Trinity Winchester officially opens on-site accommodation
A CHARITY supporting homeless and vulnerable people has officially opened its accommodation on site, although it has been fully occupied since June.
The new building is adjacent to the current Trinity Day Center in Durngate and comprises 12 en suite ‘apartments’ with shared living room and kitchen. There is also a community space for non-residents.
The project is designed to support people who repeatedly rough sleep and offers a range of activities and therapies to help them get their lives back on track.
New housing is based on the principles of Housing First – that stable and secure housing is an essential prerequisite for changing lives, achieving positive and lasting change, and is more cost-effective than other interventions. An active engagement approach is used to support people’s strengths, goals and aspirations, giving them choice and control. If necessary, harm reduction programs are offered.
A resident of the new building said: “It will be a real lifeline for me. I can use the therapies and supports offered to “turn it around”, overcome my addiction, get back to work and reconnect with my family. ”
Brigadier (retired) Tom Blyth, who facilitated the main donation for the £ 1.5million capital appeal with a large donation from the DEFLOG VQ Trust, cut the ribbon to open the new building. The common living room was named “Ben’s Place” in memory of their late son, who was supported for many years by Trinity.
Brigadier Blyth said: “This is an inspiring project that will help change the lives of many who are going through desperately difficult times – the homeless, the socially isolated, the excluded. Trinity is a great charity run by amazing people. We applaud their success with the splendid Bradbury View project and the invaluable service it will provide.
Thanking the UnderOneRoof @ trinity project donors, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire appeal boss Nigel Atkinson Esq said: businesses and individuals. We are especially grateful to Winchester City Council for granting us a building permit to build on the site as well as a significant capital grant.
The building was named Bradbury View, in recognition of a significant donation from the Bradbury Foundation. It is an environmentally friendly ‘green’ construction – highly insulated with a set of photovoltaic cells on the roof.
Trinity CEO Sue McKenna added, “Anyone can become homeless. It can happen as the result of a relationship breakdown, the loss of your job, or just bad luck. Trinity has been helping people change their lives for almost 35 years. Bradbury View will open a whole new chapter in Trinity’s work with the homeless and vulnerable in Winchester. Watch this place! ”
In addition to the capital appeal, the running costs of Bradbury View were met by a large grant from the National Lottery Community Fund of £ 302,000 over five years.