Happy and Sad ...
In London this week we were pleasantly surprised by 3 of our exhomeless friends (now in hostels) - knowing how we struggle doing our Wednesday Soup Run with over-loaded luggage trolleys, They turned up to help with a bike with a carrying-box on the front, and spent the night helping us on our rounds (See photos)
Because of your donations one of our homeless friends is no longer walking around in ill-fitting trainers full of holes.. 😀
Sad news has reach
Thank you to our volunteers who, last week in the heatwave, did extra daytime water "drops" in both Medway (special thanks to the council for their water donation) & London.
Being homeless is as dangerous in the Summer as the Winter - dehydration/kidney infections/skin infectons are all more prevalent during the warmer months - keeping clean and hydrated is much more difficult - that is why we provide water/toiletries and clean clothing ..
Please donate any o
Huddersfield outreach was busy last night. We trialled taking pot noodles and pasta pots out last night and they went down a storm. Along with this we had soup, hot drinks, water, snacks, socks, underwear, deodorant and wipes.
Every person we saw yesterday wanted to chat and that is a huge part of what we do. Listen, without judgement.
I have left the photo below as many see some of these people as not homeless. Some fall in and out of relationships and become homeless, s
Big thanks to our lovely volunteers who worked really hard in the heatwave on Sunday. Everyone who attended the soup kitchen was fed and hydrated...There was lots of lovely fresh food, including Lasagne, & Morocan Chicken.
We went through 10 2litre bottles of water and handed out over 60 small bottles!!
It was an extremely hot evening, with high demand for toiletries and clean Tshirts - homelessness doesn't go away in the Summer, but the "needs" change... your
Huddersfield was busy last night. Almost immediately we were confronted by a situation where a young man who is in a hostel had been beaten for his mobile phone. We saw to his eye injury and flagged down the police. His phone contains important information, key worker appointments, support numbers, without this he is in trouble.
We saw many of our homeless friends and some vulnerably housed, providing tea, coffee, snacks, socks, underwear and a chat. Talking is important and
Over a year ago we met a young homeless couple.. In April we heard they had finally been housed. .. last month they contacted us to let us know they were having a baby but were struggling to get together all the necessary equipment... today, thanks to the generosity of Diane and her friends, we have been able to give them almost EVERYTHING they need to start their family ...The couple in question are EXTREMELY grateful ❤❤
Thank you to everyone who has donated recently - because of your kindness, one of our homeless friends now has a pair of matching shoes (the ones in the photo were not only ''odd in style" but also size - one was size 8, the other 9.5).
We are currently distributing approximately 150 pairs of new socks and pants a week... maintaining personal hygiene in the warm weather is not easy for the homeless, but thanks to your donations we can make it a bit easier... 😊😊
Medway Soup Kitchen- a view from Sue Mcgreevy - a long-term supporter and first time visitor.
Last weekend I got to do something that I had wanted to do for a very long time. I witnessed the "Chatham Soup Kitchen". Wow, just, WOW!
The turnout numbers were staggering! Not just those unfortunate to be in need but also the number of volunteers that turned out with cars full food, drink and love.
The menu consisted of hot dishes including kebabs, bolognese, potatoes etc. P
This weekend Robin and I were in Chatham to help with their soup kitchen. This supports the homeless and the vulnerably housed.
This is a military styled operation as with 60+ people coming to be fed it has to be. They have a wealth of volunteers who bring hot food, cold food, sandwiches, serve hot drinks and mingle with the people who come.
It was amazing to see this in operation and to see the local community help them down there.
Every volunteer is valued and gives the
Sorry for the late update. Justine and Natalie headed into Huddersfield on Monday night. They gave essentials packs, cold drinks and any items requested to the rough sleepers.
Sometimes it can be quiet when we do our outreach, this gives us more time to chat with the people we have built up relationships with.
We don't only support rough sleepers. Some people are 'vulnerably housed'. They may have initially been on the streets, been housed but still need support. Food, sim