The Community Centre

Governers

Secondary School Governors needed

Are you interested in supporting education in your local area?

Abbeyfield School is seeking volunteers to join it’s Governing Board as Co-opted governors from September 2021. 

If you would like to be part of a friendly and innovative school community and would like to know more about what the role involves please contact Mrs J Hill, Clerk to Governors by email to jph@abbeyfield.wilts.sch.uk by 12th July 2021


Gym

Students summer membership at local leisure centres

Students can get a great deal on a fully inclusive Life Zone membership package at one of Wiltshire Council’s ten leisure centres this Summer.

For just a single payment of £49.99, you will get unlimited access to the fitness suite, public swimming sessions, group exercise classes, health suite (where available and open) and racket sport court hire as well as a gym induction, for 8 weeks from the date of purchase. There is no admin fee to pay either! 

This offer is open to new members only and applicable to those aged 16 and over in full time education (proof of enrolment will be required). It is available for purchase until the end of August 2021.

Simply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-promotions for details or visit your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre and ask a member of reception staff for more details.


Garden

New 'Muddy Boots' dementia groups launching 

People living with dementia in the Chippenham and North Wiltshire area are invited to two new Muddy Boots groups starting this month.

The first group will be starting in the Sensory Garden at John Coles Park in Chippenham on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The second group will be run by Alzheimer’s Support who operate the hands-on, outdoors groups across Wiltshire. The charity has now teamed up with Adeline Farm at Long Newton near Malmesbury for a new monthly group which gives people living with memory loss, and their family carers, the chance to take part in gardening and nature projects in the great outdoors.

This group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, with the first session on 23rd June.

To find out more or to attend one or both of these groups call 01380 739055.


Chippenham Station

Chippenham Station 180 Online Exhibition

To mark the 180th anniversary of the opening of Chippenham Station, the Friends of Chippenham Station have been working with Chippenham Museum to develop an online exhibition.

The station opened on 31 May 1841 and visitors to the virtual exhibition will enjoy a journey through the station’s history with themes including the changing face of the station, trains over the years and the Calne branch line. The group hope to follow this exhibition with an in person event later in the year.

The exhibition is online now at www.chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum/exhibitions

Friends of Chippenham Station formed in August 2019 and is a community rail group of volunteers with differing interests in Chippenham Station. The station is a gateway to the town as well as a hub for sustainable transport. Members receive newsletters with station news and details of current projects. 


 

Mental Health

Help shape the future of mental health support in Wiltshire

Would you like to be involved in creating, shaping and influencing a new vision for mental health services in Wiltshire?

Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living and Wiltshire Parent Carer Council are joining forces to host a series of online focus groups, to ask local people what they think good community mental health support should look like.

There running two focus groups, via Zoom on:

  • Wednesday 23 June 6pm-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 30 June 11am-12.30pm

All feedback will be used to help plan future services in the region.

Focus groups are open to anyone over the age of 16 who has lived experience of mental ill health.

To book your place, please email joanne.woodsford@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk


Engineering

Women in Engineering Day

The Employment and Skills Service at Wiltshire Council is celebrating ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on 23rd June 2021 and they are looking for employers in Wiltshire to share their stories of inspiring women in Engineering within their business.

Do you have women in your organisation who are excelling in their engineering role or perhaps you have an apprentice starting out in their career?

They would love to talk to you and share your positive stories on Work Wiltshire and with the student community to inspire and engage more women into Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM).

Currently women in STEM represents only 24% of the workforce and therefore it’s more important than ever to raise the platform and opportunities in Engineering for women.

Please email Catherine.brooks@wiltshire.gov.uk if you would like to discuss.


Phone call

Befriending volunteers needed for talk and support

‘Do you have a free hour per week to support unpaid carers, over the telephone, for a friendly chat?

The Talk and Support project has been vital during the last 12 months and provided a lifeline to those people within our community that just want to chat to someone.

Many volunteers have joined to gain practical experience needed for their CV or just to make a difference and support isolated carers.

If you'd like to volunteers or just want to find out some more information, please contact Lindsey Millen at Carer Support Wiltshire via her email lindseym@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk.


 

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

A new arts trail has launched in Chippenham with ten images of artworks from Chippenham Museum's latest exhibition amongst the trees in John Coles and Monkton Park. The trail takes place during National Walking Month, a campaign celebrating walking as a way of helping the environment while improving wellbeing.

The museum has a prominent collection of modern art, donated by the artists themselves, as a record of local creativity and they hope through this trail the community can take a minute to relax and consider each piece while enjoying the town's beautiful green spaces.

Walkers can also scan a QR code at each point for an interactive map with additional information about the artists and trees.

Chippenham Museum is a free entry Chippenham Town Council facility. The museum looks after the town’s collection of 35,000 objects with family activities and changing art and historical exhibitions. Open Monday to Saturday, drop in 10am to 1pm.


Memory Cafe

Memory Cafe & Music Group 

Alzheimer's Support in Chippenham are once again running their popular fortnightly Memory Cafe and Music for the Mind group.

They meet on a Thursday morning at King Alfred Hall from 10.30.

It’s a great way to make new friends, keep in touch with old ones, find entertainment, enjoy music and find local support.

Alzheimer’s Support’s community groups are all following Public Health England-approved risk assessment procedures to ensure everyone stays safe.

To find out more or book a place call 01380 739055.


 

 

Dementia

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.


 

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.


 

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


 

 

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