COVID-19: Wiltshire Council Support Activities

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

We have set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help.

People can get in touch with the hub via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 003 4576. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Community Group Directory and Volunteer Group Information Pack
We have created a communities group directory and an information pack for volunteer groups to help them support their communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The information pack includes top tips on setting up a volunteer group, advice on supporting those in self-isolation, a range of template forms and useful signposting to other resources. Both are available on the Wiltshire Council website.

Please email Covid-19CommunityDirectory@wiltshire.gov.uk with any amendments, deletions or additions to the community directory.

Online active communities resources
With people stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we’ve compiled a list of resources across a wide range of subjects to try and provide something of interest for everyone.The resources have been broken down into categories: Keep active; Mental Health; Read and rhyme!; Creativity, culture and heritage; Digital learning; Home schooling. View the online resources.

Salisbury Sports and Activity Forum Facebook Page

In August 2019, Salisbury City Council was responsible for the set-up of a Sports and Activity Forum for the City, to allow clubs to come together and work collectively to break down the barriers that they were facing such as participation, facilities and coaching. This has proved successful, with over 20 local sport and activity clubs and organisations now involved.

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the forum has decided to go online with the creation of a Facebook page. This page will allow the local clubs and organisations the opportunity to showcase what they are currently working on, and will include activity videos that the residents of Salisbury can do within the safety and comfort of their own home.

We would like local clubs, coaches and activity leaders to share their knowledge and skills to the residents of Salisbury, using this new page as the platform.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jeremy Nettle said “I am very pleased that the City Council’s Community Activity Leaders are doing their bit to ensure we ‘stay at home and saves lives’ in making the best of these difficult times through supporting local sporting groups and giving them a platform to upload their activity videos to help keep everyone active at home.”

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/SalisburySportsForum/ and give the page a follow!

If you would like more information, or are not currently involved within the Salisbury Sports Forum and would like to be, please message the page or contact the City Council’s Community Activity Leaders via email at; tgailey@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk or ssaunders@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of St Peter’s Church

COVID-19
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. 

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. 

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. See: twovalleys.org

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be 
contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01722 790616 or rectorwtv@gmail.com


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home, except for essential trips.

Volunteering at Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve

Here at Parsonage Down NNR we are currently looking for new volunteers to help with a number of exciting and varied projects on site. We have a small group of regular volunteers that come most Tuesday’s to do important work onsite (outlined below in more detail) and it is envisaged that any new volunteers or people looking for a taster session/s would ideally attend on these days.

Background

Parsonage Down National Nature Reserve is a beautiful 680 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) lying on the edge of Salisbury Plain and accessed off the B3083 between the villages of Shrewton and Winterbourne Stoke. The site is world famous for both its wildlife and its farm animals. Highlights include many species of Orchids (including the largest population of Burnt-tip Orchids in north Europe), rare butterflies such as Marsh Fritillary and Adonis Blue and a whole array of wild birds such as Corn Bunting and Stone Curlew. The sites herd of English Longhorn cattle are the oldest registered herd in the world. There beautiful archaic colours dot the downland as they help graze the site to keep it in good condition.

Work Projects.   Some of the projects volunteers may be working on would include; Regards

o Hedge and woodland creation – planting with whips, (young trees), hedge laying, stock fencing, scrub management (on block rotations) with fire, restoration of x2 dewponds, strimming, mowing visitor access trail with quad (if trained), putting in gates, helping collect wildflower seed, making fence posts. We supply all tools and protective clothing/equipment.
o Species monitoring for those who are keen may include Breeding Bird Surveys, monthly wintering bird count between December – February, larval web counts of certain butterfly species, moth trapping and weekly butterfly and bee surveys in the summer months (training provided).
o Some minor, hands off livestock work may be included should people be interested such as carrying out stock checks on the weekend to check the animals are healthy and all accounted for (training provided).

Normal Day routine

• Volunteer days are most Tuesdays, usually every other Tuesday in the summer months.
• We meet at 9.30am at the Cherry Lodge Farm Office (SP3 4ET) for a 10am start. For this first half an hour we have tea/coffee/biscuits and a chit chat. Tea break is normally taken around 11.30am and lunch break around 1pm. We finish between 3-4pm.
• We are very flexible on commitment and people can turn up on a ‘as they feel like it’ basis. We would only ask that people confirm they will be attending a day or two before the work day so that staff members can plan the day accordingly. There is no need for any long term commitment!
Development –
• Training opportunities are available for quad bike, first aid and possibly brushcutter certification should volunteers like to do this.
• Ad hoc training opportunities may also be available from time to time for I.D training e.g. grass identification, hedge laying.
• There are always opportunity to mix it up and volunteer at different NNR’s as well (e.g. at Pewsey and Langley Wood) for a different experience of jobs/site/people.

Contact.   If you are interested in any of the above opportunities or would like to discuss further then please contact Reserve Manager Sebastian Allen-Mepham on 07770827834 or alternatively at Sebastian.allen-mepham@naturalengland.org.uk