The team at Amber in Wiltshire are thrilled to have been recognised for their invaluable work supporting local homeless and unemployed young people from their supported living centre, Bythesea Lodge, in the heart of Trowbridge. We were winners of the ‘Community Group of the Year’ Wiltshire Life award which celebrates community groups that make a worthwhile difference to the lives of Wiltshire residents.
Centre manager Jennie Rubel, who accepted the award on behalf of the team, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this on behalf of our wonderful colleagues who do so much to support some of the most vulnerable young people in our county. This year has been extremely tough for many, but our staff team and the young people who we support continue to be so resilient.”
The team provides a temporary, safe place to live with up to 30 other young people at its centre in Trowbridge. The charity provides a mix of support, structure, new experiences and training that builds on young people’s motivation, self-discipline and skills. The young residents are encouraged to focus on what they want to do with their lives and explore new hobbies and interests. During their stay young people gain accredited training in the skills they need to live independently and in the workplace – some also attend college and complete work experience or vocational courses.
Fundraising Manager, Laura Fenson said: “This award further highlights the amazing work that the team does for our local community. Winning this award, in what has been a difficult year, is hugely appreciated by the whole organisation and recognises the dedication and hard work our staff have shown throughout 2020.”