People using food stores in large numbers

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THE HOPE IN, Community Services Project, run and hosted by The Salvation Army, continues to attract a large number of people of all generations from the Horsham District, every Thursday at 6pm.

The project which provides eight sessions support, and then seeks to help with further ways to help people get back on their feet after this time, has been running at The Salvation Army for 18 years, but we relaunched 18 months ago to provide a more focused service for those within the district.

The programme now provides more of a listening ear provision, alongside food parcels and toiletries.

Sainsbury’s supermarket have been a great support every week, and a recent donation from Horsham Matters Ltd has also helped to increase the support we can give.

Each month around £500 is needed for food provisions, and the church is committed to provide this service well into the future.

The Salvation Army would value any donations of tinned or packet food, along with any fresh produce that can be contributed in a safe manner. Anyone needing help or support through a difficult time can come to the centre, but must try and register for 6pm in order for the food available to be shared around.

While waiting refreshments are served, and people are available to talk to. Councillor Frances Haigh has recently come into the centre to be a council support, and the Samaritans are also part of the project as well.

Salvation Army Church Leadership are in support equally.

Most week up to 40 provisions are made at the moment, which is a major increase from this time last year.

Some of those who have been helped by the project are now helping to serve and provide the food.

Article contributed by Captains Ian and Sue Woodgate at Horsham and Crawley Salvation Army