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”.