Please No More Clothing, Sleeping Bags, Duvets, Tents or Food

We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the public and community this year. It's only the beginning of December and we are bursting at the seams with donations. At last Thursday's session, there were as many people from the public as there were clients welcomed into the Soup Kitchen, each member of the public with a donation. Everyone here at the Soup Kitchen wish to thank each and every benefactor for their continued support, but we have to ask that we place a pause on some donations for the foreseeable future.

Due to the massive contribution of tents and sleeping bags collected from the Reading Festival Cleanup, we have a surplus of these items. We are pressed for space at our storage facilities and have boxes full of nearly new items of clothing too, including footwear, blankets and sanitary wear.  

Appeals And Wanted

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You can now donate from anywhere at any time with Vodafone's JustTextGiving service. We are now subscribed to this service for your convenience.
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Combination Bicycle Locks Needed
A number of our rough sleepers have had their bikes stolen, which has a negative impact on their lives. We are in urgent need of combination bike locks.
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Newbury Soup Kitchen

From 12th November 2018, the Newbury Soup Kitchen is division of the Haven (West Berkshire) homeless charity. It 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 for vulnerable adults who perhaps have mental health issues or are just lonely. All are greeted with hot food and drinks every Thursday evening. A warm welcome awaits people who wish to socialise, find support, enjoy a hot meal and interact with like-minded people.

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We are in continued demand for a varied assortment of items for the rough sleeping community. Here are some selected items from out Amazon Wish List that will make a difference. Thanking you in advance for your help.
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Volunteers

Please contact us to offer your support, in whatever capacity. We always welcome assistance on Thursday evenings to collect, prepare and serve food. Most volunteers assist on a rota basis if they cannot commit every week.
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Hot Food And Drinks

Hot food and drinks are provided free of charge. On the menu are soup, beans on toast, sandwiches and cakes. All foodstuff is kindly donated by local businesses and the Newbury community as a whole, for which we are very grateful.
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Address And Opening Hours

The Newbury Soup Kitchen is open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm every Thursday. You will find us at the Salvation Army hall, 8 Northcroft Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1BU.
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Meet The Team

Meryl

Meryl

Founder And general Manager

I conceived the idea of the Newbury Soup Kitchen in November 2016 while working for the Newbury Food Bank at the Salvation Army hall. It came to my attention that the Loose Ends drop-in centre did not open on a Thursday, therefore there was a need for an additional resources for the homeless 

Jan

Jan

Kitchen Manager

I met Meryl whilst volunteering at the Foodbank in Newbury. Little did I know then what a dynamic and inspirational person she was. She came up with the idea of the Soup Kitchen, asked if I would like to be involved and as they say the rest is history. 

Mai Britt

Mai Britt

Session Manager

I moved to England from Denmark in August 2017 and had decided that I wanted to do some volunteering to get to know people. I have worked in Denmark within mental health and substance abuse and wanted to put my experience to good use. I came across Meryl and the work she was doing with the other volunteers.

Kitchen News and Gossip

Weekly Reports

Donation Generosity, Sing-Along Collection and Children Education

We took a pop up tent and accessories that a rough sleeper would use. We encouraged the children to ask questions and they asked some great ones. For instance “What do people do all the time if they are bored?” and “Do rough sleepers sleep well in a tent, do they have trouble sleeping?”

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Introducing HAVEN (West Berkshire) Homeless Charity

The Newbury Soup Kitchen has become a division of HAVEN (West Berkshire) homeless charity. Benefactors, clients and followers will see subtle changes over the coming weeks, including name change and identity, but should be rest assured that the services offered, ethos and people behind the Soup Kitchen will not change. Indeed, some of the Soup Kitchen volunteers now reside as Trustees within HAVEN.

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Advice

Volunteers Needed For SWEP Extended Winter Provision At Two Saints

Two Saints are asking for volunteers to support the SWEP Extended Winter Provision ‘night shelter’ provision that they are providing. If you feel you can support Two Saints and help rough sleepers during the coming winter months, please contact Matthew Cobbett in the first instance.

National Rough Sleeper Crisis

A total of 4,134 people were counted or estimated by local authorities to be sleeping rough in England on any one night in autumn 2016, an increase of 16% from the 3,569 figure of 2015. Figures show that the number of people sleeping rough has more than doubled in the last two years. Local authorities’ counts and estimates indicate an increase of 2,366 rough sleepers (134%) since the current methodology for measuring rough sleeping began in 2010.

London has a total of 964 people sleeping rough, an increase of 3% from the 2015 figure of 940. There were significant increases in rough sleeping in East England (44%) and in the North West (42%). In 2016, London accounted for 23% of the total number of rough sleepers, compared to 26% in 2015. The South East continues to account for a high percentage of the total number of people sleeping rough (23%).

Westminster remains the local authority with the highest number of rough sleepers, a total of 260 people compared to 2015 figure of 265. Bristol is the only other local authority in the top 10 to report a reduction in the number of rough sleepers (-23). Birmingham and Redbridge are in the top 10 in 2016 but were not in the top ten in 2015.

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