www.soulfoodsisters.org - In response to the current pandemic we are engaging with homeless projects in providing hot, home-made meals, sandwiches, sweet treats and fresh fruit (when available) – in excess of 450 meals and 150 sandwiches in the past week alone: Kindness Homeless Street Team (George Square Glasgow) –including asylum seekers, financial difficulties, addictions, mental health issues, lone parents, various homeless groups and those who are vulnerable in need.
Marie Trust - Various homeless groups
Salvation Army Hostel Wallace of Campsie House East Campbell
St Gallowgate – homeless and asylum seekers
Night Shelter & City Mission Glasgow – homeless and asylum seekers
We are also providing a hot meal to anyone in need from our premises in Galllowgate as we do have some footfall via nearby hostel/ homeless unit, we have a window hatch which allows us to keep in line with social distancing and observing PPE. We are publicising our free meals service via several social media platforms, local community initiatives, WhatsApp community groups and good old word of mouth.
To help to support this responsive initiative, we have recently opened our serving window where the passing public can purchase coffee, tea, soup, sandwiches and soup with the proceeds going to fund our service to the homeless as detailed above. The footfall is very limited due to the pandemic and very few local businesses are open but we felt the need to boost the funds somewhat to purchase essentials like food containers, PPE etc.:
We have been building on some current plans and hoping to expand, including:
Female led/ orientated workshops – online and in person (when restrictions are lifted) including: cooking, baking, events and hospitality overview, guest speakers focusing on particular group issues, sharing experiences in a safe and confidential environment leading to sharing help and signposting for support, current topics and beauty/ pamper evenings to name a few.
Funded by Glasgow (September 2020)