The Community Centre
Internet for beginners
Do you or someone you know want to boost there skills and confidence using the internet?
Green Square Accord are offering a number of free bite-size sessions from the comfort of your own home.
Online safety and spotting scams
Tues 25 January
10.30am – 12.30pm
selling online, including online shopping
Tues 1 February
12.30pm – 2.30pm
Staying in touch online via email, Zoom and other video calling apps
Thurs 3 February
10.30am – 12.00pm
Booking appointments online
Tues 8 February
12.30pm – 2.00pm
Using Google and other
Thurs 10 February
10.30am – 12.00pm
For more information or to book your place contact Sue Matthews on 0300 111 7000
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Doorway Sleepout - Get Involved
The next biennial Doorway SleepOut will be held on Saturday 5th February 2022 from 7.00pm.
The SleepOut is a really important date in Doorway’s calendar – it not only raises money for the drop-in services but also raises local awareness about our work and offers a brief insight into what it’s like to have to sleep rough, with minimal protection from the elements.
You will be sleeping outside in February, so be prepared for a long night in potentially cold and/or wet conditions. In previous years many people have used cardboard boxes, or bivouacs to make themselves more comfortable, and some sleep under tarpaulins or in just a sleeping bag with something waterproof over them.
Hot drinks and snacks will be available in the Citadel in the evening, and breakfast butties in the morning.
To register your interest please email email@example.com.
Support for dementia carers
People caring for a relative with dementia at home can find invaluable support and information at Alzheimer’s Support’s free online training course which starts this month.
The Wiltshire charity is running six weekly sessions on Monday mornings from 31st January.
The friendly and relaxed course offers practical advice and information about various forms of dementia, how the condition may affect your relative, and guidance about the financial and legal aspects of caring.
It’s also a chance to connect with others in a similar situation and with professionals who can help.
The course is free although there is a £10 refundable booking fee.
You can find more details and book a place at https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk
Covid Help & Support
People who are self-isolating due to a positive test who don’t have friends and family to help can contact The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub.
The multi-agency hub has provided support, guidance and signposting by teaming with volunteer groups, voluntary and community sector and the food industry to play a key role in providing access to essential goods and facilities for those in need.
The hub can:
- Put you in touch with community groups who can help collect and deliver essential supplies such as shopping or medication.
- Signpost to sources of financial support and food banks
- Provide support for those experiencing loneliness
- Help speak to the right people who can provide information on available schemes including claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support scheme.
The hub is available on 0300 003 4576 for people to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Community Help Point in Chippenham
Carer Support Wiltshire and Dorothy House Hospice Care are pleased to announce a new partnership, which will offer support to unpaid carers who have experienced bereavement.
The two charities are running a fortnightly Bereavement Help Point group at The Angel in Chippenham, which is open for anyone in the community who has been touched by grief to drop in and receive support.
The Bereavement Help Point is an informal and supportive space that is facilitated by trained Dorothy House and Carer Support Wiltshire volunteers. It is a place where people can be with others who are bereaved and talk about their feelings and fears.
The sessions run on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 10am-12noon, are free and there's no need to book, just come along to, the Angel, Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HD
If you require any more information, please contact Carer Support Wiltshire at email@example.com / 0800 181 4118.
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 acts 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
Blood donations in Chippenham
If you are interested in giving blood, there will be a number of donation sessions at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre in Chippenham.
You need to book an appointment either by calling 0300 123 2323 or download the free NHS Give Blood app.
Thursday 27 January
Thursday 17 February
Thursday 10 March
Monday 28 March
Fore more information visit https://www.blood.co.uk/news-and-campaigns/news-and-statements/coronavirus-covid-19-updates
Winter Craft Group
Alzheimer’s Support’s has launched an indoor winter crafts group in Longbarn, Lower Stanton St Quintin for people living with dementia.
The group will run from Wednesday 8th December 2021 until Wednesday 9th March 2022.
No experience is necessary and people will be working at their own pace - or just enjoying each other's company over a cuppa. As well as the crafts there will be a chance to get outside to feed the chickens and ducks that potter around the grounds.
Carers are welcome to attend as full members and refreshments, including homemade cake, will be served.
Please note there will be a small charge towards the costs of refreshments and materials
If you'd like to attend please call 01380 739055.
Free home energy efficiency improvements
If your household income is under £30,000 a year and you live in a home with a low energy performance rating (EPC D, E, F or G), you may be eligible to apply for up to £10,000 of free energy improvements to your home.
These home improvements could include:
- Solar panels
- Double glazing (for single glazed homes)
- A new front door (to replace old wooden doors)
To see if your eligible visit https://swindonwiltshire-lad-applications.com/
New dedicated out of hours line for domestic abuse
Wiltshire Council will be operating a new dedicated domestic abuse line from 5pm weekdays and all over the weekend for people who want to report concerns or seek help.
During the week, Splitz provides a support service on behalf of Wiltshire Council. The charity supports victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and children and young people impacted by domestic abuse. It carries out interventions to support perpetrators and provide safe accommodation for victims and their children.
During the pandemic and beyond, Splitz has adapted its services and continues to deliver a high level of service to those in need. The volume of self-referrals into Splitz had increased by 50% during the pandemic, which shows that vulnerable people do know how and where to access local help. Currently Splitz receives around 60 to 70 referrals each week for support.
The new dedicated out of hours line number is 01225 775276.
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.
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.
Meet outside Spring Rise Children’s Centre.
For more information email: email@example.com or call 07557 822412.
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
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