SHOUT WSK operated a soup kitchen for homeless and vulnerable people every night from 6-7pm during the height of COVID-19. The meals were cooked by Jason Earl at Cocks Kitchen and later the WSK team who used the facilities at the River of Life Church. Meals were prepared from FareShare donations and other goods received. Volunteers helped to prepare the food at both the café and the River of Life Church. Food once cooked, was collected and served from Saint Clare’s.
We currently offer a Sunday morning breakfast which is made to order from 9-11am which is hosted at St.Clare’s Day Centre.
Our outreach service also includes delivering food and items requested by our clients. Some rough sleepers do not attend the soup kitchen in person (during non-COVID-19 times) because they may have health issues or are unable to carry their belongings or do not want to leave them unattended.
We believe engaging with someone and providing reliable and regular support can really make a difference. Often the homeless people we interact with have been socially excluded because of issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependencies, mental or physical health problems. Through communication we can identify their needs and signpost them to other services they can access. We distribute sleeping bags, food, socks and sometimes tents to rough sleepers.
If you see someone rough sleeping, you can contact StreetLink via their website or call 0300 500 0914 so they can notify the Council/local services to assist them. You can also drop us a message on our Facebook page and we will notify the relevant services. If the person you are concerned about is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, then you should call 999.