On the 3 January 2015 members of the Salvation Army on Portobello Road arrived at their hall to find it had been broken into, trashed and burgled. Some £5,000 worth of damage had been caused and nearly £10,000 worth of goods stolen including PA and AV equipment, an electric piano, parent and toddler group equipment, food from the food-bank, toys given to distribute to needy families, four computers and printers from the computer suite as well as other items.
The grant received from Colville City Living, Local Life enabled the Salvation Army to purchase four computers and programmes, which is now housed in a small room in the community centre. When fully operational the facilities will enable visitors to the Friday coffee drop-in to access the internet as well as being used by guests at the Tuesday over 60s lunch club.
In September the Salvation Army will commence a Wednesday evening tea-time after school club for 5-10 year olds and the computer facilities will enable them to give help with homework and the like. They are also looking into the feasibility of opening a job club and these computers will be invaluable for this service.
Major Paul Scott of the Salvation Army on Portobello Road said “We have been amazed at the way the community have rallied round and given their support to us during what has been a very difficult time”.