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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”.
We wish Kerry and Nathan a very warm welcome.
The Mayor, Cllr Patrick Cunningham and his wife joined staff and Peter North, Trinity’s Chair of Trustees and President of Winchester Rotary, Richard Spalding for breakfast to offer thanks for their invaluable work over the last few months and to view the preparatory work for their new accommodation project.
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 Mayor commented “Trinity Winchester is always greatly appreciated, but this year of course it has never been more vital.”
Trinity adapted extremely quickly to meet the challenges of the pandemic, ensuring they could continue to support the homeless in emergency accommodation. Their new Trinity2U service ensured they could continue to support all rough sleepers in emergency accommodation. Staff visited four times a day, delivering cooked nutritious lunches & breakfast packs, supplying clean bedding, clothing and hygiene products. Staff also made regular well-being calls, counselling and facilitated GP appointments over the phone. Just as importantly they continued to help people aspire towards fulfilling futures by providing distance learning and distraction packs, art and mindfulness workbooks to support mental well-being.
Trinity’s Emergency Appeal was launched within days of the start of lockdown and raised over £30,000 to enable them to continue their work. Trinity’s biggest fundraising events of 2020 had to be cancelled so their emergency appeal was vital to help them continue their support.
Sue McKenna, CEO at Trinity Winchester, said: “With lockdown restrictions in place we were determined to ensure our support continued – imagine trying to self-isolate when you’re homeless and have few belongings. It was wonderful for our staff to talk about their work to the Mayor and his wife and outline how we will continue to adapt and support people in the coming months.”
“Coronavirus is going to present us with a new crisis in the future. People have lost jobs, income, mental health will soar and people are in desperate need of our support. Supporting Trinity will ensure we can continue delivering the vital services to help people to get off the streets – and stay off them.”
Thank you for your continued support.
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Register to skydive for Trinity Winchester and you can experience this thrill!
Registration is £50 payable to Go Skydive and we ask each jumper to raise a minimum of £395 which covers the cost of your jump and a donation towards Trinity’s work with homeless and vulnerable people.