Christmas Artisan Fair 2018

Well for our first attempt at running a Christmas Fair, we think we “faired” well.    With 25 stalls setting up early on  Saturday morning on the first day of December at the newly renovated hall of West Wilts Vineyard Church in Trowbridge, the festivities began to take place and in no time at all, the hall had a wonderful array of beautiful arts and crafts to feast your eyes upon. Continue reading

Its Goodbye from Me and Hello to Him and Him!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I have had the privilege of serving the charity as Chair of Trustees for 9 years and in that time I have overseen significant growth and witnessed the impact of our work on thousands of lives. I in consultation with Valerie, (my wife and our CEO) I have determined that it is now the time for me to step aside as the Chair while continuing to serve as a trustee, contributing to our great mission as the co-founder of People against Poverty and founder of Business against Poverty.

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What happened at the James Bond Casino Royale Event?

The annual gala this year was our 8th fundraising event and it was a fun packed evening where where 120 guests were treated to lots of activities to get involved in.    Arriving on the Red Carpet to collect their Martini Cocktails (sponsored by Bailbrook House), the tables adorned with giant dice and oversized playing cards added to the ambience of the theme of James Bond Casino Royale.   Continue reading

When social media helps!

Putting the family into the Family Partnership Programme was new to them but fully welcomed by the whole family who really wanted to move on with their lives.   Living in a 2 roomed rent house are 6 people.  Lydia (name changed) with her own son, Lydia’s sister and her son, the Grandmother who is blind and death and Lydia’s husband. Continue reading

A Barn, Shepherds Hut, Sunken Greenhouse and vegetables

This year was the beginning of our new Adult Development programme led by Jon Williams who also leads the Youth Development project with six local schools.

As you may be aware, we began a second micro-farm in a new area of Romania called Reghin. This is developing very nicely after the first adult trip in May started the work on building a barn, shortly followed by the second adult trip 2 weeks later.

It has to be noted that this is not a small simple barn but one that has been designed by Bath based Architects BURO HAPPOLD complete with a 92 page report, on a pro bono basis – so this was a new and exciting challenge for Jon but he was ready to face it.

 

It took a large group of men to work on the construction and you can see the improvement after both Adult groups had completed their tasks, followed through by St Laurence and Commonweal Schools who also worked on the Shepherds Hut and sunken greenhouse projects.

 

In September the third adult group and the last for 2018 will be travelling out to continue the construction of the barn followed by Beechen Cliffe and Stonar schools in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to join one of our Adult Development programmes then please do contact us for further information.