The Community Centre
The Jubilee Chronicles Project
Do you have stories and memories you’d like to share about the milestone years 1952, 1977, 2002 or 2012 from Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign?
If you do why not why not come and join local poet Jonny Fluffypunk to talk about your stories, memories, thoughts and responses to those significant years and help him write a Jubilee poem, which will weave all the stories together.
John will be at the St Aldhelms Church Hall in Corsham between 2.00pm and 3.30pm on the following dates:
Thursday 19th May
Thursday 16th June
Thursday 30th June
The poem will be performed at the end of the project and will go into a collection called The Jubilee Chronicles, with other work created around the county to become part of the Platinum Jubilee’s history.
Wimbledon afternoon for over 60s
The Neeld Community and Arts Centre are inviting people over 60 to watch Wimbledon live on a big screen whilst enjoying some delicious food!
You will be welcomed with a glass of elderflower followed by cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream and a hot drink.
There will even be an opportunity to play table tennis should you feel inspired!
The event is being held on Wednesday 6th July from 2.30pm and costs £3.
Pre-booking is essential for this event. Visit https://neeld.co.uk/whats-on/wimbledon-afternoon-for-the-over-60s/ to book or call 01249 446699.
Wiltshire Leisure Centres recruiting staff
Working in leisure at one of Wiltshire Council’s leisure centres is a great way to be part of an exciting, interesting service supporting the health and wellbeing of local residents. If you are friendly, enthusiastic and have great customer service skills they'd love to hear from you.
The council are recruiting for a wide range of roles including lifeguards, duty managers, receptionists, swimming instructors, and fitness instructors for various leisure facilities across the county.
For more information about the roles available, please visit https://jobs.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure/.
Join the Memory Shed
The Memory Shed meets on Wednesdays from 2pm and is for men and women living with dementia who like making things and working with tools. The friendly, sociable meetings allow people to work on practical projects supported by trained volunteers.
Projects include making bird boxes, memory boxes, wooden animals and outdoor planters. Members are also supported to work on their own chosen projects. Carers are welcome to join in as full members of the group.
The shed also has a seating area where members can chat and get to know each other over refreshments.
Occasionally the group has trips out to places of interest such as Lacock Abbey or museums in Bath.
For more information call Kerry Rose on 01380 739055.
The Memory Shed is based at Pockeridge and Potley Community Centre, Pockeridge Road, Corsham.
Coffee Mornings for Ukrainians in Chippenham
The Rotary Club of Chippenham is hosting a number of coffee mornings for Ukrainians who have moved to the area so they can meet and exchange information with other Ukrainians and make some new friends.
The coffee mornings are free of charge and host families are welcome to attend as well.
They are being held in the between 10.00am and 12.00pm at the Rotary Hall, Station Hill, Chippenham on the following dates:
Saturday 14th May
Saturday 21st May
Saturday 28th May
Saturday 4th June
This Girl Classes
This Girl Can group exercise classes have been launched at Wiltshire Council leisure centres.
The sessions have been specifically designed to provide a welcoming introductory programme where ‘getting it wrong is totally alright’.
During the classes women are introduced to a variety of different group exercise styles, each with different moves and skills to try. These include dance fitness, box fitness, yoga-inspired stretch, and variable intensity interval training.
Each forty-five minute class starts with a gentle warm up, followed by two different blocks of exercise, with a break in between. The activities will be different each week, giving women a taster of several exercise class styles. The class ends with a cool down and guided mindfulness.
Your local class will run at Olympiad Leisure Centre, on Monday at 4.30pm – 5.15pm.
All classes are £3.10 per class and they are running an initial 12-week programme.
Chippenham Town Walks
Chippenham Museum has launched the 2022 dates for their popular free Town Walks.
Delve into the history of our town from King Alfred and the Saxons to the present day, this 40 minute exploration of the town is perfect for both residents and visitors.
Thursdays at 7pm: 2 June, 7 July, 4 Aug, 8 Sept
Saturdays at 2pm: 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October
Meet at the Market Place and as places are limited you are required to book your place.
For more information visit https://www.chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum
Free Course for the Unemployed
From these courses you may be able to gain employment, or you might decide to do another part time course to help develop further skills or qualifications. There will be hosted online, on campus or at the Chippenham Community Hub.
Introduction to Health and Social Care - ONLINE -18th May (10.00am - 2.00pm)
Digital Skills for Everyday Life and Work Progression – Stage 2 - Chippenham Campus - 14th June (6.00pm - 8,30pm)
Basic IT - Chippenham Community Eco Hub - 27th June (10.00am - 2.00pm)
To find out more and to book call 01225 756201.
Volunteer telephone befrienders needed
Carer Support Wiltshire are looking to expand their team of 'Here to Talk' volunteers following a surge in demand from unpaid carers who are experiencing feelings of isolation and need someone to talk to.
'Here to Talk' volunteers provide regular phone conversations to unpaid carers who feel they would benefit from having someone to chat with.
Those who would like to volunteer and who meet the criteria will be provided by Carer Support Wiltshire with full training on subjects such as listening skills, confidentiality, safeguarding, mental health awareness and communication.
Successful applicants will have a friendly approach with good listening skills, be non-judgemental with respect for different lifestyles and empathetic to the needs and concerns of unpaid carers.
Anyone who is interested in this flexible volunteering role, who meets the person criteria & can commit to the minimum of half an hour every two weeks is asked to either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01380 908158.
Bereavement Help Point Coffee Mornings
The Bereavement Help Point, Chippenham is a community based drop-in service where all people who are bereaved are welcome.
It’s a space to meet and talk with others who may be experiencing similar thoughts and feelings, in an informal and supportive setting.
All sessions are free of charge and there’s no need to book, just come along.
The sessions takes place on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at The Angel, 8 Market Place
Chippenham, between 10.00am and 12.00noon.
The Youth Adventure Trust is a registered youth development charity providing a programme of outdoor adventure camps and activity days for vulnerable young people from the Wiltshire area.
As a mentor you will be carefully matched with a young person and work with them on a one-to-one basis within their local community. Although individual arrangements will vary, you’ll meet for approximately 2 hours a fortnight, for up to a year, providing them with personalised support to achieve the most positive outcomes.
Although beneficial, no previous experience of working with young people is required, as full training will be provided. All they ask is that you’re enthusiastic, reliable and committed to the mentoring relationship.
There mentors are role models to the vulnerable young people we work with, and therefore should be responsible, resilient, good at communicating and have a desire to help young people.
To find out more contact Becky Brotherton-Brown on 07592 664679 or email email@example.com
The Children & Families Voluntary Sector Forum
Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum is a networking group for organisations working
with children and families in Wiltshire and wants to attract new members.
They act not only as a forum for its 80 plus member organisations to share and learn but also as a representative voice. The bi-monthly group meets virtually and gives members a chance to share what is going on in their work as
well as hear from speakers and network.
Benefits of the forum’s free membership include:
- Access to like-minded groups, reducing isolation for workers and services
- Access to free training
- Building a common voice on issues which affect the sector
- Keeping up to date with national regional and local initiatives and opportunities
- Having the ear of the Wiltshire Council
- Place to promote your organisation and events services are putting on
To find out more about the forum and to join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Building Bridges Programme
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all of our advice and support is offered free of charge.
The programme is a partnership of local organisations who are experts at supporting people and giving them the skills and confidence they need to move forward. They work with people on a one-to-one basis to help them address the challenges and barriers they are facing and develop a personalised plan to help them achieve their goals at a pace they are comfortable with.
Each participant will have someone who works with them as a mentor, helping them to access support from across the partnership. These mentors can also work with family members, carers, key workers or other people supporting you.
They understand that there are many different factors which affect whether people feel ready to take the next step forwards – this is why they also offer specialist help and support in a number of areas including developing physical and mental wellbeing, accessing debt and financial advice and help with issues such as transport and childcare.
The programme is jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.
To find out more visit https://buildingbridgessw.org.uk/ or call 01308 732821.
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 email@example.com
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.
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