Access Community Trust began life as the Lowestoft Night Shelter in 1975. Local people raised funds to provide shelter to single homeless and vulnerable people in the town who had found them self on the streets following the decline of the fishing industries. The shelter was situated in the derelict St Johns Church and provided a makeshift service relying solely on the goodwill of church groups and local people who shared a common interest in resolving the issue of homelessness in Lowestoft.
The Trust became a registered charity (St Johns Housing Trust) in 1980 and in that year opened its first purpose built hostel the Fyffe Centre. Fast forward 33 years and we now provide supported housing at 5 accommodation services located in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Thetford.
Over time we have extended our services to meet the diverse needs of local people living in areas of deprivation to offer support in Health, Wellbeing, Education and Employment.
In April 2013 the Trust was relaunched as Access Community Trust. After careful consideration it was felt that the name St Johns Housing Trust failed to reflect the breadth of support services we offer to the communities in which we work and not solely those in need of housing.
Our ethos remains the same and our commitment to 'supporting individuals to achieve their potential' remains at the heart of everything we do.