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.
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Soup Kitchen 2020
Food Parcels and Weekly Soup Kitchen
Provision of Food Parcels
SWAN has distributed thousands of meals to vulnerable individuals and families around South London.
Our SWAN Community Hub based at 31 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CR0 2JH is open for anyone in need of a food parcel, winter clothes or household essentials from Monday to Thursday from 11am to 1pm.
Our Soup Kitchen based outside Thornton Heath Mosque is open every Monday at 6.30pm. Where we distribute over 140 meals to those in need. Our outreach teams distribute meals across London to the homeless together with survival packs and sleeping bags.
The Foodbank at South London Islamic Centre, Mitcham Lane, Streatham which is run by SWAN has been providing food parcels to those in need and runs every Tuesday morning at 10.30am since 2012.
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
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.
EMERGENCY HOUSING CENTRES
We suport a number of emergency housing units across London. We have encountered victims of domestic violence, homeless families and asylum seekers who have absolutely no belongings or money. There is such desperation on our doorsteps and it completely reaffirms why we need to continue the work we do.
A lot of our work is centred around supporting refugees and asylum seekers; to whom we have provided food packs, winter coats, household items and other essential items.
Our Work Abroad
SWAN provides food support to refugees living in treacherous conditions in Europe. We have been providing food aid to refugees in Greece for many years and run a bread project in Lesvos which provides 1000s of bread to desperate refugees each week.
Supporting the Community
We have been facilitating collections for numerous causes since 2010 and have supported appeals for help both locally and abroad.
Earlier this year as part of our Covid19 response we provided hundreds of doorstep food packs to vulnerable individuals and families across London. We also ran our #200 Meals a Day campaign in collaboration with other local charities and community groups to provide hot meals throughout Ramadan to those in need; including keyworkers at Croydon Hospital. In recognition of our work we were awarded with a certificate of recognition by the Mayor of Croydon.
Our bread project in Saana and Taiz provided bread to thousands of families living in abject poverty.
In London and Abroad
Our Current Projects include:
Supporting Families and Individuals in with Food, Clothes, Household items, Debt Relief, Rent and other Essential items in London; from our Community Hub, through outreach and also our
weekly Foodbank and Soup Kitchen. Our soup kitchen was recently featured in a news article -
Our Hamper project, provides food items and treats for women and children living in domestic violence refuges. To date we have distributed hampers to refuges across London. The response to the hampers is always very heartwarming.
Providing food aid to refugees in Lesvos. We have been providing bread and food packs on a regular basis to thousands of refugees since 2018.
Responding to emergency need in other parts of the world.
Our recent appeal for Bosnia has resulted in the distibution of food, clothes, washing machines and cookers to refugees living in horrendous conditions.
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
- Vincent van Gogh