Sue - Volunteer

I have worked for Thames Valley Police for the past 18 years and started my career as a Station Duty Officer. After 6 years, I found that listening to people’s problems and issues in the Community extremely fulfilling and applied to be a Police Community Support Officer so that I could make a difference to the Community I served. 

My new role allowed me to reach out to a Community which had historically been “a hard to reach group” – the homeless. Five years ago while I was volunteering at the Newbury Foodbank I was truly fortunate to meet Meryl. Meryl told me of her dream to open a Soup Kitchen locally as she had become concerned about the homeless in the area. Her passion shone from her and I was very keen to be part of this opportunity. 

Now, as a volunteer of Newbury Soup Kitchen and a committed part of the wonderful team that Meryl has put together, I can see what a difference to the homless and vulnerable locally we are making. I am extremely proud to be a volunteer at Newbury Soup Kitchen since it’s inception two years ago.  We all work so hard to give people a voice and offer then support and care in a non judgemental way. Each week provides new challenges and no two weeks are the same. 

I am proud of the work we do and our Soup Kitchen family.