Wanted: tradespeople to help build a bus for the homeless

March 23 2018
Wanted: tradespeople to help build a bus for the homeless

Laz Irvine hands £720 donation to Help Bristol's Homeless

Pictured: Laz Irvine, owner of Urban Lighthouse estate agency, hands £720 to Jasper Thompson to sponsor a bed on the bus. Urban Lighthouse is donating £25 to HBH for every home sold, and will match any extra donation from a seller to make it up to £100

CARPENTERS and plumbers are needed desperately to put the finishing touches to two vital projects which will provide a place for Bristol’s rough sleepers to lay their heads.

The appeal comes from Jasper Thompson, founder of Help Bristol’s Homeless (HBH), the Bedminster charity which makes accommodation out of shipping containers on a building plot at Bedminster Green.

The latest project is to convert a bus into temporary accommodation. The double-decker was donated by First Bus and is already looking smart in its new livery.

Inside, however, the bus needs the attention of a carpenter or two to finish it off. The roof needs boarding, bed frames need constructing and fittings made.

Once it’s finished, the bus will have separate floors for men and women and will be able to house up to 12 people at a time. 

It will be parked on the charity’s site at Malago Road, but before the bus can be opened, the people using it will need somewhere to wash and shower.

Jasper has a 32-ft container ready to be made into a shower and toilet block, with a water supply already plumbed in.

“We need to fit toilets, sinks and showers,” he told the Voice. 

“I think it would take three plumbers about a week.”

Dozens of Bristol firms have already given their time and materials to help convert five shipping containers into cosy, temporary homes.

Now Jasper is hoping to find some more companies who haven’t contributed yet, who are willing to donate items like bathroom equipment or skilled tradespeople (see panel).

In time, the charity aims to fit out six more containers, ready to be transported to a new base off Spring Street, behind York Road. More on this in a future Voice.

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