Trowbridge Future are delighted to have received over £36,600 in funding from the National Lottery.

The award has helped the charity to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.

Trowbridge Future is a small, independent charity based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. They have become an essential service to those most in need.

The funds have helped them to quickly respond at the beginning of lockdown, to the rapidly changing landscape. They initially adapted by collecting left over food that is usually distributed through our youth service and Community Fridge and distributing it to some of the most vulnerable members of the community including the local homeless hostel. Our team have undertaken phone and door step check ins and delivered three activity packs to our regular young people with mindfulness activities, educational resources and support activities to help young people maintain positive mental health.

The funds have also enabled staff to undertake rigorous COVID-19 compliance and Mental Health First Aid training to ensure our that the staff and volunteers have the appropriate skills to respond to young people and local residents.

We have been able to re-open our Community Hub in The Shires Shopping Centre with limited numbers at any one time and we have been able to run outside youth sessions.

Youth and Community Manager Meg Aubrey said “We were extremely grateful for this grant as it has enabled us to quickly respond to the needs of the community during the pandemic, giving us the ability to nurture the mental health and wellbeing of local residents”.