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An article explaining that Salvation Army officers met "representatives of South Wales voluntary organisations at a meeting in Cardiff to enlist support for a national campaign to raise money" to extend Northlands maternity home and replace the hostel in Bute Street.

Archive records concerning Northlands during its period as a Maternity Home from 1922-1974 can be found at the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre ( This archive also contains a photograph and correspondence relating to 240 Bute Street, Cardiff.

The Salvation Army website advises: "Northlands Lifehouse in Cardiff is a residential centre that supports young men and women aged 16-21 to overcome the challenges of homelessness." (, accessed 8/5/17.)


£150,000 S. Army schemes for city

EVERY family in Cardiff will be asked to contribute £1-or whatever it can afford-towards building a Salvation Army hostel costing £100,000 and a £50,000 maternity home extension.

Salvation Army officers yesterday met representatives of South Wales voluntary organisations at a meeting in Cardiff in a bid to enlist support for a national campaign to raise money to help the homeless and wretched in Wales.

The Northlands maternity home, the only one of its kind in Cardiff, provides care for about 18 unmarried mothers from all parts of Wales. Training for motherhood, should they decide to keep their child, is given to the girls.

The new hostel will replace the premises in Bute Street, where up to 115 men are given shelter each night. Some are unemployed and some are vagrants. Others are old-age pensioners who know no other home.

And the campaign will help people like 81-year-old Mr. Joe Mendi, who lives in a derelict dockland home in Alice Street, Butetown.

Leading photographer David Steen came to Cardiff earlier this year to take pictures free of charge for the campaign, and discovered Mr Mendi. His plight so moved the Salvation Army that his was one of the photographs chosen for a poster to publicise the campaign throughout the country.

From Microform, Local Studies, Cardiff Library.
Image created by The British Library Board.
Copyright: Media Wales.

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