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Corsham Street Fair
Saturday 11 September will see the return of Corsham’s Street Fair to the town centre between 12.00pm and 4.00pm.
With live music, entertainment, stalls, great food and drink and more, there’ll be something for everyone.
There will be a Craft Lawn in the grounds of the Digital Mansion, featuring stallholders from Corsham’s Creative Market, and a Kids’ Zone with sporty fun.
A new walking group, starting and finishing in the heart of your community. Come and meet new people and get some gentle exercise. No cost!!
The walks will take place on a Friday between 9.30am and 10.30am and start on 1st October 2021.
Meet outside Spring Rise Children’s Centre.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07557 822412.
Good Neighbour Award
The Good Neighbour Awards recognise residents who go out of their way to help others living in our neighbourhoods and communities, as well as those who take pride in where they live.
This year the categories are:
- Good neighbour
- Community hero
- Young person of the year
- Glorious garden*
*Your glorious garden could also be containers, planters, or a shared community space – you can even nominate yourself for this category!
If you have a good neighbour or you know someone who goes above and beyond in your community, then why not nominate them for an award?
For more information and to nominate your neighbour visit greensquaregroup.com/customers/customer-involvement/good-neighbour-awards
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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:
For more ways to get in touch, visit their website: citizensadvicewiltshire.org.uk