Our History

Our History

Our History


2016 – Swan Launches new Dementia Advocacy Service

Swan stops it’s Statutory Advocacy Service in Wiltshire Swan launches it new Dementia advocacy service

2015 – Wins & Losses

Swan wins the contract for Somerset. Swan loses it’s Wiltshire contract. Swan wins a big grant from BLF

2012- Swan wins contract in Bath & North East Somerset

Swan wins the contract  to provide statutory Advocacy for Bath & North East Somerset

2011 – 8000 people supported

Swan reaches it’s 8000 people supported milestone

2009 – Swan wins the contract

Swan wins the contract to provide statutory throughout Wiltshire for the next 3 years

2007 – Swan funding cut

Swans  funding is cut in half. The Mayors appeal raises £35000

2005 – Swan move to Milford Street

Swan move to Milford Street. This shop front location increases our presence in the city

2004 – Swan secures funding

Swan Secures additional funding for 3 years to employ specialist Advocacy co-ordinators

2002 – Swan contracted to South Wilts PCT

Swan is contracted to provide advocacy  services for South Wiltshire Primary Care Trust

1999 – Swan Advocacy Established

Swan advocacy is set up as a pilot project under the umbrella of the Citizens Advice Bureau

Where we began

Swan Advocacy was set up as a pilot project under the umbrella of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Based in a tiny office with borrowed furniture the organisation spent its first few years raising the profile of Swan and recruiting volunteers. Since then the demand for free independent advocacy has increased. Now Swan works across three counties and has already supported over 11,000 people.