Southern Women's Aid Network
We are a dedicated charity providing essential aid to those in need
Our team is made up of all women spearheading change
We provide vital aid to individuals and families in need of financial, material and emotional support.
Together, we can make a difference to those suffering in our communities and internationally. You can help support us by either donating or volunteering your time to truly change the lives of those in need and give them the support they deserve.
You can make a difference to those in need
Since our inception, we’ve worked around the clock to expand our causes and help those who need our help.
Every contribution goes toward making our world a better place, so if you’re looking to contribute a donation or your time, please get in touch today. Making a positive difference has never been so easy.
FOOD PARCELS AND WEEKLY SOUP KITCHEN
SWAN has distributed over 860 meals to vulnerable individuals and families around South London through our soup kitchen and is delighted to be opening our doors weekly every Monday at our Foodbank at Thornton Heath from 6:30pm.
The Foodbank at South London Islamic Centre which is run by SWAN has been providing food parcels to those in need and initially use to run every Tuesday morning since 2012.
Now we are opening our soup kitchen every Monday with the hope that we are able to cater for those who need us the most.
You can help support our campaign towards our Foodbank and soup kitchen on:
Anyone in need can request a food pack using this form https://forms.gle/NZwq2xPBss28dpMA8
About Our Food Bank
Our food bank initially started In the spring of 2012 when the Chair of South London Islamic Centre, asked SWAN to organise and run the food bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. We created a policy and procedure to implement the running of the food bank and began collecting donations and advertising the service to our local community.
Over Ramadan 2012, what started out as a trickle of people using the food bank quickly turned into a stream. It became clearly apparent that the need was so great that the service couldn’t stop after Ramadan. Consequently, with the regular support of the
the SWAN committee and dedicated volunteers, the food bank has been running every Tuesday morning since.
2020 will be our ninth Ramadan at the food bank and our database holds over 600 beneficiaries and most of whom collect a parcel on a monthly basis.
The food bank does not receive any formal funding and runs because of the generosity of the local community. Every week we distribute between 25 and 40 parcels a week.
A food parcel costs approx £20.
In Ramadan we provide bigger parcels which cost approx £25.
We currently distribute 1000 breads to refugees internationally in Moria camp, Lesvos in Greece 3 times a week. We have worked hard during Ramadan to continue to provide bread to refugees in Lesvos during the pandemic.
We support people in need and aim to get 500 people to donate £1 towards our vital aid that can change a person’s life.
Through the Foodbank we have distributed over 150kg of Qurbani meat to many families since 2013.
We facilitate the implementation of this hadith, by allowing people to drop donations in 1kg bags to the foodbank. We then hold an extra distribution session at the foodbank to distribute just meat. Any meat that is left after the distribution is stored in the freezer and distributed in the weekly parcels.
EMERGENCY HOUSING CENTRES (South London)
We have been supporting an emergency housing centre which houses up to 1000 people in South London since 2015. We work in partnership with the operations staff at the centre to provide emergency parcels for families when needed. Often, we receive a call about a particularly desperate family, so we visit the family and take a food parcel. We have encountered victims of domestic violence, homeless families and asylum seekers who have absolutely no belongings or money.
A few of our dedicated volunteers took some parcels to the centre a while ago and met some of the residents. One of our Trustees - Samira baked some cakes and we shared them with the families. The stories we heard are heart-breaking. There is such desperation on our doorsteps and it completely reaffirms why we need to continue the work we do.
FUNDRAISING AND COLLECTIONS
We have been facilitating collections for numerous causes since 2010.
In response to emergencies SWAN has organised significant collections of aid to:
Grenfell Tower Victims
Moria Camp Greece
YEMEN BREAD APPEAL
We are pleased to have started a bread factory in the regions of Sanaa and Taiz in Yemen. So far we have had 3 bread distributions and fed over 18,000 people. You can support our Bread for Yemen campaign and help support families in Yemen who are living in what is described by the UN as the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis'. Please pledge your support or donate whatever you can by visiting our LaunchGood Fundraising page at https:://www.launchgood.com/project/bread_for_y emen_1#!/
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
- Vincent van Gogh
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