Brixton Soup Kitchen was founded in January 2013 by Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi. They help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free food, support and company. Their aim is to empower people in a warm and friendly environment – helping them gain the confidence and self-worth needed to get back on their feet.
BSK outreach team to drive to key homeless spots around London and deliver hot food, drinks, warm clothes and sleeping bags to those that are in dire need. It will also help us spread the word about our service and help to challenge people’s perception about homeless people.
There are around 6,500 homeless people in London and this winter is set to be one of the coldest yet. It is vital that we help them. The number of homeless Londoners has doubled in the last two years so it is more important than ever to support those most in need.
Since beginning in January 2013 the Brixton Soup Kitchen has received NO funding whatsoever. They have solely survived on goodwill donations and money from their own pockets. The money needed for this project is extremely expensive, especially when taking into account the amount of funds needed to convert a van and kit it out with the necessary equipment for its specific role. This means that they are asking and pleading for YOUR support in helping them make a difference this winter.
Who We Are:
Brixton Soup Kitchen is a grassroots organisation helping homeless people and Londoners in need. It provides food, support and company with no obligation attached. It aims to empower people in a warm and friendly environment.
Grass-roots: Founded and run by Brixtoners who are truly part of the community
Food: Free food and drink for those that struggle to provide for themselves
Support: IT facilities, CV workshops, housing and benefits advice
Company: Friendly faces to chat to and shoulders to lean on
No obligation: You don’t have to prove your living situation or pray for your food
Empower: Help people get back on their feet
Brixton Soup Kitchen was founded in January 2013, when Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi, Lambeth youth worker and lifelong Brixtonians realised there was a desperate need for such an organisation. We are initially based in Southwyck House but have recently moved to the Brixton Social club. The centre is currently open three days a week. We offer so much more than hot food and drinks; we provide CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits.
What we’ve done in our first year:
Served up to 50 people a day food and hot drinks
Delivered food and distributed care packages to those in need
Received regular food donations from Greggs, Pret a Manger, Costa Coffee, Satay Bar and Nando’s
Helped 3 people get back into full time employment
Solomon has received the South London ‘Our Heroes’ Award in 2013 and Co-Director Mahamed Hashi has been nominated for the 2014 award
Delivered food to families in need
Outreach to homeless communities outside of Brixton (including Brighton, Hackney and Stratford)