The Community Centre
Christmas Afternoon Tea for the over 60s
The Neeld Community & Arts Centre are offering a little Christmas cheer this month with a festive afternoon tea for any local residence over 60. The event which takes place on Wednesday 30th November at 2.30pm will also include non-alcoholic mulled wine, and live entertainment by local musicians supported by members of the Gospel Rocks! choir.
All who attend will have the opportunity to paint their own Christmas pottery decoration, which will be taken away to be fired professionally.
Tickets cost £8.00 per person and are available through the Box Office on 01249 446699, or at the Town Hall.
Please note tickets are non-refundable unless this event is cancelled or postponed and booking for this event will close on Sunday 27 November.
Chippenham Creative Carers
Drop in and join in a creative art/crafts session led by talented volunteers.
No experience of crafts is necessary – come along and enjoy some time to yourself, learn some new crafts and techniques and meet other unpaid carers.
The sessions take place at King Alfred Hall, St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, and run between 11.00am and 2.00pm on the third Friday of every month (dates below);
18 November 2022
16 December 2022
20 January 2023
17 February 2023
17 March 2023
Tea and coffee is provided but please bring your own lunch.
For more information email email@example.com.
Festive Food & Gift Fair
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is hosting another fabulous Festive Food & Gift Fair.
Christmas is around the corner, friends and family will, once again, be able to enjoy a truly magical time together. So that you can find that unique gift, there will be festive stalls selling delicious wines, gins, food, gorgeous candles, leather goods, jewellery plus lots lots more.
PLEASE NOTE – These events take place in the Kerry Suite at Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort – NOT Bowood House & Gardens
Wednesday 23rd November | £15 per person | 4pm – 8pm | Tickets in advance only
Includes a glass of Mulled Wine & Mince Pie from 4pm or a glass of Wine & Canapes from 5.30pm
Thursday 24th November | £5 per person | 9am – 3pm | Tickets in advance or on the door
Tickets available https://events.liveit.io/the-wiltshire-bobby-van-trust/bowood-festive-food-and-gift-fair-2022
The Mayor's Christmas Card Competition
Every year, the Mayor of Chippenham sends official Christmas cards and this year the design will come from a member of the public. The theme will be: ‘A Celebration of Chippenham at Christmas’.
Mayor of Chippenham, Councillor Liz Alstrom, has opened a competition to win the opportunity to design the official Christmas card for 2022. There will be three categories: 0 to 11, 12 to 16, and age 17 upwards.
There will be a winner in each category, with an art-based prize given, and the overall winner will be on the official Mayoral Christmas Card and will also win a supply of 10 cards for their own use.
If you would like to enter, please submit your entry (sized between A5 and A3) along with your name, age category and contact details to the Town Hall in an envelope headed FAO The Democratic and Civic Officer, Christmas Card Competition.
The closing date for the competition is Monday 14th November.
Free Community Lunch
With food prices increasing a helping hand has been offered by Sheldon Road Methodist Church on Audley Road.
There offering local residence struggling to afford food a free meal at a community event held every Saturday.
On offer is a 2 course meal and tea & coffee. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available.
For more information call 01249 444375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Touring Exhibition Comes To Chippenham
Chippenham Musuem have announced a new exhibition to run from 15th October until 12th November.
The Royal Photography Societies Documentary Photographer of the Year is an international competition attracting exceptional visual storytellers from across the world.
Documentary photography is a unique medium that communicates the human condition seen through a moment in time.
The competition recognises and celebrates the work of photographers who have used a distinctive personal approach to documenting social, medical, political and environmental issues affecting communities and individuals.
Chippenham Museum is open 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Entry is free.
Age UK Wiltshire is piloting a new service ‘Travel Friends’
The service aims to reduce loneliness for socially isolated older people and to help them to reconnect with their local communities, friends, and family. During Covid many older people have lost confidence in getting out and about.
Age UK Wiltshire are looking for people who will be able to work with an older person, over a short period of time, to help them gain the confidence to travel independently once again. A volunteer will support with accessing and understanding bus/train timetables, accessing community transport and Link schemes in their area and travelling with the client at first to help them feel confident to do so alone. All volunteers will receive training for this role and will be supported by a member of staff.
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in finding out more about this volunteering role or using the service please contact Ginny Cooper or Anna Angel who will be only too happy to help.
Email: email@example.com or Tel: 07500 137 135
New Art Group
People living with dementia in Chippenham are invited to join a friendly new art group.
The group, which is kindly being funded by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, will give members the chance to explore a wide variety of art projects with professional artist Fran Young, and be creative together in a relaxed supportive atmosphere.
Family carers will also be welcome as full members of the group – and no experience of art is necessary to come along.
It will meet at King Alfred’s Hall.
For more information go to https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/news/new-art-group
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.
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