TRINITY Winchester will be providing on-site accommodation for the first time in its 34-year history.

The charity which supports the vulnerable and homeless hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its 'UnderOneRoof@trinity' project.

Mayor of Winchester Cllr Patrick Cunningham, in the presence of Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson, marked the start of construction on October 12.

When complete, the building will have 12 flats for people who are rough-sleeping repeatedly.

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.”

The flats 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.

Steve Brine MP said: “The ambition and compassionate of Trinity, supported as they are by their partners and the local community, never ceases to amaze.

“Durngate View is the perfect partner for the work that goes on day in, day out at the centre and I know it’s going to herald an exciting new chapter in the charities’ work supporting some of the most vulnerable in our city.”

UnderOneRoof@trinity will enhance the day centre services.

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.