How can my team get involved at Trinity?
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in fundraising, volunteering or raising awareness for Trinity Winchester, which will benefit our work, but also yourself and your team. We’ve set out some ideas below, but you can host your own events too, or get in touch to chat through your ideas.
Grab one of our donation boxes and pop it in your office, somewhere a lot of people can see it. Any small change adds up over time and can really support our work. It costs £2 to provide a hot meal for somebody who is homeless, so think of what your spare change could do.
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February – March
Whilst our chef is off on holiday, you could help cover the cooking and serving from Trinity’s kitchen. Grab a few friends or colleagues, let us know which date you are free, and come along ready for the challenge of cooking for 50. Help is needed from Monday 12th February – Friday 9th March. Arrive at 09:30 and you should be done by 14:00. Perfect to get you out of the office and helping a local cause.
It’s marathon season! If you or somebody you know is running the London Marathon (22nd April), why not add a fundraising challenge? Send them our way to receive an event pack and Trinity running vest, and see how much can be raised for taking on the 26 mile race.
Closer to home, Southampton is also hosting a range of runs on 22nd April. Could you take on the full marathon, half marathon or 10km? We will provide fundraising support and guidance, as well as a Trinity running vest to encourage donations and spur you on!
May is all about the Big Sleep Out Winchester. In the brand new venue of Wolvesey, the Bishop of Winchester’s garden, we will be sleeping outside for the night and raising sponsorship for taking on the challenge. The evening will be full of food, entertainment, and activities for children (and the young at heart!), but from 10pm, there is nothing. Can you get any sleep?
The sleep out is not an experience of being homeless as we could not begin to imagine the realities of sleeping outside night after night. However this is an interesting way to raise money for Trinity’s services.
Show off about what you are doing for charity! Run a feature about Trinity’s work and your involvement in the company newsletter, on social media, blog on the website, or even give a presentation to your colleagues.
This might also be a good time to host a collection of items from Trinity’s most needed list. Simply let people know what to bring in, have a central collection point, set an end date, and bring what is collected in to the centre at your convenience.
We have a different kind of challenge this month! Sign up to abseil the 100m down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, taking in the beautiful views of the Solent. For just £30, face your fears and have an incredible experience. The fundraising target is £200, which will be put back into Trinity’s services. We only have 15 spaces and this event is proving popular, so sign up soon!
If work is a bit slow over summer, how about taking a day out of the office to volunteer at the centre? Grab a team to do some gardening, admin work, help in the kitchen, redecorate or support clients in the job club. We would love to have you.
It’s the big one. On Saturday 22nd September, we have a Trinity team taking on a Skydive from 10,000 feet. This once in a lifetime experience is a thrill like no other, and in 2017 helped to fund the redecoration of the disabled bathroom. You will be in safe hands with the team at Go Skydive, and all this for just £50. The fundraising target is £395. Sign up today!
10th October is World Homeless Day. A great opportunity to raise awareness of Trinity’s work amongst your colleagues, family and friends. At Trinity we will be putting on our own events (keep your eyes on our newsletters), but you could also host your own, take a look at some of our ideas. Get in touch with our team if you would like somebody to come in and give a talk or presentation about homelessness and how Trinity supports people.
As we prepare for Christmas, could you help us to give clients the best celebration possible? At our Christmas Meal, and over the whole festive season, we give out gifts to everybody who comes through the doors. We rely on donations of shoeboxes filled with treats and practical items. Some ideas are socks and gloves, chocolate and sweets, books and puzzle books, and nice toiletries.
It’s also a great time to host another clothes drive. Collect warm layers, blankets, sleeping bags and more from your colleagues and drop off to the centre to keep people warm this winter.
Keep your eyes peeled for our festive volunteering opportunities – there’s always plenty of options for dressing up and raising money! We will also need extra help to keep open over the bank holidays, so if you can help out with a cooked breakfast, then let us know.
People feel very generous over the Christmas period, so take advantage with a festive bake sale, take around the donation bucket, or host an event.