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Active Communities resources

With the government recently announcing a second lockdown throughout November, we've revisited this resource page and freshened it up. There are now a range of resources that you can engage with from the safety of your own 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

  • Get active, stay active, move more - with 30 weekly exercise classes to try, ranging from yoga and pilates to high intensity, high energy interval training there is something for everyone in our online exercise class programme. Find out what's available and how to access here.
  • 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 providing Facebook Live Rhyme Times at 11am each week day. To find out more, visit the library Facebook pages
  • Keep your little grey cells active by visiting the Wiltshire library Facebook pages every Thursday at 7pm for a themed quiz. Answers are posted at 7pm on Friday. 
  • Fortnightly on Tuesdays at 3pm, Wiltshire libraries hold live poetry, tea and chat sessions. Join Philip on the 1 December on the Salisbury Library Facebook page and Steph on 15 December for a Christmas poetry, tea and chat session on the Melksham Library Facebook page.
  • From 14-25 December, library staff will be reading Christmas bedtime stories at 6pm every evening on the library Facebook pages.

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 Wiltshire and Swindon Archives website for details on how to register. You will also find "how to" guides to help you with your historical research.
  • Listen to the online Memory Box Reading Group and 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 Order and Collect 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 weekly activity packs so why not download one or all of them and give them a try.

Wiltshire Short Breaks

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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.