Ensuring sports and activities are accessible for all continues to be a key priority for Wiltshire Council and further opportunities have been developed, providing adults and young people with disabilities the chance to participate in a range of sports and activities.
There are many ways to get active in Wiltshire. Whether you’re looking for a new activity, wanting to join a club, or just wanting to find out about opportunities near you, access the Active Wiltshire website.
Our holiday activity programme provides hundreds of exciting activities for young people aged 5-14 years during the school holidays. These take place five times during the year:
- February half term
- Easter holiday
- June half term
- Summer holiday
- October half term
Each programme is packed with exciting art, sport and history activities at extremely affordable prices to make them accessible for all. Our sessions are run by fully qualified staff in line with Ofsted Guidelines, or trained professionals and have limited places to make sure they are run in a safe manner.
For further information, please visit the Wiltshire Council website.
Disability Sports Programme
Wilshire Council’s Disability Sports Programme offers an inclusive, fun and stimulating range of sports and activities including:
- Inclusion coach programme
- Rising Stars (Junior inclusion sports club)
- Inclusion holiday programme
- Short breaks funding
- Fit Club (Adult inclusive sport 17+)
- Wheelchair rental
For further information please download the Disability Sports programme 2015.
Level Water: One-to-one swimming lessons
Level Water is a charity, working in partnership with Wiltshire Council, who offer free swimming lessons for primary-aged children who have a disability. For further information about who can access these free lessons you can download the Level Water Wiltshire leaflet.
Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC)
The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) is an independent voluntary organisation representing parent carers of children and young people with SEND from 0-25; it is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers. They provide a consultation and participation service which enables parent carers to have a voice about the services and the support their children and family use.
The WPCC hosts information about the Wiltshire Short Breaks Scheme and provides the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Service, which provides a wealth of information as well as signposting to specialist services. Click on the icons below to access these sections of the WPCC website, or read below to find out more about Wiltshire Council leisure provision.
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Ideas for parents: Short breaks payments
Every August, parents and carers return a feedback form on our short breaks scheme. We hope by sharing some of this feedback, we can give parents / carers ideas on how they can benefit from the scheme.
Youth Services in Wiltshire have been reviewed in participation with young people, parents and carers. As a result of consultation there will be an emphasis on community led projects designed to provide appropriate, responsive services and sources of support for young people from all walks of life.
Banardo’s will be running positive activity clubs called Phoenix Youth Clubs in the following towns:-
- Marlborough Youth Centre (St. Margarets Mead, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4BA): Mondays 6.30-9pm
- Devizes leisure centre – Formally Southbroom Youth and Community Development Centre (Southbroom Rd, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 5AB): Tuesdays 6.30-9pm
- Chippenham – Redlands Nursery (Brook Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 0JE): Wednesdays 6.30-9pm
- Trowbridge (71 Fore Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8ET): Thursdays 6.30-9pm
The clubs are run by an experienced coordinator with at least one member of staff for every 5 young people. The staff and volunteers will include some trained young people who can act as mentors to the club members. The clubs are informal and fun. They are open to all young people with a disability, however if the staffing is not sufficient to meet your needs, Barnardo’s may discuss the possibility of a carer or family member attending too.
If you would like to know more about attending one of the Phoenix clubs please phone the Barnardo’s team on 01249 463907 option 4
Salisbury – Our Club
Our Club (formerly the Salisbury Bridging Project), for children and Young people aged 13-18, is now being managed by South Wilts Mencap.
The club provides a variety of activities for young people with SEN and/or disabilities and meets on Thursdays at St Francis Church, Beatrice Road, Salisbury SP1 3PN, 6.30-8.30pm. They have a dedicated youth space and will open the club for approximately 40 weeks of the year, with extra dates in the major holidays.
If you want to know more, please contact the club leader directly – Dolly Burnett – 07795803775
In Tisbury the new club has been provided by Seeds4Success since October 2014.
From Tuesday 7th April 2015 the sessions will run from Seeds4Success’s new base at Mere Youth Centre, The Recreation Ground, Queens Road, Mere from 6.30-9pm on a Tuesday evening.
They will continue to be able to access the Wiltshire Council minibuses for this project and therefore they are currently still able to offer transport to and from sessions. This will now leave Tisbury Children’s Centre at 6pm and travel through Hindon, East & West Knoyle on route to Mere. They anticipate that young people will be back in Tisbury between 9.30-9.45pm each week.
So far young people have been offered 3D modelling, cooking and life skills projects and they will be working with group members to decide two new programmes for the summer term 2015. With the new location there will be the opportunity to use the recreation ground and hopefully the multi-use games area as the evenings get lighter, as well as the other usual facilities offered within the youth centre building.
The project gives young people the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills as well as increasing their confidence in some physical activities and enhancing their practical skills. In order for Seeds4Success to identify the needs and interests of their members, they ask new members to complete the following questionnaire as well as a parental consent form (if you have not already done so) and these need to be returned to: Mere DC4YP, The Recreation Ground, Queens Road, Mere BA12 6EP, or bring them along to your first session. The information is used to help them develop future programmes as well as helping them create a database of those young people accessing their service.
Please contact Jaki Farrell on 07585723824 or email Jaki@seeds4success.org.uk if you need to find out more/register to attend.
Leisure myth buster
Each person is valued as an individual and your views and feelings are important. When discussing leisure centres with young people we discovered that there were some ‘myths’, an idea which might not be true, about using them.