The success of the Newbury Soup Kitchen over nearly two years of providing a service to the homeless, vulnerable and rough sleepers in the community has exposed gaps in the charity, not-for-profit and statutory organisations support network. It has been an objective of Meryl and her team to offer more.
Therefore Haven (West Berkshire) “HAVEN” was registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in July 2018. Its objectives simply defined as “The relief of poverty of vulnerable and homeless people in the Newbury and West Berkshire area by the provision of a day centre, outreach and other services.”
The Newbury Soup Kitchen will therefore become and be immediately seen a division of HAVEN. 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.
What Changes Will There Be?
The first and most immediate change will be the separation from the Salvation Army. The Soup Kitchen will drop the connection with the Salvation Army in its name. The Salvation Army will, however, continue to allow the Soup Kitchen to provide services from their Northcroft Lane premises for the foreseeable future.
Being a division of HAVEN, the Newbury Soup Kitchen will now be able to more readily accept monetary donations alongside product donations and gifts. This is exceptionally beneficial subsequent to the recent Newbury Weekly News Best In Business windfall and recent fundraising.
Meryl Praill says: