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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.

DISCLAIMER

The results that are produced by the following searches are for information only. Age UK Wiltshire does not recommend any of the organisations or services that will appear in the searches below, nor do we recommend the search providers. If you follow a link you will be taken to an external website, the content of which Age UK Wiltshire is not responsible for. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more details.

Befriending and Wellbeing services

Wellbeing, social support and befriending-type services

(free)

Age UK Wiltshire logoAge 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 'Dementia Connect'  (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

ReThink Inclusion service - Wiltshire (for people with an identified mental health condition) Tel: 0117 903 1805  (temp tel number)

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'

Celebrating Age Wiltshire (short-term projects)

If you're an informal carer then you could be eligible for support servies through Carer Support Wiltshire or Swindon carers centre.

Telephone befriending services

(free)

Age UK Wiltshire telephone befriending

Age UK Call in Time (nationwide)

Alabare - Mental health and wellbeing support telephone support project01722 466680

Carer's Support telephone befriending (for informal carers)

Silverline (nationwide)

Re-Engage Call Companions

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  

(free)

Wiltshire Health Improvement coaches (prev. Health Trainers)

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 

Befriending/ wellbeing services

(Paid for)

Live at Home - Chippenham

Live at Home - Swindon

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.

MHA - Live at home nationwide schemes

Driving Miss Daisy - Companionship where there is an element of travel

You could employ a carer from a care agency to complete outings and activities with you

Exercise and Sports

Lunch clubs, day centres and social groups

Local lunch clubs, day centres and friendship groups

North Wiltshire Lunch Clubs, day centres and friendship groups - Age UK Wiltshire list(Chippenham, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury)

 

East Wiltshire Lunch Clubs, day centres and friendship groups - Age UK Wiltshire list(Devizes, Lavington, Marlborough, Pewsey)

 

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Lunch Clubs, Day Centres and friendship groups - Age UK Wiltshire list(Salisbury, Amesbury, Alderbury, Whiteparish, Wilton, Mere, Tisbury)

 

West Wiltshire Lunch Clubs, Day Centres and friendship groups- Age UK Wiltshire list(Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Warminster, Melksham)

 

Swindon Lunch Clubs, Day Centres and friendship groups - Age UK Wiltshire list

 
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, Lifestyle and Occupations

University of the Third Age (U3A) - member-led hobby and interest groups across the county.  U3A - groups including book groups, language, arts and games  
Arts, crafts, knitting and film

Arts Together (Devizes, Pewsey, Marlborough, BoA, Trowbridge and Corsham)

Amdram (listings of amateur dramatics groups)

Reach Inclusive Arts (Swindon)

 Churches quite often have art groups and life drawing classes!

Check with your local parish magazine or noticeboard as many have regular film clubs

Bingo

 

 
Books and Reading

Swindon Council home library service

Wiltshire Council home library service

Check with your local parish magazine or noticeboard as many have regular book clubs
Singing, choirs and music

Golden Oldies

Wiltshire Sing 'n' Smile clubs

British Choirs on the net

Soundwell Music Trust (Trowbridge)
Gardening, DIY and tools Men's Sheds Twigs Community Garden Swindon
Photography

Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers - Wiltshire camera clubs directory

Devizes Camera Club
Campaign for Real Ale CAMRA  
Nationwide social-led organisations

Rotary Club

The Women's Institute (WI)

Townswomens' Guild

Adult Guiding

Diet and healthy eating

Vegetarian for Life - pen and phone pals

 

Veteran's groups and organisations

 

SSAFA

Health and carer related groups

Physical health and disability related support groups

Salisbury Medical centre support groups 

Arthritis Action South West peer support group

Cancer Support Salisbury (for those affected by cancer) - weekly chat cafes in Salisbury

Gateway Club (Devizes and Calne) group for adults with learning disabilities

Hearing and Vision loss

Durrington Hear to Help group

Wiltshire Council Hearing and Vision team

Swindon Council Hearing and Vision

Wiltshire Sight

Gazette & Herald audio newspaper (Devizes hospital radio)

RNIB Talking books and magazines

Mental health and disability related support groups and friendship clubs

 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)

Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind

 Alzheimer's Society (nationwide)

 Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Lift Psychology classes (Swindon) (free psycho-educational courses around a range of psychological and emotional difficulties)

Alzheimer's Support  (Wiltshire) - Singing for the brain and memory cafes

Groups for carers

Carer's Support Wiltshire

Alzheimer's Society carer's groups (select 'Support in the community')

Alzheimer's Support carer's groups

Age UK guide: Advice for carers

Swindon Carer's Centre

Prospect Hospice Carer's Programme

If you're an informal carer then you could be eligible for support servies through Carer Support Wiltshire or Swindon carers centre through having a free Carer's Assessment.

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 and town area specific resources

East Wiltshire

(Devizes, Lavington, Marlborough, Pewsey)

Love Devizes neighbourly group

West Lavington Parish website

Rowde village magazine

Aldbourne local links directory

The Pewsey Messenger (Alton, Pewsey, Woodborough, Milton Lilbourne)

Burbage News magazine

Great Bedwyn Parish website

Enford newsletter

West Wiltshire

(Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford on Avon area, Westbury, Warminster)

Westwood Parish website

Age Friendly Melksham

 Melksham local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

 

Bradford on Avon hub 

Westbury and Dilton Marsh local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Active Trowbridge

Trowbridge local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Warminster local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

North Wiltshire

(Chippenham, Calne, Royal Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury)

Malmesbury U3A

Malmesbury Seniors Club  Contact: ellen.blacker@wiltshire.gov.uk (Community Champion)

HomeInstead 'What's on Where' (WOW) guide - North Wilts & Swindon

 Chippenham local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Calne local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Royal Wootton local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Royal Wootton Basset town council website

Salisbury city centre 

 AUKW list of leisure activities - Salisbury

Safer Supportive Salisbury

Silver Salisbury community events

Salisbury Museum community events and groups

 Salisbury local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)

Salisbury U3A

Southern Wiltshire

(Amesbury, Alderbury, Whiteparish, Wilton, Mere, Tisbury)

   Amesbury local area coordinator (Wiltshire Council)
Swindon area

Swindon council website has a directory of clubs and groups that you can search by area.

HomeInstead 'What's on Where' (WOW) guide - North Wilts & Swindon

 

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.

Or more locally the Swindon Volunteers Centre and Community First's - Volunteer Connect database

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