Trinity Winchester launches Emergency Coronavirus Appeal

Trinity Winchester is urgently asking for donations to fund its vital services and to ensure each rough sleeper can be in a safe place and able to self-isolate. People sleeping rough are afraid. Many have underlying health conditions which puts them at greater risk. Having poor mental health makes it even more difficult to cope

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 with Winchester City Council, St Clements’s NHS Surgery and other Coronavirus taskforce partners, Trinity has developed an emergency action plan in which the charity will support all rough sleepers who have now been given access to emergency accommodation.

Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester said: “This unprecedented time has highlighted the positive impact of partnership working. Trinity have experienced first-hand the generosity and willingness of the community to pull together to support the most vulnerable in our community. We are proud to be a key partner of Winchester City Council, who very quickly made it possible to keep all rough sleepers safe and housed.”

Homeless practitioners will be visiting the accommodation four times a day, delivering cooked nutritious lunches and breakfast packs, supplying clean bedding, clothing and hygiene products to all residents. The charity will also offer vital human contact and counselling by phone and through delivering crisis support to those who need it, adhering to government guidelines on social distancing at all times.

Coronavirus is going to present the charity with a new crisis in the future. People have lost jobs, income; mental health will soar, and so people are in desperate need of the charity’s support. Making a donation will help us fill the gap on income caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please give what you can to ensure that Trinity Winchester can continue delivering its vital services to help people get off the streets – and stay off them.

You can make a donation by a visiting here or alternatively you can send a cheque to Trinity Winchester, Durngate Place, Bradbury House, Winchester, SO23 8DX.

Postponement of Trinity’s Big Sleep Out

It comes with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of Trinity’s Big Sleep Out due to the uncertainly around Coronavirus and in-line with the new government measures announced this week.

We promise that we are working hard to get a new date set for later in the year and hope that you will be able to join us again then. We’ll keep you up to date with announcements via our social sites and mailing list, so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, you can support us by making a donation below as we continue to keep our doors open for as long as possible to those who are homeless and most in need.

Trinity Team

Our Response To Coronavirus

Here at Trinity we have been busy making our continuity plans in order to keep our vital services open for as long as possible for those that need us the most. 

Our office-based staff will be working from home and our project team will be manning the stations at the centre offering support for those that are rough sleeping, in the night shelter or in need of emergency interventions. 

We appreciate all your wonderful support and recognise the importance of community for such times as these. Over the next few days and weeks we will keep you posted as to how best to continue to help Trinity both practically and financially and we of course thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

Support the biggest fundraising event for homelessness in Winchester!

Trinity Winchester is once again hosting Trinity’s Big Sleep Out to raise money for their work with homeless and other vulnerable people. Join them on Friday 15th May 2020 for an eye-opening night taking on the challenge of sleeping outside in the grounds of the Winchester Cathedral.

The evening consists of fundraising, entertainment, building cardboard shelters and enjoying delicious food from local vendors. But from 10pm the challenge is to get some sleep away from any home comforts. Every penny raised in sponsorship will go back into Trinity’s services, offering long-term, positive change, getting people out of homelessness and ready to move onto independent living and into employment.

The eighth Winchester Big Sleep Out is being sponsored by Fyffes. Sam Power from Fyffes says “We’re delighted to be able to support The Big Sleep Out this year – it’s a fantastic initiative. Well done to Trinity Winchester and to all those taking part”

Sue McKenna, Chief Executive of Trinity Winchester, commented “This is our biggest event of the year bringing in people from all over the city for this unique night.  The sleep out is not an experience of homelessness, as we will all return to a warm shower and home the following morning but is an eye-opening way to raise money and awareness for our services. Last year over £42,000 was put back into providing long-term support for vulnerable people, please sign up to help us raise this again.”

The maximum number of participants is 400, with spaces filling up quickly. Registration is open now at trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout. For more information contact the team on 01962 828636.

Book your place today

This event is not an experience of being homeless. We cannot imagine the realities of sleeping rough every night. We will return to the comfort of our homes the following morning, which is not an option for thousands of people. This event is an interesting way to raise vital funds, whilst having a challenging night.

Key Info

  • Venue: Winchester Cathedral
  • Time: 18:00 Friday 15th May – 07:00 Saturday 16th May
  • Cost: £12 to sleep out / £55 for groups – including a bacon/egg bap next the morning
  • Fundraising: £100 sponsorship target
  • Children are welcome, recommended age 7+. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Trinity’s Firewalk raises £11,000 for the homeless!

Over 50 people took part in Trinity’s first Firewalk on Friday 28th February 2020. Local companies including Lane Clark & Peacock, Capsticks, HCC, Fyffes, Elementel, HJS and Hyphen Architect helped raise £11,000 to support the homeless and most vulnerable in Winchester.

Fearless fundraisers were offered the ultimate challenge to walk, 15ft, across hot coals at a temperature over 1000 degrees to support local homeless people.

Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester, said: “ We are astounded by the amount raised from our first Firewalking event, it was an exciting, new and a highly visual way to raise funds to support our vital work which will make a huge difference.”

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.

The event was hosted by UK Firewalk, one of the UK’s leading firewalking companies. The walkers were trained by Scott Bell (Twice Guinness World Record holder for the greatest distance walked on fire) to walk safely walk across hot coals.

Trinity has planned several fundraising activities for the year ahead, including the biggest upcoming fundraiser for homelessness in Winchester, the Big Sleep Out which will be held in the grounds of the Winchester Cathedral on Friday 15th May 2020. We are hoping to beat last year total raised of £42,000 to support local homeless people. Other events include a cycling event, skydives, abseils, along with our well attended annual Black-Tie Dinner being held on Friday 9th October at the Holiday Inn Winchester.

Simplyhealth sponsors dental support for homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester

Simplyhealth is to sponsor a year’s worth of check-ups and emergency treatment for homeless people visiting Trinity Winchester throughout 2020.

The service will be delivered through oral health charity Dentaid’s mobile dental surgery – with qualified dentists volunteering their time, skills and experience.

If someone is homeless, it is almost impossible to register with a dentist.  Oral health among homeless people is significantly worse than in the general population. 90% of homeless people reported issues with their mouth since becoming homeless and 60% had experienced severe dental pain.  People sleeping rough do not prioritise their health needs – 77% smoke and 39% take drugs.  The pain of tooth decay leads some individuals to extract their own teeth – in unhygienic circumstances with no anaesthetic.

Being able to smile again builds confidence and self-esteem – enabling people to go to job interviews with more assurance and interact socially, reducing the loneliness which often leads to mental ill-health.

Dave (not real name) says: “I was worried to go at first as it had been so long since I visited a dentist.  Trinity’s dentists changed my life.  They gave me back my smile again. Now I can move on with confidence and look for a job”.

Catherine Rutland, Clinical Director at Simplyhealth said: “Regular dental visits and a good brushing routine are important for maintaining both good oral health and reducing the risk of tooth decay. We know that more studies are increasingly finding links between oral health and common conditions including heart disease, dementia and diabetes, amplifying the need to increase understanding of good oral health.

“People who are homeless will find maintaining a good oral health routine difficult, which can lead to dental problems. By providing the opportunity through Dentaid for both immediate dental care and subsequent follow-up appointments and monitoring, we can help to improve the oral health and overall wellbeing of homeless patients.”