The Community Centre
The Christmas lunch will bring together local people from Corsham, Box, Chippenham and surrounding villages who would otherwise be spending Christmas day alone and provide a space to celebrate together.
Also welcome are single-parent families who may want to enjoy more company on the day.
This free event will be held at Corsham Scout Hall, The Lagger, Corsham, SN13 0DE.
Guests will be served coffee, tea, non-alcoholic cold drinks, a 3-course meal and mince pies and biscuits. There will also be a quiz, a raffle and plenty of great conversation!
Transport can be arranged for those that require it (wheelchair accessible if needed). All guests will receive a gift bag with a wrapped present and a Christmas card.
Spaces are limited so to book call 07467 248273 or email 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 2 December
Thursday 9 December
Monday 20 December
Thursday 30 December
Thursday 6 January
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
Museum Talk - From Dishwasher to Dame: The Story of Florence Hancock
Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 7.00pm (via Zoom)
Find out the story behind Chippenham’s newest blue plaque, unveiled by Chippenham Civic Society on 19 October.
Dame Florence Hancock was an exceptional and inspirational woman who was born and died in Chippenham and who lived through incredible and changing times. She made her way from poverty to presidency of the Trade Union Congress.
Join Melissa Barnett, Curator of Chippenham Museum, at this online talk via Zoom to discover how Florence’s story has moved from local memory to national history, where she takes her rightful place with her own blue plaque.
To book your place for this talk visit https://www.chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum/museum-whats-on
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.
Volunteers needed for the Wiltshire Home Library Service
Wiltshire Home Library Service is in need of volunteers in the Chippenham area to take books to housebound customers.
The service is for Wiltshire residents who want to read or listen to library books but have problems getting to their local library and have no one who can visit for them.
Volunteers will need to use their own vehicles to make deliveries will be required to have a valid driving licence and insurance with sufficient cover. A mileage allowance is paid by the library service.
An enhanced disclosure check (DBS) paid for by the library service is required for this role.
So, if you have time to spare, like books and reading, have a friendly personality and enjoy meeting people please contact Charlotte Latham or Hannah Thompson at Chippenham Library on 01249 650536.
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.
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.
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