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31st March 2017


Swindon200 Workshop

Swindon200 Workshop

The Swindon200 project held its first workshop on Saturday 25th March to increase understanding and develop ideas for ways in which we can work together as a community to promote equality and inclusion in Swindon.

We received great feedback from the 25 people that attended and were impressed and inspired by the ideas that were generated...

A big thank you to all who came and contributed!

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Swindon Disability Handbook

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Disability Experts C.I.C. are planning to produce a Disability Handbook for Swindon, that will list organisations who provide services for people with disabilities, mental health conditions or long term health conditions in the town.

On completion, this handbook will be made available to the public and can be used to publicise what we do.

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Don't Fall Victim of a Loan Shark! Report Them Now!

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The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are urging residents in Swindon to come forward and report a loan shark if they or someone they know (a colleague, family member or friend) has been a victim.

A loan shark is someone who lends money illegally without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Loan sharks normally appear friendly at first, but this behaviour soon changes once monies are owed.

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Bluebell 10k for Autism Awareness 2017

Bluebell 10k 2017

All terrain / Family and Dog friendly / Shorter 3k routes available

Looking for a fun 10k run or social Spring walk?  Join us to raise  awareness of autism and support the work of local autism charity DASH by entering our 10k event. Starting from Nationwide car park, our 10km route takes you through Croft Woods with its spring flowers and bluebells.  Why not get some friends together and form a team. 

Date: Sunday 14th May 2017
Time: 10am
Cost: £12 adults, kids free
Venue: Nationwide Pavilion, Pipers Way, SN3 1TA

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Funding Opportunities

Comic Relief Community Cash

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Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in Wiltshire and Swindon that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. Eligible organisations include charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, Community Interest Companies, and constituted voluntary and community groups.

Groups eligible to apply for Comic Relief Community Cash grants need to: be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area; be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people; have limited access to other sources of income; clearly define the need they are addressing; clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to disadvantaged people; illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes; provide clear evidence that the services provided are inclusive to all; and provide clear evidence that the activities provided will target people who would ordinarily struggle to access those opportunities.

Examples of the type of activities this fund can be used for include food banks, counselling and advice services, disability sports clubs/activities, training/skill building/volunteering projects, community groups, set up costs for new groups, and support groups.

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Project Worker / Project Support Worker at STEP


Post: Project Worker / Project Support Worker

Salary: £17,500 - £23,500 pro rata (JNC qualified or equivalent)
 £14,500 - £19,000 pro rata (non – JNC qualified)

Hours: Variable (full time / part time / sessional) - ability to work regular evenings and weekends with summer and half term activities

Role: Swindon 10 to 18 Project are looking for a vibrant, hardworking individual who works well with young people and has experience within a youth work setting.
Your job will be to support and engage young people, including those with additional needs, through delivery of therapeutic group work sessions.
Acting as both supporter and group facilitator, you’ll draw up session plans to assist young people through and beyond the challenges they face, and work with them to make positive changes. You’ll need to have excellent listening skills, balanced with a team-orientated and proactive attitude.

Closing date for applications is 21st April 2017, 12.00pm. Interviews will be held week commencing 1st May 2017.

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Memory Makers Case Manager at SMASH

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Post: Memory Makers Case Manager

Salary: £22,788 P/A 

Hours: 28 hours per week

Memory Makers is part of SMASH. Now in it’s fourth year Memory Makers works with children from 9 to 12 years old who are having a few problems at school or at home. By matching them with a volunteer Memory Maker, the project gives them new experiences, a safe and supportive adult to spend time with and positive childhood memories to help them build confidence, resilience and hope for the future.

SMASH are now recruiting a Case Manager to work with the volunteers and children and to take Memory Makers to the next level. The successful candidate will have a relevant qualification and experience of working with vulnerable children and young people. They will also have a can do attitude, a caring nature and a smile to share.

The nature of the work means that the post holder will be expected to work outside normal office hours and occasionally at the weekend in order to meet the client group's requirements.

Closing date for applications 9am on Monday 24th April 2017. Interviews to be held Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd of May 2017.

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Charity Update Session at VAS

Involve Swindon in partnership with Monahans, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, invite you to attend a charity update session delivered by James Gare, Partner at Monahans specialising in the not for profit sector. The session will cover topics such as:

  • Pensions auto-enrolment
  • Changes to the new fundraising regulator
  • Tax issues charities face
  • Cyber crime
  • Setting reserves and
  • Fraud awareness

This is a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with issues that charity managers and trustees need to be aware of and to get the chance to ask questions of an expert with many years’ experience advising the not for profit sector.

Date: Thurs 6th April, 2017
Time: 09.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John St, SN1 1RT
Cost: FREE

With only a few spaces remaining book now to avoid disappointment. To book your place please email

Funding & Governance Advice


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TrustLaw is the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono program, which connects lawyers in more than 170 countries with high-impact NGOs and social enterprises that require pro bono legal assistance and meet their vetting criteria and their service is free for all involved. They produce groundbreaking legal research, and offer innovative training courses worldwide.

There is a growing need for free legal assistance across the world. TrustLaw spreads the practice of pro bono by connecting NGOs and social enterprises with legal teams offering free legal assistance in over 170 countries. We have teams in Argentina, China, India, Spain, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

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