Local MP lauds work of Marah Trust

Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie visited a charity that helps people in financial, health and housing difficulties.

Ms Baillie dropped into the Marah Trust based at the Scout Hut in Stroud. The initiative is a first port of call drop-in service for people during their time of need.

The MP met with the charity chairwoman Jackie Natt and the manager Michael Athienites who explained the Marah Trust team help a wide range of people including those who are homeless, suffering with addiction, those with mental health issues and people who suffer from loneliness.

It provides everyone with a welcoming safe space, offers support and provides hot meals. In addition, Marah has the charity P3 come in to provide support for housing, benefits and training.

Michael explained the trust is looking for more volunteers and to increase its fundraising efforts.

“Thank you to Jackie, Michael and their team for inviting me to visit. They showed me a little of the tremendous work the trust is doing to help people, many of whom have had sudden life shocks and would not feel comfortable speaking to authorities,” said Ms Baillie.

“Marah deserves every success and lots of support locally so it can continue its good work.

“I was fortunate to join them for a lovely cooked lunch so I am looking forward to visiting again to see how the work is progressing.”