Stables Transformed for People Sleeping Rough in Bridport
7:28am 12th May 2014
Horse stables near Bridport have been transformed into a safe place for homeless and vulnerable adults.
The Pilsdon Community group raised £1.3 million to finance the 5 year building project at Pilsdon Manor. They've been supported by CRASH, a building industry charity who provided a free project manager from E C Harris, free or at cost building materials and brought BAM, an international construction company on board.
For over 50 years they've been welcoming people who would normally sleep rough at Pilsdon Manor and today (12th May) they will officially open the doors on their new accommodation.
Warden of The Pilsdon Community, Michael Deegan, spoke to Wessex FM about the new changes- which include 6 single accommodations, winter sheds for livestock, an amenity and activity room for crafts and gathering, and a vegetable/ kitchen annex.
"It simply gives them a bit of privacy a bit of dignity and respect. Wayfaring can be a very high-stress way to live, you can't guarantee your own safety when you're on the road."
"People would normally come here for a period of time in their recovery from addiction, or life crisis, or mental Illness. Prior to this time they were staying in loose boxes (horse stables) or dormitories, so we have new accommodations to offer them now."
For more info check out their website by clicking here.