The Community Centre

Jukebox

New music making opportunity for young musicians

JukeBox is a new music-making opportunity for musicians aged 8-18 of any level, welcoming all instruments and abilities, supported by Wiltshire Music Connect. 

It is aimed at young musicians who live in north Wiltshire and the specific aim of the club is to inspire young musicians to improve their music performance and improvisation skills and, by exploring different styles of music, learn how to apply those music skills.

If you'd like more information or want to book your place on the next workshop visit their website at www.jukeboxmusicclub.org.uk


Buddy

Could you be a Social Buddy?

Dimensions are looking for volunteers who can be both virtual and also work towards becoming a face-to-face volunteer as time progresses.

If you would like to make a difference and make friends along the way, they would love to hear from you!

Activities will include:

  • Having regular phone or video calls with your buddy
  • Enjoying folk music together
  • Providing chat, company, friendship and fun
  • Once lockdown restrictions lifted: Socialising together, such as going for drinks at the pub, going to gigs together and socialising in the local area

They are looking for someone who is:

  • Comfortable with using either phone or video calls (eg Teams, Zoom)
  • Friendly and enthusiastic
  • Happy to chat about shared interests such as folk music
  • Comfortable chatting with people with learning disabilities and autism.
  • Reliable and willing to commit to volunteer regularly (exact times/days can be agreed)
  • Welcome to the idea of face-to-face volunteering with your buddy once restrictions are lifted

For more information visit their website volunteering@dimensions-uk.org or call 0300 303 9162.


Paint

Do you need an art lift out of lockdown?

Have you struggled to maintain good mental health and/or manage your condition during the last year or months? Or, do you work with someone who’s feeling that way?

The nationally renowned Arts on Prescription provider may be what you need as they are now offering free online art sessions in which adults can write, draw and paint together (no writing or arts experience necessary).

The online sessions will run on Wednesdays between 10.30 – 11.45am, from 21 April to 23 July 2021.

If you have queries and/or would like to apply in a different way, please contact referrals@artlift.org or call 03000 200 102 to guarantee places.


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


Free Meals

Holiday Activity and Food Programme 2021 

Wiltshire Council has announced it will deliver the Holiday Activity and Food programme to eligible children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas school holiday periods.

The programme will deliver free activity and food provision to children who receive free school meals.
 
The Easter offer will see healthy packed lunches provided and an activity pack that enables children to be physically active at home. 

For further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Wiltshire email: fuelprogramme@wiltshire.gov.uk.


 

Autism

People with Autism Spectrum Conditions asked for their views on services

Healthwatch Wiltshire would like to find out what people with Autism Spectrum Conditions and their relatives and carers think about health, care and support services.

Working in partnership with Wiltshire Service Users Network they want to learn more about the experiences of adults with autism when they attend health and care appointments, and whether they feel they are getting the support and information they need from local services.

To take part in the survey visit their website at www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk/

If you would prefer a paper copy to be sent to you, please contact Healthwatch Wiltshire on 01225 434218 or email info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.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


Winter

Surviving Winter Fund

Wiltshire residents can claim up to £250 (whilst funds last!) to help with their heating and fuel bills over the cold period. Top up vouchers for prepayment meters will also be paid or credit can be made into energy account if you pay by direct debit. There's also help with solid fuels such as LPG gas bottles, wood or coal.

To be eligible, you will need to be in receipt of a means tested benefit, of pension age, or of working age and receiving a disability benefit (or they/someone in the household has a health condition worsened by the cold). They also need to be struggling with their fuel bills and keeping their home warm.

The fund can also help with boiler repairs of up to £300.

To apply, call the advice line number on 0800 038 5722.

A recent benefit award letters or a recent bank statement showing benefits being paid into your account is needed. It is not essential that all of the information is provided in the referral as they will be picking these up and calling those back to gather any additional information! 

The Surviving Winter Fund is first come first served, and the deadline will be in May. If the grant money runs out they can look at other funds you may be eligible for, so please make referrals to the fund as soon as you can.


scam

Beware of COVID cons
 
Local residents and businesses are being advised not to fall victim to any COVID-19-related scams.
 
Organisations across Wiltshire are asking you to be extra vigilant as criminals look to take advantage at a time when many people are vulnerable.
 
In recent weeks a number of attempted scams have emerged across the country, including:

  • people receiving text messages informing they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details
  • people receiving text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to claim for a ‘grant’
  • scammers looking to take advantage of businesses applying for business grants

You are urged not to provide your bank details in response to any email, phone call or text from anyone claiming to be part of the NHS vaccine programme. Bank details, passwords and pin numbers will never be requested as the COVID-19 vaccine is free and this should be an automatic red flag.
 
Any suspected fraud should be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.