|Leisure, library, heritage and arts services continue to support thousands
Despite the temporary closure of our leisure, library, heritage and arts buildings our teams are continuing to support thousands of residents, by coming up with creative and fun ideas to keep our communities engaged and connected, and we’ve been delighted with the response.
The library’s e-service saw more than 4,596 eMagazines checked out in March with another 7,046 so far in April – the highest monthly figures since the service was introduced in February 2018.
Rhyme time and story videos also continue to be popular, with more than 44,000 views so far and counting.
Our 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 saw more than 10,000 visits to its Facebook page on the day that free ancestry resources were promoted.
3,650 calls have been made to older and vulnerable members of Active Health, Get Wiltshire Walking, senior leisure centre members and libraries to check they’re okay at this difficult time.
We have developed an online Active Communities resource page which 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.