A message from Wiltshire Council Leader Cnllr Philip Whitehead - 03/05 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE – Sunday 3rd May 2020
Good evening Leisure, library, heritage and arts services update
Despite the temporary closure of their buildings, Wiltshire Council’s leisure, library, heritage and arts services are continuing to support thousands of residents.
The library’s e-service saw more than 4,596 eMagazines checked out in March with another 7,046 in April – the highest monthly figures since the service was introduced in February 2018.
The service’s rhyme time and story videos also continue to be popular with families, with more than 44,000 views so far and counting.
Wiltshire Council’s leisure service’s social media channels have seen a recent 93% increase in page views, while nearly 8,000 residents have accessed the recently created swim, gym, walking sports, ability sports and Healthier Communities activity packs. There has also been more than 10,000 views of specially made fitness videos.
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre has also seen more than 10,000 visits to its Facebook page on the day that free ancestry resources were promoted, keeping residents informed and connected to Wiltshire’s history.
3,650 calls have also been made to the more older and vulnerable members of Active Health, Get Wiltshire Walking, senior leisure centre members and libraries to check they’re ok at this difficult time.
The council has also developed an online Active Communities resource page to support people. The resource page covers a variety of topics, including opportunities for people to be active and exercise, the various library services available online – rhyme times, story times, e-books/magazines, resources on getting creative through mediums like song, dance, art and literature and opportunities to explore Wiltshire’s history. The complete list of resources can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities.
VE Day 2020, Friday 8 May
As mentioned earlier this week, the council has created a special ‘VE Day at home pack’ to help residents of all ages celebrate and mark the 75th anniversary of this historic moment in time.
With social distancing measures still in place, the pack contains simple advice and suggestions to commemorate VE Day on Friday 8 May, which this year is a bank holiday. The pack can be downloaded from the Wiltshire Council website at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and contains something for the whole family; recipe ideas, a World War II/VE Day quiz and wordsearch, suggested e-reading materials from the council’s library service, craft ideas,1940s-inspired games and songs to sing to keep the family entertained.
I hope that you will share this pack and that you, your family, friends and community will find the pack useful to plan your own activities with members of your household.
I hope you have had a very happy and safe weekend.
Cllr Philip Whitehead - Leader of Wiltshire Council
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