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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

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.

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Wessex Community Action AGM

AGM 2014 Poster

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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Opportunity for Activity and Holiday Clubs

Expressions of interest to tender for the provision of activity and holiday clubs for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) in the county of Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council owishes to invite suitably experienced and qualified organisations to tender for the service commencing on the 1st April 2015. Wiltshire Council is looking to award one contract to a single organisation to meet all of the requirements. Tenders from individual organisations who propose to deliver all of the requirements themselves and tenders from lead providers with suitable sub-contracting arrangements will be considered.

The service will consist of the following:

Short Breaks Scheme – activity and holiday clubs

Regular group based activities and holiday clubs for children and young people aged 8+ for families eligible to access the Short Breaks Scheme.

Positive Youth Activities

 Open access regular activities for young people aged 13+ targeted at young people with SEND.

Musical Groups

 Open access regular musical groups for children and young people aged 8+ targeted at those with SEND.

Clubs for young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Open access regular clubs for children and young people aged 8+ targeted at those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

The services will be: 

  • good quality
  • accessible
  • easy to access
  • regular, available and reliable
  • flexible and person centred
  • positive, enjoyable, appropriate and a high quality experience

It is the council’s aim that an award decision should be made by December 2014 and any Contract(s) that may result from this exercise will commence on the 1st April 2015 and run for three years, with an option to extend for one year.

The tender will be carried out in one stage.  Bidders will be asked to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire as part of the process and the shortlisted candidates will have their service proposals evaluated.

The Service Specification, along with appropriate guidance, will be provided in the tender pack which is anticipated to be issued 10th September 2014 and be returned by 5th November 2014.

Expressions of interest must be submitted at: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk by 3pm on 10th September.

Please register your organisation on the website then search for the opportunity named: ‘Activity and holiday clubs for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) in the County of Wiltshire’ and express an interest. The tender documents will be available after 10th September.

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Safe Places

Safe Places

Wessex Community Action is working with the Wiltshire Safe Places project in Salisbury. The aim of the Safe Places project is to establish Safe Places across Wiltshire that provides a safe environment for people who may require some additional support when out and about in the community.  


 We would like to identify how the scheme is working in Salisbury. Below is a link to 3 questions. Please could you answer and return these to the email address below by 31 July.  Please do send to any interested contacts you may have. Thank you very much. 

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Funding Available in Two Salisbury Wards

This will be of interest to those living and working in the St Edmunds and Milford and St Martin’s and Cathedral Wards in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Wards Community First Panel has received funding through the Community First Programme* for worthwhile projects in the St Edmunds and Milford and St Martin’s and Cathedral Wards. 8 Projects have already received over £15,500 of funding and a further £11,309 is available in the final year of the project.

We are now looking to identify some more projects for funding in 2014/15. The amount of funding available now is £11,309.

If you are thinking about a new project, want to develop an existing project, and it fits the funding priorities, we would be pleased to hear about these.

All projects need to have spent their funding and to have returned a monitoring form by the end of March 2015. The project proposal form, guidance notes and the funding priorities of the Salisbury Wards Community First Panel can be found here.

Project Proposal Forms should be sent to jane@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk by no later than 30 May 2014. Please contact Jane Davies if you have any questions. Telephone 01722 326822. The Salisbury Wards Community First Panel will be meeting in the early summer to make recommendations on which bids should be funded.

*an £80million government-funded initiative that is running for four years until March 2015. The programme help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. More information is available at: http://www.cdf.org.uk/content/fundingprogrammes/community-first

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WCA in Salisbury's Carnival

Wessex Community Action were proud to be a part of Salisbury’s Annual Carnival which took place on Friday 25th October 2013.

Transport manager Shani Marshall drove one of our minibuses in the carnival parade.  She was accompanied by Geraldine who also drives for us and assisted by a few young volunteers, to whom we are very grateful.

Here is a picture of our minibus passing by the Market Square decorated with Wessex Community Action’s distinctive purple colour.  If you would like to hire one of our minibuses, with a driver, for a group trip please give us a call on 01722 326822 or email transport@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk 


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Wessex Community Action's 40th Birthday

Members of WCA  local VCSPeter Curbishley - Chair and Debrah Biggs - Chief ExecutivePeter Curbishley - Chair of WCAWCA Trustee Mary Paisey  with Police  Crime Commissioner

On 17 July 2013 Wessex Community Action (formerly Salisbury & District Council for Voluntary Service) celebrated its 40th birthday.  To mark this happy occasion trustees, present and former staff, and members of the local voluntary and community sector gathered at the organisation’s new premises at Cheviot House in Castle Street, Salisbury.  Above are pictures taken at the event.

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