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Scarborough Salvation Army Issues SOS

Scarborough Salvation Army Issues SOS

Published by Jon Burke at 6:20pm 19th March 2020. (Updated at 11:58am 20th March 2020)

The Salvation Army has issued a SOS to the public to help them continue to feed the homeless and vulnerable in Scarborough, during the Coronavirus outbreak.

As the crisis intensifies, The Scarborough Corps on Tuesday cancelled nearly all of it daily and weekly activities at the Alma Parade Citadel, including its Sunday morning service.

But it has vowed to keep on helping those in the community most in need – with the help of the town’s people and businesses.

Corps Commanding officer, Major Stephen Noble, said:

"It is with a heavy heart that the Salvation Army in Scarborough has been forced to cancel most of its activities, in line with Government guidelines.            

We are not cancelling glibly, but we have no alternative to lead and behave responsibly. 

We do realise there is a lot of need out there and we will still be here to support, those in our faith community and the wider community.

It is our intention to sustain our provision of food for the homeless and while we will not be running our weekly drop-on on a Thursday, we will provide hot food for people to come and takeaway with them."

The Army, however, is currently relying on stock from donations made at Christmas and needs to fill its shelves in its food bank to ensure its scaled-down service can run.

Major Noble added:

"Our major concern is that, unless food comes in, we can’t give food out and our existing stocks would run-out within a week.

Therefore, we would like to ask members of the public to be gracious and perhaps consider dropping off food at the Salvation Army on Alma Parade."

Major Noble said donations can be dropped off during the week between 10-11am. 

The Army runs a variety of activities through the week for all age groups, including luncheon clubs for the elderly and children’s events. 

Major Noble said:

"We recognise that there are many people who will greatly miss these activities, and for whom the coming weeks will be very challenging, especially those who are vulnerable and/or elderly. 

In order to help these people as much as possible, we are exploring ways in which we can support them practically, emotionally and spiritually.

We will endeavour to provide for people in critical isolation circumstances and offer food parcels and telephone calls when they are unable to get out of their homes.

As for our services, we are also looking at ways we can use digital options instead of our face-to-face worship on Sunday mornings.

In these difficult times, we ask that we practically support each other and lift each other up in prayer as much as possible."

He has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Anyone who wants to get in touch with Scarborough's Salvation Army can ring 01723 378603, or in emergencies, 07767336707.

They also have a Facebook page: and a website:


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