In 2021 we purchased the former Holy Trinity Church in the centre of Maidstone.
The building has undergone a significant amount of refurbishment and modernisation to create a dynamic work and live space for our local community.
The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is supporting the refurbishment through a partnership with Homes England and have awarded us a grant towards some of the cost of the works.
We want to bring this building back in to use as a vibrant community hub and to be our front door to housing and other community services.
History of the Church
Trinity Church was completed in 1828, designed by the local architect John Whichcord the Elder and remains an important Maidstone landmark.
What Trinity will offer
We want to create a vibrant community hub and ensure it has the best standard of accommodation for its new residents, community related services and space for local people to use. We want it to be used by and to support the wider community.
The ground floor will be a multi-purpose and multi-functional space to be used by ourselves, partner organisations and the local community. We are developing clinical and treatment rooms for health partners which can be used for community health programs, well-being treatments and therapies and by community groups. We will also have a large space which can be turned into a number of different rooms or used as a single space.
Our housing services, including the housing advice, housing and health and the accommodation team will be based at Trinity full time. This means staff will be available on site every day to ensure the facilities are well managed and to provide housing assistance and support to the wider community. There will also be evening concierge staff on site overnight to ensure the project is safe.
The top three floors will continue to provide accommodation for local people. There will be 23 units of various sized self-contained accommodation.
Our vision for the project is set out in three strands:
- To work collaboratively with partners from across the borough to bring education, training and employment to local people especially focussed on those on the periphery of the job market, to include positive social activities and community interest groups
- Provide a central site for those who need some extra support so they can access wellbeing interventions, this could be through working with social care and health colleagues, support groups to cover domestic abuse and other self-help programmes.
- Develop a model of peer support through those with lived experience of homelessness and rough sleeping. This will include a timetable of on-site activities for local people to access.
The works are due to finish shortly and before we open we will be having an open day so the local community can come and view the site and meet the staff team.
If you would like more information about what is happening and an invite to the open day please email us.