Our first five films have gone live!

Through increasing understanding of each other we can build fairer and more inclusive communities. Over the past year, we have been working with Viewpoint Community Media to produce five short films that each focus on one of Swindon’s community groups, and how they are helping to build a town that works for everyone in it. 

These films are now available to view via the Swindon Viewpoint website, with links to each available below.

In this first film, we hear from the Swindon Interfaith Group, on how people of different faiths have more in common than we sometimes might think.

For the full video, please visit – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/video/we-are-all-brothers-and-sisters

In this second film in our series focusing on equality and inclusion, we hear about the great work Twigs Community Gardens are doing to support local people experiencing mental health issues.

To watch the full video, visit – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/video/just-normal-person.

Winter is a challenging time for many older people, who for a range of reasons can be left feeling lonely and isolated. But it isn’t only during this time that loneliness can occur.

In this third film in our series focusing on equality and inclusion, we hear about the issues faced by older people and the work that Swindon Seniors’ Forum are doing to support and give them a voice.

To watch the full video, visit – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/video/we-deserve-better.

From millions of women marching for their rights on every continent on earth, to the enormous #metoo campaign, and to the word feminism being the most searched of the year on the Merriam-Webster website, 2017 saw a massive rise in gender equality awareness.

In this fourth film in our series focusing on equality and inclusion, we hear from the Swindon Feminist Network about a range of issues affecting women, and why feminism is still needed today.

To watch the full video, visit – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/video/because-im-woman

When you’re forced to leave your home, for reasons you can’t control, it can be very challenging to resettle into a new country.

In this fifth film in our series focusing on equality and inclusion, we hear about Swindon City of Sanctuary and how they are working to build a culture of welcome, inclusion and support for those seeking refuge in our town.

To watch the full video, visit – http://www.swindonviewpoint.com/video/our-blood-red-yours

Community Film Festival

Over the past year Viewpoint Community Media has been working with Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS), Swindon Equality Coalition and five community groups to produce a series of short films relating to equality and inclusion as part of the Swindon200 project, funded by Wiltshire Community Foundation.

Join us for a Community Film Festival where we will be screening the newly-made films for the first time. Each film will be screened at its own event and will be followed by a discussion about how issues can be addressed, people’s lives improved and our communities become stronger and more inclusive. It will also be a chance to ask questions to the groups whose work the films cover.

All events are free to attend and are open to all ages. Refreshments will be provided.

Please join the Facebook event page, invite your friends and give it a share!

Details of each event including links to book tickets can be found below.

Tues 14th Nov, 6pm-7pm @ Central Community Centre – TWIGS Community Gardens (mental health)

Tues 21st Nov, 6pm-7pm @ Sanford House – Swindon City of Sanctuary (seeking refuge)

Weds 29th Nov, 6pm-7pm @ Sanford House – Swindon Seniors’ Forum (age)

Weds 6th Dec, 6pm-7pm @ Central Community Centre – Swindon Feminist Network (sex)

Tues 12th Dec, 6pm-7pm @ Sanford House – Swindon Interfaith Group (religion)

50/50 Day

Join us for 50/50 Day on Wednesday 10th May where thousands of events around the world will be holding film screenings and discussions, and will be linked together by a global Q&A, all talking about how we can get to a more gender balanced world.

There will be a 20 minute screening of the film ’50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power’. We’ll then be linking into a 24 hour global live Q&A that unifies all the film screenings and features prominent leaders from diverse perspectives discussing how to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, and home.

To view the trailer click here – https://vimeo.com/206148991

To visit the facebook page for this event click here – https://www.facebook.com/events/651350395065126

This event is taking place from 8.15pm until 9.30pm at Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square, SN1 5BP.  There is also a talk by Catherine Mayer on gender equality at 6.30pm at the Arts Centre the same evening which is part of the Swindon Festival of Literature and which we hope you can attend too. For more information visit – http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk/10-wed.html

We’re at a critical time in the history of gender equality and now is the time that we need to step it up even more. There have been over 300 studies that prove that more gender balance in all sectors of society make it better for everyone. Over half of the countries that rank highest on the gender equality across different sectors, also rank highest on the global happiness index.

Join us for a global conversation on what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world. To find out more visit www.50-50day.org

This event is being organised by Voluntary Action Swindon, and is co-hosted with Swindon Equality Coalition and Swindon Feminist Network, as part of the Swindon200 project.

We hope you can join us for this special event!

Swindon200: Workshop 1 Review

Swindon200 held its first workshop on Saturday 25th March to increase understanding and develop ideas for ways that we can work together as a community to promote equality and inclusion in Swindon.

We received great feedback from the 25 people that attended and were impressed and inspired by the ideas that were generated…  A big thank you to all who came and contributed!

Special thanks also to Justin Smythe for the fantastic photos from the day.  If you would like to view these please click here.

If you would like to attend a future workshop please email swindon200@vas-swindon.org or telephone 01793 539398.

Swindon200: Workshop 1

Please come and be part of the first Swindon200 Workshop on Saturday 25th March at Central Community Centre.  This is a free event with lunch and refreshments provided.

Swindon200 is an exciting new project which seeks to promote equality and inclusion in Swindon and bring about positive change in our communities.  The project launched at the Swindon Community Conference, held at the National Trust in January this year, which was attended by nearly 100 people representing over 60 community organisations.  As part of this event, a new Swindon Equality & Inclusion Charter was developed by attendees and launched on the day.

This workshop will run from 11am – 3pm and will include elements of idea and project development as well as learning and skills development.  It will also be an opportunity to network with others who are interested in supporting Swindon to be a model of fairness, inclusion, opportunity and fulfilment – and in taking an active role in shaping Swindon for the better.

As part of the project, we aim to sign up 200 people in Swindon to become Equality Ambassadors, a new role designed to support the aims of the project.  The workshop is open to those who have already signed up to be an Equality Ambassador, as well as those who want to come along and find out more without committing at this stage.

To register for the workshop please follow this link and register by Monday 20th Marchwww.eventbrite.co.uk/e/swindon200-workshop-1-tickets-32466184231

If you experience any difficulty when registering please contact Hannah at Voluntary Action Swindon by emailing hannah@vas-swindon.org or telephoning 01793 538398.

Please do forward this on to any individuals or organisations you think may be interested in attending or supporting this project!

We hope you can make it to the workshop.