Without the support of charitable trusts, local businesses, and people from the local community, we would never be able to deliver our services for the benefit of children and young people in Swindon. Every donation we receive helps a young person to change their life for the better.
Our major supporters are the National Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need and the Building Bridges Programme.
The Building Bridges programme is a partnership of organisations of which SMASH is one, led by Community First, who have come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme across Swindon and Wiltshire. The Building Bridges programme is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The project has received up to £3.9M of funding from the European Social 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.
The Big Lottery Fund has supported us through a grant of nearly £200,000 over three years to fund our Youth Mentoring programme. With this funding, we can support 150 young people to make self-directed, positive changes in their lives.
The Wiltshire Community Foundation supported us through a strategic grant of £90,000 over three years, to go towards our Memory Makers programme. They also made a grant of £5,000 in 2014 as a contribution towards our rent costs and have just recently made a grant of £45,000 over three years to continue supporting our Memory Makers Programme.
Children In Need is continuing their support of SMASH through a grant of just over £111,000, over the next three years. This contributes towards our Youth Mentoring programme.
We are extremely grateful to the local businesses that have chosen to support SMASH.
As a co-operative business http://www.midcounties.coop/ works to make our communities more sustainable and what stands them apart from other businesses is that they only do three things with their profits – invest in the business, distribute them to their members and support local communities. SMASH was recently awarded a grant of £1811.18 from The Midcounties Co-operative and we thank them for supporting SMASH. We look forward to continuing our partnership with The Midcounties Co-operative.
Being nominated and awarded £4,000 in the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards – thank you to https://mcf.org.uk/ and to those who voted for us. One of our Trustees, Paul Brown and a SMASH Mentee went to Salisbury on the 5th October to represent SMASH and be presented formally with the award.
For the last few years, we have been one of the supported charities at the Shaw Residents Association’s West Swindon Open Gardens Event. This event allows people the opportunity to visit many exciting gardens, and includes plant sales, crafts, refreshments, tombola and a raffle also on offer. This event raised more than £900 for SMASH in 2015. This event is due to take place this year on the 24th and 25th June 2017 and SMASH has once again been chosen as one of the two nominated charities that the Shaw Residents Association has chosen to support. So come along and support the event and in doing so, you also be supporting SMASH.
Nationwide have supported us in many ways. Through their Three Hands initiative, they have helped us develop our business strategy. Their Group Legal & Compliance Team and PMO Team chose SMASH as their Charity of the Year for 2015-16, and continue to raise funds for SMASH through a variety of events. The PMO Team has already raised more than £800 through a cake sale. Nationwide have generously allowed us free use of their office space for training Mentors and Memory Makers, and for our last AGM. They have also helped to raise awareness of what we do, leading to more Mentors and Memory Makers being recruited, including from within Nationwide.
Other local businesses which have supported SMASH in the past include Intel, who supplied us with laptops and donated the proceeds of their Christmas raffle last year;
Zurich Community Trust, who have helped us to recruit Mentors and Memory Makers and donated proceeds from raffles;
http://www.bbanner.co.uk/Home/ who have donated office supplies;
Castrol, who printed our leaflets and banners for free, and donated the proceeds of a furniture auction; and
DHL, who printed SMASH and Memory Makers t-shirts for free.
Local Community – Support for SMASH in 2017 – there are lots of ways to support us
SMASH enjoys the support of several local organisations, groups and individuals who have raised funds for SMASH in 2017 or supported us in other ways.
Thank you to the Committee of Wrde Up Highworth Music Festival who in October 2017 agreed to fund the purchase of Theatre tickets that will enable some of our young people to attend panto at the Wyvern this year. It will provide them with great memories and will be a fantastic experience for them.
We wish to thank Supermarine Sports and Social Club for allowing us free use of their community room to undertake training of new Mentors recently. Great facilities and it really enhanced our training programme. We look forward to using this space again in the future and we thank them for supporting the Project in this way.
To Lydiard Millicent Juniors FC and the sponsor who gave up their logo so that SMASH could be advertised on one of their team’s shirts http://tweetiz.com/LMJFC/
To Claire Billesdon who volunteered her time to assist SMASH by designing the infographic that was presented at our recent AGM.
To the following Fundraisers: Charlie Lawer who abseiled down Jurys Inn in August 2017 and raised £300 in the process; the young people from the NCS (National Citizens Service) Summer 2017 programme who raised almost £500 for the project https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ncs-swindon; Winkyfoos who held a Bachata charity dance night in aid of SMASH raising £140 and Steve Hall who ran the Bath Half Marathon https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-hall46 earlier this year and raised over £300 for SMASH. Also, the Friends of Pinewood School PTA raised £1,000 and the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy students who raised over £500 for SMASH.
We thank you all for your generous support in 2017.
In the past, Swindon Rugby Football Club allowed us to set up our own Fun Day a couple of years ago and do a bit of awareness raising on a field adjacent to their Rugby 7s event. The conversations we had with people at this event led directly to new opportunities for fundraising and support.
We have also received donations from two local masonic lodges: the Methuen Lodge (no. 8692) and the Worshipful Master & Brethren of the Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation (no. 355 in Swindon).
We have also raised over £100 through a crowd funding campaign called Change a Life – special thanks are due to Nick Handscombe for this.
In 2015, Minuteman Press supporting us by making a 10p donation per card to us, if you chose SMASH as your supported charity.
How You Can Support SMASH
If you have an idea for an event and you want to raise money for SMASH, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and depending on the type of event you are planning, we will make sure we get you sponsorship forms, banners, posters, and anything else you might need!