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Closed 31/07/2021

raised of £50,000 target by 975 supporters

    Weʼve raised £38,916 to ensure continued support, maintenance and smooth running of The Bus Shelter Ipswich

    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 31st July 2021

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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.



    • Gareth Brenland2 months ago
      Gareth Brenland

      Gareth Brenland

      2 months ago

      A big thankyou to everyone that has donated via this page, unfortunately this page has now closed because I forgot to extend the date 🙈. For those that had signed up for a monthly donation, this can now be done on our new page at Or you can contact us via Facebook for other details. Thankyou for your continued support 🙂

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    • Gareth Brenland1 year ago
      Gareth Brenland

      Gareth Brenland

      1 year ago

      Thank you for everyone that continues to support us through this tricky uncertain times. your donations help us to keep our current and new services running providing support not just for the homeless but to anyone within suffolk that requires a little help and extra support. Please please keep sharing our work and this page for others to donate

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    • Gareth Brenland2 years ago
      Gareth Brenland

      Gareth Brenland

      2 years ago
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    • Anonymous


      Jul 28, 2021

      Keep up the great work!

    • Anonymous


      Jul 27, 2021

      Thanks for all that you do :)

    • Steve & Suzanne Dixon

      Steve & Suzanne Dixon

      Jul 21, 2021

      Thanks for all you do!


    • Vicki Youngs

      Vicki Youngs

      Jul 15, 2021

      You guys are amazing. Happy to make a monthly donation to help keep you going. Thank you. X


    • F.S Kemp & sons

      F.S Kemp & sons

      Jul 7, 2021


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      Jul 6, 2021

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      Jul 6, 2021

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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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