Monthly Archives: December 2017

Take the ultimate swim challenge in Wiltshire Council leisure centres

Take the ultimate swim challenge in Wiltshire Council leisure centres

Take the ultimate swim challenge in Wiltshire Council leisure centres – Why not set yourself the ultimate new year’s resolution for 2018 by swimming the length of the River Thames at your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre?

The Thames, which passes through the north of the county on its way to London and the North Sea, stretches for 346km (215 miles) – or 13,760 lengths of your local pool.

To take part and successfully complete the challenge, you’ll have to swim all 13,760 lengths in 2018 – that’s an average of around 1,147 lengths a month, or 270 lengths a week, or 38 lengths a day.

The challenge is open to anyone, both members and non-members, and it’s free to take part (usual pool fees apply).

To sign up, all you have to do is visit your local Wiltshire Council leisure centre with a pool – find your nearest at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure – and speak to the reception team.

Your progress will then be tracked throughout the year, and we’ll publish regular leaderboards for each leisure centre, as well as for the whole challenge.

If 13,760 lengths seems too daunting a challenge, you can still get involved – we’ll be introducing some shorter distances through the year to help swimmers of all abilities stay motivated and reach an achievable distance for them.

John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “Swimming is a great way to get active and improve your fitness and wellbeing, and this challenge offers an excellent opportunity to stay motivated next year.

“While this is a tough challenge, we know that there are many people who will be more than able to complete it. And for those who see this as a swim too far, we’re delighted to be able to offer swim challenges to suit all ages and abilities.

“I would like to wish everyone who takes part in this swim challenge the best of luck and a healthy 2018.”

To find out more about this challenge, please see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-swim-challenge.

Drama helps Wiltshire’s young people think ahead to career choices

Drama helps Wiltshire’s young people think ahead to career choices

Drama helps Wiltshire’s young people think ahead to career choices – Young people across Wiltshire have been given career advice away from the classroom as they watched a special drama, which was performed at 20 schools in the county. The ‘Your Choices’ performance uses drama to outline the education and training choices available to young… Read More…

Don’t give Norovirus to your loved ones

Don’t give Norovirus to your loved ones

Don’t give Norovirus to your loved ones in care homes and hospitals this Christmas 214 outbreaks of Norovirus reported in the community across South West so far this winter 107 outbreaks reported in care homes  in weeks 40-49 this year, compared to 83 in the same time period during 2016 Now is the time to improve… Read More…

Heartbreaking impact of domestic abuse heard at event

Heartbreaking impact of domestic abuse heard at event

With more than 3,000 domestic abuse incidents reported in Wiltshire in 16/17, a host of professionals attended an event on the 6th December to promote a worldwide awareness campaign and hear about the work being done to highlight this important issue. There were more than 60 people at the event in County Hall, held to… Read More…

Children’s charity training

Children’s charity training

Children’s charity training to local community groups The UK’s leading children’s continence charity, ERIC, has delivered a series of potty training workshops to community groups who support families with young children across the West of England. ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity is the only charity dedicated to the bowel and bladder health of all… Read More…

Council recruiting foster carers

Council recruiting foster carers

Parent and Child Fostering Wiltshire Council are recruiting approved foster carers to look after a child and (one or both parents) in their own home, for an agreed period of time. This is to ensure a child is looked after while checks are being done on the proposed parents, to see if they are able… Read More…

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Awards ceremony for Healthy Schools Programme

Eighteen Wiltshire schools which have gone above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils were recognised at a special event recently. The ceremony at County Hall in Trowbridge follows previous events marking the Healthy Schools achievements of 11 schools from the Melksham area and five Tidworth schools, earlier this month. At… Read More…

Christmas drink drive warnings

Christmas drink drive warnings

Drivers are being targeted in a series of events to highlight the dangers of drink driving especially during the Christmas and New Year period. Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Road Safety Team is out and about asking people if they are aware how long it takes, after having a drink, before they are fit… Read More…

Moldovan visit to Wiltshire

Moldovan visit to Wiltshire

Visitors from Moldova were given an insight into how we support disabled children and those at risk, to remain living with their families, as part of a fact finding visit recently.  The group, from Gagauzia, an Autonomous Territory in Southern Moldova, have been travelling around the country as part of a study visit. Gagauzia has two… Read More…

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