Newbury Soup Kitchen

Homeless Charity In West Berkshire
Opening at 18:00 on Thursday
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Posted on Apr 20, 2019

Often people talk to us about their relationship with their families and how drugs have destroyed those relationships. This person said they know they have broken their mothers heart so many times, their mother has no strength left. Fractured relationships caused more anxiety and stress deepening...

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Posted on Apr 13, 2019

Some sessions are just filled with incidents that require all volunteers to be vigilant, have lots of diplomacy, patience and prepared to use all the skills that we have to ensure everyone is safe and remain safe. This week definitely kept us on our toes...

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Posted on Mar 31, 2019

Every week something happens in the session that causes us to pull together as a team, and often take us out of our comfort zone. However we always work well together and do what is necessary to provide the care and support needed the time. This week was no exception.

A client collapsed with che...

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Posted on Mar 23, 2019

We had 37 people in this evening. We provided meat based and vegetarian soup, Amatriciana (bacon and tomato pasta) and pineapple upside down cake with custard. Jan did a potato salad, which always goes down well. We have a few people who do not eat meat for cultural or ethical reasons so we alway...

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Posted on Mar 16, 2019

This week was again quieter than it has been for a while with only 35. Having less people in allows the volunteers more time to sit, chat and support as needed. The atmosphere was jovial, however lively at times, which had to be controlled. Many of our regular clients are using the night shelter...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2019

The quietest night for ages this week, with only 33 in.

Food went down very well, we had Roasted Vegetable Soup, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Tuna Pasta, and for a nice change we had Pancakes, as it was Shrove Tuesday this week. Many of the clients were very excited about the pancakes; they came wit...

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Posted on Mar 1, 2019

It was a quieter session this evening, with 38 in through the door. It did seem much busier than that. There were a few comings and goings – we think many people came in for the supermarket donations, as they are always so generous…

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Posted on 25-Feb-2019

The queue was long this evening, with 48 people through the door in total. Many people left quite quickly after they had eaten and helped themselves to the supermarket donations. For some this makes a huge difference to their weekly food accessibility. We had lots of eggs this week so after we ha...

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Posted on 17-Feb-2019

The weather was much milder this week so people were generally in high spirits. We had 49 people through the door and 21 in by 6.02pm which we think is a record.
For a change, we decided to tackle the tins of hot dogs that we had been donated by the Mothers Union in Hungerford. On the menu this...

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3 weeks 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
3 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
3 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
RG14 1BU
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Thu:6:00 – 8:00 pm