New Lifehouse opens in Widnes

published on 6 Jul 2015

(From L-R Ron Hignet, Mayor Ellen Cargill with husband and consort Dave, Jane Strickland, Mitch Menagh and Major Drew McCombe)

Our new service to provide homelessness accommodation and support in Widnes, near Liverpool, was officially opened this morning.

Brennan Lodge is a brand new, specially designed building that will be more than just a shelter for the residents who will come to call it home.

There are facilities to learn new skills and staff will work with residents to create a programme of training specifically designed to meet their needs.

Officially opened by local Mayor Ellen Cargill, The Salvation Army-run service will operate in partnership with Halton Borough Council and Halton housing Trust to help transform people's lives.

Mitch Menagh, Director of Homelessness Services at The Salvation Army, said: "Sadly in 2015 we still need services for people who find themselves homeless.

"We will do our best to combat homelessness by providing a quality service at Brennan Lodge."

Mayor Cargill said: "This is a wonderful building and we are honoured to have the expertise and experience of The Salvation Army at the helm."

Jane Strickland, manager of Brennan Lodge, said: "We will work with residents on a one-to-one basis to offer them practical support and a listening ear."