Below is our growing list of organisations who are actively supporting us in creating a culture of welcome for those seeking refuge in Swindon!
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Annabel Giraud-Telme – this ethical fashion designer will soon run workshops in clothing design and sewing.
Debutots Swindon – offers free drama and play sessions for refugee toddlers and parents.
Desk Cowork – this co-working environment in Old Town provides a free desk space for our Development Worker.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service – offering fire safety workshops for Harbour visitors.
Helen Browning’s Organic – funded coach travel for Swindon United to play a Leicester football team.
Los Gatos – this Spanish tapas restaurant helped a group of refugees run a pop-up kitchen as part of the Swindon City of Sanctuary launch event and again in February 2017. This developed into their ‘Sanctuary Tapas’ specials which feature refugees’ special dishes, with the recipies taught to their chefs and served to hungry customers. All the profits from these dishes go to Swindon City of Sanctuary, and so far has raised over £1,700.
Mechanics’ Institution Trust – provide free event space and town-centre car parking for SCoS staff.
Robert Buckland MP South Swindon Constituency Office – attended Parliament of Sanctuary in 2016, our launch and refugee week. He is currently campaigning for legal aid in Wiltshire and to allow biometric residence permits (BRP) cards to be processed in Swindon – both preventing unecessary and expensive travel.
Social Media Support Ltd – provides advice for effective use of our social media pages.
Swindon Community Choir – performed at events and during refugee week.
Swindon Quakers – run ‘Refuteas’ once a month, a social afternoon for families with coffee, chat and a children’s play area.
Swindon People’s Assembly – organised a ‘Refugees Welcome’ march, and actively raise awareness of refugee issues and common misunderstandings.
The Olive Tree Café – offer a free 8 week training course in catering health and hygiene.
Viewpoint Community Media – provided free filming of our events.
Voluntary Action Swindon – supported the planning of our launch, providing printing services, governance advice, office and meeting spaces.
Volunteer Centre Swindon – advertise volunteering opportunities and provide training events.
Wiltshire Community Foundation – provided a grant to support ‘We’re Open’, and promote our work through their website.