When the only remaining hostel for the homeless on the Isle of Wight was closed due to lack of funding, Kevin Newton felt compelled to act. Kevin had experienced homelessness in his own life and knew how important it was to have a place to go for hot food, a warm bed and human interaction. He came up with a brilliant idea. After months of fundraising, generous donations from IOW residents and business people, plus the invaluable support of some dedicated volunteers, The Bus Shelter was launched.
The Bus Shelter is a double-decker bus that Kevin has converted into a comfortable mobile shelter to provide a warm, safe space for the homeless. It sleeps up to 20 people in bunks and provides washing and toilet facilities, a fitted kitchen and lounge – there is even a log burner! What is also apparent is that there is a real sense of community – the bus provides a vital network of emotional support.
Kevin also helps the people who use the bus to find their own permanent homes and to make those first steps to rebuild their lives.
No one should be homeless and in a time when the cutting of funds is having such a devastating impact on our most vulnerable members of society, Kevin’s innovative idea is truly a life-saver. To learn more, visit The Bus Shelter website.