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Raising funds for Swindon Dressability at fashon show

Sale of pre-loved garments - Thursday 25 September

Sale of pre-loved Items - Thursday 25 September The Fashion mistake…… we've all got one (or more) in our wardrobe. Bought because it was a bargain...or we liked the colour, but there i...


Sainsbury's Stratton colleagues don their walking boots for Jubilee Gardens Project!

Staff looking forward to adding to total funds raised for their Charity of the Year

Having recently adopted the Jubilee Gardens Project as their Charity of the Year, colleagues from Sainsbury’s Stratton store are wasting no time in building on a successful launch of the year&rs...


'The Big Dig' Community Garden Project - Tuesday 9 September

Help us to create an amazing community space at Pinetrees Community Centre, Pinehurst

Pinehurst Initiative Forum are pleased to announce that we are the first group to be awarded RE:FRESH funding from Housing, Swindon Borough Council. This funding is to help transform the gardens at P...


Swindon couple travel to Vietnam to visit Zebedee Moonbear in Animals Asia sanctuary

Peatmoor couple see work of animal charity

Peatmoor couple Dave and Sarah Chilvers set off in early September to visit the Moonbear rescue sanctuary run by Animals Asia, and will have their first encounter with Zebedee, the bear sponsored by t...


Help North Swindon girl get to No 1. for Christmas

Award winning fundraiser records song in aid of JDRF diabetes charity

Award winning ten year old Phoebe Maddison from North Swindon spent 18 August in the studio recording a song in aid of JDRF, the world’s largest charity committed to finding a cure for type 1 di...


GWP team to climb mountains for Foodbank

Nine walkers from Cricklade-based packaging team aim to raise £3000 when they embark on Three Peaks Challenge

Work colleagues with a shared taste for climbing mountains will be putting their best feet forward when they embark on an exhausting challenge to climb the three highest peaks in the UK, in aid of Swi...

Sainsbury's Stratton announce their nominated Charity for 2014/15

Purton Stoke based Jubilee Gardens Project chosen as Charity of the Year

Sainsbury’s store in Stratton is proud to announce that their nominated Charity of the Year for 2014/15 is Jubilee Gardens Project, a Purton Stoke based charity set up to provide education and t...

Swindon guide dog appeal smashes its target

An appeal set up in memory of a guide dog has raised a remarkable £30,000 in just over a year – enough to train six puppies

An appeal set up in memory of a guide dog has raised a remarkable £30,000 in just over a year – enough to train six puppies. Swindon Guide Dogs chairman Alan Fletcher, 66, launched 4Joy a...


ADHD Inspiration Day in October at Lydiard House will offer bright ideas to parents

Lydiard House Conference Centre - Saturday 25 October 9am-5.30pm

If you are the parent or carer of a child who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD- then you’ll find lots to interest you at the first ADHD Inspiration Day in Swindon in Oct...

Are you up for the challenge at the CAB?

Use your skills, try something new, and be a part of an enthusiastic team at Swindon Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Use your skills, try something new, and be a part of an enthusiastic team at Swindon Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Now located in larger premises, CAB has launched a new project which aims to improv...

Be aware of meningitis signs as new school year starts

National charity Meningitis Now issues warning as children start back at school

National charity Meningitis Now is issuing a warning as children start back at school for the new term. September sees the start of the meningitis peak season, so the charity is urging parents, stude...


Emergency Services Show looks to the sky - Sunday 7 September

This year's Emergency Services Show on Sunday 7 September will have attractions in the sky as well as on the ground!

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Academy staff put on their walking shoes for dementia charity

Churchfields Academy staff to take part in Alzheimer's Society's fundraising Stonehenge to Avebury Trek.

Two members of staff at one of Swindon’s top achieving academies are devoting their time and energy to raising money for a cause close to their hearts. Esther Newman and Gemma Willis are curren...


Beatles For Sale at Gig to Remember in Swindon

Turning back the clock with The Bootleg Beatles on 8 November

The clock will be turned back half a century on 8 November when The Bootleg Beatles headline A Gig To Remember at the Oasis – 50 years to the day since the Fab Four’s famous homecoming, wr...


Swindon friends make bike trip to Paris in aid of diabetes research

Cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for JDRF from 11 September

A group of friends from Swindon will be cycling from London to Paris to raise money for JDRF, the world’s largest charity committed to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Twelve riders will set...


Chief Constable Pat Geenty gets Ice Bucket Challenge soaking

Money raised for Motor Neurone Disease and UK COPs

Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable Pat Geenty took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease and UK COPs. The ice bucket challenge has been trending on social m...


Two halls for hire in West Swindon at Freshbrook and Peatmoor

Newly decorated hall welcomes more bookings

Roughmoor Social Hall on Swinley Drive in Peatmoor has had a makeover and bookings have been steadily increasing since it was taken over by Freshbrook Community Centre management committee a year ago....


Smash supporters wanted to launch its first dosh dash

Smash Dash for Cash - Barbury Castle, Sunday 7 September.

Smash, the Swindon charity that supports vulnerable young people by teaming them up with trained mentors, is holding its first ever Smash Dash for Cash on a 10 mile course around Barbury Castle on Sun...


Swindon runner on target for end of year challenge in Rome

Running over 2,000 kilometres to achieve a fundraising target of £5,000.

In 2014, Matt Cordas from Lydiard Millicent is running a minimum of 5.64km every day in aid of the St. James’s Place Foundation totalling over 2,000 kilometres, which is the distance from C...


New Minister for Civil Society presents Involve Swindon with Big Society Award

Local employee volunteer network honoured with Prime Minister's award

Representatives from local employee volunteer network, Involve Swindon, welcomed the new Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark, and members of the Cabinet Office to Swindon and were rewarded with...


Puppy Skool goes on the road to help Swindon Needy Dogs

Dog agility course £192.50 raises at Old Town Rotary Duck Race

Pupils from Janet’s Puppy Skool took part in a dog agility course during the Old Town Rotary Duck Race on May Bank Holiday, raising money for Swindon’s Needy Dogs. Explaining more about t...

Christmas comes early for Swindon Homeless Charity, thanks to Brunel Shopping Centre

Pop Up Shop, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August - raising funds for Christmas Care charity.

It may still be summertime, but Christmas is coming early for a charity that looks after the needy and homeless during the festive period, thanks to some creative thinking from the staff at Swindon&rs...


Charity marks third year of care centre in West Swindon

Hop, Skip & Jump's fun day at Upper Shaw Farm

Hop, Skip & Jump, in West Swindon, provides immediate and flexible, 7 day and evening respite care, to children and adults with life limiting illness, disabilities and special needs, no matter how...


Children’s centres to hold open days for Swindon families

National charity 4Children to hold open days across Swindon.

A series of open days for families are being held at Children’s Centres across Swindon by national charity 4Children. 4Children’s Borough Manager Sue Deedigan said: “We are opening ...


Book written by 100 women from Swindon boosts income and health revolution in Nepal

'A Day in the Life...' provides start-up funds for 153 family enterprises in Nepal

‘A Day in the Life…’ published by the Swindon based 100 Women Book Project has sold over 800 copies, and been able to provide start-up funds for 153 family enterprises in some of th...


Charity Concert by The Les Bruce Big band

Saturday 27 September - Ellendune Hall, Wroughton

Saturday 27 September Ellendune Hall, Wroughton SN4 9LW Tickets are £8, children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult Tickets available from 01793 466129  ...