04 Jul New Premises for Shrewsbury Ark
Last week the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire was invited to unveil the plaque and officially open the new premises for the Shrewsbury Ark .
Last year the Charity purchased the Rock and Fountain Pub and thanks to a lot of hard work from many volunteers, transformed it into the space it is today, supporting on average 45 people a day. They receive hot breakfasts and lunches, cooked by volunteers, and other necessary items (such as toiletries, sanitary products, socks) where needed. The Ark’s outreach team supports those living on the streets, and also those who have moved into their own accommodation.
The ground floor as been transformed to incorporate individual therapy rooms and activity areas, and an industrial-standard kitchen, showers, washing machines and driers have been installed. The upper floors include an office for the Ark’s manager, office rooms for staff and volunteers to carry out essential administration and meetings, and others are also used for storage
Moving into the new premises has enabled the Ark to expand activities and support services including GP clinics, mental health and counselling sessions, addiction abstinence programmes and heptology clinics.
Service users can also get involved in creative classes including literacy sessions, creative writing, sculpture and art activities.
Some also take part in football training, thanks to the charity’s partnership with Shrewsbury Town FC. One member who plays, Martin Pippard, said: “They do loads for us here. They’re always here if you need them.”