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Weʼre raising £25,000 to Per year to ensure continued support, maintenance and smooth running of The Bus Shelter Ipswich

Ipswich, United Kingdom

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The Bus Shelter Ipswich CIC was set up by Gareth, Sarah, and their daughter Tiffani.

They recognised the growing numbers of homeless people in and around Ipswich and decided that there was so much more that needed to be done.

Discovering The Bus Shelter movement they decided this was something they could do.

They acquired a bus from Stephensons of Essex and Gareth set about transforming the old school bus into a shelter. It has a lovely shower room with toilet and sink to the first floor and a living space complete with log burner, kitchen and a small dining space. We operate a shelter for upto 7 residents at a time from all walks of life, from relationship break downs to those battling substance abuse but really are desperate to turn their lives around. Either way our service is tailored to the individual.

We offer referrals to other organisations to help with any dependancies, debt management advice and guidance and long term housing advice. We can secure voluntary and paid employment for those who are ready to take that step. We refer to counselling services, fund ID documents and employability courses. We have even secured driving lessons for residents. Our only conditions are no drink, drugs, weapons or unapproved visitors at the bus or at any of our sites.

Cheys our Outreach bus travels to different towns around Suffolk providing a mobile outreach centre and advice. We have laptops, WiFi, printer, phones and lots of on board leaflets and trained advisors. We also have clothing, food, toiletries and sleeping bags etc for those who are rough sleeping. There's a fully functioning shower room with toilet and sink, a small kitchen area to provide hot drinks and snacks and a private meeting room for individuals to speak to one of our advisors in a confidential environment.

We work very closely with all relevant organisations, including local councils and Suffolk County Council, The Chapman Centre, Turning Point etc.

We also have 2 shops to fund our organisation and also operate 3 food banks. One from our Trimley Shop, one at our main site in Ipswich and a third in Claydon. We are fully Independant and offer a non referral process. This means often we are able to supply an emergency food and essentials parcel on the same day as requested.

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  • Bernadette

    Bernadette

    Sep 24, 2020

    Produce - thank you ! 🙏

    £5.00

  • S Claire Bladen

    S Claire Bladen

    Sep 15, 2020

    You are all doing a wonderful job. (Jay is such a gentleman.)

    £10.00

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    Sep 15, 2020

  • Sharon

    Sharon

    Sep 7, 2020

    Well done keep up the good work!

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 5, 2020

    £40.00

  • Mandy Peters

    Mandy Peters

    Sep 1, 2020

    You are doing such a fantastic job. Keep on doing what you're doing!

    £20.00

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    Sep 1, 2020

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Gareth Brenland

Gareth Brenland

Ipswich, United Kingdom

We are just your average family that wanted to give something back. The thought of getting in your car and going home to a family is something we take for granted. We wanted to do something to help end the NEED to sleep rough on our streets

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