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10th June 2016

Latest News


Swindon’s traditional Children’s Fete is seeking stallholders for its special 150th Anniversary event!

Swindon Children's Fete
Swindon’s traditional Children’s Fete is on track to celebrate its 150th Anniversary on Saturday 9th July in the GWR Park on Faringdon Road.

The event also coincides with the 175th Anniversary of ‘New Swindon’ (when the GWR came to town), making it a fantastic year for our town.

The organisers are seeking more stallholders and performers for the event and are offering free stalls to any groups who are able to contribute to the event through a performance or by providing an activity for children on the day.  They are also offering reduced price stalls for local charities who may wish to share information or fundraise on the day and they are particularly keen to attract organisations who are working with and providing support to children, young people and their families in Swindon.

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Latest Sector Vacancies


Swindon Advocacy Movement Independent Support Vacancy

Gardening project funded by Green Spaces grants
Swindon Advocacy Movement are recruiting an Independent Support worker. The successful candidate will have an understanding and experience of, and empathy with, the issues facing children and young people with SEND and their families.

The posts are for fixed-term contracts to run until 31st March 2017 with anticipated extension until 31st March 2018. The posts are part time working 16 hours a week.

Closing date for applications is 1.00 p.m. 23th June with interviews being held on Thursday 30th June.

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Upcoming Events


Understanding Legal Structures

Understanding Legal Structures Training
Is your charity at risk? It could be if you don’t have the right legal structure! Do you know what your organisation and its trustees could potentially be held liable for?

Attend this course on charity legal structures, and in two hours you will know what you need to be sure you are running your organisation properly.

The course is held at Voluntary Action Swindon and run by Tessa Hennessy, a solicitor who specialises in advising a range of voluntary and community organisations on governance and regulatory issues.

Where: Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, SN1 1RT
When: Tuesday 12th July, 10am – 12 noon

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Swindon Equality Coalition Annual General Meeting

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The Swindon Equality Coalition invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting due to be held at Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT on Thursday 16th June commencing at 4pm.

At the meeting the coalition will be electing a number of people to the Coalition Working Group, recognising their Annual Report and having a discussion about the future direction of the group.

Equality Coalition Chair, Steve Henderson would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who’ve come to the close of their term of election they are; Salas Khan, Martin Kelly and Rosemarie Phillips.  Steve Henderson is also stepping down as Chair of the Coalition having held this office for a number of years.

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Healthwatch Swindon Advisory Group

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The first meeting of the Healthwatch Swindon Advisory Group will take place at Voluntary Action Swindon,1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT, on the 23rd June2016 from 11am - 12.30pm.

This meeting is open to all, and there is an agenda item dedicated to public statements.

If you would like to attend please get in touch with Healthwatch Swindon using the details in the link below, where you will also find a copy of the agenda for the meeting.

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Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

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The Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 15 July 2016 at The Pilgrim Centre, Swindon.

The Annual General Meeting will start at 10 am and finish at 12.00 pm.  There will be a 30 minute refreshment break followed by a Public Engagement session from 12.30 pm to 2 pm. 

The Public Engagement session will focus on the NHS Five Year Forward View and plans for Swindon up to 2021.

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Celebrating services for older people in Swindon

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Come and find out about services for older people in Swindon and learn how to stay safe, secure, healthy and independent in your own home.

Organised by Bluebird Care, this free event will feature stalls and displays from a range of charities and organisations working with and for older people. The day will be about celebrating older people and their contribution to society. In addition to the many stalls, visitors will be able to enjoy music from local pianist Lisa Williams and the Cantanti Choir. Refreshments will also be available.

When: Tuesday 5th July 2016, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Community Centre at Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 3HB

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Refugee Week 2016

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Refugee Week, a national campaign to help raise awareness of the wonderful contributions that refugees make to our society, takes place from 20th to 26th June. To celebrate, local schools, along with PRIME Theatre, Swerve Dance Theatre Company and Create Studios are coming together to present a one-off show at Swindon Dance featuring drama, dance and film, inspired by refugees' stories from local refugee charity, The Harbour Project.

There will also be the unprecedented opportunity to view works of art by acclaimed local artist David Bent and by visitors to the Harbour Project. This is part of the Swindon 175 Arts Trail.

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Funding Opportunities


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Small Grants up to £1,000

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Grants
South West Foundation in partnership with the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is able to offer small grants up to £1,000 to small community groups working with people most in need in communities.

The overall aim of the programme is to support and strengthen small Community Organisations working in rural areas, market and coastal towns in the South West Region.

The focus is on activities that enable people from diverse backgrounds to become engaged in their neighbourhoods and communities. The programme is open to charitable organisations with annual running costs of less than £25,000.

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