Links to useful websites and social media

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The Mechanics’ Trust

The Mechanics’ Institution Trust is a charitable social enterprise, which operates as a Building Preservation Trust and Development Trust.  It aims to protect Swindon’s built heritage, provide facilities for social well-being, and develop people’s capacity to shape their own community.  They seek to work in partnership with local community and voluntary organisations, businesses and statutory bodies to facilitate a greater recognition of the vital role heritage and culture could play in Swindon.

Find them on Facebook

Swindon Viewpoint

Swindon’s original and unique public access television service, and your focal point for the visual life and times of our area. You can go there to find out what our town once looked like and how it has developed; what its people have thought and cared about; and the diversity of lifestyles and entertainments of the past as well as the present. You can use it to teach children our history, improve your own understanding, help older folk reminisce; or you can get up to date with what’s happening now and current debates – and join in with these.

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Voluntary Action Swindon is the local development organisation (CVS) in Swindon. VAS is a charity that supports the development of a vibrant, effective and influential voluntary and community sector locally.  They also provide a wide range of services including funding advice, training, room hire, printing facilities and free computer training.


Swindon Climate Action Network is an independent group of people from across Swindon who are concerned about climate change and want to do something about it.  They aim to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and help people in Swindon to combat it, by encouraging them to reduce their personal carbon emissions and get involved in local and national campaigns.

Save Coate

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Library

A passionate blog in support of Swindon – Born again Swindonian:

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National Civic Voice

Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England.  They work to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  They also promote civic pride.

National Trust

The National Trust maintain, protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. They also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves and villages for people to experience and enjoy.

English Heritage

English Heritage exists to protect and promote England’s spectacular historic environment and ensure that its past is researched and understood.


The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)  campaign for a beautiful and living countryside.  They work to influence how we plan our towns and cities to make them better places to live and work, to ensure the countryside is protected for all to enjoy for now and future generations.