Fair Frome was founded in November 2013 following a six week feasibility project, commissioned by Frome Town Council following observations of the need to support people living in poverty. The brief of the feasibility study was to ascertain need, consider how best to set up a project which will relieve poverty in Frome, look at effective provision already established in Frome, the gaps in provision, and recommend which areas to target, and what services will make the biggest impact on people’s lives. Alongside this was a clear aim to “Raise a Voice” about poverty and inequality in Frome.
Fair Frome then became a fully independent CIO registered with the charities Commission with a new group of trustees.
Since then it has led, delivered and supported projects funded through trust, grant and other funding which enable it to meet its purpose. It established the strapline ‘Real People, Real Projects, Real Difference’ to emphasise the need to provide practical projects which had a real identified need and impact on poverty.
We started with the Food Bank in 2014, which was initially run from two shipping containers on waste ground and have grown to include many more projects since as need has unfortunately grown exponentially. The beneficiaries of Fair Frome are people, children and adults of all ages, living in Frome and the surrounding areas, specifically those who are experiencing social, health, financial and educational poverty and practitioners who work with this group.
Fair Frome works in Frome with those people most in need of help, and offers practical support, such as ensuring that everyone has access to food, furniture, white goods and kitchen equipment.
Fair Frome also aspires towards greater financial, educational, social and health equality in Frome and runs projects designed to bring people together from different backgrounds and across generations to find common solutions.
With the events of the last couple of years and the current socio-economic situation; our Food Bank and other services have never been busier. In the financial year 2020/21 we:
As a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation we have a small staff team and 10 active and experienced Trustees from a range of backgrounds and over 30 volunteers all working together to deliver real projects which make a real difference for real people.
Furniture Bank Coordinator
As a local umbrella organisation we work with the local community to run a number of campaigns at a local and national level. These campaigns are affiliated with The Equality Trust (TET), The Living Wage Foundation and the Independent Food Advisory Network (IFAN). More information on these campaigns can be found on our Other Campaigns page.
We are also closely linked to the Frome Town Council, local Rotary clubs and…. All of which help us here at Fair Frome in various capacities.