The Trinity Community Project has been supporting vulnerable people in St Albans for over 30 years.
We currently provide a variety of groups and activities to reduce social isolation and enable people with mental health concerns or learning difficulties to gain new skills and experiences.
The initiative to set up Trinity Community Project came from the members of Trinity United Reformed Church in 1986 under the leadership of the minister, the Rev’d John Sutcliffe. The church building was developed to provide a flexible space for community use.
A Day Centre to provide a range of services for people who had needs related to their mental health, learning difficulties, memory problems, terminal illness, role as carers and people who were homeless or unemployed. The aim was to support people to develop potential skills, understanding, self confidence and to encourage social independence.
The Project worked closely with the statutory organisations who referred clients. However, the aim was that it would be a voluntary body and flexible in its response to the needs of people.
Shortly after starting up in 1986 at the request of Social Workers, Health Visitors, and the Housing Department – who also provided funding, to support the severe housing problem in St Albans - a Family Centre was opened. The Family Centre was open seven days a week throughout the year, with an average of 75 attendances per month. A support group for Bangladeshi women was also established.
Over the years the focus of the Project developed to support people with mental health issues and learning difficulties by providing Day Services with a range of activities and outings. At that time there was a full time and a part time member of staff, with funding being provided by Hertfordshire County Council.
The Project, which is now self funding and dependent on client contributions, has continued to provide a range of services with two full time members of staff. New interest groups have been established which have attracted other people to join in a variety of activities. Volunteers are supported to gain experience working alongside those who attend the project.
In 2015 the Trinity Community Project became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with the Charity Commission – Charity Number – 1164587.