children’s Transformation Programme (FACT) is a programme of work being undertaken by a wide range of organisations looking to make lives better for children, young people and families.

The organisations involved range from the council, police, NHS and schools to family support services, early years’ providers such as children’s centres, childminders and nurseries and also includes a wide variety of community and voluntary sector partners.

The intention of the programme is to align working priorities and practices as much as possible, to make it easier for people to access consistent information, advice and support from services at a time when they need them. The programme can only do that by working with children, young people and families to find out what is most important to them.

In order to reach as many families as possible, an online survey has been created to gather views on some of the key stages of childhood and parenting. The survey can be answered by parents/carers or by children and young people looking at the questions relevant to them.

The survey is online but Wiltshire Council are also going out to family fun events during the summer to speak to parents and carers:

  • 27 July – Harnham Fun Day
  • 8 August – Friary Fun Day
  • 15 August – Bishopdown Green Fun Day
  • 23 August – Bemerton Heath Fun Day
  • 26/27 August – Devizes International Street Festival & Carnival

The feedback received will help shape a shared partnership strategy which will be the steer for their work in the future. They would like all parents and carers to get involved.

Families and children’s transformation survey 2018 – closes on 7 September 2018.

Please have your say and if you have any further feedback contact FACT@wiltshire.gov.uk.


Carers in Wiltshire Joint Strategy 2017-22

Wiltshire Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working with partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector to support thousands of Wiltshire carers who look after vulnerable loved ones.

In the last census more than 47,000 people in Wiltshire said they provided unpaid care that’s about 10% of the population.  One in five of those devote more than 50 hours every week to caring.  Research suggests that there are many more who do not identify themselves as carers formally, particularly young carers and those who care for people with needs relating to mental health or substance misuse.

Wiltshire Carers’ Action Group (WCAG) has recently launched a five-year strategy to make sure that carers get the support they need when they need it. The joint Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire CCG strategy was co-produced with WCAG members including the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Support, Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council, Spurgeons Young Carers, Wiltshire Citizen Advice and Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living, Wiltshire People 1st and Wiltshire carers.

View or download the strategy here.

The strategy aims to ensure that: ‘Carers are identified and accepted as expert partners in care; are well informed; and maintain a good quality of life and healthy lifestyle outside of their caring responsibility.’

There is a detailed implementation plan to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Carers have improved physical health, mental health and wellbeing
  • Carers are empowered to make choices about their caring role and to access appropriate support and services for themselves and the people they care for
  • Carers have the best financial situation possible, and are less worried about money
  • Carers’ needs, and the value of carers, are better understood in Wiltshire
  • Carers influence services

If you are a carer and would like to be involved in how the strategy is implemented you can contact the Carer Engagement Manager at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or email admin@carersinwiltshire.co.uk. Carer Support Wiltshire chairs the Wiltshire Carer Involvement Group and coordinates carer involvement in the development of a range of services which support carers and those they care for. Carer Support Wiltshire also runs groups across the county facilitated by Community Connectors who will help to implement the strategy at a local level.

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for adult social care, public health and public protection, said: “One of the most important duties we have is to protect vulnerable people in the community. Without the devotion of carers in the county that task would be incredibly difficult and costly, and place enormous strain on the resources of the council and the health service.

“Our carers do so much for the community, and it is right that the community helps them in return.”

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning for NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Everybody who works in health and social care understands the vital contribution that unpaid carers make. Looking after a person that you care about is something that many of us want to do, however, we need access to timely advice and support. Our new strategy builds on the great support that is available across Wiltshire, so that carers have the help they need when they want it.”

For more information about Carer Support Wiltshire

Wiltshire Local Offer Focus Group

The new look Local Offer website is ready for feedback. Following the Local Offer website sessions that took place in November 2017, a lot of work has taken place to build a new Local Offer website informed by the input from everyone who attended the sessions.

We now need to test that what has been developed works and does what you said you wanted the new website to do. Please join us at one of these informal sessions to have a look at the new website and share your feedback.

Monday 2nd July City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU 10:00am to 12:30pm

You MUST book your place to attend. You can book online or telephone WPCC on 01225 764647 or email WPCC at: admin@wiltspcc.co.uk 

Community Connecting

Community Connecting assist customers to find out more about their local community and how they can access some of the following:

  • finding voluntary work, socialising, meeting friends or joining a club, further education; including college courses and other training opportunities,
  • using their community facilities to do things that they enjoy,
  • Traineeships,
  • travel training.

Community Connecting provide a time limited service; with the aim of working with the customer so they are able to find, take part in their chosen community activity and to do this independently.

When Community Connecting receives your referral you will be allocated to a Community Coordinator, who will meet with you to register you to our service. Your Community Co-ordinator will ask you what type of volunteering or leisure interest you wish to pursue. They will support you to explore opportunities in your community; working with you to identify your existing skills and help you to develop any new skills needed. When found they then plan with you how you are going to get to your chosen activity/voluntary position and will support you in this for the appropriate length of time. Community Connecting will review their work with you regularly to ensure you are able to sustain your chosen activity/voluntary position.

CommunityConnecting_Fact_Sheet   CC_Newsletter_May_2018

Telephone: 01225 718004
Email: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk
Facebook Page: facebook.com/WiltshireEST

Special Education Provision Consultation

Following the Special School Discussion sessions WPCC organised before Christmas in 2017, progress has been made as a result of what parents fed back during these sessions. One of the outcomes of the sessions has been an agreement by Wiltshire Council Cabinet to go to public consultation to consider proposals for meeting the growing demand on special school places.

Wiltshire Council has shared the following information with the WPCC:

Wiltshire Council has been collaborating with schools on how to improve special education provision and this has now reached the stage of going out to consultation with everyone next month. The consultation will help decide the future of three of its special schools. It will be live on the Wiltshire Council website and we will be sharing the detail of how you can have your say as soon as this is available.

Wiltshire needs an additional 220 places by 2026 for children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities. There is also a need to address where the schools are placed to ensure sufficient spaces are available for different needs in the north and south. Some pupils currently have to travel up to 90 minutes to attend school.

The three options are to develop a single school, develop two schools or develop/continue three schools in Chippenham, Trowbridge and Rowdeford. The results of the consultation will be considered by Wiltshire Council for any further action including the possibility of publishing statutory notices for formal consultation on any specific proposal.

Further information can be found here on the Wiltshire Council website: Consultation on Special Schools and the WPCC will promote information about how parents can participate in the consultation when the information is available.