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Town deliver Christmas gifts to local women’s refuge

Football club teams up with The Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service to spread some festive cheer…

14 December 2022

Club News

Town deliver Christmas gifts to local women’s refuge

Football club teams up with The Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service to spread some festive cheer…

14 December 2022

In Swindon Town’s continued quest to give a little something back to those in our local community less fortunate this Christmas and put smiles on faces, we paid a visit to a local refuge to hand out presents to women and children.

We took Santa along with us to ensure we did things properly, with a rather familiar name donning the famous red outfit and white beard.

Following in the footsteps of club owner Clem Morfuni, who attended the same refuge run by Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service (SDASS) last year, our Chief Executive, Rob Angus, took on the mantle this time around, handing out festive gifts to mothers and young people.

Originally founded in 1975 as Swindon Women’s Aid, SDASS operates a purpose-built, secure refuge with 22 individual flats which can accommodate lone females or mothers with dependent children and has a dedicated team of trained staff.

In the community, they have a network of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) who work with victims within the Great Western Hospital, doctors surgeries and health centres across the town. 

A specialist Children and Young People’s Team supports the specific needs of children, both within the refuge and in the community. 

Their training programmes not only help victims understand their situation to aid them forward, but also provide general education to young people about healthy relationships. 

Town Chief Executive, Rob Angus, said: “It was great we were able to visit the refuge and reward children and families who seek support by the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service. 

“We are keen to highlight the serious issues of domestic abuse and recognise the great work that the SDASS do for in our community.”

Nicky Alberry is Chair of Trustees at SDASS. She said: “Huge thanks to all those at Swindon Town for taking the time to visit the refuge again and bringing Father Christmas with them, bearing wonderful gifts for the families we support. 

“Christmas is a particularly tough time for victims of domestic abuse and the club’s support of the local community is again evidenced by their actions – the kids they met were so excited and they definitely added a few new fans yesterday.”

If you need support, the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service is free and confidential, serving Swindon and the surrounding area, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supporting all victims of domestic violence.

Their dedicated helpline, 01793 610610, is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and the phone is always answered by an advisor.


 


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