Salvation Army to have a new centre in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL'S most disadvantaged residents will once again have a safe place to turn to when the Salvation Army opens its new centre on Monday.

The organisation has been without a building since its former facility on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Bathurst Street was burnt down in a suspected arson attack last October.

Major Belinda Spicer runs the facility and church with her husband, Major Lynden Spicer.

She said they were thrilled to once again be based in Liverpool's central business district.

They will open their doors at the former Liverpool Bowling Club building in Bigge Park after months spent in a temporary facility.

"We were always located in the centre of town before, so it's good to be back," Major Spicer said.

"'We're here to serve the people of Liverpool and provide a safe place for the disadvantaged, homeless and lonely to turn to.

"Even before we've opened our doors, we've been inundated with people looking for help."

She approves of the Bigge Park location "because a lot of homeless people tend to gravitate there anyway".

"We provide people with assistance with bills and housing, meals, free coffee and generally just a place to hang out," Major Spicer said. "It gives people the opportunity to come somewhere to connect with other people and form friendships. There's a very big demand for this sort of help in Liverpool, and with the winter months coming up, homeless people will need more help then ever."

Major Spicer said she appreciated the efforts that the police had put in to investigating the fire, but she doesn't think the culprits will ever be found.

The fire was believed to have started after a bin was set ablaze and then the flames spread onto a nearby trolley filled with rubbish and after that onto the building.

The centre is on the corner of Moore and College streets. It will be open from 10am to 2.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with a church service at 10am on Sunday.

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