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.

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

During the current lockdown, we would like to notify you of the services still available through The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability.  Our team of Home Security Operators is still securing the homes of victims of house crime and domestic abuse. Our office team is on hand to give telephone support and advice on a range of home security issues. Please call 01380 861155 and leave a message, your call will be returned within a few hours during working hours. Our operators are also delivering Personal Protective Equipment for Wiltshire Police across the County.

Our team of Stay Safe Online volunteers are available to offer telephone advice on a range of issues from improving cybersecurity awareness, to cyber and scam prevention advice and signposting to future advice and resources. Please call and leave a message on 01380 861191 and someone will get back to you shortly.

Emergency Tree Removal

Following the events of a couple of weeks ago, when one of three old Poplar trees between Brook Close and the A303 adjacent to Frog Alley (The path between Church Street bridge and the A303) blew down with significant damage to property, the remaining two trees have been condemned by Wiltshire Council as being unsound.   They will be felled by contractors and removed between the morning of Tuesday 14th April 2020 and the afternoon of Friday 17th April 2020.

As a consequence, for safety reasons, compounded by the need for social distancing, Frog Alley will need to be closed and villagers should not attempt to use it.  Clearly, this activity is likely to cause some noise and disruption in the vicinity, but this is necessary to remove a clear public safety hazard and a threat to the telephone and broadband access of a significant part of the village.

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.

Wiltshire Life Magazine – a free e-copy

To Wiltshire Parish Clerks,

For many of us, the Easter weekend is synonymous with attending church, seeing family and exploring our magnificent county. However, as Wiltshire adjusts to the challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, we understand that this bank holiday weekend might be a lonely and isolating time for some people.

Wiltshire Life, a subscription based magazine, has been the county magazine for Wiltshire for more than 70 years ‘one magazine, one county’ and so during this Easter period we would like to offer everyone in the county access to a digital version of our latest issue of the magazine without having to pay. This is a small gesture, which we hope will provide some connection to the outside world during these troubling times.

To access, they will need to complete a short form and we will email them the digital issue. Please can you share this link to your contacts in and around your parish(es):

https://bit.ly/wli-easter

I hope that you enjoy our free digital edition and have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Best wishes,

Georgie Green

Editor, Carriage Driving/Acting Editor, Wiltshire Life