Salvation Army aim to ‘mend broken lives’

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Local Salvation Army volunteers are lending their support to the organisation’s “Mending Broken Lives” annual appeal.

Salvation Army members, volunteers and friends have already started collections and will be visible in local communities in coming weeks.

Lieutenant Colonel Dominic Eaton, who, along with his wife, Debbie, spearheads the church’s operations in Derry, explained: “This has been a particularly hard year for many people who have found themselves in financial and emotional hardship.

“A donation to our annual appeal with help us to continue reachinig out to those in our local community offering friendship, information and very practical support through our churches and accommodation and professional support to rebuilds lives through our Lifehouses.

“Funds raised during the annual appeal are vital to ensure we can continue our work to mend broken lives.”

This year the work of Thorndale Family Centre in Belfast features on a short pod cast at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/annualappeal, highlighting the work of three projects where Annual Appeal funds are helping to mend broken lives. Two families share their very personal experiences of how the professional 24-hour care and support of staff at Thorndale, helped them to develop the skills to become confident and capable parents.

Working closely with social services, the centre is the only facility in Northern Ireland helping families to stay together by offering one-to-one training, support and guidance during an intensive 12-week residential programme.

All collectors will carry a permit, which can be produced on request, and will only ask for cash donations in blue Salvation Army donation envelopes/sealed collection tins.

Should you be out when collectors call, or if you receive an envelope through the post, you can return it using the free post address to the Salvation Army’s Belfast headquarters.

Donations can also be made by visiting www.salvationarmy.org.uk/annualappeal