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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

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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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


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.


Salisbury YouthBank

£5000 Giveaway!!

YouthBank Advertisement PosterIf you, or anyone you know, are aged between 14 and 17 you could be participating in society as an active citizen; taking responsibility for making decisions based on the needs of local young people. Click on the picture to find out more!

 Sign up now and help other young people and your community.

For more information please contact debrah@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk or phone 01722 326822


Information Morning at Tesco Extra, Salisbury

A new community facility is being opened at Tesco Extra, Southampton Road, Salisbury, and we're inviting you to come and have a look!

Join us on Tuesday 4th November to see the room for yourself and much more! Click the picture to find out more

Tuesday 4th November Information Morning 


BBC Radio Wiltshire at Salisbury's BIG Community Day

Community-Services2BBC Radio Wiltshire presented their lunchtime show live from The Salisbury BIG Community Day on Wednesday 17 September. The presenter Graham Seaman came to the Guildhall and talked to voluntary and community sector representatives. Extracts from these interviews will be avaliable shortly on the website.


Wessex Community Action AGM

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On 24 September 2014 Wessex Community Action will be holding its 40th Annual General Meeting.

Wessex Community Action (formerly Salisbury & District Council for Voluntary Service) has been working for over 40 years, initially in Salisbury and South Wiltshire and latterly across the Wessex area, providing community support, helping to overcome social isolation and celebrate diversity, through a range of services including: training courses, community transport, project management and much more!

At the AGM, Wessex Community Action will be launching its new Transport, Payroll and Training Services as well as presenting an annual report of its activities and electing Trustees.

The AGM is being held at the Salvation Army Hall, Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1EE at 5.30pm.

The Guest Speaker will be David McAuley, the Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust*, ‘Britain’s Most Admired Charity: 2013’, and best known for its network of UK Foodbanks.

David will be talking about how the Trussell Trust’s vision has grown, the challenges of being a local organisation which has developed nationally and internationally, and the value of being based in Salisbury. 

All organisations and individuals representing the local voluntary & community sector are most welcome to attend. For more information and to book a place contact 01722 326822 email:  info@wessexcommunity.action.org.uk

*Founded in 1997 to care for vulnerable children in Bulgaria.  In 2000, whilst fundraising for Bulgaria in Salisbury, Founder Paddy received a call from a desperate mother saying “my children are going to bed hungry tonight and I live around the corner from you”. Paddy investigated local deprivation and discovered many people facing ‘hidden hunger’ after a short-term crisis. Moved to action, Paddy started the first foodbank in his garden shed, providing three days of emergency food to local people in crisis.  In 2004 the UK Foodbank Network was launched, teaching churches and communities nationwide how to start and run foodbanks. Over 20,000 frontline care professionals refer families and individuals in crisis to foodbanks. Last year the network of over 400 foodbanks gave three days’ emergency food and support to 913,138 people, a third of them were children. 


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