A new service ‘Supporting Wellbeing and Developing Stability’ was launched on 15 June, with an open day supported by service users, volunteers, local professionals and special guest the new Mayor of Swindon.
SWADS the alcohol service, like many smaller charities has suffered from the widespread cuts in funding.
But instead of throwing in the towel the trustees decided to evolve and reinvent the charity as a wellbeing centre, supporting the people of Swindon and the surrounding community by addressing issues such as isolation and loneliness, improve mental health and self-esteem, and promote an active lifestyle and help to achieve positive change.
SWADS fantastic art and music studios offer a wide range of therapeutic creative activities at its base in Milton Road.
“Learn to draw, sew, sculpt, pick up an instrument for the first time and produce your own album,” said SWADS team member Barbara Pike.”Our calming and holistic therapy rooms offer a relaxing and safe space, perfect for our meditation groups, counselling and couples counselling.
“Every Monday evening we host Time4us, a lifeline for many who are struggling with a loved one’s addictive behaviour. SWADS ethos is to treat everybody as an individual and we strive to create an inclusive service offering many free activities.”
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• New College BTEC students Stephen Arnold and Sophie Reid were asked by SWAD to be the official photographers for the open day. Above, the supporters, volunteers and staff celebrating the launch of the new look SWADS. Below, the mayor cutting the ribbon to officially welcome everybody