Active Communities resources

Discover a range of resources that you can engage with from home, delivered by a range of council services, as well as a number of resources, activities and ideas to support mental health, promote physical activity and offer you ideas to do something new or different. 

Online delivery 

There are a wide variety of opportunities to engage with live, and pre-recorded, activities to stay active, learn, engage with others, have fun and keep children occupied. Why not try something new today. 

Leisure services

  • The sports development team provide a range of sporting opportunities which are not able to be delivered at this time. However, you can still get involved with their online sessions in walking netball, walking football and This Girl Can themed sessions.
  • Running - the virtual running programme will continue -  couch to 5Km and top tips advice on running and progressing running.  Follow Active Wiltshire on Facebook for information and regular video updates.

Library services

  • Wiltshire libraries are offering Facebook Live rhyme times on Mondays at 11am. On 10 and 24 January, join Steph on Melksham Library Facebook page, and on 17 and 31 January, Karen will be live on AmesburyFacebook page. 
  • Wiltshire Libraries hold regular Reading Friends tea and chat sessions. Join Basil on 11 January at 3pm on the Trowbridge Library Facebook page for the next session. You can also catch up with past sessions on the Wiltshire Libraries YouTube channel. 

Heritage services

These weblinks provide a gateway to a host of information, services and activities that you can enjoy from your own home:

  • Discover a world of heritage on the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website including Archives & Local Studies, Archaeology and the Conservation & Museums Service (CMAS), which are all still providing services and can be contacted via the website.
  • For family history research you can register for free home access to explore Wiltshire's parish registers, wills and probate on Ancestry. Go to the archives page of the WSHC website for details on how to register. You will also find "how to" guides to help you with your historical research.
  • Check out History Centre blog for all things heritage, arts and culture in Wiltshire. Visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre YouTube channel for films on art, history, and even Pele's football boots worked on by conservators at the History Centre.
  • For local history take advantage of the  service from Wiltshire Libraries which includes loan copies of books from the Local Studies collections.

Additional resources and activities available through Wiltshire Council 

Wellbeing hub

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is back open again and available to support local people with deliveries of food and other essentials, issues around loneliness and isolation and support if you're self-isolating from COVID-19. 

Other links, resources and activities from regional and national partners 

Downloadable activity packs

We  will be creating a range of activity packs so why not download one or all of them and give them a try:

Ability Sports Activity Pack Week 1 (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)

Ability Sports Activity Pack Week 2 (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Ability Sports Activity Pack Week 3 (PDF) [4MB] (opens new window)

Ability Sports Activity Pack Week 4 (PDF) [5MB] (opens new window)

Ability Sports Activity pack - Lockdown 3 (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)

Gymnastics Activity Pack Week 1 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Gymnastics Activity Pack Week 2 (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)

Gymnastics Activity Pack Week 3 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Gymnastics Activity Pack Week 4 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Gymnastics School Activity pack - Lockdown 3 (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window)

Healthier Communities Activity Pack Week 1 (PDF) [8MB] (opens new window)

Healthier Communities Activity Pack Week 2 (PDF) [5MB] (opens new window)

Older People's Activity Pack (PDF) [1MB] (opens new window)

Swim School Activity Pack 1 (PDF) [464KB] (opens new window)

Swim School Activity Pack 2 (PDF) [575KB] (opens new window)

Animals themed activity pack (PDF) [6MB] (opens new window)

Summer activity pack (PDF) [8MB] (opens new window)

Science activity pack (PDF) [7MB] (opens new window)

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Undertaking exercise

Before you start any physical activities that you may find above, please make sure that it is safe for you to exercise based on any current health or medical conditions you may have. Please make sure you have plenty of space around you in order to perform any exercises that you take part in, and that you're wearing the appropriate attire, including footwear, to do the activity that you're participating in.