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What are the main objectives of your organisation?
To provide a long term solution to people suffering the effects of homelessness and exclusion by providing support in three key areas:- accommodation, training and employment. At Trinity we believe that by providing support in these three key areas we can help people live independent lives and never become homeless again. The main objectives behind our re-use projects is to provide a therapeutic environment in which our residents and other service users can gain valuable work experience and increase their confidence and employability, and to provide low cost, good quality furniture to those in need. By doing the latter we are also responsible for diverting waste from landfill.
What is unique about your organisation?
Trinity is unique as we aim to provide a long term solution to homelessness, not just a roof over someone’s head. We believe that providing the support we do in the three keys areas, we give people the confidence and resources to never become homeless again.
What were the biggest challenges you had to face?
Keeping up the level of support required for our residents with less resources due to a lack of grants and funding in certain areas. Keeping up with demand for our retail product in the current economic downturn. Although our product is more desirable, obtaining the product has become more of a challenge as people do not tend to renew their furniture as often in a recession so donations are down.
What are your biggest achievements to date?
Having the re-use projects become financially self sustainable through the re-sale of donated goods. Seeing service users who use the support on offer at the re-use projects gain meaningful employment which means they can lead independent lives.
How do you think you have contributed to the development of the sector?
Trinity have expanded in the past 3 years by relocating our Uxbridge project to a more accessible location for our customers. This has meant that we have increased the amount of waste we are diverting from landfill as more people are visiting our project. The move has meant that we have increased our collection area and has meant that areas of London now have access to re-use services.
What are your future goals?
To increase the availability of re-useable items by opening more retail outlets. This in itself will also provide more opportunities for our residents to gain valuable work experience.
To have a facility which allows us to refurbish and repair items, furniture and electricals, so we can re-use more material and divert more from landfill.
How has the FRN helped your organisation?
The FRN has helped Trinity by keeping us abreast of developments within the sector by publishing announcements through direct communication or by posting this information on their website. This is invaluable to us as we do not have current resources available to monitor what is happening with regards to legislation and developments within the sector on a day to day basis. The FRN’s specialist knowledge and experience within the team means that the information we receive is accurate, timely and relevant.
The FRN have always supported our growth and we move forward knowing that we are members of an organisation who share our goals.