A Trowbridge-based charity has received a huge cash boost after receiving almost £300,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Trowbridge Future will be able to use the funding to continue its work supporting the local community.

Meg Aubrey, Youth and Community Manager at Trowbridge Future is delighted that the charity’s work has been recognised.

She said “Now we will be able to confidently press on with our plans to widen the range of opportunities available to local residents, which creates a sense of inclusion, helping to alleviate social isolation and loneliness.” Zoe Meaden, manager of Trowbridge Future’s Hub in the town’s Shires shopping centre, added “It’s fantastic. It’s an absolute game-changer for us and will help to safeguard our activities.”

A regional spokesman for  the National Lottery Community Fund was quoted as saying “It’s inspiring to see the difference that community focused, people-led charities are making across Wiltshire and beyond, including projects like Trowbridge Future.

Launched in 1995 as Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF), with eight staff and a team of volunteers, one area on which it focuses is that of the needs and concerns of young people. It runs a series of youth cafes across Trowbridge, at Longfield, Seymour and Studley Green. In addition to its office in The Shires, it runs an additional hub in Seymour, which provides advice and support to the area’s residents. The new funding will mean more young people will be able to access Trowbridge Future activities, with an increased number of hub visitors also being able to benefit.

Like many other charities, Trowbridge Future values the help offered by its volunteers and trustees. They are always keen to hear from anyone who feels they might be suites to these roles,: if you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch at info@trowbridgefuture.org.uk.