Mince pies, food samples, information and advice about a wide range of issues, as well as an early visit from Father Christmas are among the attractions lined up for a special marketplace event at the Swindon Advice & Support Centre, based in Swindon town centre on Wednesday 18 November.
Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities which run at the centre, in Sanford Street, from 10am until 3pm, ahead of national Carers Rights Day, on Friday 20 November
People will have the chance to get to grips with the My Care My Support website – www.mycaremysupport.co.uk , which offers a wealth of free information about support services for children, young people and adults.
The adult online marketplaces cover care needs, such as meal provision, shopping and cleaning as well as a directory of social clubs and groups. There’s also information and advice to support children, young people and families with their education, health and social activities.
Other stallholders include Healthwatch, Swindon Carers Centre, Wiltshire Law and Wiltshire Farm Foods, who will be offering free food samples. People looking to chill out before Christmas can also gain some tips from Wood Street Wellbeing, which offers a host of therapies to support body and soul.
With more than 15 organisations expected to attend, it’s the first event of its kind at the Swindon Advice & Support Centre (SAASC), which opened its doors to the public in summer last year.
Designed to help local people in most need, the centre, in Sanford Street, brings a number of organisations who specialise in providing information, advice and support together under one roof in an easily accessible location for residents.
The transformation of the 130-year-old former school was jointly funded by Swindon Borough Council and the Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group.
Cllr Brian Mattock, Swindon Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “I would encourage everyone to drop in and enjoy this free event, as well as pick up some useful information. It has a festive flavour to appeal to those making preparations for Christmas and entering the giving spirit. Many thousands of people in the Borough give their time and support to loved ones, performing vital caring roles tirelessly throughout the year. This is an opportunity not just for them, but everyone to take a bit of time out and find out about a host of services and support available locally to help people in a wide range of situations.”