Signposting - Leisure & breaks - Coronavirus - Changes to Events, Courses & Activities

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Coronavirus - Changes to Events, Courses & Activities

On this page we will try to keep you updated with any changes to the activities, events, courses, clubs etc. for children/ young people and/ or parent carers that we hear about.


Even if not listed here, please do double check with organisations before attending to make sure they are still running.

Short Breaks Clubs and other Sessions at Elizabeth House Social Centre

A message from Elizabeth House Social Centre…


Elizabeth House has had to make difficult decisions about our services during the current pandemic, the wellbeing of everyone who uses our services and our staff has to be our priority.

All our services are closed until further notice, and we will be following Government guidance as to when we can re-open safely.

As an interim measure, our plan is to keep in touch with everyone who accesses our services to support you the best way we can. We understand that anxiety will be a particular problem during this pandemic, and we have activities that we are posting on [Facebook].

If you wish to contact us please email me, patricia.elizabethhouse@gmail.com or Freda, freda.elizabethhouse@gmail.com

We send you all our best wishes at this very difficult and challenging time.

Patricia Podger, Elizabeth House Social Centre

Barnardo’s Clubs

Message to all parents/carers/young people from Barnardo’s,

Like many others, Barnardo’s has sadly had to make difficult decisions about the service we provide to you during the current pandemic. The wellbeing of your young people and also our staff has to be our priority.

All our clubs are now closed until further notice. This includes Phoenix, Kingfisher, A Place 4 Us and our short breaks activity clubs. We will be following the Government guidance and will reopen as soon as we are told it is safe to do so.

In the meantime we plan to keep in touch with everyone who accesses our services and will offer any advice and support that we can. We will also be sending out ideas for fun activities you can do with your children which we hope will be of use.

If you wish to contact us at any time, please ring our office on: 01249 463907 extension 4 and you will receive a message about how you can get hold of us. Alternatively please email me (Liz James: Liz.james@barnardos.org.uk) or julieann.hiscocks@barnardos.org.uk.

As soon as the situation changes, we will be in touch. In the meantime, we send you all our best wishes at this challenging time.

Liz James
Barnardo’s Children’s Services Manager

South Wilts Mencap (SWM) Service Update

SWM have decided, in light of the coronavirus outbreak, to postpone all South Wilts Mencap clubs, meetings and holidays up until the end of April. The Trustees will review the situation again at the end of April.

The Trustees have not made this decision lightly but after monitoring government advice and wishing to put the health of all our volunteers, club attendees and team members first, it is deemed sensible to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread.

The following clubs, activities and meetings are therefore postponed.

  • Our Club
  • New Horizon Club
  • Music Group
  • Play Partner Parties
  • Disco
  • Parkrun training sessions and special parkrun event
  • South Wilts Mencap Annual General Meeting
  • Open forum with the Chairman
  • Breakaway Holidays


If you are unsure who to contact, email Emma secretary@southwiltsmencap.org.uk and she will happily put you in touch with the best person or help directly where possible.

SPLASH Activities Easter Holidays Cancelled

The Splash team have cancelled their Activity programme for the Easter Holidays. We will update you regarding the may half term programme as soon as possible.

Triple P Group cancellations in response to Coronavirus

In response to current government advice to stop non-essential contact with others, a decision has been taken to cancel all Triple P groups that are currently running, or due to start soon. This decision has been taken to contribute to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of parents and carers, their vulnerable dependents, volunteers and staff. We appreciate this decision is likely to be disappointing for some, but we hope the reasons for the decision are recognised.

The following Triple P groups are now cancelled with immediate effect:-

  • Bemerton Heath, Salisbury (began on 11th February 2020)
  • The Nadder Centre, Tisbury (due to start on 22nd April 2020)
  • Springfield Community Centre, Corsham (due to start on 27th April 2020)


A waiting list is still being held so please contact Claire Turner if you wish to be placed on this list. Email her on Claire.turner@wiltshire.gov.uk

Changes to Wiltshire Short Breaks clubs and youth clubs for children/ young people with SEND

Barnardo's have informed us that all of their Phoenix and Kingfisher clubs are closed until further notice. Their Wiltshire Short Breaks club on Saturday 21st March will not be taking place. Barnardo's will be in touch with their commissioners about future clubs and when they know more they will update us.

A Place 4 Us youth club in Calne is also now closed.

Disability Sport Update

Please see the following update from Rob Paget, Disability Sports Development Officer (Wiltshire Council):-

Hi all,

I wanted to give you a quick update. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have taken the decisions to:

  • Suspend Get Wiltshire Walking until 31 May at the earliest in line with the Ramblers Association


  • Suspend the running programme until 30 April in line with advice from England Athletics


  • Suspend all disability sport until 30 April at the earliest


We hope you understand why we’ve had to make these decisions but it’s vital that we do what we can to protect the public’s health at this time.

We thank you for your continued support and patience.


Time Out for Parents Courses - course cancellations in response to Coronavirus

In response to current government advice to stop non-essential contact with others, a decision has been taken to cancel all Time Out for Parents courses that are currently running, or due to start soon. This decision has been taken to contribute to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of parent carers, their vulnerable dependents, volunteers and staff. We appreciate this decision is likely to be disappointing for some, but we hope the reasons for the decision are recognised.

The following courses are now cancelled with immediate effect: -

  • Evergreen Court, Amesbury (began on 9th March 2020)
  • Marden Vale Academy, Calne (began on 9th March 2020)
  • Newtown Primary School, Trowbridge (began on 21st January)
  • Cornerstone, Warminster (began on 6th February 2020)
  • Southbroom, Devizes (began on 25th February 2020)
  • City Hall, Salisbury (began on 28th January 2020)
  • Frogwell Primary School, Chippenham (was due to start on 24th April 2020)


All parent carers attending, or due to attend any of these course will be notified individually. All parent carers who have been affected by these cancellations will be offered alternative opportunities to attend a course once the situation regarding the Coronavirus has returned to near normal; we don't anticipate this being sooner than the autumn this year however.

At the moment, the following courses due to start in May 2020 are not affected, but this may change in time. We will update as we know more: -

  • Old Sarum Primary School, Salisbury (due to start 7th May 2020)
  • Westbury Leigh Primary School, Westbury (due to start 13th May 2020)
  • GUL, Shrewton (due to start 15th May 2020)

Other information regarding the Coronavirus
The WPCC will continue to post information updates in response to information about the Coronavirus on its [website] as it is received. Wiltshire Council is also maintaining a dedicated Coronavirus page on its website [HERE], which will be updated with information about Council services that may be affected by COVID-19.

Learning Disability Knowledge Cafe postponed

The Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living have advised that due to current circumstances they have made the decision to postpone the Learning Disability Knowledge Café that was due to be held on 7th April – see flyer They will be looking to reschedule the Knowledge Café as soon as they are able to and will keep everyone updated regarding new dates etc.