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Homelessness: Solutions for a Growing Issue….

Due to the enormous success of the menu from last week we decided to continue with Ham, Egg and Chips with Baked Beans. Meryl made a Pear and Cinnamon Tart which was served with Custard. This week we explore the developing and expanding issue of homelessness…..

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Healthcare For The Homeless

We build relationships over time with our clients; sometimes when they fall down and their drug use increases they are worried and upset that we will be disappointed or worried about them. This is an interesting concept; it does show that the realisation of their actions and drug usage affects others that they know.

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Modern Day Slavery

Phil Tudor volunteers at Newbury Soup Kitchen as our graphic designer. He was one of our first clients in the Soup Kitchen when we opened our doors in January 2017. At the time he was homeless himself and living in a car park. He is now housed and building his life again. This is in his own words his story of his scrape with “Modern Day Slavery”.

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Universal Credit and Advocacy

Many clients struggle working with Universal Credit. One client has been sanctioned for not contacting the relevant department when he went into prison. He did not know and none had told him he had to organise this.

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Busy Times, Keeping it Simple & Advocacy Support Needed

Thursday (4th) night was a very busy night; 52 people attended so probably the second or third busiest session in the two and a half years we have been open. This week we tried a new main course and came up with the idea of Ham, Egg, Chips and Beans. So keeping it simple….

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Seizures, Ambulances, and Modern Day Slavery Training

Unfortunately a client had an epileptic fit towards the latter part of the session. It went on for quite a long time so they slept afterwards for a while. One of our volunteers dealt with him initially as they saw it start and guided him onto the floor so he would not hurt himself.

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New Clients, Alcoholism & Events We Attended

This week we went to Pitch to the Panel in the Corn Exchange, funded by Greenham Trust. A doctor and specialist from the hospital explained about fatty liver disease. Alcoholism is very common with many of our clients. We find it very distressing to see how the symptoms of alcohol cause such destruction to the body.

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