As part our new campaign to ‘Touch Your Toes in 30 Days’, we’ve linked up to support a valuable local charity – Brixton Soup Kitchen. As a thank you for your support, we will also match fund donations to £5 per person raised by our Touch Your Toes event on 17th October in Windrush Square.
We thought you might like to know a little bit more about Brixton Soup Kitchen, which incidentally, sits on Coldharbour Lane just along the road from our FG studio.
Brixton Soup Kitchen was founded in January 2013 by Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi. Before setting up the soup kitchen, Solomon, a support worker at Lambeth Youth Centre, began by driving around Lambeth one particularly cold Winter with donations of warm clothes and flasks of hot tea and coffee for those in need.
Since finding a Brixton base, their aim is to help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free food, support and company. The environment they provide is warm and friendly, which in turn can help people regain confidence, self worth and eventually get them back on their feet.
Since 2013 they’ve provided 10,000 meals to those in need, seeing 35-40 people every day and also life skills such as CV writing workshops, advise on housing and benefits, filling out forms and job guidance.
Although initially set up for the homeless, Brixton Soup Kitchen also provides support for elderly people who are lonely and young people who have behavioural issues and may have been excluded from school.
“It’s crazy when you speak to people and see their experiences and how they have become homeless,” said Solomon.
“Some used to have successful business, but now have lost their business or their job and are homeless, many people suffer from depression because they can’t get work. It’s really opened my eyes and it’s made me realise that anyone could become homeless in a day.”
Visit: Brixton Soup Kitchen, Brixton Dominoes Community Centre, 297-299 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8RP
Telephone: 07538 419 514