Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? Find answers in our FAQ section, providing clarity and guidance on common queries about SWAN and how you can get involved.

  • Southern Women’s Aid Network (SWAN) is a UK registered charity (1188649).

  • SWAN was founded in 2012 by Saiqa Ali BEM and worked on a local level beginning with a food bank in South London Islamic Centre. As SWAN’s operations expanded, we registered as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) on 19 March 2020.

  • SWAN helps those struggling with poverty. Our mission is to feed hope and nurture lives by providing the basic essentials to those that need it in the UK and abroad. This can be seen from our three weekly soup kitchens and food bank in the UK as well as our other projects for refugee children, their families as well as helping with advice in our Community Care Clinic. 

    Our work is not limited to the UK, we also have weekly projects in numerous countries such as Gaza, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and more (dependant on situation at the time).

  • SWAN is a small organization that works on a large scale. We have only been able to expand and provide such critical aid in the UK and abroad due to our supporters. You can support SWAN by donating, volunteering your time and sharing our work.

  • SWAN prides itself on our transparency, and we submit our accounts that are available on the Charity Commission website and we also have our latest reports here >> LINK TO REPORTS PAGE <<

    As well as this, we regularly update our social media with the media our team on the ground submit so make sure you follow us on all channels to support our work and keep up to date with our latest projects.

  • You can volunteer your time to assist SWAN by completing the online form and attending our weekly projects in South London. Our team would love to hear from you. Click here to register to volunteer.

  • SWAN has a 100% Zakat policy ensuring all funds donated for Zakat are given to Zakat cases. If you choose to donate your Sadaqah to specific projects, 100% of this donation will go directly to the project.