Back in 1991, a group of local people met in a front-room to discuss what they could do for local homeless people. From that beginning, The Bridge Trust grew into what we are today – a provider of quality support and accommodation for homeless people in our region. Although we remain a relatively small, local and independent charity we have helped many thousands of people, with help, support and importantly, accommodation where we have housed over 700 people.
Over the years, The Bridge Trust has raised money to buy and lease properties in Tonbridge, Southborough and Tunbridge Wells. We have introduced many initiatives that have improved the service we offer to our clients, and we have been recognised for our work by receiving a West Kent Business Excellence Award in 2009 and a Lloyds Bank Foundation South East Charity Award in 2015.
Fast forward to January 2022, and a merger with YMCA Thames Gateway Group, we will be able to continue our vital, localised work but with the potential to support even more homeless people, drawing on the skillset, knowledge and support of another charity that houses 450 people across Essex, Kent and London every night.