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Voluntary Sector Support Required

In these unprecedented times the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) health and care providers are reaching out to their local voluntary partners to help them meet the increasing demands on services as a result of Covid-19 and the increasing number of existing NHS staff currently unwell, isolating or shielding at this time.

This request is for short-term voluntary support, it is not a requirement for volunteers to fill long-term gaps within our local NHS workforce. Our BSW organisations have already redeployed their own staff to fill gaps (where possible) the list attached details roles which either internally or utilising their additional workforce tools (bank staff etc.) they are unable to resource.

We appreciate that at this time there is already a significant demand on our local voluntary services but, if you are willing to volunteer your time, with your support these organisations will continue to provide the very best health and care service to those most in need at this time.

If you are able to offer support in any way, please email

A full list of the support required at this time can be found by clicking here


Voluntary Sector Support

We know that charities voluntary organisations across the town will need additional help and support to help get up and running again,.

As we move back towards some form of normality after the Coronavirus pandemic we know that charities voluntary organisations across the town will need additional help and support to help get their organisations up and running again, below you will find a number of pieces of useful information and advice which we feel will help you do this.

This page will be updated as and when new information becomes available to us that we think will be useful to local charities and voluntary groups.

If there is any information you would like to be included on here or you need help with please get in touch with us, likewise if you have any example documents which you think would be useful for other charities and voluntary groups within Swindon to see please send them through to us and we will add this to the information below.

Please email all information to


Funding help has never been more needed by charities and voluntary groups of all sizes, if you would like help identifying funding for your organisations or help completing an application for then please get in touch with VAS’ Funding and Governance Advice Manager, Carol Willis, who will be more than happy to help you with this.

Carol can be contacted by emailing

Free Training Resources

Available Community Room Space to Hire

Below is a list of rooms that are available at the moment in Swindon for meetings and group work.

For general paid community centre rooms in Swindon go to:

Current Guidance on Community Facilities.


Room size




Radio Studios, Liden Centre, Barrington Close, Liden SN3 6HF

Small studio

Small charge

Shirley Ludford, Station Manager

07951 366289

Pinetrees Community Centre, The Circle, Pinehurst SN2 1QR


See website

01793 466499

07494 689578

Buckhurst Community Centre, Burghley Close, Walcot SN3 3BS

Small room

Larger rooms

FREE to charities

See website

Dave Bell

01793 954802

Christchurch, Cricklade Street, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3HB


See website

Chris / Jenny

07582 305760 07312 083949

Asda and Tesco Community Rooms are no longer available. Asda found this to be a security issue so have withdrawn this offer. Tesco may start again in the future.

In need of more volunteers

If you are a community group experiencing higher than usual levels of demand for your services or impacted by staff or volunteer absences and need some more willing volunteers please email the details of what you need and we will try and match your needs to willing volunteers.

If you need more general help in respect of funding or governance advice please contact VAS’ Carol Willis at

The Wiltshire Community Foundation has launched a Coronavirus Response Fund to help voluntary groups across the county deal with effects of the pandemic.