MEMBERS of Cardiff’s rough sleeping community got a chance to speak to two Welsh Assembly Members last night (Tuesday 4 July) thanks to The Salvation Army.
Darren Millar AM, who Chairs the Cross Party Group on Faith, and Russell George AM went along to see the Bus Project – a Salvation Army mobile service which helps prevent rough sleeping in Cardiff.
During their visit, they met people who have experience of rough sleeping and staff and volunteers from the Bus Project.
Major David Emery of The Salvation Army, said:
“The Bus Project is part of a Salvation Army tradition of going out on to the streets to meet people in need. It is just one of the services provided by The Salvation Army to support people who are living on Cardiff’s streets to rebuild their lives.
“The Bus Project also provides ongoing support for people who have been homeless to help prevent them becoming homeless again“
The Salvation Army’s Bus Project parks up outside the National Museum of Wales in Cathays from Monday to Friday every week.
It provides specialist support services to an average of 30 of Cardiff’s rough sleeping population every night.
Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, said:
“It was fantastic to meet the staff and volunteers who are working hard to support the homeless reach their goals, and to speak with people rebuilding their lives.
“I’d like to thank The Salvation Army for the opportunity to visit the Bus Project, which performs a vital service in supporting people living on the streets in Cardiff.”
Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George said:
“I would like to thank The Salvation Army for their work and facilitating the visit which allowed me to speak to a number of Cardiff’s homeless community.
“Staff and volunteers should be praised for their work in supporting some of our most vulnerable people and playing a significant role in changing people’s lives.”
In Cardiff, The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit runs The Bus Project, the Tŷ Gobaith Lifehouse on Bute Street and the Northlands Lifehouse on North Road.
The Crichton House Outreach Service on Vale Road in Cardiff is also run by The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit.
The Welsh Government funds The Bus Project.