Updates

The Office of National Statistics have released the statistics of homeless deaths in England and Wales in the years 2013-2018

"There were an estimated 726 deaths of homeless people in England and Wales registered in 2018, the highest year-to-year increase (22%) since our time series began."

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The HOLT nurses came in today, we had four people come to see them which was great. One person who has not been to see them before, so it is good news that the word is getting around. Usually they are timetables for an hour every other week but this week the nurses stayed for two hours. Consultat...

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We gave out quite a few tents tonight. 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.

It is thought that abou...

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The session this week was uneasy, and it felt uncomfortable. There was too much going on at one time; a session where we had to have eyes everywhere.

We are still looking for a First Aid Volunteer with lots of experience.

We were six volunteers down tonight; unfortunately a few last minute ca...

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What is Cuckooing?
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.
Drug dealers will often target the most vul...

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Some people who sleep rough find it difficult to live anywhere other than in a place on their own that they can call home. One of our homeless said to us this week "I would rather die on the streets than go into a hostel"
This is no reflection of statutory accommodation; this is just a personal...

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This was a particularly full on session this week. We had 47 people through the door, 7 haircuts and one chiropody appointment.

We knew it was going to be a difficult session, we could hear people across the river who were waiting to come in when we opened. As it was a warm afternoon many peopl...

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Many of our clients live with an alcohol addiction. Over a period of time this takes a horrific toll on the body.

We are still looking for a First Aid volunteer to help support the team. We try to have two first aiders on every shift as we have many clients in at a time and situations often arri...

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Testimonials

8 months ago
Meryl and her band of merry volunteers delivery a friendly, none judgemental supportive evening 6-8pm every Thursday evening. Week in and week out they help and support so many people offering a wide variety of excellent food, including vegetarian options. I see their patience, concern, support helping each individual to feel welcome and supported. The work goes on every week not just Thursday evening but also Saturday 4pm in the wharf for warm soup, noodles and hot drinks, the only place for those less fortunate to eat. They deal with so much with such heartfelt kindness I have never seen anything so wonderfully warming. I know that many other activities, tasks, visits, training, meetings and I am sure the list is endless and these are done all the time as well as the open sessions. I know it must take all day and more to make the food to be offered? Keep up the great work Meryl and your wonderful Team. Thank you for everything you all do for all those needing your help and suppor...
- Jules B
11 months ago
An excellent and dedicated team of volunteers that really make a difference in the lives of Newbury's homeless and vulnerable.
- Laura P
11 months ago
Friendly atmosphere and dedicated volunteers.
- Fiona G

About us

The Newbury Soup Kitchen is a voluntary organisation providing help and support to the Newbury homeless community and those less fortunate than others. The primary operation is a friendly drop-in centre for vulnerable adults who perhaps have mental health issues or are just lonely. All are greeted with hot food and drinks every Thursday evening. A warm welcome awaits people who wish to socialise, find support, enjoy a hot meal and interact with like-minded people

Hot food and drinks are provided free of charge. On the menu are soup, beans on toast, sandwiches and cakes. All foodstuff is kindly donated by local businesses and the Newbury community as a whole, for which we are very grateful.

Founded and managed by Meryl Praill with the support of Andrew Williams, the Kitchen combines Meryl's experience in volunteering at the local food bank for four years, together with Andrew’s experience and dedication as a Salvation Army Officer.

We rely heavily on our wonderful volunteers who are dedicated and caring people from all walks of life. Please contact us to offer your support, in whatever capacity. We always welcome assistance on Thursday evenings to collect, prepare and serve food. Most volunteers assist on a rota basis if they cannot commit every week. Get in touch if you feel you could help.

We are in constant need of tents, ground sheets and sleeping bags. Thermos flasks are always welcome, together with wind-up torches and portable water carriers. Warm winter hats and scarves, thermal gloves and socks, waterproof coats and hiking boots are always in demand. Pot Noodles are a popular choice for our visitors, particularly Chicken and Mushroom and Beef and Tomato flavours! Coffee and orange squash are much needed, used and appreciated. Please contact us to arrange a drop off. You’re always welcome to pop into the Soup Kitchen on a Thursday evening with any donation you would like to make.

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8 Northcroft Lane
Newbury
RG14 1BU
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:Closed
Tue:Closed
Wed:Closed
Thu:6:00 – 8:00 pm
Fri:Closed
Sat:Closed
Sun:Closed
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