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.
The Ashmore Green WI hosted a Craft Fayre on Saturday 16th November, raising much needed funding for the Newbury Soup Kitchen. With exceptional turnout the fayre proved a huge success, with stall holders and visitors delighted with the offerings; including the usual homemade cakes, sandwiches and teas.
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 the 31st of January 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released the 2018 figures on levels of rough sleeping across England. These provide a snapshot of the number of people who sleep rough on any one night, based on counts or estimates carried out by local authorities. Click Here for Info
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.
There were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in 2018, the highest year-to-year increase (22%). Most of the deaths in were among men (88% of the total). The mean age at death was 45 years for males and 43 years for females in 2018; in the general population the mean age at death was 76 years for men and 81 years for women. Click Here for Info