Rachel Lee, Homeless Service Manager (Salvation Army; Kay Willett, Winter Shelter Coordinator (Salvation Army); Jan Patterson, Outreach Support Worker (Salvation Army), Simon Butler, Community Engagement Manager (Amey)

Isle of Wight waste contractor Amey has handed new sleeping bags, inflatable beds and hand-warmers to the Salvation Army, to help its work with homeless people.

The organisation says it will use the kit in its night shelters, including at The Salvation Army hall on Pyle Street, Newport and at the Fellowship House Lifehouse, Ryde.

Simon Butler, Community Engagement Manager for Amey on the Isle of Wight, said:

“We wanted to do something in the community that would help those who need support at this time of year.”

“If the equipment helps keep people off the streets in safe, warm conditions then it’s worth every single penny.”

Rachel Lee, Service Manager for the Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit on the Isle of Wight, said:

“The winter shelters provide a warm bed and a safe place to sleep for people who may otherwise be sleeping on the streets of the Isle of Wight during the cold and wet winter months. They’re also a lifeline where warm food; a non-judgmental listening ear and signposting to services that can offer support with people’s more immediate needs are available”.