Luke Burton, the artist behind The Connection project, has a vision that the project will connect people of all ages and backgrounds, starting here in Birmingham and spreading out across the globe. The project is all about hope and supporting local charities with their vital community work.
The Salvation Army is perhaps best known for its work supporting people who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, and those suffering with addictions. Much of that work is done through their residential services, known as Lifehouses, providing over 3,000 places a night.
Lifehouses are much more than just a place to stay. They are places of safety and support for the homeless, in the heart of their local community. People can access support with housing issues, employment, debt problems, training, spirituality, loneliness, addiction, or mental health. Many of the programs involve volunteers who provide a whole variety of activities, for example cooking, art or gardening classes. Residents build the confidence and skills to look forward to a much more positive future.
"We are very excited to be involved with The Connection says Ross Newton, the Community and Events Fundraiser at The Salvation Army. “It is vital that we maximise our resources to help people who have nowhere else to turn to, donations made to this project really will help those in need."
The public can support their Birmingham Lifehouse as they sponsor a ‘brick’, personalised with a message or name, and donate to the Salvation Army at the same time. The first installation will be at Broadway Plaza in Birmingham. To take part, visit www.theconnectionworldwide.com. To find out more about the Salvation Army Lifehouse projects please visit their website, https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/homelessness/lifehouses