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Celebrating Volunteers Day !

Volunteering with our children

Volunteers are extremely important for charities, and without their support and the donation of their time, we would not be able to achieve as much as we do. To celebrate International Volunteers Day on the 5th December we want to share the story of one of our volunteers, Denise. Denise is one of our children and young people volunteers.

 

Get Your Voice Heard - How Accessible Is Social Housing For Victims & Survivors Of Domestic Violence And Abuse ?

The Government has opened a public consultation called 'Improving Access to Social Housing for Victims of Domestic Abuse'     This consultation is open now and closes on 5 January 2018. They are keen to hear from victims and survivors with their views on how access to social housing can be improved. SWA will be responding directly to them on our experience of supporting victims and survivors to 'move on' from abusive relationships, out of refuge and into new safe permanent housing.

31st October 2017 - SWA Response To Governments Future Funding Plans For Supported Housing Sector - A Threat To Refuges

Today the Government set out its proposed funding plans for the supported housing sector - of which domestic violence refuges make up just 1%.  

The proposals made by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) do not protect specialist refuge provision and will make it even more difficult for victims to flee domestic violence and abuse.

Swindon Cares Charity Concert

The High Sheriff of Wiltshire Lady Marland Requests the pleasure of your company at a Charity Concert for Swindon Cares featuring Swindon Young Musicians Jazz Orchestra & JTPTrust Concert Choir & Soloists on Saturday 24th June 2017 at 7.30pm In Christ Church, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 3HB Please see more information below.

SWA Band Night - Saturday 25th February 2017

SWA Community Services Team are holding a Band Night to raise awareness in the local community of the support we can provide to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. All proceeds raised will enable us to continue to provide vital support to those in need. 

The event will take place on Saturday 25th February 2017 at the Vic, Old Town, Swindon and doors will open at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5+p&p and can be purchased below. Age 18+ only.

I Got Flowers Today

I Got Flowers Today

I got flowers today; it wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night and he said a lot of
cruel things that really hurt me.
I know he is sorry and doesn’t mean it.

I got flowers today; it wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night he threw me into the wall and choked me.
It seemed like a nightmare - I couldn’t believe it was real.
I woke up this morning all bruised and sore.
I know he must be sorry as he sent me flowers.

Visit From The Freemasons

Olwen Kelly & Viv Marsh with some of the members

Swindon Women's Aid had the privilege of meeting members of the Freemasons for coffee & cake Monday 20th October.We were able to explain our work in more depth and also provide a tour of our facilities. They also presented us with a cheque donation of £135! which will go towards helping our services over the Christmas Period!

We really appreciate all of the ongoing support that we receive from them. A Huge thanks to them all, SWA X

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