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Autumn Alms Grants: Helping the Homeless

Soup Kitchen was awarded a multi-year grant of £24,000 (over 3 years) towards the salary of their Head Chef.

Established in 1986, The Soup Kitchen is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and vulnerable in London.  They provide free hot nutritious meals, clothing, toiletries, and a sense of belonging to over 100 friends daily.  Their aim is to tackle some of the core issues of homelessness and give friends the ability and confidence to get back into a more normal society.  They have stayed open throughout the Covid pandemic providing a vital service.

C4WS Camden Winter Night Shelter was awarded a multi-year grant of £24,000 (over 3 years) towards the salary of the Shelter Coordinator.

The Homeless Project supports those without a home to rebuild their lives.  Usually, a group of 13 churches across Camden take it in turns to offer free shelter and food for the 5 coldest months of the year for 16 guests per night.  The charity also offers welfare support and projects throughout the year.  Due to Covid, they have rented a temporary venue that provides hotel-style rooms (own bedroom and bathroom) for 20 guests with food being brought in specially.

Street Storage received a one-off £6,000 grant towards the salary of their Director to run their Camden unit.

They provide free, accessible and secure storage for people experiencing homelessness.  It is a simple yet brilliant solution to a problem that impacts a large (and growing) number of people.  They offer different kinds of storage – Document Storage, Short-Term Storage and Long-Term Storage.  The Camden unit operates from the Crypt at St-Giles-in-the-Fields Church.

Single Homeless Project received a one-off £3,000 grant to help refurbish the communal spaces within a hostel.

An initiative to create welcoming and comfortable communal spaces (deinstitutionalise them) within the hostel, ie: canteen, reception area, balcony.  They want to involve staff and residents in design and choosing furnishings to create these new mixed-use spaces.

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