Swindon 200

1st April 2017

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Swindon 200

Swindon 200 logo

Doing exactly what it describes – this post is to give you all a heads-up about the Swindon 200 ‘thing’.

Rather than re-inventing the wheel, the best way to give a flavour of what this is about is to give you links to Facebook and the Swindon 200 website in the first instance and then share pertinent bits from the website. There’s contact details at the bottom of this post if you want to find out more.

Swindon 200 website: http://swindon200.uk

Swindon 200 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Swindon200/

What IS Swindon 200:

From their website:

‘Swindon200 is a campaign to support Swindon to be an equal and inclusive society.  It is about the difference that people can make when they come together and work together to improve our town for the better for the future.

As part of this project, the Swindon Equality & Inclusion Charter was developed and launched by representatives of over 60 local community and voluntary sector groups and organisations at the Swindon Community Conference on Saturday 21st January 2017.  It outlines the beliefs and commitments that we wish to make, and that we hope that others will make along with us, in order to support Swindon to become a model of fairness, inclusion, opportunity and fulfilment.  It is primarily aimed at individual members of the Swindon community, though we welcome and encourage businesses and community organisations to sign up to it too.’

The Swindon Equality & Inclusion Charter – download it here: http://swindon200.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Swindon-Equality-Inclusion-Charter.pdf

We believe in respecting all individuals and that equality underpins a healthy, dignified and well-functioning society.  We value the presence of all members of our community, their voices and contribution.  Our aspiration is that Swindon will become a model of fairness, inclusion, opportunity and fulfilment.

  • Learn.  We commit to learning about inclusion and bringing people together, accepting everyone as valuable individuals.  We commit to listening, learning and understanding about diversity and how to remove barriers.
  • Share.  We commit to take responsibility for sharing knowledge and information that promotes positive change and breaks down barriers across the community by means of action, communication and behaviours.
  • Change.  We commit as influencers, activists and educators to use the experience of the past and present to shape the future, holding people with responsibility to account and challenging ourselves to represent all of society.
  • Action.  We commit to promoting inclusion and to challenging discrimination and unfair treatment in safe and appropriate ways whenever we witness it.

I mentioned earlier that I’d been to a workshop:

‘We aim to hold three more workshops throughout the year and we’ll keep you posted on these.  If you use social media you can find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram – please do follow us and invite others to do so, so we can build a big movement of people in Swindon!

How to contact them:

If you would like to contact us regarding this project you can do so by:

Emailing:   equalitycoaltion@vas-swindon.org

Telephoning:   01793 538398

Writing to:   Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT

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