How the Soup Kitchen Helps ?
The Newbury Soup Kitchen provides a decent hot meal each and every Thursday evening for the homeless, vulnerable, less fortunate and the rough sleepers of Newbury. This is far from as simple as it sounds; the preparation and time involved to cater for nearly 50 people each week takes a team of volunteers to pull off. But it doesn’t stop there.
Fancy a game of chess or cards, or simply want to read the papers and chat ? You can do it all. We really do aim to engage with everyone. Everyone really is welcome, and welcome on their terms.
We also offer a variety of support services to those in need – engaging with local authorities and associated services to assist service users where appropriate. This may involve those with housing issues, debt burdens, health concerns or dependency issues.
We organise and host an annual ‘flu-jab’ session which is entirely free of charge. And we can provide additional clothing, hats, gloves and camping items too. We aim to assist where we can.
And finally, we regularly offer a free haircut to those needing a tidy up. All this in just 2 hours a week.
More of What We CAN Do ?
– Assist with ID Applications (including Passports and Driving Licenses);
– Assist with referrals to local authorities or other statutory bodies;
– Assist with interest in educational development;
– Assist with housing enquiries, registrations and qualifying criteria; and
– Assist with medical referrals (including Dependency Issues & Mental Health).
What We DON'T Do ?
Whilst we look to assist as much as we can, there are of course things we cannot do, or cannot involve ourselves in. Below is a general list of things we cannot do or be involved in:
– Clearing an individuals’ debts or arrears*;
– Lending money or advising on such affairs*;
– Provide clothing, hats, gloves etc. for re-sale (a register is maintained accordingly);
– Provide money for prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines;
– Provide direct assistance with dependency issues; and
– Provide legal advice (we occasionally have referral solicitors who can assist).
* – we encourage engagement with statutory services and we support individuals in taking responsibility for their arrears, working with local authorities and hostels directly to remedy issues before any possible eviction is enforced.