Winchester’s annual Big Sleep Out is set to raise over £33,000 to put back into services to support homeless and other vulnerable people.
For the first time hosted at Wolvesey, in the Bishop of Winchester’s Grounds, Trinity Winchester’s Big Sleep Out on 11th May saw over 200 people come together to sleep in cardboard shelters for the night, and raise sponsorship for doing so.
Trinity’s Chief Executive, Sue McKenna, took part in the sleep out and said “We were worried when it started to rain in the evening, but that was all part of the challenge. I was lucky to have a shelter that had been built by local schoolchildren to keep me warm and dry overnight, with lovely messages inside from the young people. Thank you so much to the Bishop and the team at the Diocese for making us feel so welcome and allowing us to host this vital event in his grounds.”
Through corporate sponsorship from Rathbones, participants raising money, and wonderful cake sales and donations throughout the evening, the amount raised is currently just over £33,000, with more money expected over the coming weeks.
Andrew Robinson, Chief Executive of the Diocese of Winchester, said “Trinity Winchester does a fantastic job helping the homeless and raising awareness about those members of our society, so often neglected and overlooked, who don’t have somewhere safe to call home. As a diocese we welcomed the opportunity to support the Big Sleep Out and to play a role in this important project. Taking part in the Big Sleep Out myself was an important experience, but does not come close to the realities of actually sleeping on the streets as I was able to head home to wash, eat and catch up on sleep. This just isn’t an option for the many people who do sleep rough on our streets every night.”
The event can still be supported at http://trinitywinchester.org.uk/donate-here. Every penny will be put back into Trinity’s work providing long term, life-changing support for over 600 people every year.
Over 200 people enjoyed a night under the stars to support homeless and other vulnerable people in Winchester on Friday 11th May at Wolvesey, the Bishop of Winchester’s grounds.
We are still counting up how much money our fantastic participants raised, but we anticipate that so far over £30,000 has been received – all of which will be put back into Trinity’s wide range of day services supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the city. If you would like any of the pictures below, please email email@example.com.
For the first time, we have designed a special sweatshirt for the event, which you can purchase for just £10. Keep yourself warm overnight, and take home a wonderful keepsake to remind you of your night under the stars. Limited availability, so order yours today. Navy Blue or Burgundy, in sizes S – XL.
Aviva Awards £5,000 to help young people in Winchester into employment
The Aviva Community Fund makes grants to local charities and causes voted for by the general public. Local homelessness charity Trinity Winchester was recently awarded £5,000 from this scheme. Insurance Brokers Arthur J Gallagher submitted an application on Trinity’s behalf to help extend their job club and learning programme where many unemployed people come for support with their job search, applications and interview skills.
Trinity’s project, ‘Learning 4 Life’, was voted for 1,330 times, and got through to the final where a panel of judges selected the project as one of 50 winners out of 250 entries. The £5,000 is now being put into providing long term support to move young people into, or closer to, employment. In the last year, Trinity’s job club supported 54 people into voluntary or paid work, and needs funding to continue this service.
Stuart Charlton, Senior Account Executive at Arthur J Gallagher, supported the application and said “It has been a real pleasure to see Trinity receive this funding. We have been working with the charity for many years, and know the valuable work that they provide to vulnerable people in Winchester. At the Southampton branch, we are looking forward to supporting Trinity more through volunteering days and fundraising activity.”
Representatives from the charity attended an Aviva Celebration day (pictured), hosted by England Rugby winner Will Greenwood, to receive the award and meet other charities.
Niamh Penman, Learning and Development Co-Ordinator at Trinity Winchester, said “The job club is one of the core elements of Trinity’s service, and we are seeing more and more people needing to access the support. This funding will help us to reach more young people and provide the support they need to get back into work. Thanks to Aviva and Arthur J Gallagher for helping to make this happen.”
HELPERS NEEDED FOR FUNDRAISING SPRING 2018
Would you like to help raise money and awareness to help homeless people in Winchester? We have a number of opportunities for you to get directly involved. Take a look below, and give Lucy a call or email to express your interest.
A new mezzanine level built at Trinity’s day centre
Work has begun on extending Trinity’s building to make better use of the space in the main hall. The existing upstairs office space currently houses the management, fundraising and admin staff, with space also rented out to other local charities. The new mezzanine itself, which will overlook the main hall, will be a new office for the Trinity team. The new space will be rented out to provide a sustainable source of income to Trinity, and a base for another local charity. (more…)