Camrose Day Centre
Camrose Centre makes a real difference to homeless people's lives
A private place to wash and freshen up is something that most of us take for granted. But if you are sleeping on the streets the simple act of washing and using toilet facilities can be difficult to access.
The Camrose Centre offers a clean, modern shower suite and a safe place for homeless people to wash, have a shave and feel good, with wash kits and fresh towels supplied by the centre.
The Real Change not Loose Change campaign was organised by Basingstoke Voluntary Action on behalf of the Social Inclusion Partnership, with support from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Over £20,000 was raised, which also paid for the centre to remain open for an extra day every week.
Camrose Centre opening hours are now 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10am to 12.30pm on Fridays for rough sleepers only.
It offers a comfortable place where visitors can relax and play board games or read, and staff offer advice on housing, employment, drugs and alcohol issues. There are phone and computer facilities to assist with job applications and training can be given.
St Michael’s Lay Minister and Camrose Centre trustee Mike Browning said: “The community support we have received has allowed us to focus on providing immediate help to street homeless people and vulnerable people recovering from or at risk of losing their homes.
“Camrose has a track record of improving the lives of local people – it makes a tangible difference to hundreds of people each year and has helped many people transform their lives.”
The centre welcomes donations of easily prepared food and snacks for people who are on the streets, basic catering supplies for breakfasts and lunches, good quality adult clothing, including new underwear and socks and personal hygiene supplies.
Managed by Basingstoke Voluntary Action Charity, the centre is also very grateful for financial donations to pay its running expenses.
If you wish to donate or volunteer at The Camrose Centre phone 01256 320 877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.