Events

Learning Disability Week 15th-21st June 2020

Learning Disability Week 2020

It is Learning Disability Week next week (15th-21st June) and the theme is “The Importance of Friendships in Lockdown”. Mencap are encouraging people to post stories on social media about friendships, maybe with a picture or even a video.

Please can you use your social media outlets to raise awareness of LD Week and encourage your staff, members, service users and other networks to get involved? They can tell their stories about how important friendships have been during lockdown to reduce the sense of isolation and loneliness.

As an example, Swindon Advocacy Movement will be posting about;

  • Their Info/Activity Packs and how to make a referral for them – next week’s pack activities will focus on friendships
  • How they have worked to keep their members connected including the Phone Buddies scheme
  •  Posting quotes from their members about how SAM have facilitated them to stay connected to their friends and how important that has been to them
  • Messages from members to their friends
  • A video from one of their members about friendship and staying in touch during lockdown

Please tag SAM’s Facebook page in case anyone would like to make a referral for their activity pack www.facebook.com/SWINDONADVOCACY  and share your stories of how you’ve helped people keep in touch with friends during lockdown as much as you can. You could also do some activities about friendships and how important they are with your service users.

If you don’t have any social media outlets SAM are very happy to receive any photos/videos/stories via email to Sally Whitehead – sallywhitehead@swindonadvocacy.org.uk and she will post them on SAM’s Facebook

Explore the STEAM Museum from home

While STEAM is temporarily closed, Swindon Borough Council are developing new ways for you to explore and engage with our galleries and collection online.

Join STEAM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected.

 

Virtual Tour
STEAM’s displays and exhibitions can now be enjoyed from home. Take a free 360-degree virtual tour of the museum. Look out for exclusive content as you make your way around our galleries.

 

 

Wheely good advice on offer at Swindon Borough Council-run bike roadshow

To kick off half term next week, Swindon Travel Choices has joined up with the Beat the Street team to hold a cycle roadshow at the Orbital Retail Park.

 The roadshow, which will take place on Monday (17 Feb), will promote the benefits of cycling and highlight the many traffic-free routes that are available across Swindon.

 It will also be an opportunity to dust off the family’s bikes and bring them along, where there will be a ‘doctor bike’ mechanic checking over bikes as well as free security marking.

 Those attending can also pick up the new Swindon Cycle Map and an Orienteering map, not to mention bike safety freebies and handy cycling-related advice and information.

 Swindon Cycles will also be on site with a selection of bikes and accessories.

 Cycling has many health and environmental benefits and is a cheap form of travel, enabling people to cycle to work, to the shops, or see friends without filling the fuel tank or paying to park.

 Swindon Borough Council is encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and to make use of more than 100 miles of traffic-free paths in Swindon. In partnership with volunteers from Swindon Cycle Campaign, three seven-mile traffic-free ‘rounds’ have been created as well as a 17-mile ‘urban round’ which consists of a circular route around the town. Further details can be found at: www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk/cycle/the-swindon-rounds

 The new Swindon Cycle Map can be downloaded via the Swindon Travel Choices website: www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk and paper copies are also available in libraries and bike shops. Copies will be posted out to people if they email their address to swindontravelchoices@swindon.gov.uk

 People can also take part in the Active Swindon Challenge. To incentivise trips by bike, competitors can register at: www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk/activechallenge/ and log their journeys to be in with a chance of topping the leader board and winning a prize.

 Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said: “We have some really great cycle routes in Swindon, which have benefitted from substantial government funding over the last few years.

 “We also have plans to ensure that cycle paths are included in new developments such as the New Eastern Villages so we make it even easier for people to take the bike instead of the car.

 “I want to encourage as many people as possible to give cycling a try so they can take advantage of the tremendous health benefits, while also doing their bit for the environment.

 “Monday’s bike roadshow is a good opportunity to find out about the many cycle routes we have in Swindon and to take advantage of the free bike marking and other useful cycling advice on offer.”

 The Orbital roadshow will be located close to the fountains (near North Swindon Library) between 10am and 3pm.

Anyone who cannot attend the event at the Orbital, an Easter Holiday cycle roadshow will be held at Waitrose in Wichelstowe on Monday, 6 April.  It will be outside the store from 11am to 4pm.

Dangers of alcoholism to be played out in Swindon’s Central Library

A one-hour play about parenting, disappointment and middle-age drinking will be performed at Central Library on Saturday (1 Feb).

DRY is described as an edge-of-your-seat drama about alcohol and the couple next door, while broadcaster Adrian Chiles described it as the best illustration he’s seen of how people can unwittingly fall into alcoholism.

Originally commissioned by the NHS, DRY is touring the country and is supported by Turning Point, which delivers drug and alcohol recovery services around the UK for people who want to make positive changes in their lives.

Written by Human Story Theatre’s Gaye Poole, the performance focuses on the lives of the Wilson family and the parents’ reliance on alcohol.

The play will include some local references and feature a question and answer session after the show with local guest professionals from Turning Point and other organisations to discuss the issues of the play, the impact of alcohol on communities and to highlight the support services that are available to people.

The drama gets underway at the Regent Circus library at 7pm on Saturday. Tickets in most venues are ‘pay what you can’ but booking is free through this link: https://humanstorytheatre.com/shows/

 

There’s less than one week to go before JobFest 2020

Young jobseekers are reminded that there is less than one week to go until one of Wiltshire’s biggest career events returns to the STEAM Museum.

There are over 50 businesses signed up to attend this year’s JobFest from a range of different industries, including new sign-ups, Beaverbrooks Jewellers, Red Seven Marketing and Buzz Gym.

The event, which is expected to attract around a thousand young people, will take place at the railway museum next Tuesday (4 Feb) from 2.30pm until 6pm. Organised by Swindon Borough Council, it will bring together employers from across Swindon who are offering apprenticeships and employment opportunities in the local area.

JobFest 2020, which is sponsored by Catalent and Capita, has fast become an important platform for Swindon employers to reach out to local young people and meet their future workforce.

Students from secondary schools have been invited earlier in the afternoon, while members of the public are welcome to go along from 2.30pm.

Throughout the school session there will be motivational talks from employers and young apprentices.

Later on in the day, during the general public session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions to improve their CV, speak to young apprentices or use the resources on offer to apply for jobs online.

At 4.30pm to 5pm, Create Studios will be talking about ‘Apprenticeships and The Creative Industries’ which is one of the fastest-growing sectors. Attendees will not be required to register to attend.

Councillor Russell Holland, Swindon Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member responsible for education, said: “JobFest is a great way to bring local employers and young people together into one space to have meaningful conversations that could pave the way for future job opportunities.

“If you, or somebody you know would like to find out a bit more about the industries and careers on offer in Swindon, make sure to attend the event next Tuesday.”

To find out more about JobFest 2020 visit www.swindon.gov.uk/jobfest. For information on current apprenticeship vacancies in Swindon visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Swindon Job Fest: Tuesday, 4 February from 2.30pm until 6pm

Swindon’s STEAM Museum will be packed out when one of Wiltshire’s biggest career events returns for its sixth year.
Young jobseekers will be greeted by a host of local businesses at JobFest from a range of different industries including Catalent, Capita, Barclays and National Trust among many others.

The event, which is expected to attract around a thousand young people, will take place at the railway museum on Tuesday, 4 February from 2.30pm until 6pm. Organised by Swindon Borough Council, it will bring together employers from across Swindon who are offering apprenticeships and employment opportunities in the local area.

JobFest has fast become an important platform for Swindon employers to reach out to local young people and meet their future workforce.
The event, which is sponsored by Catalent and Capita, will inform and engage young people about the apprenticeships and career options available to them in the Swindon area.

JobFest 2020 will also bring together many businesses from a wide range of industries including engineering, social care, hospitality and finance as well as national and local apprenticeship training providers.

Students from secondary schools have been invited earlier in the afternoon while members of the public are welcome to go along from 2.30pm.
Throughout the school session there will be motivational talks from employers and young apprentices. Later on in the day, during the general public session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions to improve their CV and speak to young apprentices.
Councillor Russell Holland, Swindon Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member responsible for education, said: “JobFest is a great way to bring local employers and young people together into one space to have meaningful conversations that could pave the way for future job opportunities.

“This year we want to highlight all the options available to young people, including less traditional, but still highly desirable career pathways, like apprenticeships.

“We would encourage all young people and jobseekers in Swindon and its surrounding areas to come along to JobFest and find their dream career.”

Daniel Busson, Operations Director at Capita Workforce Management, said: “Capita has been lucky enough to have been involved from the start of JobFest and we’ve seen how big the event has grown over the years.

“We use the opportunity to both speak to young people about careers in technology while advertising any apprenticeships we have open at the time.

“Three of our last five apprenticeships have been filled from candidates we met at JobFest!”

This year JobFest coincides with National Apprenticeship Week and local employers will be encouraging attendees to explore all their options, including apprenticeships and training opportunities.

To find out more about JobFest 2020 visit www.swindon.gov.uk/jobfest. For information on current apprenticeship vacancies in Swindon visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

 

Festive afternoon tea and guided tours on offer at Lydiard House

 

Christmas will be coming early to Lydiard House thanks to a special festive treat on offer to visitors.

 

The Swindon Borough Council-owned stately home is offering a festive afternoon tea menu throughout November and December. For just £19.95 per person, visitors can enjoy a variety of hand-cut sandwiches, a warm mince pie, plus a selection of festive cakes, served with tea or mulled wine.

 

All guests will also be invited on a guided tour of Lydiard House, giving people the opportunity to experience the beautifully decorated halls for the festive season.

 

Lydiard House was home to the St John family for 500 years, and visitors will hear their fascinating history. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes, after which guests will be served three tiers of stunning festive treats.

 

The historic State Rooms of Lydiard House will be beautifully adorned with traditional foliage, a kissing ball, and a decorated Christmas tree. Floral decorations will also line mantle-pieces and doorways, adding splendour and festivity to the house.

 

The House has been decorated once again by Royal Wootton Bassett Flower Arranging Club.

 

Reservations for festive afternoon tea are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 27 November and 19 December.

 

To make a reservation, please call 01793 465270. Full payment over the phone is required to secure your booking and a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required.

www.lydiardpark.org.uk

 

Car parking is available at Hay Lane and Hook Street entrances. Parking charges apply.