A new, specialist vehicle to provide healthcare to Sussex’s homeless and vulnerable housed people, was officially presented to St John Ambulance’s Homeless Service on Friday 28 February.
The mobile treatment centre, which is fully equipped to provide first aid and primary healthcare to those who need it, has been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund. The vehicle is one of over 50 to be handed over in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
On Friday 28 February, staff and volunteers from the St John Homeless Service were formally presented with the vehicle by members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Sussex, and were joined by other local dignitaries and supporters, including the Mayor of Brighton, Cllr Alexandra Phillips.
Guests at the event were shown around the vehicle, which forms part of St John’s vital outreach service on Brighton’s seafront on a Thursday evening, and were given the opportunity to chat to the service’s manager, Sharon Agnew, and regular volunteers who help run the project.
The team provides first aid, including the treatment of wounds, dressing changes, specialist foot care with a podiatrist, as well as health assessments and referrals, health promotion, and support health appointment attendance, amongst other vital support services.
Dan May-Jones, Chair of St John Sussex, said: ‘The donation of this vehicle is wonderful news for the Sussex Homeless Service and will significantly help enhance the care we’re able to provide to those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. We’re immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons in the Sussex Province and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive impact the vehicle will have in the local community.”
With the arrival of the new mobile treatment centre, the team is now exploring opportunities to extend the service to other areas including Worthing, Crawley, and Horsham.
For more information on St John Ambulance’s Sussex Homeless Service go to https://www.sja.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work-in-the-community/our-homeless-services/