As we hopefully begin to emerge from the constraints of Covid 19 pandemic, it is a good time to consider how we can mitigate the impacts of the last 15 months, in particular, in re-establishing those valuable and important links with each other. Of course, many support organisations have continued to operate, often by ingenious and innovative methods and we should be grateful to all those who have worked so hard to keep going despite the pressures. Like many other groups, the Health, Well Being and Social Care Forum has met virtually throughout the pandemic, continuing to link, inform and educate across the spectrum of support organisations including medical, charities, and individuals. As our many participating groups begin to re-open up across the next three months, we will feature some of them in the Journal and we start with four that are available to you right now, so do contact them for more details.
Warminster u3a is an activities club for people who are retired or no longer in full time work. The term The University of the Third Age (u3a) is a misnomer as it has nothing to do with a university! In Warminster, everything is organised by the members for the members, in a very informal and friendly way. Whilst our formal objectives include the education of older people by means of interest groups, this means in practice the provision of opportunities to meet other people, make new friends and indulge in interests or fun activities (motto – ‘learn, laugh, live’). Whilst there are some academic subjects, there are many more that are all about having fun with likeminded people. There are also monthly meetings in the Civic Centre with a visiting speaker followed by tea or coffee and chat with friends.
The Warminster Chat Café provides a safe and caring space where people feeling isolated, excluded or lonely can chat with others over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two. It was set up by the community volunteer group Open Door Warminster, which was established in 2019 in response to the demands of the pandemic. The Chat Café aims to help people who, for whatever reason, feel isolated or excluded to come into a warm, welcoming environment and enjoy a simple chat over a cup of tea or coffee. With lockdown restrictions now easing, the Café offers a gentle first step for anyone venturing out after months of social isolation. Just drop in, a warm welcome is promised. For more info, please contact the group on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carer Support Wiltshire works across Wiltshire to support all unpaid carers. You can call us for a conversation with one of our support team about the impact your caring role is having on you. We can then guide you to support that is right for you including; a telephone support line; information on, and referrals to, other useful organisations; our Talk & Support befriending service for a friendly chat either on the phone or via a virtual meeting; the Carers Emergency Card. You can keep in touch with us via our monthly emails by subscribing here www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/keep-in-touch/ or call us on 0800 181 4118.
Warminster Action Group is a grassroots community group, fully run by volunteers to support the people of Warminster. We started up at the beginning of the Covid crisis to help those who are vulnerable, and in need of support getting shopping and prescriptions. We have grown so much over the weeks and we are now able to help in so many more ways. We can help walk your beloved dog, or give you a call if you are feeling lonely and need a friendly natter once a week. And if you are able to help us help others, we are currently very short on shopping
volunteers. Could you spare an hour a week to shop for someone who really needs help? You can access us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/warminsteractiongroup/, via our website https://warminsteractiongroup.co.uk/ or call us on 01985 250081.