John Clifton

The Salvation Army in Ilford is a Church that is known for putting its faith into action and doing new things. The last 9 years, under the leadership of Captains John and Naomi Clifton, have seen a focus on the development of exciting initiatives such as a nightshelter, baby bank to support vulnerable families, recycles – a bike refurbishment social enterprise – and community organising with Citizens UK.

The most recent innovation to emerge from The Salvation Army in Ilford is the development of Malachi Place. This is a hostel in Ilford town centre for 42 men and women facing homelessness. The £5 million project accommodates people with no recourse to public funds and makes use of volumetric modular construction methods so that the four-storey building might be redeployed in its entirety, or in clusters of units, to other parts of the country in the future to address similar needs.

“Innovation is about joining the dots to create pictures that no one knew were there. It is not possible to create something out of nothing – the innovators can see the opportunities and the resources, take what is there and produce something new.”

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