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2021 Census Support

Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) is proud to deliver the Census 2021 Support Service for Swindon. During the current lockdown restrictions, this advice will initially be provided by appointment and over the telephone only.

If you have community members who may need help completing their Census by a trained advisor, please encourage them to book an appointment between 1st March – 4th May by calling 01793 466650 or by emailing census@vas-swindon.org.

A VAS-trained advisor will call them back at an agreed date and time from a confidential room based at Sanford House to help them complete their Census. It is hoped that people will be able to access digital and other support in a COVID secure way at Sanford House when lockdown restrictions ease.As well as English, VAS currently has trained advisors able to offer this help in Urdu, Punjabi, and Turkish languages with Nepali and Konkani to follow soon.

Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook and weekly e-news VAS id (you can sign up via our website here) for any expansion in our service and language offer and for further Census updates.

Language and other support is also available through the national Census Website https://census.gov.uk/.

The VAS website has a number of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Census which can be found here https://vas-swindon.org/news/census-2021/

Supporting the Swindon Equality Commission

Swindon Interfaith is proud to support the Swindon Equality Commission.

  • How do we celebrate Swindon’s different communities?
  • How equal and inclusive is Swindon?
  • How can we tackle discrimination?

What do you think? Swindon Equality Coalition wants to hear!

The coalition is open to everyone – we are here for you to share your ideas and experiences, and to take action.

Everyone is welcome to join the conversation – here is how you can get in touch:

Email: equality@vas-swindon.org

Post: SEC C/o 1 John Street, Swindon SN1 1RT

Twitter @SNequality #SwindonEquality

Facebook: facebook.com/groups/swindonequalityPhone 07912 487608

Reflecting on Interfaith Week 2020

2020’s Interfaith Week was somewhat different from previous years, with all of our events happening virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you missed any of the events there is some additional information on all that has happened below where you can even watch back some of those events.

Sunday 8th – Compline (Evening Prayer) – Hosted by the Christian Community. You can watch a recording of this event via our YouTube Channel.

Monday 9th – Faith & The Environment – Hosted by the Christian Community. You can view and download the slides from the Catholic presentation via our Google Drive. A copy of the Quaker presentation is also available here.

Tuesday 10th – Interfaith Quiz Night – Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You can see a copy of the questions here, or if you want a copy of the questions alongside the answers click here.

Wednesday 11th – No Event. Although we had no event, our Social Media and Communications Secretary took a few moments to share some thoughts and a prayer on the theme of peace; you can watch this here.

Thursday 12th – Muslim Sufi Devotional Hosted by the Muslim Community. You can watch a recording of this event via our YouTube Channel; a translation of key phrases is available here.

Friday 13th – Rally of Hope – Hosted by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. At this event, we joined the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification in watching extracts from the recent ‘Rally of Hope’ conference. You can watch those same highlights here. If you want to watch extended highlights here.

Saturday 14th – No EventSunday 15th – Inspirational Film Night – Hosted by Swindon Interfaith and the Swindon Baha’i Community. You can watch a recording of this event via our YouTube Channel.