A PORTSMOUTH woman is now leading a team across five counties of southern England which helps people who have been homeless to rebuild their lives.
Laurie Anderson is The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit’s new regional manager for its southern region.
In her role, she is responsible for the organisation’s homelessness support services team across Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
For 12 years, Laurie worked in mental health services and with young people for an organisation that supports people who are homeless, or vulnerable or needing support. She joined The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Support Unit in 2014 and ran a centre for homeless people in Portsmouth before becoming assistant regional manager for southern region.
“Homelessness is a complicated issue and people from all walks of life can find themselves experiencing homelessness for a wide range of reasons. These can include unemployment and relationship or family break-ups” said Laurie Anderson.
“The Homelessness Services Unit understands this and is committed to providing quality support services for people who are experiencing homelessness that are tailored to their needs to help them on their journey away from homelessness and towards independence.
“I am very proud to be taking on this role and to lead a team of dedicated professionals whose work to support vulnerable people to rebuild their lives is becoming increasingly important in today’s society”, added Laurie.
The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Unit southern region runs the Logos House Lifehouse in Bristol and the Gloucester House rehabilitation clinic in Highworth near Swindon and Booth House Lifehouse in Swindon.
In Hampshire it operates the Catherine Booth House Lifehouse, St Paul’s House Lifehouse and St Monica’s House Lifehouse in Portsmouth and the Booth Centre Lifehouse in Southampton.
On the Isle of Wight, the Homelessness Services Unit runs the Fellowship House Lifehouse and Melville Street Lifehouses in Ryde and the Carisbrooke Priory Lifehouse.
Major Hilarie Watchorn - Assistant Territorial Director for The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services welcomed Laurie’s appointment. She said:
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Laurie to her new role as regional manager for southern region. The Homelessness Services Unit supports single people, families, young people and those requiring support with addictions and mental health.
“Laurie’s vast experience and knowledge of homelessness and the issues surrounding it, coupled with her warm personality and professionalism will doubtless inspire her team to keep delivering and striving to improve the outstanding service we provide to the vulnerable and marginalised people in our care.”