Citizen’s Advice Swindon

Citizen’s Advice Swindon

13th July 2016


Hello listeners

This post is some information from the wonderful Citizen’s Advice peeps here in Swindon. They are looking for volunteers to help them with their expanding telephone service.

Volunteers needed for Citizen’s Advice Swindon’s Telephone Service Expansion

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Citizens Advice Swindon is expanding its telephone advice service and is looking for volunteers who can help them meet the rising demand from Swindon residents.

By increasing the hours and availability of its phone service the bureau is hoping to help those people who find it difficult to access offices in person – perhaps because of a disability, caring responsibilities or work commitments.

Claire Newport, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Swindon said “We know demand for our telephone service is rising as people need more flexible ways to access the advice they need and we want to increase the availability of our current Adviceline. We also see it as a new volunteering opportunity for people who see their skills as better suited to helping people over the phone. It’s an exciting role which could see you helping a range of people with a diverse range of enquires from debt and housing to employment and benefits issues.”

The skills you’ll need

A telephone adviser will need excellent listening and questioning skills to allow the caller to fully explain their problem. They will be asked to find, interpret and explain relevant information to help the callers take the next steps towards a solution. The bureau is looking for volunteers who can commit to giving time each week to help their local community.

Claire continued “Our aim is to open the Advice line Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm so there is flexibility for volunteers to find hours that suit them, all we ask is for a weekly commitment. To help us reach this target to expand we need to recruit new volunteers for our September training programme. Full training and support is given throughout a volunteer’s time with the bureau.”

To find out more or request an application pack you can call 01793 402106,

Email or download an application form from

About the Citizen’s Advice Service

“The Citizens Advice service helps people to resolve their problems. As the UK’s largest advice provider we are equipped to deal with any issue, from anyone, spanning debt and employment to consumer and housing plus everything in between.

In the last year alone, the Citizens Advice service helped 2.1 million people with 6.6 million problems. But we’re not just here in times of crisis – we also use clients stories anonymously to campaign for policy changes that benefit the population as a whole.”

“The Citizens Advice service offers information and advice through face-to-face, phone and email services, and online via As well as from their high street premises, Citizens Advice Bureaux make face-to-face advice available from other locations including community centres, doctors’ surgeries, courts and prisons to make sure that people can access advice where they need it most.”

Read more here:


Bluebird care: Swindon’s services for older people

Bluebird care: Swindon’s services for older people

23rd June 2016


Free event will focus on Swindon’s services for older people

Bluebird care logoA quick shout out here for an event from Bluebird Care:

When and where:

July 5th at Christchurch Community Centre in Old Town.

Cricklade Street, Swindon SN1 3HB


What and Why:

A free event aimed at showcasing services for older people is being staged in Swindon by the town’s leading care at home provider Bluebird Care.

It’s a chance for older people living in the area, and their family and friends, to find out about what services are on offer to help them stay safe, secure, healthy and independent in their own homes.

The event will feature stalls and displays from a number of organisations, all of which support older people, ensuring they can make the most of later years.

Ben Curtis, Director of Bluebird Care Swindon, which looks after well over 100 people in their own homes, says:

“Over 65 year olds play an important part in our society. Not only have they contributed in previous years to the development of civic life but they also add greatly to the economy and give hundreds of hours of voluntary time to community groups.

 “We rely heavily on older people for all they do, often providing care for loved ones; spouses, siblings, or nonagenarian parents, not to mention the support they give by helping out with grandchildren.”

 Organisations taking part include Healthwatch Swindon, Bluebird Care Swindon, Wiltshire Farm Foods, CAB Swindon, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, the Aster Group, Swindon Dial-a-Ride, Swindon Carers Centre, Age UK Wiltshire, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service Prevention Team, Swindon Seniors Forum, Akcess CIC, SEQOL, Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors, the Samaritans, Care Planning Services, the Hearing and Mobility Store Ltd, the Lydiards Link Scheme and Action on Hearing Loss.

In addition to the many stalls, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy music from local pianist Lisa Williams and the Cantanti Choir. Tea, coffee, and cakes will be provided by Bluebird Care staff and volunteers.

Ben added: “Too often, older members of our society feel isolated with no one to talk to. Part of the job our care workers do includes spending time with people, keeping them company, and giving them a helping hand around the house.

“Our free event will give older people a chance to meet others in similar situations and make new friends.  Also they will be able to discover the array of organisations we have in our area who are there to help.”

The event will be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Cricklade Street, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3HB, from 1-4 pm on Tuesday July 5.

For more information, contact Bluebird Care Swindon on 01793 239498 or email


Eastcott Circus event

Eastcott Circus event

8 June 2016


The Circus Came to Eastcott

On a the kind of day that makes England the best place to be – if only we had more than one of then a year – the circus came to Eastcott and Savernake Street Social Hall via Falding’s Fandangos:

This post is simply a few photographs as other people have written about the event – see below

man on high wire with trousers

Putting the washing out would sure be easier if the line were lower …


The Westrin Study Centre:

The Corporate Cakery:

The Swindon Advertiser:

““It turns out circuses used to regularly come to Eastcott during the Victorian era so we thought it would be amazing if we had a circus themed day, which is what we’ve gone for.

“We started at midday when anyone who wanted could come along, bring some food to and have something to eat with everyone.

“After that, we had an aerial show, a circus skills workshop and a Punch and Judy Show as well as crafts.”

Dozens of families came along to enjoy the event, which took place outside the Savernake Street Social Hall, which was made even more special by the glorious weather.

Caroline said: “It’s great to see everyone having fun and coming out to enjoy their community. But it’s also a good chance for people to meet their neighbours.”


New blog category: community

New blog category: community

28th May 2016


born again swindonian logoA quick flag up that I’ve created a new category on Born again Swindonian for community related posts:

There’s posts in it about some of Swindon’s community groups yes – but there’s a wider brush to it too – so there is now and will be posts in it with a wider community resonance.

I’ve been through and put some older posts into this grouping so if you’re a new subscriber have a root through. You may come across something you’ve not seen before.

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SAPAC: South Asian Performing Arts Centre

SAPAC: South Asian Performing Arts Centre

28th May 2016


Hello listeners – here we have some lovely information from Indu Sharma about SAPAC! Not so long back I put a post on here about the Swindon Indian Association so this a welcome addition to Born again Swindonian. Read about Swindon’s Indian Association here:  There’s a link to their website at the bottom of the page.

Jai Ho!

SAPAC: South Asian Performing Arts Centre

SAPAC logo - South Asian Performing Arts Centre

“SAPAC of Swindon is the only diverse art organisation in Swindon and the surrounding area. It exists to bring dance and music from the South Asian sub- continent.

In 2009, three community associations, Hindu Samaj, Swindon Indian Association and Swindon Tamil associations realised that a partnership was needed  to offer multi cultural activities on a regular basis, so they got together to form SAPAC with a distinct aim to provide regular South Asian cultural programmes locally. Since the formation of SAPAC, the three associations have been working in partnership to offer joint cultural performances at a larger scale”.  Read more here:

SAPAC came to life in late 2009 when four large ethnic communities in Swindon decided to come together to promote music and dance from South Asian countries.

Membership of the centre is open to all and everyone in and around Swindon and Wiltshire, regardless of ethnicity and age. The Centre hosts performances from world class artists and is a hub of south Asian performing Arts in Swindon where people can regularly appreciate and participate in cultural diversity locally.

We invite international dancers and musicians to perform in Swindon. No need now to travel to London or Bristol to enjoy well known artists.

We arrange classical as well as contemporary dance and music programmes and if you want to learn, we arrange classes too.”

Upcoming Event

Our next event is on 2nd of July this year when internationally renowned  instrumentalists will play their music  which promises to be toe tapping and exciting music.

The programme will be at Phoenix Theatre in New College , Swindon. There will be Indian food on sale too, if you feel peckish.

Tickets are only £12 each and discounted rates for families of 4.

Please ring Indu Sharma on 07808648829 to book tickets.

For more information about the artists and programme, please visit SAPAC website at

Swindon Indian Association:

Swindon Tamil Association:



Grow Bag day

Grow Bag day

10th May 2016


Incredible Edible Swindon Grow Bag day: Wednesday 18th May

The Answer Lies in the Soil!

‘In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.’ Margaret Atwood

If the above quotation resonates with you then read on! You might want get down and dirty with the lovely Incredible Edible Swindon team on Wednesday the 18th May at their grow bag day work party:!Growbag-Day-Work-Party/c1ela/57309fd40cf20c962d02e2d1

Actually it’s a half day work party!

green bag full of garden stuffWe’ll be filling and delivering growbags like the one in the photo on Wed 18th May at 9.30am, at the Central Community Centre in Emlyn Square, Swindon

This is a key part of the Three Sisters project, to provide growbags to 25 residents of the Railway Village so they can grow veg on their doorstep.(And we’re having a community cake day at 2pm on Saturday 21st to kick the project off – you’re invited to that too).

But before they can grow veg in their growbags, we’ve got to fill ’em and deliver ’em. 

So if you fancy a bit of helping out in the sunshine (how do they know??!! – they got insider information or what?) on Wed 18th, please come along at 9.30am till 1pm as we need every bit of help we can get.

Please wear your older clothes and stout footwear. If you own a shovel or spade, it’ll come in very handy.’

PS: The three sisters is the name of the three types of plant that they’ll be growing – sweetcorn, peas (or beans) and cucumbers (or courgettes)’

Read more about the 3 sisters project here:!the-three-sisters/sh1n8