Latest News And Updates

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 admin@smashyouthproject.co.uk.

If you have any questions then email martinaatsmash@gmail.com.

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

We look forward to hearing from you.

Fundraising Events For SMASH – Dates For Your Diaries


Curry Night

What?                  A fabulous Indian Buffet experience for only £15 (drinks are extra)

Where?               The Bengal Square, Roughmoor Village Centre (Peatmoor), SN5 5DJ

When?                Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 7pm

The Bengal Square (http://www.bengalsquare.co.uk/peatmoor/ ) will donate all the profits from the evening to SMASH so we would love as many people as possible to attend  (maximum 50). There will also be a raffle. Pay on the night – please bring cash (cash machine close by).

Please contact Anna to reserve your place(s) by Friday 16th February 2018 by emailing her at friendsofsmash17@gmail.com 

Please ensure you state your name and how many are in your party (including yourself!)

Wine Tasting

What?                  A chance to taste 6 delicious wines ( plus nibbles )

Price?                   £16 per person

Where?               Magnums Wine Shop, Wood Street, Old Town, SN1 4AB

When?                 Friday 20th April from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

More information to follow in due course.

Help us change lives – we are looking for two new trustees…….


SMASH is the youth mentoring charity that serves Swindon. We believe that it only takes one person to change a life. We do this through volunteer youth mentoring, group work and practical advice and support for our young people and their families and guardians.

We help 9-19 year olds, who have or are suffering trauma or difficulties, regain control of their lives. Thanks to our dedicated and hardworking team we are proud to say that 86% of our young people report an increase in control and go on to continue to make self directed positive change.

“I beg anyone to please choose this charity because I cannot say this without tears but it really does change our children’s life for the better. I hate to think where my son would be now without SMASH, it doesn’t bear thinking about”. – Parent.

To ensure we can continue to help the children of Swindon whilst maintaining our high standards, within a changing strategic landscape, we are looking to appoint two new Trustees to join the Board in its role as governing body; setting policy, strategy and ensuring robust governance and financial control.

We are keen to bring additional skills to our Board through the appointment of individuals who ideally have a background in one of the following areas:

  • Financial experience
  • Educational experience
  • Clinical experience in relation to young people

If you would like to be part of an inspirational team of people, who find meaning and purpose in driving change and making a positive contribution to society – please contact us for a chat. 

For an informal and confidential discussion regarding the application process or roles, please contact Helen Fisher, Managing Director on 01793 729 748

Alternatively, if you want to apply please send a personal statement and CV to martinaatsmash@gmail.com

Mentors Needed at SMASH – Next Training planned for February 2018


Happy New Year to all our supporters.  Please remember to promote our next set of Training for new Mentors – Team 37 – planned for mid to late February.  Dates will be confirmed shortly.  Application forms can be obtained by clicking on the link on our home page or emailing martinaatsmash@gmail.com

And remember, you don’t need to have all the time in the world or all the answers – you just need to care about making a difference and helping the young people we support to be the very best they can be. We look forward to hearing from you.