Colebridge Trust is a registered charity and recognised as the community development trust for Solihull, within the West Midlands. We operate in Solihull and the surrounding areas.
“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.”
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 operate Solihull’s only community-led family hub in Solihull (Evergreen) and work closely with local schools and grassroots charities.
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. Within the last 10 years, we’ve helped local charities and community groups to secure over £8m on funding, including capital funding and projects addressing health and wellbeing.
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 local volunteers and trustees.