With the Lockdown now in full force until December 2nd, here are some of the things that will be open and closed during this period:
- Revenue and benefits
- Household recycling centres and waste collection
- Public parks
- Street markets will continue with traders only able to sell food
- Registration services can conduct birth registrations and declarations via face-to-face appointments, notices of marriage and civil partnerships via face to face appointments, and death appointments by telephone. Funerals can be held but restricted to 30 mourners
- Some libraries will provide an order and collect service (any books currently loaned out will be extended for the duration of the restrictions)
- Wiltshire Council and Places Leisure-run leisure centres will close temporarily – members will have their membership automatically frozen for one month, so any payments due to be processed on 5 November will not be taken
Full details available online at wiltshire.gov.uk
#Wiltshire Together Champions Needed
Wiltshire Council are looking for people to sign up to become a #WiltshireTogether Champion to help keep their friends, families and communities safe.
This network will help the Council share accurate and factual guidance and advice, which will help counter misleading and inaccurate information being spread through social media and word of mouth.
The #WiltshireTogether Champions will be able to keep up-to-date with the latest national guidance and receive Wiltshire-specific updates, so that they can keep themselves, their families, friends and communities safe. The messages will be created by the Council, ready for champions to simply share in an easy and quick way.
Once signed up, the champions will receive:
- Regular updates from the council on the latest situation with COVID-19 in Wiltshire
- Key messages and updates that need to be communicated through Wiltshire's communities
- FAQs to help with myth-busting about COVID-19
- A single point of contact to discuss ideas, offer suggestions and ask questions
Anyone who is interested in signing up to become a #WiltshireTogether Champion can email their details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Window Trail & Advent Calendar
Chippenham Council recently asked people to take pen to paper and capture what Christmas means to them.
Following a great response, 24 designs will be included in a virtual advent calendar with a new image being shared on Chippenham Town Council’s social media each day, produced in partnership with a computing student from Wiltshire College and University Centre.
The 24 designs will also form a trail in windows through the town from 5 December to 3 January, with the opportunity to vote for a Community Choice design. This design will be announced on Twelfth Night, Tuesday 5 January, and receive a set of art materials. A map of the window trail and details of how to vote will be available from Chippenham Town Council’s website.
All artworks entered into The Joy of Christmas will be made into tree decorations for the entrants to keep by local resin artist Paige Alexander. The full collection of artwork will also be shared as an online exhibition.
For more details, visit Chippenham Town Council’s website www.chippenham.gov.uk or call 01249 446699.
Online photography for kids
A new online photography course has been launched for children aged 7 to 12. The fully interactive course will show them how to get started with photography and includes 14 modules (approx. 20 hours of fun), 15 activities and quizzes throughout.
There will be email, video chat and telephone support and a certificate will be issued on completion of the course.
The course costs £49.00.
For further information or to book your child on the course, email email@example.com or call 07773 193817.
'Healthy Us' weight management scheme launched
Following a successful pilot, Wiltshire Council has launched Healthy Us, a group weight management programme on 9 November.
Healthy Us is a free 12 week course open to anyone living in Wiltshire, aged 18 or over, with a BMI of 28 or above.
Courses will be held throughout the year and will be delivered virtually over Microsoft Teams. We plan to run face to face group courses across the county when circumstances allow and it is safe to do so.
They are now accepting referrals for the virtual courses starting in January 2021.
Each interactive session is one hour and covers topics such as balanced nutrition, portion sizes, eating out, physical activity and healthy habits for life. Participants will be supported to eat well, move more and feel better.
Healthy Us is one of three services that form the recently launched Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub, a single point of access for referrals to the Health Improvement coaches (adult health and mental wellbeing service), Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and Healthy Us.
There's more information about the Healthy Us course and how to calculate your BMI on their website wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-weight-adults.
Alternatively, to join a course you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0300 003 4566 – selecting option 1.
Help Us To Help You
If you notice anything out of the ordinary with your health, please contact your GP immediately.
The threat of getting COVID-19 has stopped many people visiting their local surgery and we're being urged to make an appointment if we feel unwell or notice an unusual symptom.
You will never be seen as a burden to your GP, so please help the NHS to help you.
Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?
This year it’s more important than ever for eligible people to get their vaccination, to help protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter.
The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone aged 65 and over, if you are pregnant, are in a long stay residential care or receive a carer’s allowance.
You are also entitled if you have a serious long-term health condition, including: respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes.
Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.
LINK is a team of local volunteer drivers and coordinators who help the community by transporting people in need.
They support and complement the local Community Health & Social Services and are organised by a committee of local people who oversee the general running of the scheme.
Chippenham LINK Transport covers Chippenham, Langley Burrell, Sutton Benger and Tytherton.
They provide transport for anyone living in our area, regardless of age or circumstances, who needs to get to a medical appointment.
Both drivers and coordinators (to answer the ‘phone and schedule client requests), are currently required. If you are interested please email email@example.com or call 01249 461881.
The groups are currently open to existing members and their carers. New members are invited to contact the charity at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk or call 01380 739055 to register and book a place.