Salisbury Community Support

Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Salisbury City Council and Wessex Community Action (WCA) have been delighted by the support offered from local residents and community groups in response to the request to sign up to volunteer or to get support. Over 100 individuals or groups have signed up to offer their services aimed at supporting those in need in the community during the Covid19 outbreak, or to let us know they need support. It could be as simple as help walking the dog or perhaps collecting prescriptions or even just a friendly voice on the end of the phone. Salisbury City Council and WCA are obtaining DBS or reference checks for all volunteers so should you sign up requiring assistance you can feel confident in the checking process.

Salisbury City Council - helping you find ways to stay active

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Salisbury City Council understands that during this hard time, it can be difficult to keep your children active and engaged within sport and physical activity. The Government recommends that each child takes part in at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day, however we understand that this can be challenging when you have limited space and resources available to you.

Salisbury Community Support -COVID 19

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Compassionate Community Connection

Salisbury City Council and Wessex Community Action (WCA) have launched the Salisbury Community Support scheme for people to sign up to if they wish to support members of the community and also, if they, or someone they know, needs help.

The type of help people will need might be anything from fetching their shopping while they are housebound and isolated, to walking their dogs, to providing a friendly ear and befriending over the phone. People of all ages are in need of help, and people from all walks of life are answering the call.

WCA and the City Council want to ensure that there is good coordination and matching between people wanting to volunteer and those in need of support.

Our aim is to set up an easily accessible online register for the community who sign up to help or to request help. Once we have this information, we can match those in need with existing local neighbourhood groups where already set up, or to match volunteers to groups or individuals seeking support.

We will not be vetting volunteers, but we will be checking to see if they are DBS checked and/or seeking references. We will be issuing guidelines for our registered volunteers to follow.

You can register here to be part of the Salisbury Community Support scheme https://bit.ly/communityvolunteerform
The NHS also launched their volunteer responders page. You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak. This is a separate national scheme targeting support to 1.5 million people in England at most risk from the virus due to their medical conditions. These two volunteering schemes will need to run alongside each other as not everyone in need will be covered by the NHS scheme.
If you are a business and your staff would like to take part in the Salisbury Community Support scheme please to register using the link above.

If you are a community group and are seeking support and guidance on how to safely support volunteers and residents, please do get in contact with WCA 01722 326822 or email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk

If you don’t have access to the internet but still wish to be involved, please ring the Wessex Community Action Team who will be available to take your call Mon-Fri 10.00 -12.00am and 1.00pm -2.00pm (01722 326822), you can also ring the City Council Team Mon – Fri 10.00am-4.00pm (01722 342860) – please be patient as there are limited call takers available to take your call. You can also write the City Council, at The Guildhall, Salisbury, SP1 1JH.

Cllr Jeremy Nettle, Leader of Salisbury City Council said “I strongly encourage all those that need help locally, now or maybe in the next few weeks, to sign up to this register. That way we can work out how best to look after you in the community. If you wish to volunteer to help sign up now and get involved and if you are a community group, new or established please get in contact with WCA so we can all work together.”

Amber Skyring, Chief Executive Officer of WCA said “Volunteers have never been more important nor more valuable to the local community, please do sign up to get involved, and if you think you need help now, know somebody who needs help get in contact as soon as you can. Please spread the word and together we can care for our local community”

Council Update - Wednesday 18 March 2020

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Salisbury City Council is continuing to monitor all government advice with regard to the Coronavirus, and we are assessing its impact on the Council services, our residents and our staff team.

Wiltshire Council Household Green Infrastructure and Open Space Survey

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Wiltshire Council are undertaking a collaborative piece of work that we are seeking assistance with. Approximately 4 years ago, Wiltshire Council collected data related to open space provision in your area and your input was invaluable. However, it is really important that the records the Council has are brought up to date so that they can accurately inform two significant emerging strategies.

Salisbury Teenage Market is back this April

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Salisbury City Council’s Communities Team are looking forward to hosting the first Teenage Market of the year on Saturday 4 April from 10am until 3pm in Salisbury’s Guildhall Square.