Young people are encouraged to engage in positive acts of kindness in their communities and in return they will receive rewards. They will each receive a £5 voucher to spend at certain shops in Trowbridge when they have completed three kind acts. We have partnered with a series of independent businesses in the town where young people can redeem their vouchers; Zen Luxuries (selling bath bombs), We are Undressed (Waste Free Shop), Mirandas Coffee Shop and Leykers (local cafes where they can meet).
Young people will work with our team of experienced, trained youth workers to identify acts of kindness that they would like to do, these have included delivering posies to local older people, litter picks, making Christmas cards for local residents and creating kindness rocks that have been placed around the town.
We have established 3 Community Fridges in our priority areas of Longfield, Seymour and Studley Green, re-distributing unsold food from local supermarkets and a bakery. This project is about ‘feeding bellies not bins’. This supports the campaign against food waste and supports the Wiltshire Council’s policy to become carbon neutral by 2030. Trowbridge Future identify other essential food and household items that they purchase and provide to families who are in need. Where possible, we facilitate referrals to the food bank but they are limited to 3 visits a year. In 2022 we are looking to develop a community allotment that will help to create further sustainable food sources and bring people to get to create great support networks amongst the community.
We are pleased to be launching our Youth Ambassador programme in January 2022. We will have youth representative from our youth sessions that will form a Youth Committee that will support the ongoing development and governance of our organisation.