About Us

Colebridge Trust is a registered charity and recognised as the community development trust for Solihull, within the West Midlands.

Our Vision

“Colebridge Trust seeks a cohesive society where people are enabled to achieve their full potential and where barriers to living inclusive, happy and healthy lives are challenged through the provision of creative, innovative and enterprising activities.” 

Objectives for 2021 – 2025

  • More local people into work, training and self-employment.
  • More local people empowered to improve health and wellbeing.
  • More people supported to tackle the effects of deprivation.
  • Improved inclusion and diversity to ensure that a breadth of opportunities are readily available.
  • Ensure the availability of community assets and resources to meet local priorities.

What do we do?

Since 2002, we have been empowering people and third sector organisations within Solihull and surrounding areas.  A lot of our efforts have been focussed on North Solihull – with neighbourhoods ranked amongst the most deprived 5%-10% in England.  Our team also support those who are often marginalised through disability, health conditions and other limiting circumstances, such as care responsibilities in the remainder of the borough and surrounding areas.

A key area of work for the trust is Employment and Skills, delivered from our Community Centre, Social Supermarket, ISO9001 Assembly & Packing Social Enterprise and outreach locations. Each year we directly support hundreds of people through direct intervention work, linking people to local work, volunteering and training opportunities. We have enhanced the lives of many more through health and wellbeing activities that are delivered at Junction, our community centre and in collaboration with partner organisations. These include the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and private sector.

We are the ‘Local Trusted Organisation’ for the Cars Area Together Partnership, supporting  local people in the Smith’s Wood area, who were awarded £1m of Big Local National Lottery funding to spend over 10 years. Our consultancy services include:-  Colebridge Accountancy, which offers the not-for-profit sector a quality and affordable Accountancy, Payroll and Bookkeeping; as well as Colebridge Fundraising is a service we offer which provides funding support to charities. Within the last 10 years, we’ve helped local charities and community groups to secure over £7m.

Our work would not be possible without the support of partners and the combination of  funding from donations, earned income and grant-funding.  We also indebted to our many volunteers.

Our forward plan

The trust has developed a 5 year plan to reflect the emerging need from our local communities.