Wiltshire News

Young people turn to Childline over pressure of exam stress

Young people turn to Childline over pressure of exam stress

Thousands of children and teenagers are seeking help from Childline as they struggle to cope with the pressure of taking exams. New figures from the NSPCC-service reveal it delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress in 2017/18 – just over a fifth of these took place in May. Half of the counselling sessions were with… Read More…

Free swim deal makes a splash

Free swim deal makes a splash

Wiltshire Council is going to great lengths to keep children active and entertained this half term with a free swimming offer. Youngsters aged up to 16 can use the pool for free during specific sessions at Wiltshire Council and Places for People Leisure-managed sports centres. They will need to claim a free membership card in… Read More…

Mothercare confirms 50 store closures

Mothercare confirms 50 store closures

Mothercare, one of the only high street stores dedicated to baby products and clothes, has announced that it will be closing fifty stores around the country as part of their reshuffle. It is a move that will put 800 jobs at risk. The retailer said it was in a “perilous” financial position and has already… Read More…

Wanted: Trusted befrienders for children in care

Wanted: Trusted befrienders for children in care

Wiltshire Council is looking for reliable, caring adults who can offer long-term friendships to young people in care. It seeks Independent Visitors – volunteers who can spend time with young people in care who would benefit from the guidance and kindness of a fun, friendly adult. Their role is to ‘visit, advise and befriend’ the… Read More…

Consultation on special schools

Consultation on special schools

A consultation is being launched to assess how best to meet the requirements for special school provision in Wiltshire into the future. Wiltshire’s collaborative work in the improvement of special education has now reached the stage of consultation on the future of three of its special schools. Wiltshire Council will need an additional 220 places… Read More…

Landlord fined over hazardous house

Landlord fined over hazardous house

A rogue landlord has been fined £11,600 for exposing tenants including a family with children to dangerous living conditions. Ansar Butt, 39, of Thurman Court, Devizes, admitted 24 breaches of the Houses of Multiple Occupation Regulation and four counts of failing to undertake works following the issue of an improvement notice. The trial at Swindon… Read More…

Urgent appeal for more foster carers

Urgent appeal for more foster carers

Wiltshire Council is appealing for more caring people and their families who can offer a foster home to a child who needs to be looked after. Sometimes, for different reasons, children can no longer live safely with their parents or families and so the council has to step in to provide them with safe, nurturing… Read More…

Wanted: Inspiring leaders to work with schools

Wanted: Inspiring leaders to work with schools

Wiltshire Council is recruiting volunteers who can help schools bridge the gap between careers lessons and the world of work. Inspirational leaders from businesses and other organisations are needed to serve as Enterprise Advisers, working with teachers and students to offer advice, guidance and practical help on the tricky transition from education to employment. The… Read More…

Big Pledge is back

Big Pledge is back

Take the time today to sign up for Wiltshire Council’s health-boosting campaign Big Pledge: Beat the Clock – and this year, every second count. This is the fifth annual Big Pledge campaign run by the council, which aims to get more people active and taking exercise. The campaign got some gold medal support today (3… Read More…

Wiltshire Council welcomes additional funding for service children

Wiltshire Council welcomes additional funding for service children

Wiltshire Council welcomes the government’s allocation of funding our schools need for children arriving here next year as part of the Army Basing Programme. Today’s announcement will give assurance that our shared commitment to the programme will be honoured. The announcement of the additional funding was made by the Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb. Baroness… Read More…

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