Our community links in Swindon

Community link walking through the Town Gardens
Town Gardens

Rotary Old Town is part of a lively community in Swindon. Our community links keep us up to date with the community helping to make Swindon a great place for everyone.

This is Old Town

In the heart of Old Town, you will find, This is Old Town one of our closest community links and 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 is working on a number of campaigns to improve the area including preserving our heritage and establishing free parking for visitors.

Bangladesh Association

Representing the Bangladeshi community in Swindon is the Bangladesh Association. The organisation works towards creating understanding and in developing friendships across the town. Why not visit the stunning memorial to the Mother Language is in Victoria Park. It’s is there 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. We have close community links through two of our Rotarians who are members of the Bangladesh community. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

South Swindon Parish Council

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.

Community link through a view of Wood Street Old Town
Wood Street Old Town

President’s choice of charities for 20-21

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 and covers the Great Western Hospital and community health sites in Swindon.  The message from Better Futures is: “With help from the community, 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”. Brighter Futures work to improve the hospital environment; fund groundbreaking research; support the development and training of hospital staff, and provide state-of-the-art equipment.  Brighter Futures can be checked out here

Community link with logo Brighter Futures

The Harbour Project supports refugees and asylum seekers from across the world. It was set up in May 2000 when Kosovar Albanian refugees were fleeing the fighting in former Yugoslavia. The Baptist Church with help from other churches and groups funded the original project and continue to support it today.  The Harbour’s focus is on providing friendship, language classes, free refreshments and emergency help with food and clothing. It also gives basic advice as well as signposting people to appropriate agencies. Visit their website here. They also have a Facebook page. In 2003, The Harbour Project for Swindon Refugees and Asylum Seekers was registered as a Charitable Trust: Reg. Charity No. 1097227

community link Harbour Project logo