Our Achievements and Timeline

  • Introduction of Health IDVA service


    SWA introduced it's health IDVA service based in Great Western Hospital and including drop-in sessions at GP surgeries in Swindon.

  • 40th Anniversary celebrations


    SWA celebrated its 40th Anniversary by hosting a Summer Charity Ball & Fun day at Lydiard Park.

  • WAFE Standards Accreditation


    SWA gained the National WAFE Standards Accreditation.

  • Winter Ball fundraiser


    SWA Winter Ball took place at Swindon MECA.

  • PCC funding for Young Persons IDVA


    Funding for SWA Young Persons IDVA was granted from the PCC.

  • BBC Points West visit


    BBC Points West visited SWA to see how Children in Need funding is helping the children in Refuge.

  • Theresa May & Norman Baker vist SWA


    The Home Secretary, Theresa May & The Crime Prevention Minister, Norman Baker visited SWA for a tour of the Refuge and discussion with staff.

  • Children in Need funding


    SWA were awarded Children in Need funding for Children & Young Persons Workers.

  • Olwen Kelly joins SWA


    Olwen Kelly was appointed as the Director.

  • A purpose built refuge


    SWA moved to a purpose built refuge containing 22 fully furnished flats, communal areas, IT suite and staff offices.

  • An integrated service


    SWA became an integrated service offering support to victims and survivors living in the community.

  • Jenni Manners sadly passed away


    Jenni Manners sadly passed away after her long battle with cancer.

  • Jenni Manners awarded the MBE


    Jenni Manners was awarded the MBE for her work with victims of domestic violence.

  • Facilities expanded


    An extension was opened with help from SBC which included staff facilities and quiet rooms. Creating space for 25 family rooms.

  • Move to newly adapted premises


    SWA moved to a newly adapted premises rented from Swindon Borough Council. Providing 14 family bedroom with a daily occupancy of 20 families.

  • Swindon Women's Aid founded


    Jenni Manners founded SWA which was established in a building in Old Town located where the HSBC car park now stands.