SWAN was first founded by Founder Saiqa Ali in 2010, alongside a group of female friends in South London in a bid to formalise the charity work they had been doing in their community for many years.
SWAN is a now a registered charity and its Board is formed of women from the community. SWAN has over 90 volunteers who support its local projects and initiatives.
SWAN prides itself on providing food aid to those in need. The SWAN Hub based in Croydon provides food, clothes and essentials items and is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 1pm. SWAN also run a weekly Foodbank and Soup Kitchen and community initiatives such as SWAN 500; which is a community initiative to get more people to contribute to helping the wider society. SWAN also run projects to support refugees abroad. Including a weekly bread project which provides bread to refugees multiple times a week.