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John Clifton

Ilford's Pop Up Hostel

Fundraising for The Salvation Army

101 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 43 supporters

The Salvation Army

We provide unconditional friendship, support and practical help to people in crisis and in need. We work with children, homeless people, all adult victims of modern slavery and those dealing with drug and/or alcohol addiction

Charity Registration No. 214779 and in Scotland SC009359


A committee of faith leaders in Redbridge has come together to work on an innovative approach to homelessness in Ilford.

We are aiming to open a site in Ilford Town Centre, at the place where The Salvation Army first met when it came to the town, which will provide temporary accommodation tailored specially to the needs of the rough sleepers in Redbridge, focusing on getting into employment resulting in self sufficiency, reconnection to country of origin and gaining leave to remain/naturalisation thus becoming eligible for support from mainstream services. The development will incorporate a dedicated workshop for recycles, a bike refurbishment social enterprise ( which provides accredited training.

The project will be the first of its kind in the UK also focusing on the rough sleepers who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

John Clifton, and his team at the Salvation Army Ilford have already carried out a feasibility study, investigating sustainable funding and innovative building development. There are some images below that show a recent #shippingcontainer development in Ealing. There have also been progressive discussions with Redbridge Council in regards to leasing the proposed site on Chadwick Road.

We will be reaching out to all communities in the coming months. We will be looking for financial donors/sponsors as well as soft skills. Please feel free to donate on the Justgiving link below. Above all, we would really like your moral and spiritual support to take this project forward.

Members of the committee:
Mankamal Singh (Atam Academy & The Sikh Network)
Rev Paul Harcourt (All Saints Woodford Wells & National Leader of New Wine England)
Mohamed Omer (Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organisations & Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery)
Rev Gareth Sherwood (Associate Pastor City Gates Church)
Captain John Clifton (The Salvation Army, Ilford)