Newsletter 07/09/2017
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This is our first monthly newsletter and it's all happening here in Salisbury
View Wessex Community Action's Full Autumn Training Programme
Take the last spaces on
the Lone Working and Personal Safety course
Monday, 18th September 1 - 5pm
Only £40 to prepare to keep safe
Book Here
Still time to book your place on 
QNUK Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
Thursday 28th September 9.30 - 4.30 
Only £70 (includes lunch) to update your 3 year qualification.
Book Here
Coming to a town near you!
Roadshow aims to put Wiltshire people in the driving seat on health and care issues.
Staff and volunteers from the county’s independent health and care champion will be taking to the roads of Wiltshire in September to find out what people think about their local health and care services.
Healthwatch Wiltshire aims to speak to at least 1000 people from all corners of the county as part of its ‘Campervan and Comments Tour’.
The roadshow will travel almost 400 miles zig-zagging around Wiltshire in a classic 1969 VW campervan and park up at key locations around the county to gather the views of people of all ages.
Lucie Woodruff, Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, explained: “We want to reach at least 1000 people from all over Wiltshire in just two weeks.  We thought it would be a great idea to hire a campervan and visit places where people might not have heard of Healthwatch before.
“The role of a local Healthwatch is to make sure the health and care system in the area meets the needs of the people who use it.  Feedback is gathered from patients and their families on services such as GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, mental health and social care.  These findings are then taken to the organisations which plan, pay for and deliver health and care services.
“Wiltshire is such a huge county and we thought a roadshow would be a great way to reach more people and give them the opportunity to have their voice heard.  Plus, everyone who we speak to will get free refreshments and a cupcake too!”
Download flyer and tour dates
The Salisbury Health Heroes Conference - How to grow your business
The World Health Heroes present our Salisbury Health Heroes. We have brought together your local wellbeing team to guide you through what it takes to grow your business and flourish in life. Join us at our first event held in the lovely City of Salisbury.

Wednesday September 27, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
For more information and tickets
One of the Salisbury Heroes
The #iwill Fund (Youth Social Action Fund)

Currently, 4 in 10 young people regularly engage in social action – such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering.  The #iwill campaign has been launched to increase this to at least 6 in 10 10-20 year olds taking part, by the year 2020. 

The Youth Social Action Fund is part of the #iwill campaign and offers grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to fund social action opportunities for young people. The fund is not to cover general youth club provision nor to fund general activities for young people.  The fund is to cover specific activities for young people aimed at developing their skills and confidence as volunteers in their community.

Expressions of interest close on 5th October 2017

National Eye Health Week Open Day
Wiltshire Sight is delighted to be supporting National Eye Health Week with events starting from 11th till 21st September. Events will include information advice and support about eye health or concerns relating to sight.
Full details
LinkUp Arts are hosting a new weekly writing group with Salisbury Arts Centre

'Write on' is writing that allows you to explore issues and personal development through the medium of words. Create dialogue, characters, sounds and scripts that give voice to your untold stories.
Sessions will run from Tuesday 19th September - Tuesday 28th November from 10.30 - 12.30 and will cost £3 - £5.

Please contact Angie directly to book your place on angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk
Information poster
Amesbury Foodbank change of opening time

Please note with immediate effect, the Amesbury Foodbank is now open between 2-4pm every Tuesday
still at Wyndham Hall, SP4 7EU.
Free courses that can help your service users from the Learning Curve
Employable Me
This is a short 3 day employability course.  This course helps learners understand what employers are looking for, helps to build confidence in interviews, how to search and apply for jobs and plan for progression. 
Salisbury - Tuesday 26 September

The Princes's Trust Team Programme
This is a 12 week course for 16 - 24 year olds. This course helps learners build confidence, learn new skills and gain work experience. 
Salisbury - Monday 18 September

If you want to find out more you can contact us on:
01225 792500
INNOVIA - free start-up support programme

Innovia is a 12 week support programme for Social Entrepreneurs. We run this in partnership with Rlabs and the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Hampshire.

The programme includes weekly training, a hot desk in our co-working space, peer to peer support, advice from experts and mentors and a final pitch to investors.

By the end of the programme you will have created your business plan, tested your product/idea, gained skills and developed a mindset for social innovation.

Topics include: vision and strategy, business model canvas, product development, revenue model, marketing, sales, types of investment and more. Each training session will be delivered by an experienced business leader or expert.

For more information and dates

Please note that the form does not guarantee you a space on the programme. 

Email: minke@quenchsalisbury.com

Supporting Older Men in Salisbury
The Safer Salisbury Group wishes to contract a self employed person to work directly with local people to identify ways that might support the emotional and mental health of older men in the community.
Initially the task will be to 
  • Make contact with people/organisations in contact with men likely to be socially isolated in Salisbury to include agencies such as Age UK, Mind Alzheimers Society and Alzheimers’ Support, faith groups, tenants groups and others.
  • Identify a “Way In” (script)  to start the conversation with individual older men
  • Draw up a list of 15-20 potential individuals to contact.
  • The second stage will then be to interview people asking for their views on what might help them during their times of loneliness and isolation.
  • From this research the postholder will work with a small task group on developing plans for projects to help older men overcome issues of social isolation.
The essential qualities required of YOU are:
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues around mental health and wellbeing including the mental, physical and social effects of aging
  • Ability to communicate with older people, to be enthusiastic and friendly
  • Ability to communicate the findings of the consultation with older people
  • Ability to liaise with agencies serving and/or supporting older people
  • Understand and respect the requirements for confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate electronically and to have access to IT equipment
  • Able to use own initiative and to be a self starter
  • Able to work alone whilst also taking advantage of the benefits of working alongside colleagues
  • Hold a current DBS certificate or be willing to apply for one
Agreed hours to be worked by your own arrangement, hourly rate £10 per hour to be paid on invoice.
Further details from Anne Trevett Secretary to the Safer Salisbury Group,
Email anneinbemerton@gmail.com. Tel 01722 326261
Applications on attached form to be returned by 15th September 2017.
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Here at Wessex Community Action, we aim to enhance your local community and support voluntary activity in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Based in Salisbury, we provide a range of services including training, transport, printing and payroll.
Wessex Community Action offers a wide range of training courses which are open to everyone. We can also provide bespoke training for organisations who wish to use this service. Please see our website for more information:

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Can we help with your training needs for you or your staff? What courses would you like to attend? Contact us with your training requirements and see how we can help.  Email - info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk

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Wessex Community Action also runs an excellent minibus service. Our minibuses are maintained to the highest standard with safety checks every 10 weeks. All our drivers have specialised training in first aid and wheel chair transportation. 


If you wish to use our minibus service, either on a one off basis or for regular trips, please contact Shani Marshall, our transport manager, on 01722 326822 or email 

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