Vital youth work in the Godalming area is being supported by a £6,400 grant from the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation (BGF). The Trinity Trust Team (TTT) exists to support young people in Godalming and the surrounding area to achieve their potential. In 2014 TTT responded to the requests from church and community leaders to engage with a group of young people congregating in Farncombe whose anti-social behaviour was impacting on local residents and businesses. Supported by BGF, a street outreach programme has been running, engaging with these young people and encouraging them to participate in a range of activities from sports and team building to healthy living. The team also gives advice on CV writing and interview skills and runs sessions on healthy eating and relationships.
Incidents of anti-social behaviour have reduced considerably since the project started in 2014, PC Jim Laverey, Waverley Youth Intervention Officer comments: “I truly believe that through TTT’s work and our work together, many young lives have been changed for the better. May you continue for many years to come.” TTT has now been asked to broaden its activities to other parts of Godalming.
Andy Poulsom, director for the Trinity Trust Team says: “We are very grateful to The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation for so generously continuing to support our street outreach programme. It continues to grow in breadth of delivery and partnering with Surrey Family Service enables us to engage with groups of disadvantaged young people all year round. This is important work and the only project of its kind in Godalming and surrounding areas where young people from communities with high need can benefit from regular, consistent and positive levels of engagement. Thank you, sincerely, from all at TTT, for your support.”
Grant-making by the BGF is managed through the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), an independent trust which is part of the national network of community foundations. By making grants through CFS, the Foundation is able to keep its costs to a minimum. CFS can also, on occasions, find other sources of funding to support grant applicants.
Find out more about the work of the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation. You can also donate to the Foundation online.