The Ark, a registered charity, is a direct-access drop-in centre opposite the Railway Station in Shrewsbury, supporting homeless and vulnerable people. It is open every weekday, offering a warm welcome with hot food and drink, a shower and toilet facilities, laundry facilities, a phone and IT access and a poste restante address for mail; but more particularly we offer non-judgmental care, support and advice with a view to helping clients help themselves. The Ark is run by two full-time staff, supported by a number of willing and committed volunteers.
In addition the Ark runs an Outreach service on behalf of Shropshire Council, responding to reports of people sleeping rough anywhere in the County. This involves a dedicated member of staff going out (usually very early in the morning, before the rough sleeper has packed up and moved on) to find out what problems need to be addressed so that suitable permanent accommodation can be found.
The Ark is funded largely by donations from individuals and local organisations (including church congregations) and has no direct government funding for its core business – although the Outreach work is funded by Shropshire Council. The project has been so successful that we are outgrowing our present premises, and would like to move “house”. So we have applied to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant and you can support our application by going to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-774 and registering to vote for us. Voting is open until 21st November.
And you can also support us more directly by going to www.shrewsburyark.co.uk and following the various links.