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Wessex Community Action
Unit 6, Paxton Business Centre, Whittle Road, Churchfields, Salisbury, SP2 7YR
email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk Tel: 01722 326822

Job Opportunity as Minibus Driver with Wessex Community Action

We are currently seeking an experienced minibus driver to join our small friendly team. The role is primarily transporting vulnerable adults and children to specialist facilities; with additional ad-hoc work available. The position will be subject to receipt of an Enhanced DBS disclosure funded by the Company.


  • Part time permanent role
  • Minimum 20 hours per week on split shifts, morning and afternoon (term time only)
  • 28 days pro-rata paid holiday (to be taken in school holiday time)
  • Uniform & PPE provided
  • Full training can be given
  • Extra ad-hoc hours are available
  • Job share considered

Qualifications, Attributes and Personal Skills:


  • In possession of a clean D (bus) licence or D1 (minibus) licence
  • Good communication skills, flexibility, reliable and hard-working


  • Current Driver CPC qualification and Digital tachograph card.
  • First Aid and Wheelchair loading and security training although these will be provided

Click here for Job Description

Please apply in writing, attaching a copy of your CV and details of your driving licence to

Starting date is 1st September 2016.


Open Afternoon and AGM

WCA Open Afternoon April 2016
Wessex Community Action held an Open Afternoon and AGM on Wednesday 27th April 2016 to showcase their fleet of seven minibuses and to let the public know more about their services, which are on offer to local voluntary groups, individuals and small businesses.

The event was held in their new premises at Paxton Business Centre on Churchfields and was attended by many members from local community groups and Salisbury City Council, as well as the Deputy Mayor, Derek Brown.

Councillor Brown was given a guided tour of the minibus which will be used for the new Five Rivers Hoppa Service funded by Wiltshire Council.

The service will begin in June and initially will run every Thursday taking people from New Canal in the city to the Five Rivers Leisure Centre and back, enabling those without transport to access health and well-being services and activities.

The Wessex Community Action team were all in attendance and Shani Marshall was recognised for her long service to the Charity. Shani came to work for the then Salisbury and District Council for Voluntary Services in 1991 and was promoted to Transport Manager in 2003, a position that she has held since. 

Over the last 25 years, in addition to her regular duties, Shani has been involved in taking clients with learning disabilities for weekends away on the coast and in the New Forest, as well as days trips with some of the elderly clients from local day centres.

Shani is currently responsible for the day to day organisation of the fleet and the drivers and she will be happy to quote for any trips that you would like to make in Wessex Community Action's buses.

In addition to transport, Wessex Community Action provides many back office services including payroll, printing and a comprehensive training programme.

They are able to tailor training to an organisation's specific needs as well as running courses which individuals can attend.

For any more information on any of their services and a competitive quote please contact the office on 01722 326822 or email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk


Volunteer Opportunity: Salisbury Child Contact Centre

Interested in Volunteering?

Looking for a meaningful volunteering role?
Have you considered volunteering at the
Salisbury Child Contact Centre?

What qualities do you need to be a Child Contact Centre volunteer?
Volunteers in Child Contact Centres need to be impartial, caring, tolerant, sensitive, flexible, discreet and reliable. They must always put children’s needs first and not take sides with either parent or any other adults involved in the contact.
What is a Child Contact Centre?
A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members. They are child-centred environments that provide toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown.

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Wessex Community Action seeks New Trustees

Wessex Community Action are embarking upon a new chapter in their development and will now be focusing more on increasing their transport services to local people and community groups as well as developing a private hire business. We are looking for individuals who will provide pro-active support to this venture. A legal and financial background is desirable, but not essential, along with some transport acumen.

The role of trustee offers you the chance to make a valuable contribution to a charity supporting the local community. Wessex Community Action is also a company limited by guarantee and so anyone appointed as a trustee will also become a director of the company. The maximum personal liability attached to this is £1. The position of trustee is a voluntary one but reasonable expenses will be paid.

If you are interested in applying to become a trustee please click here for further information.

Debrah Biggs is available for an informal chat on 01722 326822 mobile 07792 361375. Closing date for applications is 10 May 2015.


HLF information event for equalities groups 21st April, Chippenham

Heritage Lottery Fund information event for equalities groups 21st April, Chippenham

Heritage Lottery Fund funds a wide range of projects from £3000 upwards that actively involves people in heritage, eg. cultural traditions, histories of people, communities, places or events, languages and dialects, people’s memories and experiences. See http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/Pages/Outcomes.aspx for more information on HLF outcomes. You will hear about some of the inspiring projects which equalities groups are running using HLF funding and will be guided through the application and assessment process and project outcomes. 

This event will be of particular interest to equalities groups and those working with them, as HLF is keen to support the development of good-quality applications and projects for people:

·       with physical, sensory or learning disabilities or mental health issues

·       from black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, faith groups, Gypsies and Travellers

·       from LGBT communities 

The link for more information and booking is: http://www.developecs.org.uk/current-services/events/all-events/fp21apr/


Grants available for Local Community Groups!

Grants available for Local Community Groups:

Salisbury City Council’s Community Development Grant Fund is now open for applications that will benefit local people.

The fund invites local community groups to apply with grants available up to a maximum of £3,000. The Community Development Grant Fund which has a total of £27,000 is awarded in three phases over the next financial year.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants should demonstrate that their project will improve the quality of life for the residents of Salisbury and represent value for money.

Closing dates for this year's applications are: 1 April, 1 August and 1 December 2015

To find about more about the Community Development Grant Fund please contact Annie Scadden on 01722 342860, email  ascadden@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk or go to www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk to download the application form


Healthwatch Wiltshire

Your chance to have a say on Specialist Dementia Hospital Care in Wiltshire healthwatch wiltshire

NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is consulting on the permanent location of specialist dementia hospital care. To help them make a decision about where this care should be, they want to hear what local people think.

Healthwatch Wiltshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care. We will be running two public meetings around the county. Find out more about the consultation, talk to someone from NHS Wiltshire and have your say.

Tuesday 13th January 2015 at Devizes Corn Exchange from 10 am - 12 midday

Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Salisbury Methodist Church from 2 pm - 4 pm 

For more information, or if you would like to attend one of the events listed above please let us know so we can allocate you a place.

Telephone: 01225434218

Email: info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

Web: www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

If you are not able to attend one of the meetings, you can still have your say by filling in the dementia consultation survey: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/dementiastrategyconsultation-2 or contact Healthwatch Wiltshire.

Make your voice heard!

Healthwatch Wiltshire CIC is a community interest company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 08464602. The registered office is at Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham SN12 6HL.


Wiltshire's New Air Ambulance Arrives in the County

Wiltshire Air Ambulance unveiled a new state-of-the-art chopper on Friday 24 October when it landed in Trafalgar Park. The new Bell 429 helicopter will officially take to the skies on New Year’s Day while pilots and crews train to fly the machine for the rest of this year.

As part of the launch at Trafalgar Park in Downton, patients whose lives have been saved by the Wiltshire paramedics were able to meet crew members. Wessex Community Action provided their transport services by carrying these patients and the general public to and from the event.

Air Ambulance

“What a lovely service provided by Wessex Community Action” – Cheryl Johnson, Head of fundraising and communications at Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ