Sanford House starts new role as Swindon Advice and Support Centre

Coun Brian Mattock, outside Sandford House in the town centre

Coun Brian Mattock, outside Sandford House in the town centre

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

ONE of Swindon town centre’s historic buildings, Sanford House, will begin a new lease of life as the new Swindon Advice and Support Centre, when it officially opens today.

Designed to help local people in most need, the centre will see a number of organisations who specialise in providing information, advice and support come together under one roof in an easily accessible location for residents.

The transformation of the building began last year, supported by an investment of £350,000 funded jointly from Swindon Council and the Swindon Clinical Commission-ing Group.

Voluntary organisations have worked as part of a project team to lead on the design and development of the centre to ensure it provides the best possible environment for their clients.

Councillor Brian Mattock said: “This is a great example of the council working in new and different ways to support residents.

We have made use of an historic building and developed a facility in partnership with the voluntary sector which works well for all of the agencies and, most importantly, for the people those agencies support.”

Organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Swindon Advocacy Movement are among those already operating from the 130-year-old building.

The overall office space will be managed by Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS), which thinks the centre is a huge improvement and people will benefit from having a range of services in one place.

David Wray, VAS chief executive officer, said: “They will be able to walk in, explain the help they need, and see the right people as quickly as possible.”

Other organisations already in the centre include Richmond Fellowship, Derventio Housing Trust and Developing Health & Independence Swindon.

Wiltshire Law, Healthwatch Swindon, Swindon Carers and Swindon Mind are set to move in over the next few weeks.

Claire Newport, chief executive of Swindon and District Citizens Advice Bureau, believes the centre will provide an invaluable service.

She said: “Having up-to-date facilities makes it so much easier to provide support.”

Alongside the physical opening of a building, people can also access a wealth of information online thanks to a new website, www.mycaremysupport.co.uk, which is now live. The website is designed to provide comprehensive information and a directory of services for people with adult health and wellbeing needs.

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6:15am Mon 30 Jun 14

bampi says...

Another lovely building turned into a doss house (at huge expense and ongoing running costs) for the waifs and strays that suck the life blood out of the town and nation for that matter......constant broken windows, graffiti and empty beer bottles and cans here we come!!!
Another lovely building turned into a doss house (at huge expense and ongoing running costs) for the waifs and strays that suck the life blood out of the town and nation for that matter......constant broken windows, graffiti and empty beer bottles and cans here we come!!! bampi
  • Score: 3

6:28am Mon 30 Jun 14

swindondad says...

bampi wrote:
Another lovely building turned into a doss house (at huge expense and ongoing running costs) for the waifs and strays that suck the life blood out of the town and nation for that matter......constant broken windows, graffiti and empty beer bottles and cans here we come!!!
!st price in the "ill informed and bigoted post" competition.
[quote][p][bold]bampi[/bold] wrote: Another lovely building turned into a doss house (at huge expense and ongoing running costs) for the waifs and strays that suck the life blood out of the town and nation for that matter......constant broken windows, graffiti and empty beer bottles and cans here we come!!![/p][/quote]!st price in the "ill informed and bigoted post" competition. swindondad
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6:34am Mon 30 Jun 14

beach1e says...

more council tax payers money thrown at those that cant be bothered to support and look after themselves.its always everyone else's fault.
more council tax payers money thrown at those that cant be bothered to support and look after themselves.its always everyone else's fault. beach1e
  • Score: 0

7:57am Mon 30 Jun 14

Russell Holland says...

This is a really positive move forward for the voluntary sector in Swindon and will do much to help people in need.

People face difficulties in life for a variety of reasons they may work but be on low incomes, have health issues, caring responsibilities, bereavement, be a victim of crime, family breakdown, domestic violence or because they face redundancy. Asking for help is a sign of strength. These organisations who help do a great job.

Yes there are some people who make mistakes but there may be personal circumstances which heavily influence the decisions they make. Even where people have made mistakes they need to be encouraged to put things right not judged and criticised for getting things wrong. Everyone makes mistakes.
This is a really positive move forward for the voluntary sector in Swindon and will do much to help people in need. People face difficulties in life for a variety of reasons they may work but be on low incomes, have health issues, caring responsibilities, bereavement, be a victim of crime, family breakdown, domestic violence or because they face redundancy. Asking for help is a sign of strength. These organisations who help do a great job. Yes there are some people who make mistakes but there may be personal circumstances which heavily influence the decisions they make. Even where people have made mistakes they need to be encouraged to put things right not judged and criticised for getting things wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Russell Holland
  • Score: 4

8:19am Mon 30 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

Russell Holland wrote:
This is a really positive move forward for the voluntary sector in Swindon and will do much to help people in need.

People face difficulties in life for a variety of reasons they may work but be on low incomes, have health issues, caring responsibilities, bereavement, be a victim of crime, family breakdown, domestic violence or because they face redundancy. Asking for help is a sign of strength. These organisations who help do a great job.

Yes there are some people who make mistakes but there may be personal circumstances which heavily influence the decisions they make. Even where people have made mistakes they need to be encouraged to put things right not judged and criticised for getting things wrong. Everyone makes mistakes.
what like who they voted for you mean because they turned out not to have a clue what they were doing and just changed what they said they would do the minute the came into office?

Back on topic, as many have said on here time and time again, no one objects to helping those who need help or encouragement, but we do as a nation spend far too much time, money and effort on those who cant be bothered to help themselves or stick two fingers up at society or who don't take responsibility for their life choices purely because they know other people will pick up the pieces when it all goes wrong.

If this helps some then it is good news but as usual with these sorts of initiatives they are abused by the wasters who infest this country who should be treated with the same contempt as they treat others as it is the only thing they understand. For many being soft is just making it worse for them and those who have to pick up the pieces. Lets hope that this works out well for those who truly need it.
[quote][p][bold]Russell Holland[/bold] wrote: This is a really positive move forward for the voluntary sector in Swindon and will do much to help people in need. People face difficulties in life for a variety of reasons they may work but be on low incomes, have health issues, caring responsibilities, bereavement, be a victim of crime, family breakdown, domestic violence or because they face redundancy. Asking for help is a sign of strength. These organisations who help do a great job. Yes there are some people who make mistakes but there may be personal circumstances which heavily influence the decisions they make. Even where people have made mistakes they need to be encouraged to put things right not judged and criticised for getting things wrong. Everyone makes mistakes.[/p][/quote]what like who they voted for you mean because they turned out not to have a clue what they were doing and just changed what they said they would do the minute the came into office? Back on topic, as many have said on here time and time again, no one objects to helping those who need help or encouragement, but we do as a nation spend far too much time, money and effort on those who cant be bothered to help themselves or stick two fingers up at society or who don't take responsibility for their life choices purely because they know other people will pick up the pieces when it all goes wrong. If this helps some then it is good news but as usual with these sorts of initiatives they are abused by the wasters who infest this country who should be treated with the same contempt as they treat others as it is the only thing they understand. For many being soft is just making it worse for them and those who have to pick up the pieces. Lets hope that this works out well for those who truly need it. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

8:37am Mon 30 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.
Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 5

9:11am Mon 30 Jun 14

swindondad says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.
Town Center is the only logical place for such services as it is the only area of town that has a direct bus service from all other areas.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.[/p][/quote]Town Center is the only logical place for such services as it is the only area of town that has a direct bus service from all other areas. swindondad
  • Score: 5

12:51pm Mon 30 Jun 14

andawynck says...

There was a board with WW1 vets on it in the foyer - I do hope that this will be returned to its original place! ON ANOTHER MATTER - WHY IS THERE NOT A SINGLE LETTER ON THE Regent Circus War memorial??? Memo: this was put up to replace a post-type structure after returning Vets complained that they were deserving of more than a 'telegraph pole'. Maybe the names of our heroes are remembered elsewhere??
There was a board with WW1 vets on it in the foyer - I do hope that this will be returned to its original place! ON ANOTHER MATTER - WHY IS THERE NOT A SINGLE LETTER ON THE Regent Circus War memorial??? Memo: this was put up to replace a post-type structure after returning Vets complained that they were deserving of more than a 'telegraph pole'. Maybe the names of our heroes are remembered elsewhere?? andawynck
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Mon 30 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.
So where would you put it and who are "this crowd" then?
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.[/p][/quote]So where would you put it and who are "this crowd" then? house on the hill
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Mon 30 Jun 14

leapylee says...

andawynck wrote:
There was a board with WW1 vets on it in the foyer - I do hope that this will be returned to its original place! ON ANOTHER MATTER - WHY IS THERE NOT A SINGLE LETTER ON THE Regent Circus War memorial??? Memo: this was put up to replace a post-type structure after returning Vets complained that they were deserving of more than a 'telegraph pole'. Maybe the names of our heroes are remembered elsewhere??
The Sanford St School war memorial is now in Radnor Street Cemetery chapel -
http://www.swindonad
vertiser.co.uk/news/
10822887.The_fallen_
are_honoured/

if you want to know about the Swindon men that served in the Great War, look no further than Mark Sutton's book 'Tell Them of Us'
http://www.amazon.co
.uk/Tell-Them-Rememb
ering-Swindons-Great
/dp/095537250X
[quote][p][bold]andawynck[/bold] wrote: There was a board with WW1 vets on it in the foyer - I do hope that this will be returned to its original place! ON ANOTHER MATTER - WHY IS THERE NOT A SINGLE LETTER ON THE Regent Circus War memorial??? Memo: this was put up to replace a post-type structure after returning Vets complained that they were deserving of more than a 'telegraph pole'. Maybe the names of our heroes are remembered elsewhere??[/p][/quote]The Sanford St School war memorial is now in Radnor Street Cemetery chapel - http://www.swindonad vertiser.co.uk/news/ 10822887.The_fallen_ are_honoured/ if you want to know about the Swindon men that served in the Great War, look no further than Mark Sutton's book 'Tell Them of Us' http://www.amazon.co .uk/Tell-Them-Rememb ering-Swindons-Great /dp/095537250X leapylee
  • Score: 4

3:06pm Mon 30 Jun 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

house on the hill wrote:
A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.
So where would you put it and who are "this crowd" then?
On one hand we have the council and police working hard to displace the drunks and beggars out of the town centre, yet on the other this council is giving carte blanche to Voluntary organisations to bring in the desperate and hungry into the town.
There are plenty of out of town and out of sight places for these people to congregate, I really think it is a bad choice to leave these groups use and abuse such prime piece of real estate.
This is not good for retail and this does not make sense for the taxpayers.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Why do we need to have these services in the town centre, there is no need to attract this crowd of people, it is not good for town centre retailers.[/p][/quote]So where would you put it and who are "this crowd" then?[/p][/quote]On one hand we have the council and police working hard to displace the drunks and beggars out of the town centre, yet on the other this council is giving carte blanche to Voluntary organisations to bring in the desperate and hungry into the town. There are plenty of out of town and out of sight places for these people to congregate, I really think it is a bad choice to leave these groups use and abuse such prime piece of real estate. This is not good for retail and this does not make sense for the taxpayers. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Spurs Fan says...

There really are some bigots who post regularly on the Adver site. One look at some of the names of the organisations will tell you that they are not organisations for the waif's and strays as someone said above. SAMs is a voluntary group who do advocacy work for those with learning disabilities. Developing Health and Independence are working with other charities to enable learning disabled people to get into work. the CAB have been helping people from all walks of life with problems for many years. Regular posters on this site always bemoan the state helping the less fortunate and now it appears that even charities are not immune to this spiteful rhetoric. As someone who has cared for a disabled person for many years and as a trustee of a day centre for people with disabilities I take great offense at the ill informed idiots who regularly rant on this site. They could do worse than volunteer to help the less fortunate, at least that would give them a sense of perspective.
There really are some bigots who post regularly on the Adver site. One look at some of the names of the organisations will tell you that they are not organisations for the waif's and strays as someone said above. SAMs is a voluntary group who do advocacy work for those with learning disabilities. Developing Health and Independence are working with other charities to enable learning disabled people to get into work. the CAB have been helping people from all walks of life with problems for many years. Regular posters on this site always bemoan the state helping the less fortunate and now it appears that even charities are not immune to this spiteful rhetoric. As someone who has cared for a disabled person for many years and as a trustee of a day centre for people with disabilities I take great offense at the ill informed idiots who regularly rant on this site. They could do worse than volunteer to help the less fortunate, at least that would give them a sense of perspective. Spurs Fan
  • Score: -2

5:18pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Spurs Fan says...

A Baron Cohen your views are border line facist. In your view the disabled and the learning disabled should be out of town and out of sight. I would have thought someone with the name Baron Cohen would have more sympathy and empathy for those less fortunate?
A Baron Cohen your views are border line facist. In your view the disabled and the learning disabled should be out of town and out of sight. I would have thought someone with the name Baron Cohen would have more sympathy and empathy for those less fortunate? Spurs Fan
  • Score: -3

5:28pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Davey Gravey says...

Spurs Fan wrote:
There really are some bigots who post regularly on the Adver site. One look at some of the names of the organisations will tell you that they are not organisations for the waif's and strays as someone said above. SAMs is a voluntary group who do advocacy work for those with learning disabilities. Developing Health and Independence are working with other charities to enable learning disabled people to get into work. the CAB have been helping people from all walks of life with problems for many years. Regular posters on this site always bemoan the state helping the less fortunate and now it appears that even charities are not immune to this spiteful rhetoric. As someone who has cared for a disabled person for many years and as a trustee of a day centre for people with disabilities I take great offense at the ill informed idiots who regularly rant on this site. They could do worse than volunteer to help the less fortunate, at least that would give them a sense of perspective.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Spurs Fan[/bold] wrote: There really are some bigots who post regularly on the Adver site. One look at some of the names of the organisations will tell you that they are not organisations for the waif's and strays as someone said above. SAMs is a voluntary group who do advocacy work for those with learning disabilities. Developing Health and Independence are working with other charities to enable learning disabled people to get into work. the CAB have been helping people from all walks of life with problems for many years. Regular posters on this site always bemoan the state helping the less fortunate and now it appears that even charities are not immune to this spiteful rhetoric. As someone who has cared for a disabled person for many years and as a trustee of a day centre for people with disabilities I take great offense at the ill informed idiots who regularly rant on this site. They could do worse than volunteer to help the less fortunate, at least that would give them a sense of perspective.[/p][/quote]Well said. Davey Gravey
  • Score: -5

8:34am Tue 1 Jul 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Spurs Fan wrote:
A Baron Cohen your views are border line facist. In your view the disabled and the learning disabled should be out of town and out of sight. I would have thought someone with the name Baron Cohen would have more sympathy and empathy for those less fortunate?
Does the sight of drunks and desperate etc... makes me want to spend guilt free? No
There is nothing fascist about it, it is called business
[quote][p][bold]Spurs Fan[/bold] wrote: A Baron Cohen your views are border line facist. In your view the disabled and the learning disabled should be out of town and out of sight. I would have thought someone with the name Baron Cohen would have more sympathy and empathy for those less fortunate?[/p][/quote]Does the sight of drunks and desperate etc... makes me want to spend guilt free? No There is nothing fascist about it, it is called business A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 11

3:39pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Spurs Fan says...

Mr Baron Cohen I do not really understand what "Does the sight of drunks and desperate etc... makes me want to spend guilt free" is supposed to mean? However can you tell me how you equate drunks and the desperate with the disabled and the learning disabled?

On another point, how come a post that was scoring plus 10 six hours ago can now be at 0 while a post that has been here just a few hours can now have a score of 12? Is there some vote rigging going on here I ask in my naivety?
Mr Baron Cohen I do not really understand what "Does the sight of drunks and desperate etc... makes me want to spend guilt free" is supposed to mean? However can you tell me how you equate drunks and the desperate with the disabled and the learning disabled? On another point, how come a post that was scoring plus 10 six hours ago can now be at 0 while a post that has been here just a few hours can now have a score of 12? Is there some vote rigging going on here I ask in my naivety? Spurs Fan
  • Score: -2

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