Latest News And Updates

Sign up, Sign up! Next Training Dates Confirmed

Training for our new team of Volunteer Mentors – Team 38 – is to take place on the 9th and 10th June 2018.    If you feel you have the passion and commitment to help change a young person’s life then we would love to hear from you. As an equal opportunities charity we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Application forms can be obtained by clicking on the link on our home page. Why wait? Take that first step today and make a difference.


New Youth Engagement Role at SMASH – funded by Children in Need

Youth Engagement Co-Ordinator (Schools) 

Salary: £31,080 per annum (£24,864 for a 28 hour week)

We are looking to recruit to an exciting  new role within our team.

At SMASH, we believe it only takes one person to change a life. We put young people aged 9 to 19 back in control of their lives by helping them to increase their confidence and optimism, improve their relationships with others and increase engagement in healthy and positive activities.

The primary responsibilities of this new and challenging role will be to manage a pilot scheme that brings together schools, communities and volunteers to tackle social disadvantage and help deliver positive and self directed change in children and young people.

The successful candidate will be expected to work 28 hours per week, over Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Please contact for a job description and further information on how to apply for this role.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018.

Sarah is running for SMASH!

Sarah Thomas, one of our Mentors is running the Exeter Marathon on the 20th May to raise money for SMASH. 

You can help Sarah in her fundraising efforts by donating directly to this fundraising page – JustGiving: Sarah Thomas

JustGiving sends your donation straight to SMASH and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you for your support and thank you Sarah!. We wish you lots of luck with your training over the coming weeks.

SMASH Curry Night In February

On Tuesday 27th February 2018, the coldest night of the year,  the Bengal Square Curry House was a welcome place to be for a delicious Indian Buffet.   50 people enjoyed a variety of dishes knowing that all profits from the evening would be donated to SMASH by the Bengal Square.  There were plenty of winners of the vast array of raffle prizes all kindly donated. These included vouchers for the Manor Farm Pub and a train ticket donated by GWR.  In total £425 was raised, £250 from the Bengal Square and £175 from the raffle.  Thank you to everyone that supported the evening and to our Friends of SMASH fundraising group for organising it. 

SMASH Wine Tasting Event – Let’s get fundraising!

Following a successful Curry Evening fundraiser recently, the next event by Friends of Smash will be on Friday 11th May 2018. This is a wine tasting event at Magnum Wine Shop in Wood Street, Old Town, SN1, 4AB  from 7pm to 9pm.

(Please note this date has changed from 20th April).

To book tickets for this event please ctrl and click on the link below.

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Or you can find the tickets here:

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We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your support as always

Friends of SMASH

Thank You Emma!

Many thanks to Emma Lord, a SMASH Mentor, for hosting an evening talking about mental health earlier this week. The evening was very informative and everyone there learnt something new.

It was a great way to help reduce the stigma around mental ill health.

Emma has offered to host such an event again later in the year for which we are very grateful.

More information and invites will follow once a date has been agreed.

The SMASH Team is Recruiting!

Funded by Children In Need, this is a new role within the SMASH Team. Working as a Schools Case Manager, you will work directly with children and young people (CYP) to support and guide long term, self directed positive change.

Working alongside other Project Staff, you will manage and supervise a number of volunteer mentors in the field, and participate, run and engage in 1:1 and group work directly with the CYP.

You will organise and attend educational, confidence building and other group activities with young people including occasional residential weekends and also participate in the training of new Mentors.

You will also conduct initial assessments of young people referred to the Project and offer interim advice and support whilst the young person is on the waiting list prior to being allocated a mentor.

Please read the attached job description to give you more details about this new opportunity:

Schools CM – Jan 18 (CiN)

To apply for this role:

Please email your C.V. to

If you have any questions then email

Closing date for receipt of Curriculum Vitaes is 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you.