Restoring dignity and reviving hope
The Trussell Trust launches innovative projects against poverty and marginalisation in the UK and Bulgaria. With projects ranging from UK foodbanks to Houses of Opportunity for young Bulgarian state care leavers, The Trussell Trust partners with local communities, enabling them to become part of the solution to local poverty.
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children. Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK.
New UK foodbanks are opening every week to cope with the increased need resulting from the economic downturn. In 2011-12 Trussell Trust foodbanks fed 130,000 men, women and children nationwide, by 2015-16 this figure is expected to reach 500,000.
UK Social Enterprises
From charity shops and recycling centres, to ebay and Amazon online sales, The Trussell Trust’s social enterprises help to generate funds to support their projects as well as providing volunteering opportunities for people with mental, social and physical difficulties.
150 children are abandoned every month in Bulgaria. Over 8,000 live in institutions. The Trussell Trust is working to break the cycle of poverty and abandonment by running projects such as Houses of Opportunity. These two year residential training centres provide young people leaving orphanages with life skills training and employment experience, enabling them to build successful futures free from crime, prostitution and human trafficking.
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