Youth Adventure Trust works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children aged 11-16 from the most deprived urban and rural areas of Wiltshire and Swindon. This funding was to run six Youth Adventure Trust activity days for 90 young people, targeted to those who are most vulnerable - families with a history of substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic violence, criminal backgrounds or who have been involved anti-social behaviour. Young People are referred by schools, Social Services, Young Carers etc with issues such as challenging/aggressive behaviour, concerns for mental health, depression, anxiety, stress or learning difficulties. The activity days improve outcomes for young people at risk of disengagement, social isolation, youth offending or anti-social behaviour.
Westbury and Warminster Youth Clubs
Warminster and Westbury youth clubs closed during the lockdowns and some online support was available for young people, as required. The clubs are often a refuge for young people who would otherwise be hanging around on the streets or feeling socially isolated from their peers. Both Westbury and Warminster have pockets of deprivation and the youth clubs are particularly aimed at those who are unable to access other more expensive activities. The grant was to enable the clubs to cover the costs of reopening, post lockdown, in line with guidelines, and to ensure they are Covid-safe.
Salisbury Street Pastors
Street Pastors are an established approach in various locations around the UK,supporting the Police and night-time economy to improve community safety. Salisbury Street Pastors patrol the streets and parks in the centre of Salisbury and are trained to be a caring, listening and helping presence on our streets. They have been active in Salisbury since 2009, largely operating at the weekend, organising patrols in consultation with the Police and with Pubwatch, and also working closely with Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council. Finances and fundraising were affected by Covid and this grant helped towards PPE, co-ordination, core costs, recruitment and training.
Warminster Street Pastors
Warminster Street Pastors provide a similar service as outlined above, and again the grant was to enable them to safely resume services during Covid.
This grant enabled Julian House to support clients through its‘Employability Through Cycle Skills’ project at their Trowbridge Bike Workshop. The project enables homeless and socially excluded adults in Wiltshire to gain vital employability skills, qualifications and experience that enables them to address barriers to work and build independent, sustainable lives. The Build-a-Bike course provides a hands-on learning opportunity for those with low literacy levels and clients develop a range of soft skills (teamwork, communication, time management) and hard skills (repairing and servicing a bicycle, bicycle maintenance) and have the option of gaining 3 AQA accreditations. They learn to identify and articulate their new skills and experiences in CVs and job applications with the guidance of Employment Support Workers, who also provide support in job seeking and interviews.
SPLITZ Support Services
Splitz Support Service in Trowbridge delivers support services across Wiltshire to adults and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual violence. This funding is providing specialist advice for victims of domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), as the pandemic has led to an increase in referrals. Victims require specialist knowledge, support and advocacy to navigate the complex legal framework in which economic and housing support can be accessed. Advisors require specialist training and approval to carry out this work, so this grant provided funds for training and crisis funding for emergency accommodation/ food vouchers and translation costs.
KFR collects unwanted furniture and white goods from around Wiltshire and Swindon to refurbish and make available to people on low incomes who have no other means to purchase essential household items. It works alongside other organisations in the county to provide these goods, supporting the homeless, victims of domestic violence, disabled people and those in severe poverty. This funding was specifically for its Crisis Fund, which provides goods free of charge to people in immediate need.
Alabare Christian Care and Support
Alabare was awarded this grant for the installation of CCTV at its night shelter for rough sleepers in Trowbridge, The Haven. During the pandemic, night shelters needed to provide 24/7 accommodation and the Haven enabled nine rough sleepers to access some of the basic facilities we all take for granted in order to stay safe during a pandemic. However, due to chaotic lifestyles, addictions and poor mental health, clients can often negatively affect their own safety and that of their fellow residents. CCTV can support staff to intervene before a situation escalates or provide better information about high-risk behaviour and how best to manage it, and it can also act as a deterrent.
Organisation and amount
Inner Flame run the Prince's Trust team programme for 16-25 year olds to help them develop the skills required for both independent life and work. The grant help with the costs of delivering the course.
Royal Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets
The Royal Wootton Bassett Sea Cadets offer two sessions per week for young people to engage in a range of development opportunities around marine activities. Funding will be towards the cost of creating a new storage facility for their equipment and a new classroom for their weekly sessions.
Doorway is based in Chippenham and runs two weekly drop-in sessions for homeless and/or vulnerable adults providing food, personal hygiene & laundry facilities, activities, support and advice. Funding will be towards staff costs for their two support workers to provide 1:1 support to guests.
Wiltshire Youth For Christ
Wiltshire Youth for Christ provide a range of services to young people primarily in the West Wiltshire and Devizes areas. The grant requested is to support the salary costs of the full time Youth Worker who co-ordinates delivery of mobile work.
Prime Theatre Company (established 1986) provides educational productions, workshops and a youth theatre for young people in the Swindon area. Funding is towards the production of an educational film and lesson pack for targeted use in all secondary and post 16 provision in Swindon as part of wider programme in Swindon to raise awareness of exploitation from county lines.
The Platform Project CIC
The Platform Project helps young people develop confidence and employability skills through enterprise challenges. The grant will contribute to the cost of the premises rent for the next 12 months.
The Open Door Centre
Open Door provides a drop-in day resource for people with learning disabilities in Swindon offering social opportunities as well as support and signposting covering a wide range
Salisbury Museum employs a Community Curator to improve access to their facilities by underrepresented groups. Funding will be towards a pilot project in partnership with the Youth Offending Team using photography to engage young people at risk of offending or exploitation in Tidworth.
Brief Summary of Project
Wiltshire Youth for Christ
Potterne Youth Club
Remuneration for youth worker one day a week to plan, organise and deliver youth club sessions (8 hours)
Trowbridge Community Area Future
Brighter Aspirations 14
Fund qualified youth worker until 31st March 2018 to further develop youth provision and recruitment and training of volunteers to ensure provision is sustainable
The Nelson Trust Women's Centre, Swindon
Connect and Thrive
Establishment of IT suite at Swindon Women's Centre to help address issues of poor academic achievement / lack of formal qualifications for women engaged with Nelson Trust
Wessex Community Action
Amesbury Youth Café
Youth Café gives young people a safe and dry place to meet with their peers and access basic leisure facilities at no cost
Teen Talk Counselling & Listening and Support Service
Expansion of service to offer support to young people from Bradford on Avon / Trowbridge area with an increased dedicated counselling offer based in Melksham
Organisation and amount
Waste Not Want Not
Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) collects unwanted furniture and household goods to pass on at affordable prices to people on low income. It is staffed mainly by volunteers, including offering work experience to ex-offenders, children at risk of school exclusion and the long term unemployed. Funding will contribute towards running costs.
The Open Door Centre
The Open Door Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities in Swindon, providing activities and nurturing independence. Funding will go towards employing an activities co-ordinator.
Swindon 105.5 is an inclusive community radio station contributing to the cultural life of Swindon and offering training and volunteering opportunities to a wide range of local people. Funding will contribute to the costs of training and support for young people.
SMASH Youth Project
SMASH offering mentoring and activities to young people aged 9 - 19 years who are disadvantaged and falling short of reaching their potential. SMASH supports young people to build confidence and self esteem, take on new challenges and broaden their horizons. Funding will support the costs of a volunteer recruitment campaign.
Salisbury Street Pastors
Salisbury Street Pastors is part of a national church-based scheme, training and supporting volunteers to care for people late at night in the city centre. Funding will go towards the cost of training and uniforms.
Swindon 10 - 18 Project (STEP)
Swindon STEP provides therapeutic intervention work to vulnerable children and young people with a range of problems. Funding will meet the costs of developing and running sessions focussed on preventing children and young people from becoming involved in criminal activities or anti-social behaviour.
The New Mechanics Institution Preservation Trust Ltd
The New Mechanics Institute charity works in the railway village in Swindon, focussed on plans to restore the New Mechanics Institute and community development based in the Central Community Centre. A grant will fund a weekly youth club.
Youth Adventure Trust
Youth Adventure Trust works with vulnerable and/or disadvantaged young people, aged 11-14, helping them develop life skills, confidence and self-esteem through a programme of outdoor and residential activities. Funding would go towards the first 2 months' salary costs of a manager to run a pilot mentoring project.
Swindon City of Sanctuary
Swindon City of Sanctuary is a recently formed organisation working to welcome, include and support those seeking refuge in Swindon, particularly those granted refugee status. Funding will meet the costs of weekly "We are open" social events in a local coffee shop.