Read what James Hockaday, reporter for the Slough Express had to say about his Sleepout experience….
Lin and Malcolm at the Salvation Army are in desperate need of volunteers at their Stoke Road, Slough premises. They urgently need volunteers, otherwise they will have to cut back on the services they offer the homeless.
“Here are the areas we need some help:
1) We have a small charity shop which we run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 1pm . We could do with a couple of extra pairs of hands on a Thursday.
2) We offer a Drop-In for the homeless and vulnerably housed from 10am – 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. They can call in and have a coffee/tea, a shower, maybe some clothes and if we have any food available we’ll share it. We need someone who can be around to refill the hot water,sugar etc, wash some mugs, give out a towel, chat to someone if they want to.
3) We also run a Soup Kitchen Thursday and Sunday evenings 6.45pm to 8.30pm. I’m looking for volunteers to go on our rota who might be able to offer their time once a month, twice a month or more for which ever evening suits them. They’d be needed to give out towels for the shower, give out socks / underwear / clothes (we have to monitor this otherwise some would take the lot and we have limited supplies), disposable razors, get a blanket or duvet. If you’d rather be in the main hall monitoring general behaviour and chatting to the folk then that’s fine too.
If you might be able to offer some time, please contact Lin on 01753 525819 or Lin.Anderson@salvationarmy.org.uk