News & Events

01/02/2017

Hop to Help


Spring for SMASH, Bounce for Beneficence, Jump for Joy… or just go trampolining for free and raise a little money for your favourite youth mentoring scheme.

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On Monday 6th February the Better Trampolining Park at Swindon’s Link Centre  will be open to all, free of charge. Although voluntary donations to SMASH will of course be welcome. So Jump in, take a leap and go hopping mad for SMASH.

Read the full story here:

http://www.theswindonian.co.uk/24439/265602/a/bounce-for-charity-at-anniversary-celebration

 

Recruiting now for March Mentor Training


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Yes, it’s that guy again. He (SMASH) needs you, your uncle, your auntie, your friend and anyone else with some time and a little worldly wisdom to spare for our 35th team of mentors.

 

Training starts on Saturday 11th March.

 

We’ll give you a grounding in the skills and knowledge that you need to help a young person to change their life for the better. Then we’ll support you over the course of a year while you work one-to-one with one of the young people currently on our waiting list.

You can download an application form HERE

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Or call us for more information.

 

25/01/2017

A Good Job with Prospects!


SMASH Project Director

24 hours per week

£27,466 P/A

SMASH has transformed the lives of thousands of children and young people in the past 17 years. Our mission is to give them the chance to become everything they can be, sometimes when no one else believes they can.

We believe that “One Person can change a life”. We do this by offering young people a trained volunteer who will listen, befriend and mentor them.

The new Project Director’s goal will be to take our organisation forward and to make it sustainable, through a variety of means including fundraising events, community engagement and trust fund applications.

In order to fulfil these objectives SMASH needs someone with:

  • A proven track record of successfully leading an organisation

 

  • Some marketing and strategic experience – SMASH needs to become better known, better valued and better supported within Swindon
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills for internal and external audiences – both written and oral
  • An organised mind and a ‘can do attitude’
  • The ability to empathise with young people whose experience of life may be very different to their own

Working for SMASH will give you:

  • The opportunity to help to make a difference to some of the young people in Swindon who are in the greatest need

 

  • A competitive salary

 

  • Generous holidays and a 7% pension allowance

 

  • Flexibility: the post is for 24 hours per week – working days worked to be negotiated

 

  • Training – including essential Safeguarding training

 

  • Active Support of a Trustee Board with a wide range of experience in business, marketing, the media and supporting young people

 

SMASH Was recently awarded £400,000 from the National Lottery and is jointly funded by them, BBC Children in Need, The Wilshire Community Foundation and the local community. This post is also part funded by Building Bridges.

Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, which has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire. The consortium has received £3.9M of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.

 

Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects, which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information about Building Bridges visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

For an application pack please email: robatsmash@gmail.com

Or for more information call: 01793 729748

 

This post is jointly funded by:

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29/12/2016

Happy New Year and Thank You All !


To our Trustees,  Mentors and Supporters – we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous support over the past year.  We wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year and we look forward to working with you again, supporting young people in our community during 2017.  And remember:-

“As one person, I cannot change the world,
But I can change the world of one person.”

Paul Shane Spear

12/12/2016

No Harm Done (Resources now available)


So sorry for taking so long to get these up on the site. For those who attended the No Harm Done workshop a little while ago (and for those that din’t)

Download the resources pack here (it’s quite big so you may need to wait a few moments for it to download)

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and follow the links below to see the videos on Youtube.

 

Abdul Kareem wins Daily Mirror pride of sport award


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We were so proud to learn today that our very own Abdul Kareem (AKA Abdul Musa Adam) has won a Daily Mirror Pride of Sport award.

Abdul was with us for several years and tenaciously supported by his mentor Gill. We’re all beaming a little this morning to see him doing so well.

Read his story here.

 

 

01/12/2016

SMASH – December Update


SMASH and Memory Makers are settling into their new home at Pinetrees Community Centre.

Phone-disruption-possible (1)Our IT and telephony systems are not 100% yet, so please bear with us as we try to resolve these issues.

 

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Christmas is getting ever closer!! Please note that the SMASH office will be closed from 4pm on Thursday 22nd December 2016 and will remain so until Monday 2nd January 2017. However, the emergency out of hours number will be available to Mentors and Memory Makers throughout this time.