Swindon Carers Centre

Are you looking after a friend or family member?

If so the Swindon Carers Centre is here to support you.

Swindon Carers centre (SCC) is an independent charity established to support and provide help to carers in Swindon.

Are you a carer?

If you are looking after an ill, frail, or disabled family member, partner, or friend, then you are a carer. The person you look after may be elderly, have a physical or mental health condition, a learning disability or a drug or alcohol dependency (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

People often do not view themselves as carers, and as a result can miss out on the various rights, benefits and support which may help them in their role.

SCC can support carers in a number of ways.

  • Provide information
  • Signpost to other relevant organisations
  • Give one-to-one support, including assistance in accessing services
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Access to breaks and complementary therapies
  • Training sessions and self-help groups
  • Emergency card scheme


For more information or to discuss your caring role and initiate the registration process, here is how you can reach them.

Telephone: 01793 531133


If you prefer you can submit a referral form online by visiting the website


Our Vision:

Creating a community where carers are recognised, valued, and supported.


Our Mission:

To improve the wellbeing of people with caring responsibilities in and around Swindon.


UPDATE – Play Parks are now OPEN

From 23 July 2020 all play parks in Highworth are open, safety checks and maintenance has been carried out along with cleaning of all equipment.  Please adhere to the guidelines within the signs and stay safe.



UPDATE 17 July 2020


Highworth Town Council has reviewed the Government Guidelines and the Team are working towards the re-opening of all Play Parks.



All play areas in Highworth remain closed until we are able to comply with Government Guidance.

Safety checks will not be carried out until we are satisfied that we can comply with the instructions from Government in order to re-open them.

Date of notice 3 July 2020


Swindon Borough Council – Plans being put in place to re-open town centre safely

Plans being put in place to re-open town centre safely

Teams across the Council are working hard to make sure safety measures are in place to allow more shops to re-open from next Monday (15 June).

In line with government guidance, preparations are being made to enable the re-opening of more retailers which have been closed during the pandemic.

Following the Government’s announcement that non-essential retail could re-open from 15 June,  a grant has been made available to support local authorities to re-open high streets safely.

Clear signage and floor markings will be in place to remind people to socially distance themselves from people not in their household while shared spaces, such as benches, will be cleaned regularly.

College Street, near Tesco Metro, will be closed to traffic from 15 June until further notice to pedestrianise this area of the town and allow for queuing systems to be safely implemented.

Bristol Street and Brunel North car parks will be re-opened as of 15 June to welcome more visitors to the town centre, while Spring Gardens will remain closed. Public toilets will also remain closed, in line with government advice.

The Council is also working with bus operators to ensure safety measures are implemented both on the buses and at the bus station to promote social distancing. Guidance for those using buses for essential travel can be found at bus shelters and government guidance states that face coverings should be worn on public transport from Monday (15 June), with some exceptions.

Councillor David Renard, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “As we ease our way out of lockdown, we need to do everything we can to support businesses who have had to close their premises over the last few months. However, the priority still needs to be the safety of those working in and visiting these retail areas by ensuring that government guidance is being followed.

“We have been working closely with businesses and transport providers over the last few weeks to prepare for the re-opening of the town centre as well as other shopping districts in the town and will continue to support them over the weeks and months ahead.”

Mark Rogers, Interim BID Manager from inSwindon BID, said: “Lockdown has been a challenging time for us all, more so for our businesses in the town centre who have faced difficulties in changing habits and more people choosing to shop online even before lockdown. Although safety is our key priority, and we’re working with the Council to ensure our Street Team Ambassadors and Caretaker support the key messaging and that social distancing is adhered to, we would encourage visitors back into our town centre to support the local economy.

“We have been in regular communication with our businesses, ensuring they have the Government guidelines to allow them to reopen in a safe manner. As anticipated, footfall has seen a dramatic decrease over the last couple of months, as have other towns and cities, but we now look forward to welcoming visitors back, supporting the economy, whilst staying safe.”

Further information about the support and guidance being offered from the Council during the pandemic can be found at:

Highworth Saturday Market

Highworth Saturday Market is to re-open on Saturday 30 May 2020 8:00am-1:00pm

The usual Market Traders are expected with the exception of the Fruit and Vegetable Stall.

The following Rules and Regulations must be observed:

A one-way system is to be followed with separate entrance and exit points. There is to be no deviation from this one-way system.

The Market Manager is to monitor the number of customers on the Market at any one time.

There is to be a limit of one or two customers at a stall at any time, depending on the size of the stall.

Social distancing of 2 metres is to be adhered to at all times.

Traders, wherever possible, are to accept payment by card and contactless payments. Customers are to be asked to use contactless payment as a preference to cash.

If people attending the Market are seen to be disobeying these Rules and Social Distancing Regulations they, will be reminded of the Rules and if they persist will be asked to leave the Market.


Outline Planning application for 250 dwellings on Land at Shrivenham Road, Highworth


To download a PDF of the notice please click here

Highworth Residents

Ref. S/OUT/20/0422

Outline Planning application for 250 dwellings on Land at Shrivenham Road, Highworth

Due to COVID-19 our normal form of communication is unavailable therefore this is an informative notice advising you to go to the Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Planning Portal where all the documentation for this application can be viewed if you wish to know more.


If you would like to comment it is vital that you E- Mail or write to Swindon Borough Council (SBC) Planning Department quoting the reference number above. SBC is a Planning Authority whilst Highworth Town Council (HTC) is not. Only comments forwarded to SBC Planning Department will be included in their determination process. Please be aware that there is a deadline for comments of 2 June 2020.


Contact details below.

E Mail to:

Postal Address:     

Planning and Transport

Swindon Borough Council

Wat Tyler House

Beckhampton  Street



This Planning application is to be considered by  HTC in due course and notices to this effect will be displayed informing Residents with the details.

COVID -19 Useful information

For the most up to date information please visit the Public Health England website  STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES


‘Compassionate Swindon’ has been set up to support Voluntary organisations helping those who are either self-isolating or safe distancing,   There are links for individuals and volunteer groups to either offer or ask for help and a lot of useful information.

To access up to date information on services in and around Swindon please click on the link:


  Useful Web Pages

  Supermarket opening times

  Guidance – Eligibility for support from Government for village and similar rural community buildings

  Guidance – Walking someone else’s dog





  • Single point of contact – one email and one number

The Swindon Borough Council main contact number is – 01793 445500

Email address –

  • Offering appropriate support based on level of need

Needs identified at point of contact

Keeps vital services free for those who really need them through an emergency assistance fund

Focus on self-help, community help and strengths based assistance

Delivered by trained practitioners who know community systems well and triages to those requiring specialist services

  • Provides appropriate support for type of need

The Live well Hub is staffed 7 days a week responding to demands and linking with voluntary sector

Provides expertise in a central location and connected to those in the community

Includes response for food poverty, social isolation and emotional and physical wellbeing

Reduces confusion and multiple calls.