How the Soup Kitchen Helps ?
Newbury Soup Kitchen provides a freshly cooked and prepared hot three-course meal every Thursday, Wednesday and Saturday 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 110 meals each week takes a team of volunteers to pull off, but it doesn’t stop there.
Newbury Soup Kitchen strives to help people by providing a broad spectrum of healthy food provision and outreach to care for those in need in Newbury and West Berkshire.
This is catered around the whole person: physically, emotionally, and socially. Spending time with people who need support, encouragement, and empathy helps to improve their situation and future. Gaining trust, building relationships that encourages growth in confidence and enable individuals to make better life decisions.
Working to give vulnerable people in our society a voice.
It is very important to us that everyone is treated with respect and kindness, treated as equals, not often experienced by many in everyday society.
We love our work and are committed to striving forward to eventually opening a permanent Community Support Centre in the centre of Newbury.
Pre COVID our sessions were indoors where we could provide a sit-down meal. At the same time if one of our visiting clients fancy a game of chess or cards, or simply want to read the papers and chat they can. We do aim to engage with everyone. Everyone is welcome, and welcome on their terms. Now we are living with COVID we have moved to an outside Take Away Service for safety as many of our clients are unvaccinated and/or have underlying issues. We will continue to do this until we deem it safe to do so.
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’ and more recently COVID Vaccine and Lateral Flow tests to help our clients engage and keep as safe as possible. All our Outreach services are free sessions and outside our food provision. COVID or not we provide a timetable throughout the week including:
- Haircuts (Thursdays)
- Eye tests and Eye Health checks from https://www.drvalariejerome.com/
- PIP and UC application form support
- Community Health Outreach Liaison team, Support (HOLT)
- Foot Care (due to commence again 2022 COVID permitting)
And we can provide additional clothing, hats, gloves and camping items too. We aim to assist where we can.
What CAN We Do? Signposting and Outreach:
- Assist with PIP and UC Applications
- Assist with referrals to local authorities or other statutory
- 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 Do Not 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 for re-sale (a register is maintained accordingly).
- Provide money for prescriptions or over the counter
- Provide direct assistance with dependency issues
- Provide legal advice (we occasionally have referral solicitors who can assist).