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Swindon Women’s Aid is celebrating its 40th birthday and is holding a number of events to mark this momentous occasion.

Jenni Manners set Swindon Women’s Aid up in 1975, in response to her own experience of domestic violence. This in urn inspired her to help others by providing a safe house to which women and their families could flee.

Extract from Swindon Women's aid newsletter
Extract from Swindon Women’s aid newsletter

Sadly Jenni Manners died on the 25th August 2012 and, to pay tribute to her work and the continuing work of Swindon Women’s Aid a week of events are being held to celebrate and commemorate.

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Events for the public

The events being held for members of the public to attend are:

“Domestic Violence – An Artists Perspective”  – this is an exhibition of art and poetry to celebrate the road to recovery experienced by those victims of domestic violence who manage to escape. It shows the pain and fear but also the strength of character and determination to escape abuse in all its forms. There is a formal opening of the exhibition on Monday 24th August at 12.00. The exhibition runs from the 24th – 29th August during opening hours at the North Swindon Library.”

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 “Survivors Day” on the anniversary of setting up Swindon Women’s Aid is on the 25th August and  is a chance for ex residents & current residents to be introduced, catch up with the changes that have taken place over the last 40 years and hear about future plans for the charity. There will be a BBQ and a bouncy castle along with an unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 40th anniversary donated by Highworth Lions. If you are an ex resident please contact Jo to be included on the guest list.”

 Saturday 29th August is a Family Fun Day at Lydiard Park from 12-4pm. Bring your kids, family & friends for a picnic, entertainment, stalls, climbing wall, bouncy castles and lots more – including a Dog show!

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For more details contact Jo Heaven on 01793 864984 or

Swindon Women’s Aid

P.O.Box 3816




Registered Charity: 268048

Facebook: Swindon Womens Aid

Twitter: @swindonwa

Swindon Women’s Aid supports victims of domestic violence and abuse 24 hours a day.

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Text SREF11 followed by £the amount of your gift to 70070 to donate. E.g. SREF11£2 to 70070.

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