Unfortunately many of our clients have experienced Domestic Abuse or sometimes trying to hide from an abuser. It is important for someone to be able to contact someone who can potentially help.
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A few new people came in who have found themselves homeless. They are all aware that the weather is changing and that is frightening for many. Some people have COPD, which will be challenging during the winter months living outside.
Cuckooing is a practice where people take over a person’s home and use the property to facilitate exploitation. The most common form of cuckooing is where drug dealers take over a person’s home and use it to store or distribute drugs.
We had 42 people in and Kate our volunteer hairdresser did 11 haircuts, poor Kate was so hot in the little room she works from. Unfortunately the fan had to be put into the kitchen for the volunteers. It is unusual that we have to use fans but we will make sure we have some more next time.
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…..
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.
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”.