Local people are being asked to get involved in a county-wide project which will help them to make a difference.
Wiltshire’s Big Pledge – part of Wiltshire Council’s Legacy for Wiltshire programme – starts on April 2 and runs for 12 weeks.
People can pledge as an individual, group, or community to do something that will improve their own, or other’s, health and wellbeing.
Anybody and everybody can get involved. Perhaps a group of colleagues could make a difference by arranging an event to raise money for charity, or encouraging people in their local community to get healthier and fitter by setting up a walking or cycling group. A pledge could also be about arranging a lunch club for people who have a shared interest, or for those who may feel isolated in their community, or it could be someone challenging themselves to stop smoking or get fitter, or stop drinking alcohol for the 12 week period.
Many community groups and area boards have already signed up and pledged what they will do.
Their pledges include becoming dementia friendly towns and communities, to opening the local bowls club to everyone to enjoy for a weekend, to starting a choir, to raising funds for a local charity.
Keith Humphries, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health said: “Wiltshire’s Big Pledge will be an opportunity for anyone looking to make a positive change for themselves or other people.
“This is a great project and I hope people will encourage and support each other to take part and have fun while doing it.”
Maggie Rae, Wiltshire Council Corporate Director said: “We know that communities respond positively to a challenge and welcome the opportunity to get involved in activities and events that they can do together. The more pledges that are made, the more it inspires people to get involved and that’s what we want as we know this will make a positive impact on our communities.
“Whether people want to make a positive change to their own health or general wellbeing, or give something back to their local community, I would like to wish them all the luck and say a huge thank you for participating. I’m sure the results will be fantastic.”
Wiltshire Council’s Legacy for Wiltshire programme has built on the success of the 2012 events by keeping the economy invigorated, bringing communities together and encouraging more people to get more active and healthier.
For more information and to make their pledge, people should visit the Big Pledge website.
A dedicated Facebook page has also been set up for people to share their stories.
If people are on Twitter they can share updates and ideas using #BigPledge
People can also view a short promotional video for Wiltshire’s Big Pledge online.