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 supports us through a grant of over £90,000, over three years. This contributes towards our Youth Mentoring programme.
We are extremely grateful to the local businesses that have chosen to support SMASH.
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 have both chosen SMASH as their Charity of the Year for 2015-16, and will be raising 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 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 also donated the proceeds of a raffle;
Accord Office Supplies (soon to be known as Banner) 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.
This Christmas, Minuteman Press are supporting us by making a 10p donation per card to us, if you choose SMASH as your supported charity – see here for more details.
SMASH enjoys the support of several local organisations and many individuals have raised funds for SMASH recently.
Also in 2015, Swindon Rugby Football Club allowed us to set up our own Fun Day 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 also raised over £100 through a crowd funding campaign called Change a Life – special thanks are due to Nick Handscombe for this.
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 email@example.com and we will make sure we get you sponsorship forms, collection tins, banners, posters, and anything else you might need!