In the past 6 months, The Community Hub at BA14 has gone from strength to strength. We have continued to deliver our weekly Kindness Cafe offering local people a welcoming environment to drop in a have a warm drink and a chat. We also have a weekly computer drop-in where me people can come in and learn basic computer and mobile phone skills. TCAF are delighted to be running ongoing events with Trowbridge Service Users Group, a substance misuse group on a Saturday, and Foster Care showcase events in association with Wiltshire County Council.
In May Half term, TCAF had the pleasure of working alongside The Photo Club to deliver a brilliant photography workshop with The Photo Club.
With the support of Selwood Housing and TESCO bag for life, young people have been working hard to put together an exhibition called Waste Attack to be displayed at Longfield Community Centre and The Shires Shopping Centre in the centre of Trowbridge. Young people participated in a litter pick to recycle what they found to be used in the art project.
Gemma from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was able to come along and make waste-free, sustainable snacks with the young people.
TCAF were delighted to receive funding from Wessex Water to deliver a project promoting responsible water usage. Wessex Water education team came along to our youth cafe to help young people learn about where water comes from and that we should only flush toilet paper down the toilet!
On Sunday 3rd December a team of enthusiastic bag packers helped shoppers out at Tescos in Trowbridge to help raise money for TCAF (Trowbridge Community Area Futures). A total of £274.29 was raised. Among the volunteers were Trowbridge’s Mayor Deborah Halik and her Husband David Halik. Monies raised are going to help fund activities at the youth clubs supported by TCAF.
TCAF held a skate jam at Stallards skate park on Sunday 17th September. 18 young people entered with reach and engagement with over 40 young people throughout the day. There were two competitions – 11 – 14 years and 15 – 19 years. Prizes for each group. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The jam encouraged young people to engage with TCAF and discuss what they want to see in the future and the development of the park; 12 young people and one of the parents have signed up to meet regular and facilitate fundraising, discuss designs and help develop the park for the continued enjoyment of the young people of Trowbridge.
Fifteen local organisations have pooled their resources and come together to open and run a Community Hub in the Shires, Trowbridge. It opened on the 7th July 2017, and is manned by volunteers. The shop is located a few doors down from Waterstones book shop.
Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF) have co-ordinated this dynamic project which helps ensure that the Trowbridge community have direct access to statutory, community, voluntary and charitable groups in Wiltshire. Our vision is to create a space where the public can engage with all the members of the Hub, contribute to their community and neighbourhoods, gain advice, share information, signpost to other organisations, promote and advertise events, recruit volunteers and engage in activites and services. Various members will be available within a certain time slot of any given week, members include;TCAF, Learning Curve, Trowbridge Lions, Mens Shed, Trowbridge Town Council, Town Hall Arts, Victim Support, Wiltshire Counci, Wiltshire and Swindon Users Network, Carers Support Wilthsire, Friends of Trowbridge Museum, Friends of Trowbridge Sensory Garden, Group 5, Kennet Furniture Refurbiz and Selwood Housing.
As a community group TCAF owns a set of 25 litter picks, as part of making a community effort we would like to offer to other groups of people trying to make a change in the local area the chance to use them.
If you would like to contact us to enquire about this or arrange to use them you can contact us on;
Telephone – 01225 765072
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org