Drop-in group at Horsham Salvation Army is expanding

Salvation Army Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate with church secretary Margaret Feist holding the 125th anniversary brochure. photo by Derek Martin
Salvation Army Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate with church secretary Margaret Feist holding the 125th anniversary brochure. photo by Derek Martin

THE Salvation Army has expanded their work with people going through tough financial times by adding Wednesday morning to their drop-in schedule.

After increasing demand at the Thursday evening Hope In sessions, the church is now holding more sessions throughout the week.

Captain Ian Woodgate said: “The Thursday drop-in is now seeing people of all generations and up to 30 parcels a week are issued to families and singles.

“There is also our clothing and toiletries that are handed out, and a chat cafe with refreshments.

“Many people are coming to chat and off load also and we have a Samaritan working with us each week which is great.

“In addition we now open on a Wednesday morning for people to come and chat and seek further help and support, and now looking to having a follow on for people who have moved on from needing the food to needing friends and company on a Thursday night a little later after the drop in centre has closed.

“So many are sharing how they have indeed found hope. Those coming have now asked for space to write and display their artistic skills and that is coming on too.”

The church always needs fresh and canned food to give out to people as well as toiletries and clothes.

Also in the church’s work with the community Captain Sue Woodgate visited Leechpool Primary School recently to lead their assembly and donate some books for their school library.

To find out more information about Hope In or any of the other activities run by the Salvation Army or to make a donation call the Salvation Army’s community and worship centre on Booth Way, Horsham on 01403 254624.