Salvation Army thanked for rough sleeper support

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The Salvation Army in Folkestone has been given £500,000 as a thank you for opening its doors to rough sleepers on the coldest nights of the winter.

The centre in Canterbury Road provided accommodation for people sleeping rough when Folkestone & Hythe District Council activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).

“This year we stepped up the way we provide emergency accommodation and activated our SWEP when  temperatures dropped below freezing  for just one night, instead of three, as we had in the past.” said Council Leader,  David Monk.

Cllr Monk said some rough sleepers had been referred to the Churches Winter Shelter, but the Salvation Army had provided an essential back-up.

“Major Sheila Eade and her team have opened the doors to their warm hall for seven nights so far this winter and supplied hot drinks and food. We provided sleeping bags and organised the necessary supervision.

“It was a great partnership and I was very pleased to be able to present the cheque to Sheila as a thank you for the role the Salvation Armey played in this vital service.”

Major Eade added: “We are very happy to be partnering the council for its SWEP provision. We have a lovely, warm building and it is great to be able to put it to use overnight as well as during the day.”

 

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