Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to visit Southend's HARP homeless centre

Echo: Homeless centre set for archbishop’s visit Homeless centre set for archbishop’s visit

A HOMELESS centre is busy gearing up for a visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will dedicate a new training room in Harp’s Bradbury Centre, in York Road, Southend, during a whistlestop tour.

The centre, where the homeless receive training in skills needed to get them back on their feet, is buzzing with excitement ahead of the visit.

Gill Garwood, Harp’s chief executive, said: “It is such a great honour for Harp to be recognised by the Archbishop for the work we do in helping homeless people, and this visit is a great morale booster for our staff and users.

“There is a tremendously exciting atmosphere around the Bradbury Centre in the lead-up to welcoming the Archbishop, and we are all very busy with preparations to ensure this will be a most memorable occasion.”

Harp is supported by many local churches, and this visit is part of the centenary celebrations of the Diocese of Chelmsford, which Southend is part of.

Every year about 2,000 people in the area need assistance with homeless issues. The Bradbury Centre, which Harp opened in March 2014, provides essential services.

These include emergency night shelter accommodation, a day centre and training. Improved facilities at the Bradbury Centre will enable Harp to help even more people.

Facilities include a 24-hour service for those needing emergency accommodation. This new round-the-clock approach is proving effective, leaving the homeless in a better position to improve their situation.

The archbishop will also visit the Storehouse Community Centre, in Coleman Street, which gives tea, coffee, meals, food bags and clothes to people in need.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, recently marked the centenary by completing a ten-mile walk, from Leigh to Hockley, via Southend, as part of ten walks he will carry out to mark the diocese’s 100 years.

He said: “We are honoured the Archbishop of Canterbury has accepted our invitation to join us for our centenary celebrations.”

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5:14pm Fri 16 May 14

runwellian says...

Why all the excitement, he is just a bloke like any other!
Why all the excitement, he is just a bloke like any other! runwellian
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5:19pm Fri 16 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

That hat has been photo shopped
That hat has been photo shopped Living the La Vida Legra
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5:53pm Fri 16 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

He could put a few homeless people up in his vast accommodation.
He could put a few homeless people up in his vast accommodation. John Bull 40
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6:14pm Fri 16 May 14

Father Jack Hackett says...

runwellian wrote:
Why all the excitement, he is just a bloke like any other!
That would be an ecumenical matter.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Why all the excitement, he is just a bloke like any other![/p][/quote]That would be an ecumenical matter. Father Jack Hackett
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10:09am Mon 19 May 14

JayRSS1 says...

Maybe if these religious organisations weren't tax exempt and paid corporation tax like any other company more homeless centers, childrens centers and other practical social measures could be afforded
Maybe if these religious organisations weren't tax exempt and paid corporation tax like any other company more homeless centers, childrens centers and other practical social measures could be afforded JayRSS1
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