Service of Thanksgiving for Torquay Homelessness Project

Friends of Factory Row supporters with Nick Pannell, Chair, holding up signs saying 'Save our Hostel' when the Leonard Stocks Centre was faced with closure in 2014

Friends of Factory Row supporters campaigning for the Leonard Stocks Centre

This weekend (31st May 2015), Langley House Trust will be joining forces with Shekinah and Friends of Factory Row to give thanks for the Leonard Stocks Centre.

The Centre, which provides vital services for homeless men and women in Torbay, will now remain open despite the threat of closure last year.




The thanksgiving service – which will see supporters, staff and volunteers from all three organisations coming together – will take place at Upton Vale Baptist Church. It will be a time of celebration of the Centre, including that Langley is now directly running the service again with Shekinah.

Man talking to a rough sleeper on a benchThe  Centre has been faithfully supported by the Friends of Factory Row who have been instrumental in raising funds and increasing awareness of the plight of homeless individuals in the area – the Centre in its former site was first set up because of the number of rough sleepers and related deaths.

Speaking about the service, Tracy Wild, CEO of Langley House Trust, said:

We are very proud of the Leonard Stocks Centre and all the local support that has helped to keep this homeless provision going over the years. We are delighted to be working with Shekinah again to deliver this service and to support homeless men and women in the area. The thanksgiving service will be a chance to acknowledge this support, thank God and pave the way for our future working.