Jo Messenger & Nicky Parker Salamander Award

Jo and Nicky are absolutely delighted to tell you that they were successfully nominated for an Excellence award for: “Outstanding Contribution by a partner in delivering Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Strategic Aims”

The Excellence Awards recognise the exceptional contributions of staff, partners and associates and we were successfully nominated for our on-going work both with the Salamander project and piloting the new LIFE Skills programme in Swindon.

‘Jo and Nicky first came into contact with the Service in 2009, when their children took part in the Salamander course for Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group.

Since then both have returned every year to support the course. In addition they have helped to develop a trial course that helps people with learning disabilities to acquire life skills.

LIFE – ‘Living Independently For Everyone’ – was piloted for ten young adults over the last year, with a session held every month. Several of the sessions were hosted by the Emergency Services, with the aim of helping these young people to feel more confident and more able to do things for themselves’.

Jo and Nicky would like to add their thanks to the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for their support and commitment to improving the lives of young people with a learning disability and ensuring that they are doing all they can to educate on all aspects of keeping themselves as safe as possible as they strive to lead increasingly independent lives. Specifically we would like to thank Mark Evans – Watch Manager at Stratton Fire Station, Swindon Salamander Commander and the Founder of the LIFE Skills Project. It was Mark’s idea to pilot the LIFE Skills Project focussing on safety for young people with a learning disability and he has driven this project from the outset. He has given his time, energy and organised resources and activities. We are so grateful for his support.