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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  ...


Swindon wrestler who fought meningitis hosts grapple fest

Raising money for Meningitis Now

Darren Brown, of Swindon, contracted the dreaded meningitis at just five months steps into the ring on Saturday 16 August to raise money for Meningitis Now. Doctors said he was ‘close to death&...


Previously loved items in demand at Swindon charity shop

One small advert in Link magazine attracts welcome support for The Gate

One small advert attracts welcome support The Gateway Furniture Project in Westlea and its sister shop the Gate in Havelock Square, by the Brunel Centre, are proving more popular and in demand than e...


The Harbour Project provides a refuge for displaced people in Swindon

Providing a drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees in Swindon

Imagine what it would be like if war or persecution or natural disaster were to befall us here in the UK - and that as a result you had to leave your home and family and all that is familiar to you, a...


Swindon cyclist sets off on 72 mile ride to raise cash for Swindon 105.5 community radio

Simon swaps his desk for his bike to take part in famous Five Valleys Sportive

Simon Cousins will be swapping his desk for his bike to take part in the Five Valleys Sportive, one of Wales’ most famous cycle race routes to raise money for local radio station, SWINDON 105.5....


Pom-poms wanted for North Swindon party in Priory Vale

Creative volunteers needed to make decorations for stalls at fundraising fun day on Saturday 6 September

Creative people are being asked to make some decorations for stalls at the Priory Vale fun day on Saturday 6 September, 12noon to 2pm, in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Members of Time Bank in Taw H...


Barnardo's opens first 'donation centre' in Swindon

Supporters encouraged to 'drop and shop' at new venture in Park South

A children’s charity is encouraging supporters to ‘drop and shop’ at a new venture which is changing the way in which donations are handled. Barnardo’s is opening what is beli...

Lunch is served in Toothill and the Wiggle Bus will get you there

Every Wednesday from 12noon at Toothill Community Centre

Toothill Lunch Club is open every Wednesday, from 12noon, at Toothill Community Centre, serving a two course meal followed by tea or coffee for the very reasonable price of £3.20. Explaining ho...


Just your cup of tea if you love a Swindon museum

More people needed to help out at Richard Jefferies Museum tearooms

New tearooms at the Richard Jefferies Museum on the edge of Coate Water Country Park are proving so successful that more people are needed to give a hand behind the scenes. The museum, which is the b...


Swindon MS Centre chairman's last big fundraiser

David Wray also to stand down as chair of Voluntary Action Swindon

After 20 years as the man behind some of Swindon MS Therapy Centre’s biggest fundraising achievements, David Wray is going out in style by competing in the Prudential Ride London on Sunday 10...


Swindon marks centenary of the outbreak of World War I

A wide range of solemn events, commemorations, exhibitions and celebration in the Swindon area

2August 4th marks exactly 100 years since Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914 and thereby entered the war to end all wars In respect for this significant date, and the four tragic years tha...


Novice cyclist dons lycra to ride charity race in aid of Dressability

Swindon woman to take part in 100 mile Prudential Ride London she never intended to enter; Swindon MS Therapy Centre chairman to leave in style participating in the same event.

A Swindon woman is taking part in the 100 mile Prudential Ride London on 10 August that she effectively entered by accident. Laura Chadwick, 28 from  Rodbourne, is supporting Swindon Dressabilit...


Starlight Summer Panto brings sunshine to young patients at GWH

Starlight Children's Foundation's amazing pop-up panto to visit GWH children's ward on August 7.

This summer, Starlight Children’s Foundation will bring a big dose of sunshine to poorly children at Great Western Hospital when their amazing pop-up pantomime pays a visit. Starlight is nation...


Swindon child safety board seeking new members

A key partnership that looks after the safety and welfare of children and young people is looking for volunteer lay members to join its board.

A key partnership that looks after the safety and welfare of children and young people is looking for volunteer lay members to join its board. Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a pa...

Big Latch On in Swindon on Saturday 2 August

Breastfeeding mums called to be part of a world record attempt

Breastfeeding mums in Swindon are invited to be part of a world record attempt called the ‘Big Latch On’ in the town centre on Saturday, 2nd August, at 10.30am. Marking the start of World...


Swindon man to climb the Matterhorn for Alzheimer's Society

Andrew hoping to raise £2,500 for dementia charity

Andrew Caple will be attempting to climb the Matterhorn in his late grandmother's memory by fundraising for the Alzheimer's society, who are leading the fight against dementia related illnesses throug...


Swindon SMASH youth project teams up with Nuffield Gym

Making a difference, seeing it happen

“The best thing about being a mentor is the effect you see on the young person. You soon notice a dramatic change in their confidence, the way they talk to you and relate to others,” says...


Volunteers needed at Swindon & Cricklade Railway

With the imminent opening of third station at Taw Valley Halt new helpers are desperately needed

Many readers will be familiar with the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Swindon’s very own volunteer run heritage railway based primarily at Blunsdon Station on Tadpole Lane. The Railway contin...


All invited to Tour de Swindon finale on 27 July

Day to celebrate cycling in Swindon

Swindon families are being invited to mark the end of the second ‘Tour de Swindon’ with a Grand Finale cycling fun day at Coate Water Park on Sunday 27 July. ‘Tour de Swindon’...


Rock Cafe in North Swindon gets the plaudits

Word is spreading about 'hidden gem in the heart of the community'

The word is spreading about the Rock Cafe at St John’s Church in Haydon Wick, with one visitor to the influential TripAdvisor website describing it as ‘a hidden gem in the heart of the com...