Homeless charity gets a helping hand

Published:  14 August, 2018

A charity in Bristol which repurposes used shipping containers into living space is receiving discounted building materials.

Help Bristol’s Homeless turns the containers into homes for people who have been rough sleeping.

Selco Builders Warehouse Bristol is supporting the charity by offering them discounted building materials including plasterboard, insulation, timber, screws and nails.

The shipping containers are sandblasted, painted with red oxide, and insulated before the electrics are installed and the interior is decorated.

The competed homes have been put together to make a ‘village’. There are currently 11 containers on the site, but there are wider expansion plans in place.

The person moving into the new home often assists with the work, as do the other people living in the container village.

Selco Branch Manager Mark Jones said: “We have agreed to give the group stock at a fraction of the price.

“The group is doing fantastic work helping the people affected rebuild their lives in a safe and secure home. As their site is right on our doorstep, it’s a privilege to be able to help in this way.”

Jasper Thompson, Director of Help Bristol’s Homeless, said: “We are very grateful to Selco for their tremendous support.

“Even a box of screws is a huge help as it all helps to reduce our running costs.

“The project is going very well. We have had some great successes with people getting back into employment and reconnecting with their families, so we want to push on from here.”

Pictured: (L-R) Phil Jones from Help Bristol's Homeless, Dan Pursey from Selco, Mark Jones, Jasper Thompson and Dixie Nowland from Selco.

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