The weather was much milder this week so people were generally in high spirits. We had 49 people through the door and 21 in by 6.02pm which we think is a record…
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 have a general appeal for environmentally friendly plates and cutlery. In our efforts to provide hot food on such a regular basis, we always find a requirement for plates, bowls and cutlery. Naturally we’d prefer these to be sturdy, but also recyclable too.
Aspergillosis is the umbrella name for the conditions caused by the common mould aspergillosis fumigatus. Sleeping on duvets and pillows that get cold and damp and do not have the opportunity to dry out through the winter months, can be a breeding ground for these spores.
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.
The former Newbury Snooker Club in West Street is due to open shortly as a temporary night shelter for the homeless. The West Street building is now concluding the process of refurbishment, making it suitable for use as temporary accommodation for up to 20 rough sleepers. At this time, the facility is due to be available until April 2019.