Helping you to find out what is happening in your local community and beyond!
This is not an exhaustive guide, but provides suggestions which we hope will help you find activities in your area.
Find a club, group or social activity
We have collated a list of searches and links below for a variety of clubs, groups and organisations below - click on a heading to expand it and show the lists/external links under that category.
If you have trouble using the list of searches and links below then please contact us and we will try to provide the information another way.
Befriending and Wellbeing services
|Wellbeing, social support and befriending-type services||Age UK Wiltshire's Wellbeing Service||
Independent Age (nationwide befriending)
Alzheimer's Support - Support at Home (paid-for service offering companionship and practical help for those with dementia)
Alzheimer's Society 'Side by Side' (one-to-one social support for people with Alzheimer's or dementia)
Sighted Guiding Service from Guide Dogs Association (one-to-one social support to get out and about for visually impaired)
Local area coordinators (Wiltshire Council) - support to obtain information, make practical and local connections and live the life you would like
There might be a local charity linked to your previous occupation or a particular health problem that offers a befriending service e.g. Royal British Legion
Swindon Circles (befriending and support for Swindon residents- part of Swindon Council Live Well hub) 01793 465513
Richmond Fellowship - Wiltshire (for people with an identified mental health condition)
Wiltshire CIL Community Connections (one-to-one support to help you live your Good Life and what this means, referral by GP only). Offering some limited socially distanced support during COVID.
Care Home Volunteers (friendship and social contact for people living in care homes) 07931 022824
Royal Voluntary Service 01305 236666 (RVS Dorset, Wiltshire and Swindon Hub) operate services in Swindon such as Home from Hospital support, social clubs and a 'One-to-One service'
Wiltshire Council Shared Lives - a scheme which provides support, care and companionship to adults who have mental health needs or learning disabilities, physical impairments, or are elderly.
|Telephone befriending services||Age UK Wiltshire telephone befriending||
Age UK Call in Time (nationwide)
RVS/NHS volunteers 'check in and chat' free befriending calls during the COVID pandemic
See also a list of crisis and mental health helpline numbers at the bottom our Wellbeing service page
|Support to make small lifestyle changes to improve wellbeing||
Tel: 0300 0034566 (option 1)
Swindon Live Well Hub - 01793 465513
|Concerned about yours or somene else's mental health? We have listed a number of Crisis and mental health telephone support services at the bottom of ourWellbeing Programme page
|MHA Live at Home befriending/ companionship (paid for)||Live at Home - Chippenham||Live at Home - Swindon||MHA - Live at home nationwide schemes|
Exercise and Sports
|Fitness & Friendship Clubs||View Age UK Wiltshire's Fitness & Friendship clubs here|
|Local exercise and fitness classes for over 50s||List of exercise classes across Wiltshire - Age UK Wiltshire info list|
|Bowls Clubs||Bowls Wiltshire|
|Walking and Rambling|
Lunch clubs, day centres and social groups
|Local lunch clubs and day centres||
North Wiltshire Lunch Clubs and Day Centres - Age UK Wiltshire list(Chippenham, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury)
East Wiltshire Lunch Clubs and Day Centres - Age UK Wiltshire list(Devizes, Lavington, Marlborough, Pewsey)
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Lunch Clubs and Day Centres - Age UK Wiltshire list(Salisbury, Amesbury, Alderbury, Whiteparish, Wilton, Mere, Tisbury)
West Wiltshire Lunch Clubs and Day Centres - Age UK Wiltshire list(Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Warminster, Melksham)
|Re-engage (formerly 'Contact the Elderly') monthly tea parties||Re-engage monthly tea parties (Devizes, Trowbridge, Swindon, Melksham, RWB, Chippenham)|
|Faith in Later Life - national directory of church-based groups and clubs||Faith in Later Life|
|Your local church, sheltered housing scheme or village hall is quite likely to have a coffee morning or social group - just ask!|
Hobbies and Arts
|University of the Third Age (U3A) - member-led hobby and interest groups across the county.||U3A - groups including book groups, language, arts and games|
|Knitting and sewing groups|
|Arts||Arts Together (Devizes, Pewsey, Marlborough, BoA, Trowbridge and Corsham)|
Devizes - Slade House Social Club, Slade House, Devizes, SN10 1EL. Thurs 7pm
|Books and Reading|
|Singing, choirs and music|
|DIY and tools||Men's Sheds|
|Film, media and Theatre||Amdram (listings of amateur dramatics groups)|
Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers - Wiltshire camera clubs directory
|Campaign for Real Ale||CAMRA|
|Local Council Home Library service||Wiltshire Home Library|
|Nationwide social-led organisations|
|Veteran's groups and organisations|
|Physical health and disability related support groups|
|Groups for carers||
Alzheimer's Society carer's groups (select 'Support in the community')
|Hearing and Vision loss|
|Alzheimer's and Dementia||Alzheimer's Support (Wiltshire)|
|Groups for those affected by a mental health condition||
Wiltshire Mind 'You in Mind' groups (Melksham, Chippenham, Devizes, Malmesbury, Salisbury and Trowbridge)
Wiltshire IAPT (free psycho-educational courses around a range of psychological and emotional difficulties)
|Social group for older people with learning disabilities||
Gateway Club (Devizes and Calne)
|For other health-related groups you could look up charities that may have a local presence - such as Stroke Association, Parkinson's Society, Arthritis Care, Headway, South Wilts Mencap|
Village, town and parish newsletters and area specific resources
|Amesbury area||Amesbury local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Aldbourne area||Aldbourne local links directory|
|Bradford on Avon area||Westwood Parish website||Bradford on Avon hub|
|Calne area||Calne local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Chippenham area||Chippenham local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Malmesbury area||Malmesbury Seniors Club meet on Fridays at Abbeyfield Burnham Court, SN16 0BQ Contact: email@example.com / 07557 922020||Malmesbury U3A|
|Melksham area||Age Friendly Melksham||
Melksham local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)
|Mere (SW) area|
The Pewsey Messenger (Alton, Pewsey, Woodborough, Milton Lilbourne)
|Royal Wootton Bassett area||Royal Wootton Basset town council website||Royal Wootton local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Salisbury centre area||AUKW list of leisure activities - Salisbury||Salisbury local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Southern Wiltshire area|
Swindon council-run website My Care My Support has a directory of clubs and groups that you can search by area.
|Tidworth area||Enford newsletter|
|Tisbury (SW) area|
Trowbridge local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)
|Warminster area||Warminster local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Westbury||Westbury and Dilton Marsh local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)|
|Wilton (SW) area|
Have you thought about volunteering?
There are volunteering opportunities across the county and it can be a great way to meet new people and give something back to your community. Why not have a look at Age UK Wiltshire volunteering opportunities?
Or the national website Do-it.org has a database of opportunities.
Can't find what you are looking for?
If you want to know what is going on in your community you might also try the following:
- Town, parish and church newsletters and websites are a good place to look for current information
- The council websites have databases of activities Wiltshire Council and My Care My Support (Swindon Borough) have a directory of clubs and groups.
- Your local library can be an invaluable source of local information and may also host activities.
- Your town may have a Wiltshire Our Community Matters page which is like an online noticeboard for clubs and events.
- Word of mouth is often a good source of local information and friends, family or a neighbour may be able to recommend something from their own experiences
- Charities related to particular health conditions (e.g. Stroke Association) may have local activities and support groups in your area