The Community Centre
Heritage Open Days 2022 (Saturday 10th September)
Have you ever fancied seeing behind the scenes at the Neeld Community & Arts Centre and Town Hall?
Delve into the secret corners of these historic buildings to discover behind-the-scenes areas such as the tech booth, backstage and Mayor’s Parlour.
A free guided tour will tell you more about the fascinating history of these buildings as well as the plans for the future.
The Neeld has played several different roles in the heart of the Chippenham community, including a Cheese Market and a WW1 Hospital. Following a refurbishment project in 2015, The Neeld is a thriving Community and Arts Centre with an exciting programme of professional shows and local groups’ activities. The Town Hall was opened in 1834 and remains the civic heart of the town and home of Chippenham Town Council.
Tours will take place at 10am and midday and will last around1 hour and have a maximum of 20 people, so pre-booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment.
Children’s colouring activity available. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please note: Certain areas of this tour are only accessible by stairs.
Tickets are available through the Box Office on 01249 446699, or alternatively tickets are also available at the Town Hall.
Please note: tickets are non-refundable unless this event is cancelled or postponed
Kickstart your children's swimming with intensive courses this summer
Learning to swim is an essential life skill and the earlier your child learns how to swim, the better it is for their development!
Local swimming pools are running intensive courses during the summer holidays, for children of all abilities to enjoy the health and social benefits that swimming brings.
Chippenham Olympiad Leisure Centre
Tuesday 9 August - Friday 12 August inclusive:
Stage 1 11am - 11.30am
Stage 2 11am - 11.30am
Stage 3 11.30am - 12noon
Stage 4 11.30am - 12noon
Cost of intensive swimming lesson courses are £34 per week (concession rate £24.50 if eligible).
To book call 01249 444144 or email email@example.com.
Join Park Yoga from between 9.30am – 10.30am for a FREE Yoga session in John Coles Park.
These sessions are funded by working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership (WASP) and will run up to and including 27th August.
Open to everyone, bring a mat or a towel and a bottle of water. An adult must accompany all children under 18yrs.
For further information, visit the website www.parkyoga.co.uk or contact Paul Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bake a cake for Alzheimer’s Support
Wiltshire dementia charity Alzheimer’s Support is asking people and communities in Chippenham to host a fundraising Communi-TEA this summer.
It could be anything from a bake sale at work, to a coffee morning with neighbours to a garden party or village or community get-together.
If you enjoy baking and love a good get-together, it’s a great way to enjoy some time together and fundraise for a great cause.
To find out more or request your Communi-TEAs pack, go to https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/communi-tea
Summer Gym Membership for Students
Students can get a great deal on a leisure membership this summer at any one of Wiltshire Council’s 20 leisure centres.
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) as well as a gym induction if required, for eight weeks from the date of purchase. There is no admin fee to pay either!
This offer is open to those aged 16 and over in education (proof of enrolment will be required).
It is not available in conjunction with any other offer and is only available for purchase up until 31 August 2022.
You can buy online now at https://leisure.wiltshire.gov.uk/LhWeb/en/Public/Home/Memberships
Or pop in to you local leisure centre and see them and ask a member of reception staff for more details.
Details for all leisure centres can be found at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure. Full terms and conditions apply.
New Art Group
People living with dementia in Chippenham are invited to join a friendly new art group from September.
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 from 7th September.
For more information go to https://www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/news/new-art-group
Wiltshire Leisure Centres recruiting staff
Working in leisure at one of Wiltshire Council’s leisure centres is a great way to be part of an exciting, interesting service supporting the health and wellbeing of local residents. If you are friendly, enthusiastic and have great customer service skills they'd love to hear from you.
The council are recruiting for a wide range of roles including lifeguards, duty managers, receptionists, swimming instructors, and fitness instructors for various leisure facilities across the county.
For more information about the roles available, please visit https://jobs.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure/.
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.
Chippenham Town Walks
Chippenham Museum has launched the 2022 dates for their popular free Town Walks.
Delve into the history of our town from King Alfred and the Saxons to the present day, this 40 minute exploration of the town is perfect for both residents and visitors.
Thursdays at 7pm: 4 Aug, 8 Sept
Saturdays at 2pm: 13 August, 10 September, 8 October
Meet at the Market Place and as places are limited you are required to book your place.
For more information visit https://www.chippenham.gov.uk/chippenham-museum
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 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