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Four Swindon Children's Centres set to close

Opposition councillor says hundreds of families in east and south Swindon to be deprived of essential services

A report to Swindon Council's cabinet on Wednesday 11 September, cabinet members are recommended to shut down four of Swindon’s 14 Children’s Centres to reduce costs. It is proposed that ...

Swindon library end of the summer holiday family event

Free event at Swindon's Central Library on Sunday 1 September

Swindon’s Central Library will be hosting an event designed to lift the spirits as the summer holidays draw to a close. The Regent Circus library’s End of Summer event will consist of a n...


Babe The Sheep Pig visits Lydiard Park Friday 16 August

Lydiard Park will be transformed into a farm yard for the last open-air theatre show of the season

The inventive and funny touring theatre company, Illyria, present an open-air adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s popular story, Babe The Sheep Pig, on the lawn outside Lydiard House on Friday 16 Au...

Big Latch On in Lydiard Park - Saturday 3 August

World Breastfeeding Week - raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding

1st to 7th August is World Breastfeeding Week and Swindon is looking to be part of a world record attempt. World Breastfeeding Week is used to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and is ...

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There's a flying start to the holidays for 10,000 children at the Royal International Air Tattoo on 20 & 21 July

Free entry to all under 16's at the world's greatest airshow - RAF Fairford, July 20 and 21.

With many families experiencing rising costs and tight budgets, Air Tattoo organisers believe more people than usual will take advantage of the offer that there is no limit to the under 16s that tic...

Scrapstore free family fun day

Eco-family event on Saturday 20 July - all welcome.

Supporters invited to Swindon Scrapstore family fun day Swindon Scrapstore, the low cost community resource centre and environmental charity, has settled into its new base at 2, Bramble Close, Elgin ...

Consultation on future shape of Swindon Children's Centres

Plans to re-organise 14 centres which provide information, advice and services for parents of children under five.

A consultation has begun on proposed changes to the 14 children’s centres in Swindon, which provide information, advice and services for parents of children under five. Following discussions wi...


Celebrate ‘Schools Out’ at Kidz About Summer Party

Fundraising end of term party with Kidz Disco and Karaoke, BBQ, Bouncy Castle and lots more - Friday 26 July

End of term party in aid of Swindon's cancer and leukaemia children's charity CALM. Celebrate ‘Schools Out’ at Kidz About with an end of term themed party complete with a Kidz Disco &...

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Put your best foot forward for families in Swindon - 29 June

The Big Push, Lydiard Park - raising funds for NCT.

The Big Push, Lydiard Park - raising funds for NCT Becoming a parent is an amazing and exciting time, but it can bring challenges too, and the right practical and emotional support can make all the...

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West Swindon families can get advice about changes in welfare benefits

West Swindon Family Centre offers help to families with children aged 0 to 19

It’s a huge challenge: balancing family life and finances can seem overwhelming, and changes to the benefit system are confusing and frightening, but help is available at West Swindon Family Cen...

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Legal Aid still available for mediation after 1 April

mediationplus provides family mediation for couples and families dealing with separation or divorce.

From 1 April, Legal Aid will no longer be available for people wishing to engage a solicitor in most Family Law cases. But it will be available to clients accessing family mediation, subject to eligi...

Bright future for Michelle and her little boy

Coping with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a baby son

Cradling her son and feeding him his favourite cauliflower cheese, Michelle feels incredibly blessed. Her bundle of joy, who turns one year old next month, smiles at everyone, is a picture of health...

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Family centre celebrates mums feeding babies naturally

Breastmates offers information, advice, encouragement and a listening ear to mums across Swindon

Breastmates, a group which helps mothers at various venues across the town breastfeed their new borns, marked its sixth anniversary in February. There are currently eight groups in the town coordin...


Swindon Trauma Group welcomes survivors of the Bath Baedecker blitz raids

People who lived through the World War II bombing of Bath that took place 70 years ago make a visit to Lydiard Park

The Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon, Michael and Ruth Bray, met people who survived the wartime bombing of Bath 70 years ago in the Lydiard Park conference centre in early November The Swindon Trauma G...

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Swindon Council Fostering Team seeks carers during LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week - 4 to 10 March

Swindon Borough Council is looking for foster carers and adopters from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, writes Cheryl Keller from the Family Placement Team. Foster carers come ...

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Oakhurst mum takes over Jo Jingles

Emphasis on fun and informality at pre-school music, singing and movement sessions

After 10 years running Jo Jingles pre-school music, singing and movement sessions Virginia Martin has handed over the reigns to mum Susan Mulrain from Oakhurst. Jo Jingles classes are available for b...

Swindon Council’s Fostering Service doing a good job says inspector

Government inspectors give 'good' rating in their latest report.

Government inspectors have given Swindon Borough Council’s Fostering Service a ‘good’ rating in their latest report. Ofsted inspectors, who visited the service last November, judged...

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Regular 80s Roller Discos every month at M.E.C.A Swindon

Now every first Friday of the month, starting on 1st February - separate sessions for families and over 18s

Due to popular demand the 80's Roller Disco will now take place every 1st Friday of the month with two sessions: families from 6pm until 9pm and over 18’s from 9.30pm until 12.30am. The bars wi...

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Aquababies West - fun, safe way for babies to make a splash in Swindon

When Zach was 10 weeks old Eddie started to take him swimming every Saturday morning - both Daddy and Zach soon enjoyed having lots of fun in the water, building their confidence and bonding. As he gr...


Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group chair aims to raise £10,000 on 18 January

Big fundraising push to help meet support group's annual costs

Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group is running a whole week of events to raise funds and awareness of their work supporting families with Down’s Syndrome children, culminating on 18 January when...

Archivist to advise on how to research family history

Talk on how to use the internet to find out more about your family history - Central Library, Swindon 28 January.

A talk on how people can use the internet to delve into their family history will be held at the Central Library, Swindon on Monday 28 January. Clare Skinner, senior archivist at the Wiltshire and Sw...

Do you and your kids want to get fitter, healthier and happier?

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a free, fun, 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) is a free, fun 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. Participants learn about healthy eating, nutrition an...

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Butterflies now benefits over a thousand families

North Swindon Butterflies Children's Centre presents 1000th family with goodie bag

North Swindon Butterflies Children’s Centre registered its 1000th family in September and marked the occasion by presenting them with a goodie bag. Ashley Horton, Charlotte Whittington and thei...

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Stretch-n-Grow Event for Entrepreneurs and Parents

Friday 16 November, Alexandra House Hotel, Swindon

FOR ENTREPRENEURS Friday 16 November 2012, 9am, at Alexandra House Hotel, Swindon. Stretch–n- Grow are holding a one-day event to recruit potential entrepreneurs that are interested in workin...


Swindon adoption service appeals for prospective parents to come to an open day on 7 November

Find out how you could give a child a loving home at the Adoption Open Day at the Lyndhurst Centre, Park North

Families are being urged to come forward to help the rising number of children in Swindon who need the stability of a permanent home. Until recently around 10 children a year were placed with adoptiv...

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Music with Mummy

Exciting new weekly classes for toddlers using a lively mixture of traditional rhymes and new songs - free introductory taster session.

Exciting new weekly music classes for toddlers aged from about 18 months to three years will be starting soon, covering the east side of Swindon, and a FREE introductory session is planned for early N...