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Emergency shelter extended

Emergency shelter extended

A shelter service set up by The Salvation Army in partnership with Adullam Homes and Bury Council has provided emergency accommodation for 17 rough sleepers in Bury, Greater Manchester over the past four months.

Originally opened on October 1, 2020 at the Manna House, the Salvation Army’s Brookshaw Street Church has been used since January 4 as the shelter as part of Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP), which provides a bed for those sleeping on the streets when temperatures drop below zero.

The service was due to end on February 28 but has subsequently been extended for a further 20 days.

The Brookshaw Street church has two rooms with camp beds for eight people in total – ensuring it is Covid safe. Corps officer Lieutenant Hannah Borrett said: “When we were approached about providing the space, I said we would love to help.

“It’s helped solve an immediate problem in giving rough sleepers a warm bed for the night during harsh weather and also supports Adullam Homes who do some amazing work to help transform the lives of homeless people - whether that’s helping them become self-sufficient or tackling addiction. I really liked the ethos of it.

“We are part of overflow provision, which was needed most nights in January due to the bad weather. We provided the space from 8.30pm to 7am, which is staffed by Adullam.

“As a church and charity, The Salvation Army want to help make sure no one spends a night on the street over winter. That is when people are at most risk of dying due to harsh weather conditions. Providing safe and warm shelter for the most vulnerable people is at the core of what we do.”

Jenny Morgan, Adullam’s regional manager for the north west and Wales, said the emphasis is on saving life in cold temperatures where no other provision can be sourced.

She said: “Preferably people would be in supported accommodation or using the Greater Manchester Combined Authority ABEN (A Bed Every Night) initiative if there is space. SWEP is a last resort for people to keep them safe and preserve life.

“Adullam is proud to partner with the Salvation Army to provide what may literally be a life-saving service.”