Support available in Wiltshire for those with barriers to work

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Young People Provision
Wiltshire Local Offer
Carer Support Wiltshire
Community First
Richmond Fellowship
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Young People Provision

Click here for a list of opportunities and programmes supporting young people into employment, education or training.

Please contact us if there is some provision you would like us to add.

Wiltshire Local Offer

The Wiltshire Local Offer describes the range of services and support for children and young people, aged 0-25, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and includes;

  • Information in relation to education, social care and health provision for children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with SEND
  • Arrangements of identifying and assessing children including how to request an assessment
  • Arrangements to travel to and from schools/Early Years providers
  • Support to help children and young people move between phases of education and to prepare for adulthood
  • Where to go for sources of information, advice and support, forums for parents/carers, childcare and leisure activities
  • Arrangements for making complaints, right to appeal

For questions or concerns about a child’s needs please contact us.

The WPCC helpline provides signposting advice and information about agencies and services in Wiltshire for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability. Call the WPCC Helpline on 01225 764647, available 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Friday.


Greatwood is an organisation that uses ex-racehorses to educate disadvantaged children and young adults with special educational needs (SEN). Greatwood is a Wiltshire Council accredited alternative provider of education.

Rainscombe Hill Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4DT

Tel: 01672 514535

Carer Support Wiltshire

Carer Support Wiltshire (CSW) help carers to access support, services, education and training, and breaks from their caring role with days out and our popular pampering sessions. CSW ensures carers have a voice in policy making and planning for services, and works with health and social care professionals and employers to develop best practice.

Their dedicated and experienced team of support workers and volunteers provide one-to-one support, befriending and counselling services. Regular Carer Cafes and Carer Support Groups are held throughout Wiltshire and offer help, advice and peer support. CSW’s education and training programme helps to equip carers for their caring role as well as providing an opportunity to learn new skills. All of their course are free to carers – more information on the courses currently available can be found on the CSW website.

CSW also offer tailored support to those serving in or with a service record in the Armed Forces, and to Young Adult Carers – if you’re aged 16-25 and caring for someone, you can get in touch via their Young Adult Carers Facebook page.

Their Working for Carers membership and accreditation scheme helps employers to promote carer awareness within their organisation, and to create a compassionate and supportive culture for their employees. For more details on their employer accreditation, visit the Working for Carers website.

If you are a carer, you can register for free advice and support by calling 0800 181 4118 or visit here.

Carer Support Wiltshire, Independent Living Centre, St George’s Road, Semington, nr. Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6JQ

Tel: 08001 814118


Pluss provides Work Choice throughout Wiltshire as a subcontractor to Working Links. Work Choice is designed to support jobseekers with disabilities and long-term health conditions who face significant barriers when it comes to looking for and keeping work. It helps people who wish to work at least 16 hours a week.

It is a flexible programme that is individually tailored to each individuals needs. It will help
individuals to reach their full potential so they can move into independent, unsupported
employment. Click here to view the type of support we can offer.

Pluss has offices in Swindonand Salisbury

Tel: 07407 733804

Community First

Community First is Wiltshire’s Rural Community Council, a charity that works at the forefront of community development to help improve the quality of life and economic well being of people and local communities throughout Wiltshire and Swindon.

They have been a dependable source of support to communities in Wiltshire and Swindon since 1965. Their extensive networks involve parish and town councils, village and community hall committees, youth clubs, community transport and community leaders across the county.

They work in close partnership with local communities, voluntary organisations, statutory agencies and funders to help develop and deliver wide ranging community programmes that bring social, economic and environmental benefits to local people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Unit C2, Beacon Business Centre, Hopton Park, Devizes, Wiltshire  SN10 2EY

Tel: 01380 722475

Richmond Fellowship

Richmond Fellowship provides a range of supported housing, employment and community based services for people with mental health problems across Wiltshire.

They provide an employment advice and guidance service for people seeking work, training or voluntary roles.

Additionally they work with the Mindful Employer initiative to increase awareness of mental health issues in the workplace and enable employers to support employees and job applicants appropriately.

Green Lane, Marshall Road,  Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5ER

Tel: 01380 737673