Our main form of assistance is food. On four days each week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) between 1pm and 3.30 pm we distribute food to people to take away. The distribution takes place from the School Street side of the building. No referrals are needed but , on the first visit, we ask to see a document (eg an official letter) showing the name of each person receiving help. The type and quantity of food offered depends on what we have available, but normally includes sandwiches or tinned food. Extra help is given to families on Mondays and Fridays.
On the other three days of the week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) between 1pm and 3.30 pm we provide a hot meal in the church dining room, entry is via the church car park. Originally the meal was simply a bowl of soup (we were a ‘soup kitchen’) but now it is normally a full three-course meal. All are welcome.
We also help people with clothing, bedding, sleeping bags, some household supplies (cutlery, plates, kettles etc) and toiletries. We can also help service users moving into accommodation with furniture.
Although the particular mission of our charity is to provide immediate (short-term) assistance, we encourage our service users to seek long-term help where appropriate. For example, we provide information about other helping agencies in the city.