We build relationships over time with our clients; sometimes when they fall down and their drug use increases they are worried and upset that we will be disappointed or worried about them. This is an interesting concept; it does show that the realisation of their actions and drug usage affects others that they know.
Who Are We & What Do We Do ?
The Newbury Soup Kitchen is a voluntary organisation providing help and support to the Newbury homeless, rough sleeper community and those less fortunate than others. The primary operation is a friendly drop-in centre each and every Thursday for vulnerable adults who perhaps have mental health issues or are just lonely. We welcome all comers with hot food for the evening, a friendly face and a welcome opportunity to chat. A warm welcome awaits anyone wishing to socialise, find support, enjoy a hot meal and interact with like-minded people.
Whilst our offering is currently limited to Thursday evenings, the organisation of this single evening can stretch throughout the week. With collecting food supplies and welcome donations, we find ourselves potentially able to expand our service even further. Our limitation ? Room. We are currently offered the facilities of the Salvation Army, but we are keen to expand our offering – but this requires dedicated premises. We are actively searching for premises in the Newbury area and our fundraising efforts assist in supporting this effort.
As part of our expanding service and with some pretty cold weather in the offing, we have started to offer a Saturday Soup service. With a slightly more limited food offering of soup, bread, pot noodles and snacks, we hope to assist the homeless even more. We aim to continue this service beyond the winter months, adapting the offering appropriately to the seasons.
We are currently seeking much needed funding for the ongoing development and support for our services. By using The Good Exchange to make your donation, it will be matched £ for £ by The Greenham Trust.
We are delighted to have been chosen by The Red House in Marsh Benham and The Castle at Donnington for their Charity TV & Film Quiz Nights in May. Join the fun on 14th and 15th May at The Red House or The Castle and help raise much needed funds for a local community cause.
How Can You Donate ?
There are a number ways to donate right now. The benefits are significant and often immediate to the users of the Soup Kitchen.
How Can You Help ?
Our volunteers assist in varying roles, each playing a valuable part in the service provision. If you can help, or have a specific talent - contact us now....
Sponsors & Supporters
Thank You !
We would like to thank each and every sponsor and supporter who has helped with food donations, storage facilities, items and more....
The Newbury Soup Kitchen is open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm every Thursday. Find Us at the Salvation Army Hall, Northcroft Lane, Newbury.
National Rough Sleeper Crisis
On 25 January 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released the autumn 2017 figures for rough sleeping. These statistics are based on counts and estimates carried out by Local Authorities in England, providing a snapshot figure of the number of people sleeping rough on any one night.
Analysis from Shelter reveals that 320,000 people are recorded as homeless, as numbers rise again (Nov 2018). This figure lays bare the true scale of Britain’s worsening housing crisis. In the last year, the overall number increased by 13,000 people. This means one in every 200 people in Britain are homeless and sleeping on the streets or stuck in temporary accommodation, including hostels and B&Bs.
- Rising Rents, Possible Wage Stagnation
- Welfare Cuts, Lack of Social Housing
- Mental Health Issues, Neglect or Abuse
- Drug and/or Alcohol Addiction
- Family Break-Up, or Bereavement
- Leaving Employment (including Armed Services)
- Leaving Employment which included Accommodation
- Prison Sentence Completion