THE FILLING STATION
feeding the hungry on the streets
Please reply to:
Angus Macpherson JP, DL, Treasurer
The Filling Station was started in 1993 and became a registered charity in 1998. Its objective is “the relief of poverty by the provision of food, basic provisions and other material needs.” The principle focus of its work is with the rough sleepers and street homeless.
It operates from Queenstown Car Park in Turl Street, Swindon every Tuesday and Thursday evening, between 7.00 pm and 8.30pm. We provide soup, hot drinks, sandwiches, hot dogs, tinned food, and personal items. In addition, working with partners, we offer friendship, practical advice and some medical care to the homeless and very poor.
On average about 50 men and women of all ages, some young women with prams and, sadly, a few children. The majority of clients have issues relating to alcohol, drugs or mental health. Some have just fallen on hard times and need short term support.
Threshold Housing Link (THL), which runs the direct access hostel for men, provides two outreach workers who are expert in supporting those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. They are able to advise on housing and benefit issues and act as an advocate with the Borough Council through the Rough Sleepers Panel.
Drugs and Homeless Initiative (DHI) sends two street outreach workers. The focus of their work is to make contact with drugs users, giving harm reduction advice and support them into treatment.
The Filling Station operation is entirely staffed by volunteers and funded from voluntary donations.
Give by text ; Text “TFSS20 £x” to 70070