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Salvation Army leaders in Wisbech publicly thanked Wisbech Town Council for providing “amazing volunteers” who support a Saturday evening hot food service for the homeless and others in need.

The vote of thanks comes as the Salvation Army announced a series of changes to “strengthen community support”.

A spokesperson said: “The new programme includes the launch of a community lounge which will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 2 May from 2pm to 5pm.

“Open to all, service users will benefit from a new debt advice service while Employment Plus, which supports people into work, will also be available.

“Visitors will also be signposted to other organisations which may be able to help while light food will also be served.”

The spokesperson said the current Tuesday and Thursday evening hot food drop-ins which have not run for over a month will change. The Tuesday session now to be held in the weekly community lounge, and the Thursday programme will be discontinued.

“The Saturday evening food programme will continue with the support of Wisbech Town Council and will move inside the hall rather than being held at the door,” said the spokesperson.

“We’ve opened the doors this evening for our new, updated outreach at Wisbech.

“A big thank you to the amazing volunteers and Wisbech Town Council who make this possible.”

The spokesperson added that other services, such as prebooked laundry and shower slots, will be available on Thursday afternoons,

The Salvation Army in Wisbech is set to welcome Major Michael Bainbridge as its new leader in July

The Salvation Army in Wisbech is set to welcome Major Michael Bainbridge as its new leader in July

The Over 60s lunch club will continue to be held on Tuesdays between 12pm and 1pm, and the Busy Bees parent and toddler group, will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army in Wisbech is set to welcome Major Michael Bainbridge as its new leader in July

Paul Brearley, corps secretary of The Salvation Army in Wisbech, said he believed the changes will lead to more effective engagement with people in and around the town.

He said: “We want our new community lounge to be a space where people can come and have a cup of tea, get advice, practical and emotional support.

“We are looking forward to welcoming new church leaders Major Michael and Major Jackie in July and we believe the future is very bright for our corps.”

For more details, go to www.salvationarmy.org.uk/wisbech

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