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Summer Event 2017

Wiltshire People Firsts’ 2017 Summer Advocacy Event took place at Trowbridge Rugby Club on Tuesday 11th July.

The day was a celebration to mark the 21st birthday of Wiltshire People First and supporting self advocacy in across the county.

Despite the damp weather, over 50 members and invited guests attended.  We were pleased to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Trowbridge Town Council, Councillor Dennis Drewett.   Continue reading

Cheque from Asda

We would like to say a big thank you to Asda and to everyone who voted for Wiltshire People First with their green tokens in store recently.

We were lucky enough to receive a £200 donation from the scheme, which will enable us to continue with our fantastic Makaton Choir who will next perform at the Wiltshire People First Big Event in December.

IMG_4517Asda cheque

Visit from the Bobby Van May 2017


On the 2nd May 2017 we had a visit from the Bobby Van Trust. Doug (an ex-policeman) gave us a very interesting talk about how we can keep ourselves, our belongings and our property safe and secure from criminals.


He had a display table full of items to help with this such as key safes, door chains and window latches.  He passed items around, and answered everybody’s questions. We also found out that anybody who lives in Wiltshire can request a free home visit if they are worried about their security at home.


Bobby Van



Lynette Bobby Van



Conversations with Bath University Students, March and April 2017

We were invited again this year to help with training Social Work students from the University of Bath. We do this so that they have a better understanding of how to communicate with people with learning difficulties.

One of our members, Andrew said ” It was very, very good. I enjoyed meeting the students and talking to them”.

Thank you to all our members who took part in the conversations.


Big Event 2016

On Tuesday 6th December 2016, Wiltshire People 1st held their annual Big Meeting at Trowbridge Rugby Club.

Along with 38 of our members, Councillor Sheila Parker and other invited guests from Wiltshire Council and HealthWatch Wiltshire came and heard what Wiltshire People 1st had been working on  in 2016.

We had made a DVD, Our Year in Pictures, which showed how busy we have been.  We also heard reports from some of our members who very bravely stood up in front of everyone to tell us about the different projects that they had been involved in this year. These included Together in Trowbridge, talking to the University of Bath students, Our Lives, Our History, the work with HealthWatch Wiltshire and our Paralympics-themed summer advocacy event.

Chris Coe speaks about working with HealthWatch Wiltshire

Chris Coe speaks about working with HealthWatch Wiltshire

Terry Bracher from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre was our guest speaker and talked about the “hidden history” of people with learning difficulties. He spoke about how important it is for everyone to be involved and represented in their community.

We then split into groups for the workshops. We followed the theme of the International Day of Disabled People which is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. People came up with lots of good ideas about how we can help ourselves and others and who else we could ask to help us work together to bring about change. Suggestions included supporters, local councillors, the government and even the Queen!

Terry Bracher joins members Symon and Ian for the Workshops

Terry Bracher joins members Symon and Ian for the Workshops

After a buffet lunch, we were entertained by the Wiltshire People First Makaton Choir with their performance of two signed songs they were very good especially as they had only had a few practices beforehand. Gareth Mallone watch out!

WPF Makaton Choir

WPF Makaton Choir

We ended the afternoon with a Christmas sing-a-long and went home happy with a goody bag and newsletter.

Linda and Andrew

Linda and Andrew