AN event bringing together agencies from across Bradford who support people who are homeless was held at The Salvation Army’s Orchard Community.

The Orchard Lifehouse on Leeds Road provides somewhere to stay for up to 42 single homeless men, and support for issues such as mental health and addiction.

The day centre drop-in provides a safe place for people to sit, eat, wash and get to support with housing or healthcare needs. Within the complex there is a corps (church) and the Oasis Community Hub.

More than 70 people attended the church and charity’s open day including representatives from Bradford Council, Hope Housing, Bradford Homelessness Outreach Partnership, Emmaus Bradford, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, and faith and community groups.

The Salvation Army’s Major Christine Comely, who is chaplain at The Orchard, said: “Many people pass by and see the front of The Orchard and wonder what going on, so it’s been good to welcome people through the doors.”

Attendees were given a tour of the Lifehouse, Day Centre and Chapel, and enjoyed refreshments in the Oasis Café, a community hub that is open to members of the public offering affordable food and drinks every day between 10.30am and 2pm.

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