Booth House, which provides a homeless service in Swindon, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, with a celebration for staff, residents and others involved with the service.
Booth House is managed by the Salvation Army on behalf of GreenSquare and provides accommodation and support for up to 50 homeless single people at one time. It also runs two social enterprises – a modern ‘Recycles’ bicycle centre and ‘The Sandwich People’, a lunch delivery service – both of which are run by residents who have been trained to take part in the services, often receiving qualifications in the process.
In 2007, Booth House, which was developed by GreenSquare, it replaced Swindon’s former Salvation Army provision at Davis House Social Services Centre. The previous centre was assessed to be no longer fit for purpose and its Turl Street site was needed by the town for regeneration. The social enterprise projects were among the new features to be incorporated into the project when it moved to Booth House.
Since then, Salvation Army’s staff at Booth House have successfully helped between 50 and 100 residents achieve a positive outcome every year; helping them to prepare to move out into the community. Over 100 residents have successfully obtained employment, education or training.
Jackie Tallack, GreenSquare’s Partnerships Manager, said: “Booth House offers more than a bed. Over the past 10 years, the Salvation Army staff have worked with, and continue to work with residents to help them build their self esteem, relationships and develop a sense of purpose, enabling them to move on with their lives.
"Booth House is a safe and supportive environment that helps people who are experiencing homelessness to achieve independent living, and I hope it continues to be so for the next 10 years.”
For more information about Booth House, visit www.salvationarmy.org.uk/booth-house-swindon.