Christmas welcome from Salvation Army

By Abby Rugg

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

 

THE Isle of Wight Salvation Army will be offering free Christmas dinners to lonely people or to those who are not having a festive meal.

The meal will be served from 1pm on Christmas Day at the centre, in Pyle Street, Newport, followed by fun and festivities, until 4pm.

There will also be a service at 10.30am everyone is welcome.

Corps Sgt Maj Roy Williams, said: "The economic climate is not good at the moment so if we can do anything to make Christmas the happy and joyful time it should be by offering a place of warmth, love and fellowship, then we are happy to do it."

Anyone wishing to attend the dinner should leave their name, address and contact details with the Salvation Army at the centre.

Reporter: abbyr@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by jo wright

14th December 2012, at 23:01:19

they are doing the meal for everyone who is lonely , homeless, alone ect. last year they did it mainly for the homeless but this year they have extended it to include anyone in need. people can also donate things towards this day too if they wish.

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by Andrew Duggan

13th December 2012, at 12:56:00

IOW Council is required by law to check levels of rough sleepers, but they seem quite reluctant to publish this information, unlike their report on homelessness http://www.iow.gov.uk/living_here/housing/housing_strategy/images/FinalHomelessnessStrategy2003-8.pdf
However, since their general approach to rough sleepers is either to turn them away or give them a ferry ticket to the big island that isn't really surprising.

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by Jacqueline Chambers

12th December 2012, at 19:53:18

Just today I was wondering what the homeless figures were for the island. Is it published somewhere or does anyone know?

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by Graham Harrison

12th December 2012, at 18:32:15

Lonely people or to those who are not having a festive meal..do you mean HOMELESS people? or are you scared to report that the IOW does actually have homeless people here?

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