Who we are

We are not for profit and non political
We are a network of local people and organisations

Our goal is to create a supportive community for everyone

Who we are

Safer and Supportive Salisbury is a network of local people and organisations working together towards creating a safe, supportive and inclusive community for everyone who lives or works in the city and for all visitors to Salisbury and surrounding areas.

Safer and Supportive Salisbury (SaSS) is a totally independent, non-political, not for profit membership networking organisation. Our members all represent local community groups or charities or are active in the Salisbury area as individual volunteers.


What we do

Led by an elected Steering Group, the organisation undertakes or facilitates action to influence and shape outcomes that support our aims, fostering a community spirit and make Salisbury and South Wiltshire a better place to live and work.

SaSS provides a mechanism for members to be consulted on planned key service changes, continuously driving and encouraging partnership working. The organisation ensures that the voices of group members are heard at a strategic level across the public sector and that they have an opportunity to influence and challenge decision making and service development.

Safer and Supportive Salisbury raises funds and generates income to help further its aims and actions. The organisation shares, networks, signposts and communicates good practice and research. It promotes events and activities in its own right as well as those sponsored, supported or organised by member community groups and organisations.

The Safer and Supportive Salisbury Group grew out of the original work on Safe Places in Salisbury. It has evolved into a network that has helped to carry forward the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Agenda with minimal resources.

A copy of our constitution can be found here.

In normal times the group holds a well-attended open meeting 4-6 times a year at which members exchange information on their current activities and a great deal of informal networking takes place before and after the formal meeting. We hope to resume this as soon as Covid restrictions are relaxed and in the meantime we are meeting on Zoom.

The first SaSS AGM was held in November 2020 at which the Steering Group was elected, nominated and elected by partner organisations, groups and individuals. The Steering Group elect a Chair, Vice Chair and officers.

The current Steering Group comprises:

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Anne Trevett, Chair, representing Bemerton Community

Liz Batten, Vice Chair, representing Soroptimist International of Salisbury

Elizabeth Bartlett, representing Laverstock Memory Support Group

Helen Dowse, Carers Champion for Salisbury

Jane Ebel, leading the Digital Inclusion Project

Irene Kohler, Older People’s Champion for Salisbury

Harry Theobald, representing Alzheimer’s Support

Ex officio:       

Marc Read, Community Engagement Manager for Salisbury

Councillor Jeremy Nettle, representing Salisbury City Council 

Sarah Gregson, Communities Officer, Salisbury City Council

Linda Baker, Administrator


More about our Older People’s Champion and Carers Champion can be found here

SaSS’s membership includes the following:

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Louise Harris, Wiltshire Advocacy People –  louise.harris@theadvocacypeople.org.uk

Graham Audin, Community Transport South Wiltshire

Elizabeth Bartlett, Dementia Feasibility Study

Liz Batten, Soroptimist International of Salisbury,

Kate Brooks, Care Homes Volunteers   –   kateb@carehomevolunteers

Lee Buckley, Sarum Community Mental Health Team/ Memory Service

Penny Calvert, Art Care at Salisbury District Hospital

Gjenya Cambray, Wiltshire Creative – gjenya.campray@wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Clare Christopher, Three Chequers Surgery

Kate Darbyshire,  Wiltshire Council Housing Resident Engagement Team

Ann-Marie Dean,  Tisbury Memory Group and Tisbury Community Sensory Gardentisburymemorygroup@gmail.com

Helen Dowse – Carer’s Champion – helendowse@talktalk.net

Margaret Firth, Wiltshire Community Foundation,

Jonathan Gapper, Home Instead care providers

Christina Gregory, Avon and Wilts (Mental Health) Partnership

Sarah Gregson, Communities Officer, Salisbury City Council

Amy Hammett, Salisbury Museum Community Curator  – amyhammett@salisburymuseum.org.uk

Emma Harper, South Wilts Mencap

Anita Hansen, Community Development Officer, Wessex Community Action

Health Improvement Coaches; Wiltshire Council, 

Robin Imeson, Rise61, robinimeson@rise61.org

Karlene Jammeh, Sports Development Officer Wiltshire Council  – karlene.jammeh@wiltshire.gov.uk

Jo King – Alabare Christian Care and Support – j.king@alabare.co.uk

Irene Kohler – Senior People’s Champion, Silver Salisbury   – silver.salisbury@outlook.com

Pip Loach, Local Area Co-ordinator Wiltshire Council  – catherine.loach@wiltshire.gov.uk

Anna Maycock-Frame, Happy Café  annamaycockframe@outlook.com

Robin McGowan, CEO, Salisbury BID

Fiona Ollerhead, Pantry Partnership

John Page, Salisbury Men’s Shed  – salisburymensshed@gmail.com

Sandra Parkin, Julian House

Marc Read, Wiltshire Council Community Engagement Manager – marc.read@wiltshire.gov.uk

Rebecca Seymour, Celebrating Age  

India Sutton, Carers Support Wiltshire  – india@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk

Harry Theobald, Alzhiemer’s Support

Phil Tomes, Salisbury Library

Age UK Wiltshire 

Charles Woodd, Harnham Neighbourhood Group – harnhamcommunity@gmail.com


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