Wiltshire Council COVID-19 Update - 1 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Celebrating VE Day at home

We have created a special VE Day at home pack to help residents of all ages celebrate and mark the 75th anniversary of this historic moment in time.

With social distancing measures still in place, the pack contains simple advice and suggestions on how to have a household garden party on Friday 8 May, which this year is a bank holiday.

The pack also contains themed recipe ideas, a World War II/VE Day quiz and wordsearch, some suggested e-reading materials from our library service, craft ideas on how to make bunting and paperchains, 1940s-inspired games and songs to sing to keep the family entertained. 
Read more and download the VE Day pack
 
Letter of thanks to volunteer groups

We have written an open letter to say thanks and pay tribute to the 400+ community volunteer groups that have been set-up to support Wiltshire's communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

The letter is from Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council; Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Communities; Alistair Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer and Terence Herbert, Chief Executive Officer.

Read the letter to volunteer groups
 
Partners working together to target fly-tippers in Wiltshire

We are working in partnership with Wiltshire Police to conduct roadside checks on people carrying waste in order to disrupt and prosecute fly-tippers. These people are breaking both stay at home government guidance and fly-tipping laws.
 
During March there was no significant change in the number of fly-tipping incidents in Wiltshire but the first three weeks of April have seen 63 extra incidents, a 30% rise in fly-tipping in the county on April 2019. More than 50% of the reports received are commercial fly-tips, which indicates that rogue traders or a ‘man and van’ are still operating illegally, even during the lockdown.
Read more about how we are tackling fly-tipping
 
Are you looking for a volunteer role with flexible hours?

Interested in a role that can make a difference to the lives of children and parents?

We are looking for volunteer members to sit on our Independent Appeals Panel.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01225 718352
 
Leisure, library, heritage and arts services continue to support thousands

Despite the temporary closure of our leisure, library, heritage and arts buildings our teams are continuing to support thousands of residents, by coming up with creative and fun ideas to keep our communities engaged and connected, and we’ve been delighted with the response.
 
The library’s e-service saw more than 4,596 eMagazines checked out in March with another 7,046 so far in April – the highest monthly figures since the service was introduced in February 2018.
 
Rhyme time and story videos also continue to be popular, with more than 44,000 views so far and counting.
 
Our leisure service’s social media channels have seen a recent 93% increase in page views, while nearly 8,000 residents have accessed the recently created swim, gym, walking sports, ability sports and healthier communities activity packs. There has also been more than 10,000 views of specially made fitness videos.
 
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre saw more than 10,000 visits to its Facebook page on the day that free ancestry resources were promoted.
 
3,650 calls have been made to older and vulnerable members of Active Health, Get Wiltshire Walking, senior leisure centre members and libraries to check they’re okay at this difficult time.
 
We have developed an online Active Communities resource page which covers a variety of topics, including opportunities for people to be active and exercise, the various library services available online – rhyme times, story times, e-books/magazines, resources on getting creative through mediums like song, dance, art and literature and opportunities to explore Wiltshire’s history.
 
View our Active Communities resource page
 
Daily creative challenges in May

Create to Connect is a month of creative challenges for each day of May, for you to do at home, established by 64 Million Artists.

You can sign up to receive daily challenge emails, or follow 64 Million Artists’ on social media.

They’ve created free downloadable activity packs for community leaders, teachers and families to run challenges locally.

You can also join a Challenge Whatsapp group! If you’d like to share your challenges in a small group with others taking part, you can let us know here.

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