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Swindon Advocacy Movement, known by its members as SAM, is passionate about the rights of vulnerable people.

‘a clear and consistent voice for the rights of people with care and support needs’


Swindon Advocacy Movement is in the running to win a share of a £1million Persimmon Homes Building Futures fund aimed at supporting under-18s across the UK but first they need online votes to win.

Persimmon Homes Wessex is backing Swindon Advocacy Movement to be a prize winner at a special event later this year, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those with the most online votes.

Colette O’Sullivan representing Swindon Advocacy Movement said: “We’re so proud to be chosen as a regional finalist and it’s given everyone a massive boost. The last 18 months or so have been extremely challenging for charities across the UK, including ourselves, so we’d really appreciate if people would get behind us and start voting.

“If we could win any of the top three cash awards then it would make a massive difference to the communities we support on a daily basis.”

Swindon Advocacy Movement works with children who are experiencing mental ill health and offer a community independence project for young people with a disability or special educational needs.

The top prize would allow us to grow our current offering to ensure that any child, young person, or family living with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD or mental ill health can access the help they need. The charity wants to ensure that support is always provided at the earliest opportunity.

Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting opened on Monday 11 October and runs until midnight on November 19.

Voting could not be simpler. Just visit Select Swindon Advocacy Movement on a web page and then click to summit vote.

It would mean the world to us if we could have your support.

What is an Advocate?

Advocacy is about your voice being HEARD

Advocates support you to speak up and make sure you know what your rights are, what choices you have and that you are listened to.

An advocate will LISTEN to what YOU want

Advocacy helps you have as much control over your life as possible.7

How is advocacy different to other support?

Advocacy is different to other support because it is:

Free – you do not have to pay for an advocates help

Independent- we do not work for the council or any care provider

Confidential – we will not tell anyone what you have said unless you want us to or there is a danger to you or to other people or the law say we need to

You might want an advocate when:

you want to change things in your life

you want help to speak to a person about care or support service

you are not being listened to

you are going through a difficult time

Clip from one of our Fundraising events.