Rotary Old Town is part of a lively community in Swindon. We work with a number of community groups within the town helping to make Swindon a great place for everyone.
In the heart of Old Town you will find, This is Old Town a great site to find out about local businesses, and local events too. Visit This is Old Town for up to date information on independent retailers, Professional Services, and local street events. The group are working on a number of campaigns to improve the area including preserving our heritage and establishing free parking for visitors.
Representing the Bangladeshi community in Swindon is the Bangladesh Association. The organisation works towards creating understanding and in developing friendships across the town. Visit the stunning memorial to the Mother Language in Victoria Park. It’s designed to remind us of how all local languages are part of our world heritage. The Mosque in Manchester Road has regular open days for those wishing to learn more about the Muslim Faith and the history of the Bangladeshis in Swindon. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
South Swindon Parish Council was established in 2017. The Parish Council is responsible for fourteen allotment sites, the Old Town Library and Broadgreen Community Centre. Old Town Library and Broadgreen Community Centre were both under threat of closure before the Parish Council took on the management of these facilities and the Parish Council is delighted to not only secure their future but see them thriving again. Check out the area on their website here.
Our two key charities we shall be working with this year 2020 – 2021 are Brighter Futures and The Harbour Project:
Brighter Futures is the charity for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which includes Great Western Hospital and community health sites in Swindon. With our help we can fund that extra special level of care in order to make a real difference to patients, their families and our staff who treat them, above what the NHS is able to provide. We improve the hospital environment, fund ground breaking research, support the development and training of hospital staff and provide state-of-the-art equipment. Brighter Futures can be checked out here
Lazy Sunday Afternoon 16 August Having a fun for a whole afternoon
The Harbour Project supporting refugees and asylum seekers was born in May 2000, when Kosovar Albanian refugees fled the fighting in former Yugoslavia. It was founded with funds from the Baptist Church and help from other churches and groups. The Harbour’s focus is on providing friendship, language classes, free refreshments and emergency help with food and clothing. It also gives basic advice and signposted people to appropriate agencies. Visit their website here In 2003, The Harbour Project for Swindon Refugees and Asylum Seekers was registered as a Charitable Trust: Reg. Charity No. 1097227