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Young Work Wiltshire: Employment, Education, Training, and Support  01-2022

This service has been launched that aims to support 16 & 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

Three dedicated Education, Employment Advisers will be getting alongside our young people to help them access opportunities to help them towards successful working lives. These young people may face multiple barriers preventing them from participating in EET and need a different type of support. For some young people support is provided by other Local Authority Teams, specifically the SEND service for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and those working with the Youth Offending Team (YOT). 

Young Work Wiltshire can provide one-to-one support for young people who need help to find the right opportunity for them. This currently provided over the phone and online, but eventually we hope to do some face to face/outreach support. 

This support includes:

  • Engaging a young person in understanding the provision available
  • Finding and applying for a suitable education or training course
  • Finding and applying for an apprenticeship
  • Support in transitioning to the new opportunity
  • Tracking & reducing the young people without a known post 16 destination.

For more information or to refer to the service you can contact us by:

Clicking on image or strapline above

Phone: 01225 716890


Use the Work Wiltshire Website and click on the blocks to navigate to a section you need. 

 Special features include: 

  1. Apprenticeships
  2. Local Employment Information
  3. Support – especially for young people
  4. Other useful links

Latest Covid-19 ‘Guidance’.

Covid-19  UPDATE: LATEST ADVICE and other News. 

New! Covid-19 UPDATE : LATEST ADVICE and other News.   (posted 14-01-2022)

There were 6,799 confirmed positive cases in Wiltshire in the seven days prior to 11 January 2022, bringing the total number of positive cases since the start of the pandemic to 88,515. Case numbers in Wiltshire continue to be among the highest in our local region. Click on image for details. Items include: Watch out warning for fraudulent  scams re NHS Covid-19 Passes; Wiltshire Council Budget Proposals; Covid-19 & Budget Update via webinar for members of public; Primary School Applications need to applied for NOW! Roadworks

New! South West Wiltshire ‘Our Community Matters’  (updated 14-01-2022)

Our Community Matters’ is an interactive notice board for news, events and volunteering opportunities for communities across Wiltshire. It provides people with local interactive notice boards which everyone can use to highlight and discuss local news events and ideas   Tap image to view the current ‘Our Community Matters’ main noticeboard. Tap here to view this week’s latest news, events and community information for SW Wiltshire. Items include: Mentor Volunteers for Youth and Community; Job vacancies; Plant-a-Tree for the Queen; Sight Loss fund-raising.

New! Changes to PCR test requirements and other related items. (posted 05-01-2022)

Wiltshire Council are supporting and promoting the national mission to ensure as many people as possible get their booster jab, to give them the best form of protection against COVID-19 variant Omicron. From 11 January in England, people who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be required to self-isolate immediately and won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. Click on image to digest the latest changes and other local items related to the Covid-19 virus.

New! Forthcoming Kings Lane Roadworks in Ansty delayed! (updated 10-12-2021)

We haven’t had any road closures in Ansty for quite a while and then suddenly two appear in quick succession and one set of dates have already been changed!

1 Kings Lane was to have been closed from the Squalls entrance to the junction with Ansty High Street between 15th and 18th December 2021 but this has now been delayed until the 7th February to the 9th February 2022;  The alternative route to and from the High St will be via Ansty Coombe Lane. So expect delays if you are driving these local lanes! This lane is being closed for: pre surface patching; surface dressing; adjustment of ironworks & replacement of road marking high friction and other associated works. Emergency access will be maintained at all times. Click here for further details.

2 The lower part of Ansty Coombe Lane will still be closed to traffic between 4th – 6th January 2022 between 08.00 hrs and 15.30 hrs. Delays are therefore likely! This is due to the removal of dangerous trees and associated works. Access to and from the High Street will be via Kings Lane. Click here for further details.

Lastly, as some of the drains in Ansty Coombe Lane and Frogpond are partially blocked and  ‘The Sewer Crew’ from Wiltshire Highways are due to clear them out during the week beginning 10th January 2022 unless there is a delay! Mind how you go!

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commission Launches Draft Plan For Consultation (posted 21-12-2021)

Wiltshire PCC Philip Wilkinson has launched the second phase of consultation: Making Wiltshire Safer which he will use to inform his new police and crime plan. The next phase starts today, and you can download a copy of the PCC’s draft police and crime plan from his website and feedback your thoughts on the proposals.
The plan, which will be finalised in March 2022, sets out the PCC’s pledges and priorities for Wiltshire as well as being the blueprint for Wiltshire Police’s strategic policing and crime priorities until mid-2025. Click on either image for details. 

New! Data from the Speed Indicating Device on the High Street in Ansty (posted 20-12-2021)

Latest Crime Updates and other Community Messages.  (posted 22-11-2021)

Click on either image to find a summary of the crimes and issues that have occurred in the Tisbury area (which includes Ansty) recently. Our area comes under the Warminster Area Community Policing Team. You can also click on to the Police Crime Map for our locality to discover the pattern of local crimes that are being committed if you are interested. The map updates do tend to lag behind somewhat!

Fraud and cyber crime are the most common criminal offences in the UK. Analysis by Action Fraud reports showed that 86% of frauds had a cyber element to them. As the threat from cyber crime continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to remember one thing – most of it can be prevented. By following just a few practical steps, you can make it harder for cyber criminals to get into your devices and online accounts by helping the Action Fraud Team determine what actions of online security they need to focus on. Click on either image to find out more.

The Public Consultation on Wiltshire Council’s ‘Climate Strategy’ and the ‘Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy’ is now closed. Keep an eye open for the next steps in this process! (updated 22-10-2021)

Everybody knows that one of the biggest emergency the whole planet is facing right now is how to tackle the ‘climate change’ crisis that is now upon us. Some of the damaging elements of it are already irreversible.  Most of us know and understand the causes but finding the solutions quickly is proving to be a formidable barrier. It is going to be costly for all of us and we are all going to be well ‘out of our comfort zone’ in the way we do things. But tackling the issues we must.

Wiltshire Council was one of the first to acknowledge that there was a climate emergency back in July 2019 and committed itself to become carbon neutral as an organisation by 2030. This is a great start and now a new draft carbon reduction strategy has been prepared and the Wiltshire public are being given an exclusive opportunity to ‘have their say’ to help shape the draft to take Wiltshire Council’s action on climate change forward for the next 5 years.

Click to view: Wiltshire Council Climate Strategy Consultation page and progress so far…

Click to view the Wiltshire Draft Climate Strategy 2022-2027. It is a wordy document but rightly so since the catastrophe that is about to unfold if we don’t get this right is unimaginable – and good on Wiltshire Council for getting this underway. Please give this some thought and ‘have your say’!

Click here to view the progress of Wiltshire Councils ‘Green and Blue Infrastructure’ (GBI). Great downloads to read!

The joint public consultation on the Climate Strategy and the GBI has now closed but keep an eye on this page for further developments. More downloads to scrutinise!

Tisbury & District Car Link Scheme  (updated 26-11-2021)

If there is one worthy voluntary organisation that might be singled out for due praise at any time then it is the local Car Link Scheme. This excellent voluntary scheme has, over the years offered a vital transport network, ferrying people (usually elderly folk without the means to travel as they once did) to hospital or doctors’ appointments, collecting prescriptions as well as offering other ‘good neighbour services’.

If you haven’t got access to transport or perhaps you no longer drive, then give LINK a call. We are here to get you there – in particular to hospitals, doctors, dentists and related appointments.  We are happy to take requests for visits to hairdressers, shops, etc. but due to current pressures we are having to prioritise the medical ones. Please click on the logo image for more information. 

The local LINK scheme is always looking for volunteer drivers: please email if you think you may be able to help.

Wiltshire Council LOCAL PLAN: Progress so far ….

Click on the image panel to see the latest updates concerning the Local Plan Review. It matters because any impacts will affect you!





Introducing ‘Tis the Future’: Refill, Reuse, Reduce, Reimagine (updated 23-11-2021)

We all acknowledge that we need to do more to reverse climate change and halt the decline of our environment. Well here is a local based  initiative that hopes to show us the way forward that is set to become operational in the New Year. Set up by group called the Tisbury Community Benefit Society a zero-plastic, electric powered, mobile refill shop – community owned and community run – will visit local villages, including Ansty and stop for an hour.  The stopping place in Ansty will be the Maypole area.  ‘Tis the Future’ will initially be selling purely staple store cupboard ingredients such as rice, oats, flour, pasta and cereals etc.  Click on the vehicle image for all of the details.


This is Alfred! 

Great stories from Shaftesbury, The Vale and Chase

Daily Podcasts – News – Events

Click on the image to listen to the podcasts.  You can download to any device too!


The Wiltshire Home Library Service  Current

Wiltshire Age UK.  Get the support you need!  (2022)

‘Age UK Wiltshire’ are currently looking for volunteers to support clients within South Wiltshire. 2021

Age UK Wiltshire is local independent charity providing support to anyone over the age of 50 living in Wiltshire & Swindon who needs helpful information, advice, extra support or friendship. Click on the image for more details. 

Their core services are primarily delivered in the community with individuals on a one to one basis, for example, volunteers visiting someone at home to help them fill in benefits claim forms or visiting isolated older people at home to help them re-connect with their community. Click here for more information: Volunteering for Age UK Wiltshire


Local Emergency Funding and Grants (posted 2021)

The Alice Combes Trusts

Quick Access to some Wiltshire Community Services: (Updated 2021)

Wiltshire Police
Police & Crime Commissioner
Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue
Wiltshire Public Health
Community Foundation
Community First

Wessex Community Action