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Memory Makers Wanted

Could You Help a Child Make Some Positive Memories? If you can give a few hours a week to a child who needs a chance to make some positive memories, we’d like to hear from you. The Memory Makers project is part of established Swindon charity, SMASH. Since 1999 SMASH has been bringing children and …

Mentee Reflects on His Time At SMASH

Today the SMASH team received a letter from one of our young people, who was reflecting on his time at SMASH: “Hi, my name is Aidan and I am 14 years old and I have been attending SMASH, a Charity group for young adults since December 2013. SMASH is where you get the chance to …

Mentors Become the Pride of Swindon

On Thursday 13th March, our Mentors were officially named the Pride of Swindon. The ceremony, hosted by Shirley Ludford (station manager at 105.5), was held at the STEAM museum. The project was represented by three mentors, alongside Managing Director, Rob Chappell who nominated the team. He said “[the nomination is a] thanks for all your …

Memory Makers Fully Trained

The Memory Makers Project has hit its first milestone by training 6 volunteers. The Memory Makers Project offers children at Swindon’s primary schools the chance to do an activity, weekly or fortnightly, with a volunteer adult Memory Maker. Over the last 4 weeks, the Memory Makers Programme Co-ordinator Clare Armagan, along with founders Lyn Hartman …

Urgently Need New Mentors

SMASH are now recruiting for a new set of mentors. The training kicks off on Saturday 8th March, and continues on Saturday 15th March; Child Protection training training takes place on Wednesday 19th March And the “Meet the Mentees” Day will take place on Saturday 29th March. For the full training schedule please click here …

Fundraising Group Exceeds Target

TEN of our young people, all with mentors, have exceeded their own expectations and raised over £1,000. The young people formed a fundraising group after going climbing together to help to pay for an outdoor adventure challenge, but then they decided to switch their efforts to an altruistic cause. The groupheld a Christmas fayre, and …

Mentees Reaching New Heights Thanks To fly2help

Following on from the very successful day in November, the young people of SMASH are getting two new opportunities, thanks to the generous offerings from fly2help. The first of the two seperate events, happening on the 17th February, will give 6 young people a chance to learn about careers in the aviation business, with the …

Recruiting Memory Makers

The Memory Makers programme is recruiting and WE NEED YOU. To be a Memory Maker we ask for three things: Time – a commitment of 1-2 hours weekly or fortnightly, sharing activities such as visiting libraries and museums, trying out a new sport, learning a card trick or painting a pot. Experience – use your …

Memory Makers Information Drop-In

On Wednesday 11th, SMASH will be hosting an information evening for people who’d like to be involved with Memory Makers. The project, which launched two weeks ago, pairs up children (9-12) with a ‘Memory Maker’ – who is a volunteer from the local community. Memory Makers seeks to ensure children are given lasting positive memories, …

SMASH Launches Memory Makers

On the 18th November, SMASH launched a brand new project – Memory Makers. The project aims to create positive, everlasting memories, which we believe are crucial in the psychological and emotional growth of children. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and what it means to be a Memory Maker, please …