The Bus Shelter Dorset are helping rough sleepers by protecting them from inhumane weather conditions, hunger and mental issues and the community is reaching out.
The refuge was built last year from a donated double decker bus and is now a local shelter with 17 beds. The project started this January, after the bus got the required permission to park in the Beach car park off Preston Beach Road.
The charity intends to help the homeless incorporate into society by providing them with the support that local volunteers offer.
To secure a place on the bus, locals must be referred by charities Julian House or The Lantern or Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
Emily McCarron, founder of the charity, calls for more volunteers but the project is moving on thanks to local firms.
The local community is collaborating to make the initiative work. Weyline Taxis, for example, are operating a free taxi service every evening to and from the shelter.
Ian Ferguson, managing director of the company says that “the Shelter is approximately 2 miles from the town”, so he provides transport to move between the areas.
“Both on an individual basis and as a company, we support a number of organisations dediates to offering succour and support to those less fortunate”
Ian says that in a town like Weymouth it is easier to make a difference. Smaller communities should gather together to help campaigns like these.
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Stacey Ayles, owner of Loch and Key barber shop, will start giving free haircuts one Monday a month to anyone in the shelter who needs a dose of self-confidence.
“I think it will help with their self-esteem, making them feel smart for any job interview.”
Stacey is also running a mental health drop-in centre from her barber shop and says “she will try and tie that in with anyone from the homeless shelter who may need support.”
The community is getting together to combat social inclusion of homelessness and Emily McCarron’s innitiative is moving forwards.