We are delighted to announce that SHOC plans to form a strategic partnership with Uxbridge based charity, Trinity Homeless Projects starting from April 2014. The partnership aims to ensure sustainability of SHOC’s valuable service to Slough, a service recently recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary services.
Trinity provide supported housing and employment, for vulnerable adults in the neighbouring borough of Hillingdon. The mission of the two charities are identical in caring for the homeless and seeking to create opportunities for homeless people to obtain stable homes, learn new skills and find dignity through employment. Under the partnership, the two charities will remain as separate legal entities, with a view to merging following a successful partnership. The operational strategy is that Trinity will obtain houses in Slough in 2014 and open a furniture shop that will provide supported employment for clients in 2015. These two activities will provide a secure income stream, initially for our day centre and later for our learning centre, as current grants come to an end. Under the partnership, the trustees of SHOC and Trinity will form one joint board governing both charities and the Trinity executive management team will provide functional support to SHOC under a service level agreement
Steve Hedley CEO of Trinity says, “SHOC are great, and they are concerned for the people they work with, not just ticking results boxes. They are trusted by the people that need them and successful in helping people to change their lives. Working with SHOC makes perfect sense, SHOC’s day centre is the missing piece of the jigsaw for Trinity and SHOC have lots of people that need housing and employment and Trinity have years of experience in providing housing and employment. This is great for the communities of Slough and Hillingdon.
Ray Waite chair of SHOC trustees says, “This is a natural partnership. Two great local charities with the same aims for homeless and vulnerable people, but with complementary services. It makes the long term future of SHOC more secure, which is good news for our clients. In the short term it gives our clients better housing and employment opportunities. For Trinity it enables them to bring their housing and employment expertise into Slough and adds day centre services to their offering. Good news all round!”