Holy Trinity Discontinued Trinity Care Project – Overview

 

EVALUATION REPORT AND REVIEW OF

 TRINITY CARE PROJECT, TRINITY CHURCH,

BATLEY CARR FOR KIRKLEES COUNCIL

 

Trinity Care Project opened in June 2012 with a £375 discretionary grant from Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw Area Committee.

 

The project now opens Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons each week from 2 – 5pm and provides a hot meal of meat stew or hash and feeds an average of 35-40 over the two afternoons.

 

Sandwiches are available to eat in or take away dependent on the FOC bread that we receive from Charnock’s bakery and Sainsbury’s. The remaining bread and cakes are given away.

 

We give out one food parcel per person per week containing tinned and dried food, tea, sugar, milk.   Some items are given on request eg jams, cereals, toiletries

 

We don’t refuse anyone help or access and where possible provide whatever they need. We now have a contact number for Gateway that we pass on to visitors in difficulty and crisis.

 

The project was extended longer term in July when we received a £1000 Service Grant and there has been continued growth in people accessing the project.

We have monitored that growth over a 28 week period to the end of this £1,000 grant monies.

 

Statistics for the use of the grant monies…

  • Outreach to those sleeping in the parks and open spaces during this period – 5 homeless men. 3 homeless women. 2 Sleeping Bags. 3 Blankets. 3 have found accommodation. 1 hostel has been short term. 2 women are still homeless or rough sleeping.

1 is now terminally ill in Kirkwood

 

  • Provision of approx 584 meals

 

  • Provision of approx 448 emergency food parcels

 

  • Approx Weekly attendance x 2 afternoons = 35-40 people.          Regular 6-8 women.  Majority are men.

 

  • 49 new people accessed Trinity Care between 7th Aug – 7th Nov

 

  • 3 women and 3 males referred from the Bail Hostel

 

  • We have witnessed an increase in older unemployed men and a decrease in those with addictions.

 

  • 3 families access the project for parcels only

 

  • Most clients are white English. 2 men and 1 woman mixed of race.

 

The £1,000 service grant has now been used up.

The project has recently acquired a £500 grant from our Bishop’s Diocese Fund to keep the project running until Christmas.  An added bonus has been that Local Churches and schools have donated harvest festival goods to the project.

 

Private monetary donations and goods have provided 2 microwaves, 2 sleeping bags, fridge, bed, suite, oven, fire, carpets and kettles in response to specific needs.  It has also provided emergency shelter for a vulnerable adult.

The project distributes donated warm clothing, coats, fleeces, socks, undies etc. when available.

 

This project is growing week on week as word spreads and financial situations are becoming ever more difficult.   Gateway did an afternoon drop in session that was greatly appreciated as many who visit the project are overawed by forms, depressed at life’s circumstances and don’t function very well with official documents.

 

Some have grievances around losing benefits and being penalised through late attendance or missed appointments and also about hardship payments being withheld or disallowed where there is access to charity food, implying that claimants are not hungry enough to qualify.

 

Amongst the older unemployed and those with mental health and addiction problems there is fear and apprehension surrounding the demands to attend work programmes, medical assessments and interviews, especially at travelling long distances and the knock on effects of failing tests

 

A primary concern is that there is no emergency shelter in this area for those who, for whatever reason, have no roof over their heads for long periods. That anyone sleeps in the open at any time is shameful, but in the winter months it is a social crime. The provision of a shed in a safe place would be better than nothing.

 

We are not aware of a proper contingency plan for people hitting the poverty line and the devastating circumstances they are encountering, and that is worrying for as the benefit changes begin to bite deeper and a growing number of benefits start to be withheld, plus the added confusion of Universal Credit, claiming on line and monthly payments, we are worried about increased depression that may lead to self harm.

 

This situation is an unfolding crisis that looks set to continue for some time and we truly appreciate those who guide and assist the funding applications that enable this project to the vulnerable to continue.

 

 

 

Revd Ann Pollard

Trinity Care Project

November 12th 2012