Trinity Winchester receives second £1,000 grant from Skipton Building Society

Trinity Winchester was one of 40 community groups and charities across the UK to receive a £1,000 pot of funding as part of Skipton’s Community Giving scheme last year, after being nominated by mortgage brokers and employees of intermediary firms.

Skipton has now decided to double that award with a second £1,000 donation to Trinity.

Sue McKenna, Trinity’s CEO said: “We are delighted that Skipton has recognised the value of our UnderOneRoof@trinity Housing First accommodation project and are pleased that Skipton’s generous donation will go to this new initiative – which will be vital for the long-term recovery from Covid-19 for the most vulnerable people in our community”.

Paul Fenn, Skipton’s Head of Business Development, said: “We are delighted to donate another £40,000 to the 40 hardworking groups which were successful in our Community Giving scheme and are doing essential work for people such as the homeless. During the Covid-19 crisis we acknowledge the extra pressure being put on these charities and that is why we have made this donation.”

Trinity’s Heroes come together to support the homeless

Trinity Winchester has been blown away by the support received during the Coronavirus Health Crisis and sends thanks to the community for donations and support during this difficult time.

The charity launched an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal three weeks ago which has reached over £25,000 raised in donations, including £10,000 from Simply Health, £1,500 from Rotary Winchester and support from local churches and many people in the community.

Aside from financial donations, the charity has received an overwhelming amount of in-kind support from its Trinity Heroes, including supply of hundreds of microwaveable meals from COOK Winchester, weekly hot lunches from Winchester College, weekly fresh groceries from Cobbs farm shop, donation collections from Rotary Winchester, and The University of Winchester, Brewin Dolphin Ltd and many more.

Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester said: We would like to personally thank everyone who has responded to our appeal for their overwhelming generosity. I would also like to applaud our Trinity team who are working tirelessly to serve those in the community who need us the most. The Trinity vision statement “working together for better lives in our community” has never seemed truer, thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all our supporters.

Ian, who was found rough sleeping following a relationship breakdown during this unprecedented time,
says “I just don’t know what would have happened to me if I had to sleep out another night, I was so scared, I’m not used to doing this. I was helped off the streets and now have a room, some warm food, good advice, and someone to talk to, thank you”.

Trinity is a charity providing support to homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester and the surrounding area. The charity operates from a day centre in central Winchester, offering practical and emotional support to help people out of homelessness and ready to move on to independent living and into employment.

Working in with partnership with Winchester City Council and other Coronavirus taskforce partners, Trinity is supporting all rough sleepers who have been given access to emergency accommodation. Homeless practitioners are visiting the accommodation four times a day, providing clothing and hygiene products to all residents, offering vital human contact and counselling by phone, alongside delivering over 100+ meals to those in emergency accommodation and other housing providers.

You can make a donation to Trinity’s Emergency Coronavirus Appeal by clicking here or alternatively you can send a cheque to Trinity Winchester, Durngate Place, Bradbury House, Winchester, SO23 8DX.

World Homeless Day Black Tie Dinner raises over £19,000

Trinity Winchester hosted their annual Black-Tie Dinner in support of World Homeless Day on Friday 19th October raising over £19,000.00 for the homeless and most vulnerable in Winchester. The evening welcomed 150 supporters to the Holiday Inn Winchester for an evening of fundraising and entertainment.

The room was alive with entertainment from Mike Brown the magician entertaining guests with numerous tricks up his sleeve, The West End Rats brought the Rat Pack to Winchester encouraging everyone onto the dance floor and guest speaker Melissa Butler – Smith touched the hearts of attendees with her own personal journey through Trinity to the present day where she is now head chef bringing donated food to life for Trinity clients

The event was sponsored by The Holiday Inn Winchester who have been continued supporters of Trinity and truly made the evening a night to remember. Trinity thanks all the supporters and local business who donated to the auction and raffle.

The Holiday Inn team cook for Trinity

Staff from the Holiday Inn Winchester came down to Trinity on Tuesday to serve a delicious lunch for our clients.

We would like to thank them for providing our clients with a truly flavoursome meal and for their continued support.