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Wessex Community Action
Unit 6, Paxton Business Centre, Whittle Road, Churchfields, Salisbury, SP2 7YR
email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk Tel: 01722 326822

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre Community Bus Survey

Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre is now fully open attracting many people from all over Salisbury.  Wessex Community Action and Wiltshire Council think there may be a need for a community bus service to run from the various housing areas in and around Salisbury to Five Rivers and would like to know if you, or anyone you know, would be in favour of using it.
Please help us to find out what the need is by answering the 10 questions.


Wessex Community Action are seeking a Board Member

Use your passion and commitment to support the Voluntary and Community Sector in Salisbury and the surrounding area by becoming a Board Member. Wessex Community Action was founded in 1973 and has a good reputation for supporting local community groups and charities.

Board Members are Trustees of Wessex Community Action and Directors of the Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. They set the strategy for Wessex Community Action and oversee the operational management of the organisation by the Advisor to the Board. Board Members have a significant role to play in ensuring that Wessex Community Action delivers services as set out below: 


Wessex Community Action’s mission is to improve the well-being of people living in the Wessex area by providing help, advice, training and support to community and voluntary organisations.

  • To provide a range of support services that include training, information, advice and practical help
  • To support, deliver and develop projects
  • To identify need in local communities and work collaboratively to address those needs
  • To encourage liaison between groups, organisations and agencies
  • To support and enable active representation in the strategic planning of services
  • To participate in and support the voluntary and community sector in strategic partnerships

Board Members are volunteers with out of pocket expenses being covered.

Please visit our website for more details of the organisation or phone 01722 326822 or email debrah@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk to make an appointment to discuss the opportunity further.


Highlights of 2016 from Wessex Community Action

January saw us leaving our premises in Castle Street to move to Churchfields Trading Estate where we had recently taken on a unit for accommodating our minibuses.  We now have a smart office in the Paxton Business Centre where we can offer training courses, photocopying facilities, payroll support and answer any transport requests for hiring our minibuses.

In April we hosted our first Annual General Meeting in our new premises which was attended by over 40 people including the then Deputy Mayor, Councillor Derek Brown.  It was a great event showcasing all our services, projects and our fleet of minibuses. (You may have seen the article in the Salisbury Journal!)

Throughout the year we have continued to transport pupils with special needs to both Exeter House and Salisbury College.  We have also provided the local Day Centres with transport and other ad hoc excursions for the elderly and disabled to various local places and events.

The Five Rivers Shuttle Bus was launched in June to take people from the city centre to the Leisure Centre and back.  Currently this is running as a one year pilot, if it is successful it could be extended to more days so please do make use of it if you can.  The timetable can be found on our website and is also often included in the weekly newsletter.

In October we welcomed our newest driver Richard Goodman, who many of you will know from his many years serving the community as part of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.  Sadly we haven’t been allowed to fit the minibuses with blue flashing lights but Richard has settled in well to the team and is enjoying driving our clients at a sedate speed!Wessex Community Action New Crafter

We have also been lucky enough to be awarded a brand new minibus from the Department of Transport’s Community Transport Minibus Fund.  The VW Crafter 16 with air conditioning was delivered in November, fully sign written with our logo and contact details.

Some of the benefits of this minibus are the improved access of a wider electric step with safety handles plus the latest tail lift.  Also only one seat needs to be removed to accommodate a single wheelchair.  This comfortable bus will be very useful for all our community work.  If your group would like to use the bus for a day trip please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Our training courses have once again proved very popular this year and we are already taking bookings for next year.  The courses are aimed at the Voluntary Sector, charities and community groups, but we are more than happy for individuals from small businesses to take advantage of the training as this often makes the course become financially viable to run and enables us to run a variety of courses over the year.  If there is a course you would like that isn’t on our programme please contact Louise to discuss.  Please feel free to forward our training emails to anyone you know who may be interested.

Lastly a huge thank you to all of you who have supported Wessex Community Action throughout the year.  Those of you who hire our minibuses, make use of our payroll services, come on our courses make it all worth our while.  Hope you had a very merry Christmas and we look forward to an active 2017!


New Printing Prices for Members of Wessex Community Action

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A4 Black printing on 80gms white paper:

5p single sided  / 8p double sided

A4 Black printing on 80gms coloured paper:

8p single side  / 10p double sided

A4 Colour printing on 80gms white paper:

15p single side  / 25p double sided

We are also able to print a variety of leaflets, booklets, flyers, etc. in A6, A5, A4 and A3

We can corner staple, side staple or spiral bind as required

Laminating is also offered at extra cost, depending on quantities

Detailed prices on request

For more information and to get a quote email us at


or call us on 01722 326822

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Job Opportunity as Minibus Driver with Wessex Community Action

We are currently seeking an experienced minibus driver to join our small friendly team. The role is primarily transporting vulnerable adults and children to specialist facilities; with additional ad-hoc work available. The position will be subject to receipt of an Enhanced DBS disclosure funded by the Company.


  • Part time permanent role
  • Minimum 20 hours per week on split shifts, morning and afternoon (term time only)
  • 28 days pro-rata paid holiday (to be taken in school holiday time)
  • Uniform & PPE provided
  • Full training can be given
  • Extra ad-hoc hours are available
  • Job share considered

Qualifications, Attributes and Personal Skills:


  • In possession of a clean D (bus) licence or D1 (minibus) licence
  • Good communication skills, flexibility, reliable and hard-working


  • Current Driver CPC qualification and Digital tachograph card.
  • First Aid and Wheelchair loading and security training although these will be provided

Click here for Job Description

Please apply in writing, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your driving licence to

Starting date is 1st September 2016.


Open Afternoon and AGM

WCA Open Afternoon April 2016
Wessex Community Action held an Open Afternoon and AGM on Wednesday 27th April 2016 to showcase their fleet of seven minibuses and to let the public know more about their services, which are on offer to local voluntary groups, individuals and small businesses.

The event was held in their new premises at Paxton Business Centre on Churchfields and was attended by many members from local community groups and Salisbury City Council, as well as the Deputy Mayor, Derek Brown.

Councillor Brown was given a guided tour of the minibus which will be used for the new Five Rivers Hoppa Service funded by Wiltshire Council.

The service will begin in June and initially will run every Thursday taking people from New Canal in the city to the Five Rivers Leisure Centre and back, enabling those without transport to access health and well-being services and activities.

The Wessex Community Action team were all in attendance and Shani Marshall was recognised for her long service to the Charity. Shani came to work for the then Salisbury and District Council for Voluntary Services in 1991 and was promoted to Transport Manager in 2003, a position that she has held since. 

Over the last 25 years, in addition to her regular duties, Shani has been involved in taking clients with learning disabilities for weekends away on the coast and in the New Forest, as well as days trips with some of the elderly clients from local day centres.

Shani is currently responsible for the day to day organisation of the fleet and the drivers and she will be happy to quote for any trips that you would like to make in Wessex Community Action's buses.

In addition to transport, Wessex Community Action provides many back office services including payroll, printing and a comprehensive training programme.

They are able to tailor training to an organisation's specific needs as well as running courses which individuals can attend.

For any more information on any of their services and a competitive quote please contact the office on 01722 326822 or email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk


Volunteer Opportunity: Salisbury Child Contact Centre

Interested in Volunteering?

Looking for a meaningful volunteering role?
Have you considered volunteering at the
Salisbury Child Contact Centre?

What qualities do you need to be a Child Contact Centre volunteer?
Volunteers in Child Contact Centres need to be impartial, caring, tolerant, sensitive, flexible, discreet and reliable. They must always put children’s needs first and not take sides with either parent or any other adults involved in the contact.
What is a Child Contact Centre?
A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members. They are child-centred environments that provide toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.

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Wessex Community Action seeks New Trustees

Wessex Community Action are embarking upon a new chapter in their development and will now be focusing more on increasing their transport services to local people and community groups as well as developing a private hire business. We are looking for individuals who will provide pro-active support to this venture. A legal and financial background is desirable, but not essential, along with some transport acumen.

The role of trustee offers you the chance to make a valuable contribution to a charity supporting the local community. Wessex Community Action is also a company limited by guarantee and so anyone appointed as a trustee will also become a director of the company. The maximum personal liability attached to this is £1. The position of trustee is a voluntary one but reasonable expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in applying to become a trustee please click here for further information.

Debrah Biggs is available for an informal chat on 01722 326822 mobile 07792 361375. Closing date for applications is 10 May 2015.


HLF information event for equalities groups 21st April, Chippenham

Heritage Lottery Fund information event for equalities groups 21st April, Chippenham

Heritage Lottery Fund funds a wide range of projects from £3000 upwards that actively involves people in heritage, eg. cultural traditions, histories of people, communities, places or events, languages and dialects, people’s memories and experiences. See http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/Pages/Outcomes.aspx for more information on HLF outcomes. You will hear about some of the inspiring projects which equalities groups are running using HLF funding and will be guided through the application and assessment process and project outcomes. 

This event will be of particular interest to equalities groups and those working with them, as HLF is keen to support the development of good-quality applications and projects for people:

·       with physical, sensory or learning disabilities or mental health issues

·       from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, faith groups, Gypsies and Travellers

·       from LGBT communities 

The link for more information and booking is: http://www.developecs.org.uk/current-services/events/all-events/fp21apr/


Grants available for Local Community Groups!

Grants available for Local Community Groups:

Salisbury City Council’s Community Development Grant Fund is now open for applications that will benefit local people.

The fund invites local community groups to apply with grants available up to a maximum of £3,000. The Community Development Grant Fund which has a total of £27,000 is awarded in three phases over the next financial year.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants should demonstrate that their project will improve the quality of life for the residents of Salisbury and represent value for money.

Closing dates for this year's applications are: 1 April, 1 August and 1 December 2015

To find about more about the Community Development Grant Fund please contact Annie Scadden on 01722 342860, email  ascadden@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk or go to www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk to download the application form


Healthwatch Wiltshire

Your chance to have a say on Specialist Dementia Hospital Care in Wiltshire healthwatch wiltshire

NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is consulting on the permanent location of specialist dementia hospital care. To help them make a decision about where this care should be, they want to hear what local people think.

Healthwatch Wiltshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care. We will be running two public meetings around the county. Find out more about the consultation, talk to someone from NHS Wiltshire and have your say.

Tuesday 13th January 2015 at Devizes Corn Exchange from 10 am - 12 midday

Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Salisbury Methodist Church from 2 pm - 4 pm 

For more information, or if you would like to attend one of the events listed above please let us know so we can allocate you a place.

Telephone: 01225434218

Email: info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

Web: www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

If you are not able to attend one of the meetings, you can still have your say by filling in the dementia consultation survey: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/dementiastrategyconsultation-2 or contact Healthwatch Wiltshire.

Make your voice heard!

Healthwatch Wiltshire CIC is a community interest company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 08464602. The registered office is at Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham SN12 6HL.