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
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
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.