Trinity Winchester addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support, and proactive prevention, empowering positive change. We help people who are vulnerable to the effects of homelessness, addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation, and domestic abuse. We offer solutions, hope, choice, and control.
From humble beginnings, Trinity has grown into a respected and skilful organisation helping people to improve their lives. We provide vital practical and emotional support to over 600 people each year who are experiencing the effects of homelessness or vulnerability.
Trinity Winchester also offers supported housing in Alleyne House, opened in 2019, and Bradbury View opened in 2021. These houses offer a total of 20 self-contained rooms giving homes to those that have formerly did not have them and offering a first step on the journey to independent living.
Our dedicated Women’s Service sees around 150 women each year. We support them to make positive change to their lives and in many cases break free from the damaging cycle of domesti cabuse.
We aim to support individuals to change their situation and aspire towards positive fulfilling futures.
We are seeking a Chair of Trustees to lead us into the next stage of our development, as we continue to provide relief from the effects of homelessness in the Bradbury House day centre and our supported housing in Winchester.
As the Chair of Trustees at Trinity Winchester you will be responsible for the oversight, direction, and strategy of the charity and in supporting the senior management team and ensuring appropriate accountability. You will be legally responsible for making sure that the charity is financially sound, complies with the law and is acting within the best public interest.
A Winchester based charity has been highly commended at Homeless Link’s annual excellence awards.
Local homelessness charity Trinity Winchester was highly commended in the ‘Home Safe’ category at the awards, which celebrate the best of the homelessness and supported housing sector, with the ‘Home Safe’ award recognising an organisation that creates high quality, affordable accommodation options for people experiencing homelessness, enabling them to have the right to open and close their own front door and feel safe and secure in their own accommodation.
A nine strong judging panel, with expertise drawn from across the housing and health sectors, commended Trinity Winchester for its work in developing UnderOneRoof@Trinity; 12 purpose-built ensuite ‘flatlets’ behind the Trinity Winchester day centre.
Residents at UnderOneRoof@Trinity – now named Bradbury View – enjoy their own kitchenettes as well as a shared lounge and full kitchen, with residents given a real say in how communal spaces are managed. A range of therapies and other support are also available, with regular communal meals.
Steve moved into UnderOneRoof@Trinity after being offered emergency accommodation during the pandemic. He had struggled to maintain previous tenancies, often rough sleeping as a consequence.
During one moment with his support worker, Steve was asked about what his interests are. He said he loves being outdoors and would like to learn how to garden. He is now the proud owner of several tomato plants and a strawberry plant and has taken on responsibility of maintaining the lawn and the patio. Steve says how calming it is to be in the garden, and it helps him to manage the cravings of addiction.
During his time at UnderOneRoof@Trinity, Steve has greatly reduced his drug use and is looking to gain new skills to become more independent.
Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester said: “This is tremendous recognition for our fantastic project. Bradbury View has joined Trinity’s Alleyne House in offering new homes for people most in need in Winchester. We are delighted to receive this award”.
Rick Henderson, CEO at Homeless Link, the national membership charity for frontline homelessness organisations, said: “As we leave the pandemic behind, it’s important homelessness organisations innovate to find longer-term solutions for the people they housed. In giving people their own private homes, as well as co-produced group spaces, the UnderOneRoof@Trinity project encapsulates everything Home Safe stands for.
“It acted quickly to make sure people didn’t return to the streets, while also making sure the space was co-produced by residents and using innovative funding approaches to help achieve this goal. UnderOneRoof@Trinity has given people the stability and security to rebuild their lives, richly earning its commendation in the Home Safe award.
It not only focuses on the daily routines, but aims to capture the emotions behind this extraordinary, and complex service.
There will also be a series of portraits made with the clients exploring ideas of personal identity and important relationships in their lives.
Please join us for this year’s AGM, where you will have the opportunity to hear from some of our clients, supporters, staff and board of Trustees. The evening will also showcase progress on our UnderOneRoof@trinity accommodation project, which will provide much needed accommodation in 2021.
Wednesday 18th November – 7pm
This year, in line with Government guidelines, we will be hosting our AGM via Zoom.
Please let us know if you’re coming by booking a place through Eventbrite. You will receive a Zoom link prior to our AGM on Wednesday 18th November.
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Trinity Winchester will open a new chapter in its 34 years of supporting homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester District by providing accommodation on-site for the first time.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Patrick Cunningham, in the presence of HM Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Esq, presided over a small, socially-distanced ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on Monday 12 Oct.
UnderOneRoof@trinity will comprise of 12 ‘flatlets’ for people who are rough-sleeping repeatedly – often the hardest to reach and to help in our community. The flatlets will have ensuite bathrooms to reduce the risk of contagion through sharing facilities, protecting both occupants and the wider community. Residents will be offered individualised person-centred support to help them get their lives back on track and move towards successfully living independently.
UnderOneRoof@trinity will enhance the day centre services that Trinity has offered for more than 30 years, the last 10 at its purpose-built Bradbury House day centre in Durngate. These include hot meals, showers and laundry provision, health and wellbeing support in partnership with St Clements’ Surgery, counselling, and learning, IT training and employability mentoring delivered with local businesses. Trinity helps over 650 individual users annually.
Sue McKenna, Trinity’s Chief Executive says: “UnderOneRoof@trinity will enable people in most need to live on our site and not have to go back to sleeping rough when we close for the day. It will give people a safe space and person-centred support to address the underlying issues that have led to their repeatedly ending up on the streets”.
A regular user of Trinity’s day services commented: “I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to live here and have the support I need for a brighter future”.
The new building has been designed to complement Trinity’s award-winning day centre by acclaimed local architects Hyphen and will be built by Bentley Projects Ltd based in Colden Common. It will be environmentally friendly, using highly insulated structural panels. Winchester City Council has provided the land on a long lease, together with a grant of £50,000.
The total project budget is £1.47m. Trinity has already raised over £1.43m through a successful capital appeal to trusts and foundations*, major donors, corporate and community support. We are confident of raising the remainder by UnderOneRoof@trinity’s scheduled opening in May 2021.
Councillor Kelsie Learney, Winchester City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management said “UnderOneRoof@trinity will be a fantastic addition to Winchester’s social housing provision, which we are delighted to support. Trinity Winchester continues to be a key partner in our drive to help people who are homeless in the District, often through circumstances beyond their control”.