Trowbridge Future run a popular youth programme, prioritising the communities of Longfield, Seymour and Studley Green. Each week the youth team hold structured youth sessions with junior sessions (Years 4-7) and senior sessions (Academic Years 8+). The youth team work hard to develop activities identified by the young people themselves these have included: creative arts activities, pamper sessions, movie nights and celebrating special cultural days such as the Divali & Valentine's Day. They have invited other agencies in such as the Wessex Water Education Team and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Held discos/parties and an Award Ceremony.
The youth team also undertake one to one mentoring through John of Gaunt School and detached youth work at Stallards Skate Park and across the town.
Trowbridge Future run two thriving Community Hubs, one in The Shires Shopping Centre and a second in the heart of the Seymour Estate. They offer a calm space for the public to visit. We have over 100 visitors per week, which includes rough sleepers, those in temporary housing, the elderly, disabled, veterans suffering PTSD, people experiencing severe mental health concerns, those recovering from strokes and those suffering from isolation and a visit to the Hub is their only social interaction each day. We offer a safe place, like a public living room, to come and sit and have a cup of tea, access signposting, general advice, assistance in making phone calls, writing letters and accessing online resources to the most vulnerable residents. We run a weekly café, women’s groups and various pop-up events such as planting workshops and community concerts.
Trowbridge Future’s Neighbourhood Programme is focused on supporting local residents, in each of the identified priority areas, to identify local needs and concerns and for our team to help respond to these needs. Trowbridge Future help Identify potential projects as vehicles for developing engagement and empowerment. We currently deliver 3 weekly Community Fridges in Longfield, Seymour and Studley Green, re-distributing unsold food items from supermarkets. This is a vehicle for bringing people together, building strong relationships in and across town, leading to improving the places and spaces that matter to communities. In Spring 2022, Trowbridge Future will re-launch the Community Safety and Neighbourhoods Partnership Group that offers an effective source for all the neighbourhoods in Trowbridge to have a clear channel of communication between residents, statutory services, the Police and other support agencies operating in the areas.