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An initiative to help bring people together and connect with their communities has been launched by Carer Support Wiltshire and Wiltshire Council.

The Make a Friend, Be a Friend project focusses on linking older people experiencing loneliness or isolation with local groups and clubs, based on their interests, needs and abilities. Postcards providing information about the service have been sent to homes in Melksham this month with a further rollout planned for the towns of Corsham and Trowbridge over the next couple of months.

Our local communities are full of social activities, from coffee mornings to clubs and classes – there’s something for everyone! Over 50 local groups have already signed up with a wide mix of social meet-ups, hobby classes, and support groups, all committing to create a warm welcome for new attendees referred on by the project.

If you live in Melksham, Corsham or Trowbridge and you would like to get out and make new friends we would love to hear from you. If you are finding it hard to get out and about, or are caring for someone we can help with that too.

Find out what’s available and for a friendly introduction to the group you most like sound of, or why not volunteer at your local club? It’s another great way to meet people and we can match you with a group or charity to help get you started.

Call our friendly team on 01380 90 80 80 Mon-Friday 9am -4pm or email

If you are a group in Melksham, Corsham or Trowbridge who wants to get involved with the project we would love to hear from you. Click here to find out more.