Latest News And Updates


SMASH Has Been Awarded The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Services

The Queen’s Award is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, in appreciation of outstanding work in their local communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

SMASH Chief Executive, Helen Fisher said:

“It is an honour to receive this award. The Queen’s Award is not about the work done by SMASH, it is recognition of all the time and effort which volunteers put in to make what we do possible. Collectively, our volunteers give over eight and a half thousand hours every year towards our work. Every volunteer who offers their time deserves appreciation from us all, and this award is a chance to highlight how important the volunteers are, to SMASH, to the children and young people, and also to the wider community.”


Fundraiser for SMASH – a magnificent night at Magnums Wine Shop

Our Friends of SMASH Team hosted a wine tasting evening on 11 May at Magnums Wine Shop in Old Town. The evening was a great success with plenty of time for chatting and socialising in between trying 8 lovely wines. We were thrilled that the former Mayor of Swindon, Cllr Maureen Penny attended and also supported the event by generously donating raffle prizes.
The event raised just over £600 which the Friends of SMASH were delighted with. It really was a ‘corking’ evening (thanks Helen!) and as was said on the night, there are lots of reasons to drink wine but drinking for charity has to be one of the best.
A big thank you to everyone who helped raise money for SMASH.
Friends of SMASH


Sign up, Sign up! Next Training Dates Confirmed

Training for our new team of Volunteer Mentors – Team 39 – is to take place on the 7th and 8th July 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.



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.

View My Event

Or you can find the tickets here:

Your event URL i

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.