A homeless centre is hoping to soup up its offerings with a first-of-its-kind mental health drop-in service.
London’s Whitfield Street Soup Kitchen is fundraising for £30,000 to recruit a professional support worker to allow regulars at the centre to receive help whenever they need it two or three days a week.
The money will cover a £26,000 salary as well as £4,000 on the labour, materials and furniture to build a small consultancy room at the kitchen.
For those guests that need the help we will re-engage them with their mental health issues and accelerate their path back to health
It is hoped that the pioneering move will help the centre differentiate itself from the 1,600 soup kitchens in the capital by providing a service that tackles one of the underlying reasons that can result in homelessness.
The scheme could help remove some of the barriers preventing people from improving their living situation.