Swindon Local, Business News and What on Wiltshire

Volunteering & Charities


Volunteers heralded at anniversary celebration

Involve Swindon recognised ongoing dedication of Swindon's volunteers

Involve Swindon has recognised the ongoing dedication of Swindon’s volunteers from businesses across the town as part of their 10 year anniversary. Over the last ten years, hundreds of voluntee...


New Swindon advice and information centre opens in historic building

Swindon CAB and other support organisations now under one roof at Sanford House in the town centre

  One of Swindon town centre’s historic buildings, Sanford House, has been given a new lease of life as the an Advice and Support Centre. Designed to help local people in most need, the c...

Swindon Foodbank looking for volunteers 4 & 5 July

Can you offer an hour or two?

Swindon Foodbank needs of help to make their next collection a success at Tesco, Ocotal Way, between 9am and 5pm on Friday, 4 July and Saturday 5 July.  Could you spare an hour or two to hand o...


Extreme new look for Swindon violin teacher in aid of Cancer Research

Helen's radical hair cut raises over £1,300

Students who visit Helen Goode for violin lessons could have been shocked by her appearance after a radical hair cut at the end of May. With Lisa Dowdell at The Cutting Bar in West Swindon Centre doi...


Swindon scouts busy in their communities

Out and about fundraising for Scout Community Week

Scout Community Week is the biggest UK wide fundraising and awareness event of the year for the Scout Association and young people were about across the town in early June doing good things in their n...


Swindon radio station manager Shirley Ludford attends Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace

Swindon 105.5 receives Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Swindon 105.5 community radio has been receiving great exposure over the last few months, but station manager Shirley Ludford says, whilst the recognition helps, the hard work is in the fundraising ef...


Gypsy Fire to set fifth birthday party alight for Swindon charity on 4 July

Explosive energy for The Friends of Angel’s Orphanage fifth anniversary celebrations

The Friends of Angel’s Orphanage charity marked its fifth anniversary in May and on Friday 4 July, 7.30pm, jazz rock group Gypsy Fire will inject explosive energy into its celebrations. The Fri...


Swindon anglers invited to Fish to Remember in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK

Fishing meet at Horcott Angling Club

The Gig to Remember will be holding a variety of events to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK culminating in the celebration and handing over of the cheque to Alzheimer’s Research UK ...


Swindon Big Event. A day of free fun in Lydiard Park on 26 July

Family fun day 3-6pm, with ticketed event 6pm to midnight

The annual event is aimed at raising funds and awareness for two charities one local and one national charity - Swindon SMASH and Cancer Research UK. The event kicks off with two charity football mat...


Help a puppy become a guide dog in Swindon

Volunteers needed to prepare puppies in the first stage of their training

Guide Dogs is appealing for volunteers in Swindon and surrounding area to train and socialise guide dog puppies, a volunteering role known as Puppy Walking. These crucial volunteers provide the full-...


Homeless man from Swindon now works as cycle mechanic

Salvation Army social enterprise scheme has helped Mark turn his life around

A man who lost his job, partner, and home, and saw his confidence decrease so much that he wouldn’t look people in the face has now begun work as a relief cycle mechanic at a social enterprise s...


County-wide appeal for charities to apply to be Swindon company's charity of the year

Could you benefit from a £10K boost to market your cause?

Calling all Wiltshire based charities! Could you benefit from a £10K boost to market your cause? A digital marketing company in Swindon has issued a unique county-wide appeal for Wiltshire base...


Justin signs up to RLSS UK's pledge to help reduce drownings

Swindon MP signs up to support the UK's drowning prevention charity ahead of Drowning Prevention Week, 21-29 June

Justin Tomlinson MP signed up to support the UK’s drowning prevention charity in its work to reduce drowning and provide water safety education and lifesaving awards across the UK and Ireland. ...


John Lewis Swindon teams up for ‘Story Time’ with Barnardo’s

Story telling campaign with book readings by well-known TV personalities over the summer

John Lewis partners and local authors will take part in ‘Story Time’ with Barnardo’s starting on Saturday 21 June. This fun and engaging story telling campaign aims to highlight the...


Swindon mother and daughter to cycle across Cuba for cancer charities

Donation from David Wilson Homes helps towards their fundraising target

Michelle Bentham and her daughter Faye have been busy raising funds for their charity bike ride across Cuba later this year. “It has been a busy six months organising various local events &ldqu...

Are you up for the challenge?

Use your skills, try something new, and be a part of an enthusiastic team

Use your skills, try something new, and be a part of an enthusiastic team Following the move to Sanford House, Swindon Citizens Advice Bureau has launched an exciting new project which aims to improv...


North Swindon couple trek Hadrian’s Wall for ovarian cancer in July

Ali and Lisa Williams from Ash Brake will camp out on their expedition

Ali and Lisa Williams from Ash Brake in North Swindon will be trekking Hadrian’s Wall from 11 to 13 July in aid of ovarian cancer research. Their fundraising target is £2000, and they hav...


Best ever charity total at West Swindon Sainsbury's in aid of Samaritans

More than £8,000 raised for charity in last year

Customers and staff at Sainsbury's Bridgemead helped hit the highest total ever in May when the second instalment of a year's fundraising was handed over to Swindon and District Samaritans. In total ...


Swindon wholesale company raise £1,780 for Cancer Research UK

N&B Foods employees proudly participate in 'Race for Life' at Lydiard Park.

N&B Foods Ltd, a local leading food service wholesale company based in Swindon and Reading have been fundraising for Cancer Research UK via the Swindon Race for Life. N&B employees Maria Yous...


Swindon’s Festival of Remembrance refreshed

New organisers on board for autumn poppy appeal

The town’s annual Festival of Remembrance is this year being given an updated feel with a new organising team of seven volunteers. “It is important to reflect on and honour those involved...


Swindon charity SMASH recruiting volunteer mentors

Could you help change someone's life for the better? Next training course starts 28 June.

Since 1999 SMASH has been bringing young people at risk together with willing and committed volunteers who can support, advise and listen to them in a sustained long term mentoring relationship. SMAS...


West Swindon woman gets on her bike for Recycles

Sandra Turner cycle nearly 500 miles to raise vital funds for homeless cycle repair scheme

An enthusiastic fundraiser is cycling nearly 500 miles around Northern Italy to raise funds for a Swindon charity scheme which assists homeless people to learn cycle mechanics. Sandra Turner, 58, bou...


Call for dress down day in Swindon schools for grandmother with dementia

Boys want schools to support Alzeimer's Research

The grandchildren of Cathy Davidson who has Alzeimer's Disease have come up with an idea they want to spread to all schools in Swindon and beyond. They would like children to be allowed a non-uniform...


Volunteering adventures on offer at Lydiard Park Swindon

Woodland management, guided walks, event support, administration and gardening are just some of the tasks people can get involved with

Woodland management, guided walks, event support, administration and gardening are just some of the tasks people can get involved with as a volunteer at Lydiard House and Park. With a busy programme ...

Prospect Hospice’s kids' store in Swindon town centre seeks bargain-wise parents

Parents urged to check out its excellent goods

Prospect Hospice’s kids' store, which opened on Swindon town centre’s Havelock Street in July last year, is approaching its first anniversary by urging parents of young children to check o...


Roadshow about forced marriage on Friday 27 June in North Swindon

Awareness raising event in Haydon Wick

A chance book purchase for holiday reading introduced Debbie McGaw to the work of Jasvinder Sanghera CBE and her charity Karma Nirvana which supports victims of honour based violence and forced marria...