Built by the United Methodist Church towards the end of the Nineteenth Century, the Trinity Centre is a Grade II Listed Building, located in one of the most deprived areas not only in Cardiff but also in Wales. When the English-speaking Methodist Congregation decided that they could no longer maintain the premises, the Methodist Church in Cardiff and Caerphilly (the Circuit) stepped in to ensure that the work already being done in the community, especially with refugees and asylum seekers, through a number of agencies continued to have a home and a base for their work.
From this small beginning in 2013, the then 'Trinity Project’ took on the running of the building on behalf of the Methodist Circuit. Between 2014 and 2017, the centre received revenue funding from a Welsh Government Equality and Diversity Grant, during which time the Project, and the Centre, has gone from strength to strength. At the end of March 2017, this funding came to an end. It only paid for a part of the work that goes on at the Centre.
As a Centre, Trinity works with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community. Helping people address inequality, tackle poverty and empowering them to create and implement plans to achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their families, helping people to take control of their own lives. The Trinity Centre is run under the auspices of the Methodist Church, but is supported by, and is for, people of all faiths and none.
Current regular activities, projects and events focus on welcoming and assisting asylum seekers and refugees, many of whom are made destitute by policies that prevent them from working, having their own business, or claiming mainstream benefits.
On average 150-200 individuals come through the centre on a weekly basis. On many occasions the building has literally been the last refuge for those in desperate need of shelter, food provisions, a hot meal or for those looking to make new friends.