Newsletter - October 2021

Welcome to our October edition of our newsletter. I am sure that it will contain information that will be of an interest to everyone.

Just to keep you up to date, efforts to increase membership are working, further organisations are expressing an interest in becoming members. I have also been busy networking to help raise awareness of the forum and keep it on others agenda.

Angela Brennan, Chair

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

The British Dyslexia Association are focussing on Invisible Dyslexia, exploring the entire theme of visibility within our community. They are highlighting the importance of mental health, increasing the visibility of underrepresented groups, and raising the serious issue of dyslexia being overlooked within education and the workplace.

Dyslexia comes with many challenges, but many people in our community feel like their struggles are unseen. Because dyslexia itself isn’t visible, individuals with dyslexia often feel unsupported, unwanted, invisible. From the child at school struggling to keep up with the rest of their friends, to the office worker feeling like they don’t belong.

Click here for numerous free resources to help schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to raise awareness.

A free BDA Training Course on the topic of dyslexia and mental health has been created and will be available until 14 November. It is perfect for anybody looking to find out more about dyslexia, and how it may affect those who have it. Click here to access it.

The website for the British Dyslexia Association provides a vast amount of information for everyone – parents/carers, teachers, employers and employees.

The BDA YouTube channel includes links to recordings of free webinars.

Support is available through FREE helplines:

National – BDA: 0333 405 4567 or email
Local – WDA:Caroline Fowke 01249 655489
details on flyer.
Facebook page: Dyslexia Support Group – Chippenham

Rise Courses and Sessions

Now being offered both face to face and virtually where possible.
Please contact Rise for further details.

Chat, Chill & Connect

Face to face sessions now available across the whole RISE reach area, please call for times and locations.

RISE Community Engagement

Workers are making contact with local groups to share RISE and local information to support families. If anyone knows of any groups for families with children under 5 please let Bernadette know -


Deb Skilton, Children’s Services Lead Royal Wootton Bassett will be leaving RISE at the end of October. Interviews are taking place to appoint her replacement.

Early Words Together at Two

The RISE team are now trained to deliver the Early Words Together at Two programme. This can be either in a group or as a 121 session. Please contact RISE trust for a refferal form.

WPCC Information Event - Hold the Date!

The WPCC is hoping to organise its first live event since November 2019 on Friday 3rd December 2021!

In the past, WPCC’s big events have attracted in excess of 200 people, an excellent opportunity to network and engage with other services, and hear first-hand from parent carers their individual experiences of the SEND system.

A key feature of WPCC events is the ‘Market Place’. This is where services and providers across the local area showcase their offer, helping to bring Wiltshire’s Local Offer to life. In the past, the ‘Market Place’ has had between 40 and 50 providers represented across health, education, social care and many other services.

We are delighted to announce that we have secured the Civic Centre in Trowbridge for our next Event on Friday 3rd December 2021, the first since November 2019 and we will now begin the planning and preparation. We will provide more information in due course but for now, we’d be really grateful if you could hold the date if possible; we would love you to join us!

Do You Know Of Any Activities For Children & Young People With SEND?

The WPCC is always on the lookout for new activities, clubs, social activities or anything for children and young people with SEND. If you know of, attend, or run any activities for children or young people with SEND, or activities that are inclusive of SEND, then please let us know by filling out one the following quick forms:

Term Time Activities
Holiday Activities

WPCC October Short Breaks Bulletin

WPCC is offering to post a free hard copy of the October 2021 Short Breaks Bulletin to any parent carer living in Wiltshire who requests a copy, while stocks last. If you would like to request a copy of the WPCC October Short Breaks Activity Bulletin, please request your copy by completing our simple form:

Free October Bulletin

Please note, all parent carers who normally receive hard copies of WPCC Short Breaks Bulletins will automatically receive a hard copy of this year’s October Bulletin as normal and therefore do not need to complete the request form.
If you are unable to complete the online form, you can request a copy by emailing: or by telephoning the WPCC on: 01225 764647.

Report Looking At Impact Of Coronavirus Pandemic On Children & Young People Living In Families On Low Incomes

Findings from a survey of 669 frontline practitioners across the UK carried out in June and July 2021 include: 48% reported that family mental illness and 38% reported that domestic violence were ‘a lot more severe’; 66% reported that the children and young people they worked with had fallen behind in education during the pandemic.

State of Child Poverty 2021

Cannabis Edibles

Over the summer there was some media reporting about 'sweets' laced with cannabis.

The Surrey Safeguarding Partnership and Catch-22 have produced this helpful leaflet: Edibles: Information for Parents & Carers

Ealing Grid for Learning has a ‘toolkit’ about edible cannabis, which includes a powerpoint presentation from the Metropolitan police: Safeguarding alert: Edible drugs disguised as sweet.

Another resources is:Cannabis Edibles Information Sheet (SORTED)

Online Child Abuse Crimes Doubled In Recent Years

The NSPCC has published findings from an FOI about online child sexual abuse offences. Findings include that there were over 9,742 online child sexual offences recorded by the 41 UK police forces that responded to the FOI last year; and recorded crimes increased by three quarters in the last four years when comparing data from the 39 forces who were able to provide data for both time periods

More Information


NAVCA have developed a national campaign to tackle the issue of underreporting of safeguarding concerns, specifically amongst staff, volunteers and trustees in the voluntary sector.

The issue of underreporting of safeguarding concerns was identified because historically people have seen or heard signs of abuse or neglect but failed to report them.

There is a campaign pack that you can download to help raise awareness.

More Information & Download

Calne Eco-Fest

Calne Area Board is working with Sustainable Calne, Friends of the Marden Valley and Calne Without Parish Council to plan an exciting Eco Fest event promoting and celebrating the local environment, wildlife and biodiversity. It has been timed to tie in with the upcoming COP26 event in Glasgow and will take place on Saturday 6th November from 10.30 - 2.30pm at Calne Town Hall.

The idea is that Eco Fest will be a lively and positive event, with local ‘environment’ groups, councils and schools working together on this important issue. It will offer local families an opportunity to explore easy changes to daily lives that may help save the planet and could save them money too. We would like to attract children and young people to the Eco Fest so that they can inspire us with their ideas about building a better future.

There will be local/sustainable goods for sale, tasty refreshments to try and information from organisations and groups designed to advise and inspire people to take small or large actions which could save money and perhaps help save the planet too.

They are also asking children to make a green pledge for the environment and/or to ask their family to make one too, an idea or promise can be written on an acorn shaped pledge sheet. This can be brought along to the event to be hung on their Calne ‘Communitree’, which will be made out of recycled materials and we hope will provide a talking point at the event and possibly at future in person events too!

(There will be acorns available at the event so don’t worry, you can complete your pledge there on the day!) All pledges delivered to the event will be rewarded with a sustainable snack. Local school children will also be acknowledged for taking part in a postcard competition being run by the friends of Marden Valley and we hope to be able to exhibit these at the event or at a subsequent display in the town.

Download Event Poster

Share Your Views To Help Shape The Future Of Equipment Service

Healthwatch Wiltshire is looking for people to share their experiences of the county's Community Equipment Service.

They’re working with Medequip, which provides equipment such as walking frames, wheelchairs and hoists, to find out what people think of the service, what they like about it and what they think could be improved.

Stacey Sims, Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, said: "Our survey looks at all aspects of the Community Equipment Service, from the information you're given about your equipment to how it's delivered and installed in your home, serviced and collected.

"Everything we hear will be shared with Medequip and anyone who gives their feedback is welcome to join an online forum which will help shape the way the equipment service is developed in the future."

Complete Survey Here

or call Healthwatch Wiltshire on 01225 434218 to complete the survey over the phone, or ask for a paper copy to be sent to you.

All feedback is anonymous and confidential.

Learning and Development Opportunities

The above courses are all free for CFVSF members. You can register at the attached Eventbrite links. If you have particular learning or support needs, contact

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