Our soup kitchen started in February 1994 in response to several people asking for food following the worship services. It has become the Muswell Hill Churches & Community Soup Kitchen. It is still located and administered here at the Baptist Church and is also staffed by volunteers from several local churches, other faith groups and the wider community.
We are open five evenings a week, Sunday through Thursday. Doors open 7.45-8.30pm [on SUNDAYS 5:00-6:00pm]
We normally serve a two course meal to about 40 people each night, a total of 8,000-10,000 meals a year.
who do we help?
We are open to all who need our meals. Some but not all of our guests are homeless but they all have needs that cause them to come for the shared meal together. Their age range is from young adults to pensioners. We do not provide any counselling services. We do offer friendship, spiritual support and encouragement toward all the appropriate professional services available.
how can you help?
We are very grateful to the many organisations, schools and individuals that support this outreach. Maybe you can help too?
DONATIONS: We can use most food that is safe to eat so contact us if you can donate some (though please don't leave food at our doors anonymously as if we cannot verify its origin we have to throw it away). We are not a food bank but can often find ways of giving out food we cannot use. We can sometimes do the same with men's clothes and basic toiletries. Just contact us first to check that we can use your gift. And it goes without saying that we can use money!
NETWORK: If you can tell people about us that helps too. Mention us when you meet friends and business colleagues or share links from the soup kitchen's Facebook page.
VOLUNTEERING: Arrange to come along one evening and see whether this is something you can do to help in North London. (You may need to be patient around Christmas or after a burst of publicity when we often get more offers of help than we need!)
If you think that can help in any way please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or leave a message on the Church phone number. Thanks!
Housing advice helpline
Shelter provides a free, national telephone advice line staffed by trained housing advisers. They have helped thousands of people, from finding them a place to sleep to suggesting how to handle mortgage arrears.
Ring 0808 800 4444
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They will answer your call as quickly as they can and treat it confidentially. The helpline gets very busy at times, but please keep trying. Calls are recorded for training purposes.
Their advisers can:
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London street rescue
London Street Rescue helps rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can call them on 0870 383 3333 or tell them about someone through their online referral form.