Holy Trinity Church is one of the oldest buildings in Colchester, with parts of the property dating back to around 1,000 AD with other parts dating from the 14th, 15th and 19th Centuries. It is Grade 1 Listed, highlighting its historical importance. It has been empty since September 2017. Colchester Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Business and Culture is looking for expressions of interest for the Church.
The site was previously used by charity, GO4 who ran a café and support network within the church for the homeless. They created a pay forward scheme where customers were able to pay for their meal and help fund a meal for the homeless at the same time. Unfortunately due to renovations needed for the church the charity had to withdraw from the premise but have since set up in a new space in Colchester.
I spoke to Cllr Young about the church, the previous occupants and its future.
Since speaking with Cllr Tim Young, the church has now been taken over by MIND a mental health charity, they plan to set up a new café which will then support people into volunteering roles and teach them employment skills, while reducing social isolation for those with long-term needs.