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The Next Stop for The Bus Shelter

“The Next Stop” for The Bus Shelter IOW The Bus Shelter opened its doors here on The Isle of Wight in November 2016. We were housed temporarily at Seaclose Park by the former council who were supportive and proactive in seeing the project operate. They allowed the project to operate from the park while an alternative site was sought. The project was founded to make a permanent cost effective provision for the homeless spurred on

Raising Awareness

Its been a busy few months since launching the bus. We have had 28 people come through the doors, of those 14 have been rehoused, 6 returned to the streets 5 remain on the bus and 3 went back to family or hospital. We have received lots of media attention especially from the BBC. We have appeared on BBC South, BBC News at 6, The One Show and most recently, BBC Breakfast News and BBC

Thank you for your votes

   @providenthomecredit @Provident_Loans @thebusshelteriow Great news – The Bus Shelter IOW has come out on top in Area 1 of the Provident Good Neighbour Campaign and has won a grant of £2,000! Many congratulations! Here’s how the voting ended: Area 1 – Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol area, Gloucs, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of White In Charley’s Memory 232 Marlborough Community Youth Project 37 The Bus Shelter IOW 2,154 The results will be shared on our website

The BBC One Show visited

The BBC One Show visited last week. Here is the link to the programme.

We can feel the finish line, it’s that close

We are only a few jobs away from being finished. The LPG to be connected, Flooring fitted, Awning fitted, Paint the outside of the bus then a massive cleanup. I have added some parts of the original bus back to give it identity. My personal favourite is the bell push on the pole. It operates the water from the tap. By having to hold the button ensures the tap can’t be left running.

We are nearly there

We are nearly finished. We have been let down by a few people but hopefully we will be back on track soon. Aiming to be ready by 14th November.

Charity Partnership with Co-operative Funeralcare

At last we can announce our recent good news. We have been chosen by The Co-operative Funeralcare to be their charity partner for this coming year. They along with all our supporters can see that homelessness can affect anyone and that every per   son deserves the chance of a home. The Bus Shelter IOW will provide that chance for when homeless people need it irrespective of whether they have any addictions. We believe that

It’s looking more like home everyday

Everyday sees a change in the look of the bus and us getting ever nearer to finishing it. Solar panels are being fitted tomorrow, Skylights next Tuesday. Mattresses have been ordered and should be here by next Friday and the fascias for the bunks ready in 10 days.    

Its been a busy week

This week I was nominated and won IOW Radio “Make a difference in the community” award. We received a £800 cheque from Wootton Parish Council from their annual Party in the Park. we have been busy on the bus too. We had a nerve wrecking day taking a window out and installing a caravan door. Panelled out all the seating area. Installed USB charging points, lights and bed slats in the bunks. Made the toilet/ changing

Latest Photos – Upstairs

Far from finished but taking shape. The walls are insulated, panelled, wiring in for lights and sockets and bunkbed frames made.