Youth trust helping groups in the Rushden area with grants

Waterloo Academy
Waterloo Academy

The Rock Foundation Youth Club has been supporting young people in Rushden and the surrounding villages for many years and during that time has given out more than £30,000 in grants.

The charity was founded by Tom and Ethel ‘Jane’ Young following the purchase of the old Baptist Chapel in Little Street, Rushden, in 1960.

The presentation of the cheque to Waterloo Academy

The presentation of the cheque to Waterloo Academy

Initially used for youth activities, the building was sold in 2000 with sale proceeds being invested to further the trust’s objective of supporting and educating young people who live in the local area.

The trustees were pleased to visit a training session at the Waterloo Academy to present a cheque to assist with the purchase of costumes and equipment to enable the newly-formed group to take part in national competitions.

The group is run by Liz Warner and a dedicated team of helpers and meets at the Crow Hill Community Centre in Irthlingborough each week.

The trust is now making awards for the current financial year.

These may be awarded to individuals aged between 11 and 21 who live in Rushden or one of the surrounding villages and who require specific support for their personal development.

Grant applications are also welcomed from organisations which have projects they wish to undertake in support of young people in the 11 to 21 age range.

Secretary Carol Church can be contacted by sending an email to

Application forms are also available from local libraries.