The Salvation Army’s Isle of Wight Corps (church) opened its doors on 11th November 2019 to allow rough sleepers on the island to seek shelter throughout the cold winter months.
The church and charity’s homeless support unit joined Isle of Wight Council to help the local authority do all it can to ensure people experiencing homelessness did not have to bed down on the streets this winter.
The Salvation Army on the Isle of Wight brought rough sleepers in from the cold from 1st December 2018 until 31st March 2019 and worked hard to achieve the Housing Justice Quality mark for Church and Community night shelters during its first year of operation.
The Salvation Army already operates a street outreach intervention service that delivers personalised support packages to people experiencing homelessness on the Isle of Wight throughout the year.
The specialised team helped rough sleepers find whatever help is appropriate for their needs – including access to addiction support or mental health and wellbeing services – and links to other emergency accommodation provision.
The winter night shelter allowed The Salvation Army to go even further by providing hot food and a warm bed for the night; seven days a week, during the coldest months.