The Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) centre was founded in 1987 by a group of local churches and has since became a registered charity. Their day centre, based in Edward Street in Lancaster, provides advice, food, shower and laundry facilities. Initially, when we approached the service they were organising a Christmas dinner to be held in the local church for the homeless, but only had one turkey for an anticipated crowd of 40+ people. We decided to provide the turkeys needed for the event.
Our Lancaster site team and contractors then worked together to improve their accommodation conditions. The shelter’s only shower and toilet was located in the same room, which meant that if someone was using either facility, both facilities were unavailable to other users. We converted their communal bathroom into a separate private shower room and a private toilet area.
Works included relocation of the sink, two new doors and frames, ironmongery skirting and arcs, internal dividing walls and an external dividing gate that replaced three internal lights and an extractor fan to the bathrooms etc., which were all filed, sanded and painted with the supply of fresh paint and gloss and the removal of all waste materials. On completion of our project at St Leonard’s House, we are donating the hoarding, gates and any other spare or re-usable materials for the charity to make use of.
Phil Moore, Centre Manager said:
“Aaron and the team came to do the work on the client shower and toilet – it’s fantastic! They worked incredibly hard all day and have done an amazing job. Many thanks. The staff, trustees and clients of LDHAS are all very grateful for this transformation of a vital service.” –