Award-winning App Developer Uses Tech to Support Swindon Night Shelter

Swindon Night Shelter gets App Support from tech expert Paul Harding. Paul has offered his support to Swindon’s leading homeless charity – Swindon Night Shelter by developing an online, app-based information platform and donation service.  

Paul’s new tech platform, Zapp Active, is in development as an interactive community portal. And Swindon Night Shelter is one of the first charities Paul has featured on the platform. 

The aim is that, over time, those who sign up to the platform can share their news, share links to their own businesses, projects or charities and also take event bookings through the site. And Zapp Active takes a small fee from each booking. The site showcases all aspects of Swindon Night Shelter including The Hub Shop and Cafe. 

Becky Davison, one of the founders of Swindon Night Shelter, said:

‘We appreciate any one that can help spread the word about our services, activities and fundraising work. We need to raise funds to function and to support our guests as we receive no grants for our day to day activities. Those activities, offered on a daily basis, are a real way to make the difference to someone who is leading a chaotic life through homelessness or being in housing where they are vulnerable.’

Swindon Night Shelter Gets App Support - Paul Harding and Swindon Night Shelter.
Paul Harding with Megan Abbott, assistant manager of The Hub Shop & Cafe. 

This could be anyone

Paul, who lives with his family in Lechlade, said: “Any of us could find ourselves homeless, sofa surfing or out on the streets. One event could turn our lives upside down and then we’re are out in the cold.

Recognising that makes it easy to support a charity like Swindon Night Shelter. When you are at your most vulnerable, these people, many of them volunteers, are the people you need.’

Paul Harding, has already won a major award for Kids’ Covered – his innovative app for childminders and parents. This app runs on the Zapp Active platform.

Find Zapp Active on Facebook here.

Developing Zapp Active

He’s now continuing to develop Zapp Active as a platform for communities to promote local events, activities, points of interest, charities, the High Street and independent traders. During 2020 it will be free for any charity or organisation to sign up and for businesses too. Low cost charges will apply for add-ons such as events (50p plus 1.4 per cent for event tickets).

Currently, Paul is building the platform to cover an area between Cirencester and Swindon taking in towns of Fairford, Malmesbury, Lechlade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Highworth and Cricklade. Over time, the platform will extend to other areas in the South West and beyond. 

Paul said: ‘The potential for this is huge. It drives traffic and backlinks online, it will allow for groups to take bookings through the site and search it to find out what’s going on in their area. 

We can live stream events and get out instant news and views. There’s also an ability to link straight back to, for example, an organisation’s own website in real time.’

To find out more or donate to Swindon Night Shelter visit

PS: It’s fab to share this post about Paul as he and I are working together on getting some of Swindon in 50 Buildings on Zapp Active. It won’t be a substitute for the book – but it will be a trail around some of the buildings in it.