The Community Centre

Healthy

Healthy Us Course

Are you struggling to lose weight and keep it off?

If you are then why not join a new free face-to-face 12 week weight management course Healthy Us, taking place in Chippenham for anyone aged 18 or over with a BMI of 28+  

The course starts Wednesday 15th September 10am-11am at Hathaway Medical Centre, Middlefield Road, in Chippenham.  It will also offer virtual 12 week courses which run throughout the year.

For more information and to book a place, telephone: 0300 003 4566 (option 1) or email: health.coaches@wiltshire.gov.uk


Chippenham HUB

Volunteers Needed

Chippenham Community Hub offers signposting support for the people of Chippenham and is now looking for volunteers to support their work.

If you feel you can donate some of your time between 10.00am and 3.00pm, Monday to Friday, then they would really love to hear from you.

There looking for help assisting within the Chippenham Community Hub, Signposting, Supporting, Documenting, and Fundraising. 

If you have any skills and would be interested in helping out email your CV or covering letter to chippenhamcommunityecohub@gmail.com giving your full contact details so they can discuss your application.


Yelde Hall

Food Glorious Food

A new display has opened in Chippenham’s Yelde Hall.

‘Food Glorious Food:  is a Celebration of Local & Seasonal’ featuring displays by local artists, growers, photographers and eco-groups with activities for all ages.

The event is by The Food School, a volunteer-led community group based in Chippenham, working alongside Chippenham Museum.

This event is also a great chance to step inside Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall to explore its history. At the heart of Chippenham life for over 600 years, listen to characters from the town’s past in the Council Chamber and meet pirates from 1709 in the lock-up.

Entry is free and the display is open 10.30am - 3.30pm until Saturday 7 August.


Wilts

Meet The Funder Session

Wiltshire Community Foundation are running a free online webinar which is open to voluntary and community groups in Wiltshire and will give them an opportunity to learn more about there grant programmes and application process.

During the 60 minute session you will hear:

  • who the Foundation supports and types of grants available
  • the application and assessment process
  • policies and produces your organisation will be expected to have in place
  • key principles of writing grant applications
  • how to effectively communicate your organisation and project

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions from the Grants Team.

To book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-funder-wiltshire-community-foundation-tickets-163999873035


Summer Reading

Summer Reading Challenge

Aimed at 4-11 year olds, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six or more library books (including eBooks) during the summer holidays and receive rewards along the way.

The popular challenge encourages reading for pleasure over the long holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent the ‘dip’ in reading skills while children are out of school. By providing fun reading activities this summer the challenge will also play a key role in supporting reading catch-up after a difficult year.

The theme of the challenge this year is Wild World Heroes.

In 2019, over 9000 children took part, over 39,000 books were read and 77% of participants said the challenge had improved their reading.

This year, the challenge runs until Saturday 4th September.

It will be running slightly differently to previous years, giving out complete packs of materials to take away (rather than children visiting regularly to collect items).

If they prefer, children will be able to take part in the challenge online at: summerreadingchallenge.org.uk. Here, they will also find games, competitions, book recommendations and much more to inspire them.

Children will need a library card to borrow books (and eBooks), for more information on joining the library and all Wiltshire library services visit: wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries or email: libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk


Kilvert

Kilvert’s World

Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Kilvert’s World’ explores the work of Rev. Francis Kilvert, whose diary written in Victorian Chippenham and Langley Burrell is now sold across the globe.

Born in Chippenham, Kilvert went on to be curate for his father in Langley Burrell. Explore the shades of Kilvert’s world and the local area through his diary entries.

Featuring two of the three surviving manuscripts, on loan from The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

A programme of both free and bookable events runs alongside the exhibition. Free exhibition talks explore various themes from the exhibition, starting with ‘An Introduction to Kilvert’ with the Kilvert Society on Wednesday 21 July.

For more information about summer events at Chippenham Museum visit the museum’s What’s On page at www.chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum

Chippenham Museum is a Chippenham Town Council facility and is free to visit. It's open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Located in the Market Place, the museum tells the story Chippenham from its prehistoric origins to the present day


Tea Party

Communi-TEA event for dementia

Summer is heading our way and we're being invited to host our very own Communi-TEA event for Alzheimer's Support this August.

We Brits love cakes, tea and biscuits and so in the great British baking spirit, we're being asked to come together with friends, family, colleagues and loved ones to celebrate being together again and to make a difference to those with dementia in our local community.

There are many ways in which you can do this. Why not host your own:

  • Afternoon garden party
  • Village picnic on the green
  • Work bake-off competition
  • School bake sale
  • Community group celebration

Alzheimer's Support is an independent charity that has been supporting people living locally with dementia and their family carers for 30 years.

For more information, either visit their website https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/communi-tea or contact Laura or Rachel on 01985 624005.


Family

Support for families of addicts

Families Out Loud supports families of addicts in Wiltshire. They offer one-to-one counselling, support group meetings and bereavement support.

Addiction in the family is devastating for all concerned and can be extremely isolating.

Family members, who are trying to operate within someone else’s chaos, can find themselves cut off from friends, colleagues and extended family.

Families Out Loud offers the opportunity to talk, which can be a lifeline for people going through such trauma and distress. Their support encourages people to make positive changes, enabling them to better function in their daily lives.

If you’d like to know more visit their website http://www.familiesoutloud.org

or email familiesoutloud@gmail.com


Sight

Telephone Befrienders Needed

Wiltshire Sight are looking for friendly and confident volunteers based in Wiltshire to join their new Telephone Befriending Service to provide emotional support to local people living with sight loss during this critical period.

Feeling isolated is a common challenge for people with sight loss, and recent restrictions on personal contact have compounded the situation even more for those living alone. A friendly voice on the phone on a regular basis can make a huge difference to someone’s emotional wellbeing and ability to access local support and services.

Who are we?

Wiltshire Sight exists to reduce the impact of sight loss for people in Wiltshire, providing services to enable blind and partially sighted people to lead fulfilling, independent lives. Although there usual face-to-face services are currently on hold, their Community Sight Loss Advisors continue to offer information, advice and guidance services over the phone and email. Being able to offer telephone befriending alongside their advice service makes an enormous difference to their ability to support everyone through this incredibly difficult time.

What skills and experience are needed?

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Empathy / understanding towards others and an interest in what others have to say
  • A non-judgmental and positive approach and the desire to motivate and encourage others
  • An ability to work independently but also stay within the role’s boundaries – recognising what should and shouldn’t be done and when to seek advice or report concerns

How to Apply: 

For further information and to apply, please email volunteering@wiltshiresight.org


 

Gym

Students summer membership at local leisure centres

Students can get a great deal on a fully inclusive Life Zone membership package at one of Wiltshire Council’s ten leisure centres this Summer.

For just a single payment of £49.99, you will get unlimited access to the fitness suite, public swimming sessions, group exercise classes, health suite (where available and open) and racket sport court hire as well as a gym induction, for 8 weeks from the date of purchase. There is no admin fee to pay either! 

This offer is open to new members only and applicable to those aged 16 and over in full time education (proof of enrolment will be required). It is available for purchase until the end of August 2021.

Simply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-promotions for details or visit your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre and ask a member of reception staff for more details.


 

Phone call

Befriending volunteers needed for talk and support

‘Do you have a free hour per week to support unpaid carers, over the telephone, for a friendly chat?

The Talk and Support project has been vital during the last 12 months and provided a lifeline to those people within our community that just want to chat to someone.

Many volunteers have joined to gain practical experience needed for their CV or just to make a difference and support isolated carers.

If you'd like to volunteers or just want to find out some more information, please contact Lindsey Millen at Carer Support Wiltshire via her email lindseym@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk.


Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe & Music Group 

Alzheimer's Support in Chippenham run their popular fortnightly Memory Cafe and Music for the Mind group on a Thursday morning at King Alfred Hall from 10.30.

It’s a great way to make new friends, keep in touch with old ones, find entertainment, enjoy music and find local support.

To find out more or book a place call 01380 739055.


 

Dementia

Wiltshire's Dementia Adviser Service

If you or someone in your family has been diagnosed with dementia, make an appointment to talk to a dementia adviser.

The adviser will talk to you about help that you might need during the course of the illness, including accessing health and community services.

They will listen to your needs and help you find the support that is right for you.

The adviser can visit you in your home or if you prefer, at a surgery.

To get in touch with your local adviser call 01380 739 055.


 

Caring

Could you offer companionship to an older person living in a local care home?

Care Home Volunteers is looking for people to join their team of volunteers in Chippenham and surrounding areas, to bring joy and companionship to older people living in care homes, especially those who don’t have visits from friends or family.

This helps these residents to keep in touch with the outside world, gives them an opportunity to remember the good times and improves well-being.

As a result of the pandemic many more care home residents are feeling isolated and so this role has even more impact.

If you'd like to volunteer, call 07596 260359 or emial carrie@carehomevolunteers.org.uk


 

 

Coffee

The Coffee Connection

Dorothy House and 'We Hear You' have come together to offer a virtual support group for anyone in the local area affected by a life-limiting illness or associated bereavement.

This group is an opportunity to connect with other people in a similar situation and chat to our team from the comfort of your home.

The virtual get together is FREE every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday where you will see some familiar faces, their team and others, with a cup of coffee or tea in hand. Each session lasts around 45 minutes.

Everything you need to join is at https://www.dorothyhouse.org.uk/the-coffee-connection


CAB

Free advice and support from Wiltshire Citizens Advice

Wiltshire Citizens Advice offers free, confidential, impartial advice online, over the phone and via email. 

They give up-to-date advice on benefits, work, money and debt, consumer rights, family issues and more. 

Coronavirus has made life hard for many people there here to help. Whether you’re facing a crisis, or just considering your options; checking a quick piece of information, or not sure where to start. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what your situation is, Wiltshire Citizens Advice will always give you free, confidential and impartial advice. 

They'll give you all the facts and possible outcomes of different options. That way you can make the decision that’s right for you. They can also offer practical support such as help with filling forms, writing letters or negotiating with third parties.

Call for free (new freephone number): 0800 144 8848

Advisers are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Textphone (if you can’t hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0800 144 8884

Email: visit their website and complete the short ‘Contact us’ enquiry form:

citizensadvicewiltshire.org.uk/contact-us

For more ways to get in touch, visit their website: citizensadvicewiltshire.org.uk