Wiltshire News

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

People living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to get ready for the approaching Easter holidays in order to help ease demand on health services across the region. As GP surgeries prepare for the Easter break, health and care leaders are asking people to check they have the… Read More…

Meet the team behind Frome Children’s Festival

Meet the team behind Frome Children’s Festival

From the makers of Frome Children’s Festival… Purple Elephant Productions!  Ever wondered what else the Frome Children’s Festival people do? The company behind this amazing free event is called Purple Elephant Productions, a small non-profit making organisation based in Frome. Their mission is to support local families and create opportunities for everyone to enjoy together,… Read More…

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

Nearly 3 million children are in poverty says report

The latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions has revealed that a record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty after housing costs have been paid. This means that 70% of all ‘poor’ children were from working families, which is up from 67% on last year.… Read More…

People encouraged to have their say as extended consultation on vision for special schools in Wiltshire goes live

People encouraged to have their say as extended consultation on vision for special schools in Wiltshire goes live

The extended consultation on how Wiltshire Council can best invest at least £20m into providing special school education in the future is now live. People are encouraged to have their say on the consultation https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=155361849666 which will be live until 6 May 2019. Wiltshire Council has taken the decision to extend the consultation after an… Read More…

Wiltshire Council submits exciting Future High Street Fund bids for Chippenham and Trowbridge

Wiltshire Council submits exciting Future High Street Fund bids for Chippenham and Trowbridge

Wiltshire Council has submitted expressions of interest for the Government’s Future High Street Fund to boost the town centres in Chippenham and Trowbridge for residents, businesses and visitors. The Future High Streets fund is a £675m central government fund that is open for applications from towns and cities throughout England. The fund recognises the continuing… Read More…

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Brave Man will Skydive for Children and Families of Frome

Purple Elephant Productions, the people behind the Children’s Festival and Toy Library, are very excited that one of their loyal volunteers is being exceedingly brave and doing a skydive to help raise funds for their work, bringing free activities to the children and families of Frome. Local Frome resident, John Clarke, has already helped at… Read More…

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

Help needed to save Wiltshire children’s centres

6 MORE CHILDREN’S CENTRES THREATENED WITH CLOSURE.   A campaign has started to fight the proposed closure of Westbury’s Children’s Centre. Wiltshire Council has proposed closing 6 more Children’s Centres (formerly known as SureStart centres) only 3 years after a reorganisation that saw nearly half of all such centres close. Following the launch of the… Read More…

Successful bid for new SEN school in Wiltshire

Successful bid for new SEN school in Wiltshire

A new £12m school will provide much needed special educational needs places in the south of Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council successfully bid for Department for Education (DFE) funding to create a 150-pupil school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years. The school will help pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)… Read More…

98% of Wiltshire children given one of their secondary school preferences

98% of Wiltshire children given one of their secondary school preferences

Figures released today (1 March) show 98% of Wiltshire children will attend one of their preferred choices of secondary school from this September. Wiltshire has been able to offer 93% of parents their first preference school – up from 92% last year. Parents who applied online have found out their decisions today, while those who… Read More…

Wiltshire camp for seriously ill children calls on locals for help

Wiltshire camp for seriously ill children calls on locals for help

Over the Wall, the children’s charity that provides free residential camps for children with serious illness based in Liddlington, Wiltshire, has developed new ‘Daytime Volunteer’ opportunities in a bid to encourage more local people to help by volunteering.  The charity- originally founded by the Hollywood legend, Paul Newman- is this year celebrating 20 years since the actor launched the organisation. The… Read More…

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