The Bridge Trust provides life-changing services to homeless people; turning their lives around and moving them on into independence, thereby preventing them from falling back into homelessness. We work with single homeless adults, who fall outside of the statutory definition of being in “priority need” and therefore outside of the local authorities’ duty to house them.
in January 2022, we merged with a much larger charity with the same ethos as us. YMCA Thames Gateway Group provides support and housing to young people in Essex, Kent and London, and has been doing so for over 150 years. Coming together means our charity will be able to continue our vital, localised work but with the potential to support even more homeless people.
The merger sees The Bridge Trust – renamed as The Bridge Trust Project – work within the West Kent branch of the Thames Gateway Group, with no change to the day to day workings of the charity.
Here at The Bridge Trust Project we work primarily, although not exclusively, with people who have a connection to Kent, and particularly our local area of west Kent. We are here for people of any gender who have support needs, from 18 years old up to retirement age.
The accommodation we provide is in normal, residential housing, set up as “Houses of Multiple Occupation”, so we have four or five individuals renting the property as opposed to just one family. We have been successfully running this model of accommodation in both Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, Kent for over 30 years and have great success with moving people on into their own independent accommodation.