omeless people face numerous problems apart from the lack of a safe and warm place to stay. These people are constantly being discriminated against and rejected by the general public, are often victims of violence and abuse, and are faced with limited access to private and public services and vital necessities.
Volunteers with the Helping Open People’s Eyes (HOPE) group spent the past year raising money and invested it into this vehicle. It offers beds for 12 people, as well as two showers, two toilets, a kitchen, and a tiny lounge area.
After seeing a similar project in Bristol a year ago, self-employed bus driver Ian Smith and his wife Tammy from Cefn Fforest, Blackwood, decided to give it a try:
“We have been feeding the homeless for the last four years. It is getting more and more common and we are seeing a lot more people on the streets.
I first seen Jasper Thompson and his Bristol Home for the Night campaign. He had a bus there which was converted. I saw his project and I thought what a wonderful thing so I thought we should start fundraising for it.”