Over 20 years ago the Salvation Army began serving soup and caring for the hungry and vulnerable. Today the service continues with a vast new army of individuals who donate, collect, prepare and serve all across the city. Local churches, businesses and many other organisations are involved, all making the Plymouth Soup Run accessible to some of the city’s most needy 365 days of the year.
Shekinah Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen at Shekinah was established in October 2011 under the oversight of the Salvation Army. It is run by a group of volunteers from all denominations and walks of life. The Sunday team typically numbers 11 volunteers ranging in age from 18 to over 80. We often have university and medical school students volunteering as well as including the Soup Run in professional placements, eg for social work students.
Food preparation starts at 7 pm and we open the doors to service users at 8:15pm. We serve a choice of freshly made soups, sandwiches, fruit, cakes and hot drinks. We regularly serve between 60 and 100 people by the time we close around 9:45pm. Service users can come indoors to eat or have a take-away. Also, in order to support those who are unaware of the Soup Kitchen or unable to attend, we take food to the four usual Soup Run stops.
There is occasional support from other ministries; we work closely with Plymouth Access to Housing (Path), completing referrals as necessary and signposting service users to Path and other support services. We provide emergency clothing and blankets for rough sleepers, and are able to give out Salvation Army vouchers for non-urgent clothing. We are always happy to welcome new people to join us; please contact Hilary Knight on 01752-404134 for further information.
Hope Baptist Church
The Soup Run at Hope Baptist Church has been run on a Monday evening for over 20 years. We are fortunate to have many different businesses and partners within the city and our regular church congregation to help prepare and serve the food.
The Monday Night team consists of a team of five in the kitchen who prepare the food, making soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes and then a separate team of five who use the church minibus to serve the food. The kitchen preparation starts at 6:45pm and finishes at 8:45pm and the serving team start at 8:45pm and finish at 10:30pm.
We are very grateful for all the donations from around the city and the generosity of local business and restaurants. The current teams involved are Royal Navy Quart Club, Wrigleys, Parkhurst Hill, ADG, Plymouth Round Table, Mark Holt and Co and two teams from Western Mortgage Services. Nando’s and Nibana Restaurant both provide food as well as Aldi Supermarket, Rowes Bakery and Ivor Dewdney.
We can serve between 60 -100 people any Monday night and offer a listening ear and can signpost to other organisations that offer support such as Shekinah Mission and Path (Plymouth Access to Housing).
If you are interested in hearing more about Soup Run on a Monday or becoming part of our growing team please call 01752-708090.
St Andrew’s, St Matthias, St Paul’s & Plymouth Brethren Churches
We currently run eight teams of around six people in each. The membership of the teams is drawn mostly from the church community although there are a few team members who are not connected to a church, they simply want to help out. Having eight teams allows a seven week break between tasking and gives people time to recover from what can be quite a disturbing experience for some.
All the teams are staffed by very competent, practical people who can be relied upon to perform under the most trying circumstances in all weathers. The members cover a large age and life experience span thus giving the teams a very eclectic make up.
HQ is based at St Andrew’s Church where preparation for the Tuesday Night Soup Run starts around 7:30pm. Hot soup and drinks are prepared along with sandwiches. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Sainsbury’s and Oggy Oggy’s for their continued support with tremendous amounts of bread and pasties (always well received).
Once the gear has been cleaned and put away we generally get home around 11:30pm. We hope our efforts have helped some people who find navigating life a challenging process.
Organisation is done by a co-ordinator who is presently Andy Bell who can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. This job is made easy by the amazing effort put in by the current team members. ACB
Mutley Baptist Church
We are fortunate to have three teams which means that every Wednesday of the year there is a team from Mutley Baptist Church out on the streets. One of our teams also has members from St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church. As well as the street teams there are two food pick-up teams to each, collecting food in the mornings and late afternoons. MBC are famed for the quality of their tomato soup.
As well as supplying food and drink we also signpost those on the streets to other organisations and liaise with Plymouth Access To Housing (Path) as needed. Newcomers especially are referred to Gaffer’s Café at MBC on a Monday and Thursday between 1 and 2pm for free coffee, tea, toasties and a chat. There is also a Recovery Group at MBC on a Tuesday night at 7:30pm for anyone with any type of addiction.
Soup Run and Gaffer’s refer people to Plymouth Focus Advice Centre who provide free and confidential Debt and Welfare Benefits Advice also in MBC. Some are referred to Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy. Both PFAC and SALT are Christian charities.
Contact: Chris Hulbert via the Church Office, telephone 01752-203346 or email email@example.com.
The Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower
The Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower has been carrying a Soup Run on a Thursday every five weeks since November 2011. Quite a few members and friends help out on the Soup Run. We get donations of food from members and friends and we fundraise to cover any expenses.
Friends of Cann Bridge School Soup Run Team
The Cann Bridge team (originally Downham School) is made up of staff, governors, relatives and friends of the school. Our Soup Run team has been running for over 8 years and started with a Harvest celebration when Shirley Collenette came to talk to everyone.
Whenever possible, students, all of whom have severe learning difficulties, are involved in the preparation of the food. Since moving to the new school site Tor Bridge Primary have also contributed by baking cakes, making soup and sending in donations of food and clothes.
Staff at the Copthorne Hotel regularly make the soup and the service users REALLY enjoy it. On a couple of occasions the chef at the Copthorne has invited the senior students to the hotel to assist in the preparation of the soup, an activity the pupils really enjoy.
A few years ago one of our team made links with ‘Down to Business’ and we are grateful for their continued support.
For further details please contact Hilary Knight on 01752-404134
Thursday nights as part of the rota organised by Hilary, currently every fifth week.
The Callington team is made up from a number of members from a wide range of backgrounds and includes Town Councillors, our local Cornwall Councillor, Lions, Freemasons, a local cafe owner, retired school cook and a care worker. It is self-funding and supported both materially and financially by the community as a whole with regular input from Callington Lions Club, Tamar Valley Butchers, Smithee Newsagents, Spar Callington, as well as a number of private individuals.
We are very proud of our Community links and in addition to the Soup Run itself give talks and presentations to local groups to raise awareness of the many issues involved in homelessness and those faced by our service users.
We are part of the Thursday rota, doing the Soup Run every fifth week.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been delivering Soup Run in Plymouth every fifth Thursday for the past six years.
Food preparation takes place at our church on Mannamead Road and starts at 7pm with a team of about 12 volunteers making up flasks of hot water, heating soup and pasties, making up sandwiches and bags of cakes and fruit. This is taken out with hot chocolate, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags to the drop-off points by 6 volunteers, where we have a chat with service users and support them by signposting them to additional services and giving out Salvation Army clothes vouchers where required.
We are grateful for the donations made by Ivor Dewdney Pasties Ltd, The Oggy Oggy Pasty Co, The Dartmoor Bakery, and church members and friends, which enable us to continue this work.
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A number of teams from Plymouth Christian Centre and Chaddlewood undertake the Soup Run on Fridays on a six week rota; food preparation being carried out at Plymouth Christian Centre.
The Chaddlewood teams are co-ordinated by Malc Halliday who can be contacted on 07758-489305.
Teams from Plymouth Christian Centre are co-ordinated by Nicki & Steve Kitto, telephone 01752-661019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are four teams involved with the Soup Run on a Saturday night with each team going out every four weeks. The teams are from Methodist Central Hall, Emmanuel Church, St Paul’s Church, Plymstock United Church and a team who come up from Cornwall.
The overall teams are co ordinated by Barrie Oliver from Methodist Central Hall, where the food is prepared on three Saturdays each month. Barrie can be contacted on 01752-660997 or email email@example.com.
The team from St Paul’s Church Efford and Emmanuel are mostly church members with additional helpers who wish to help out a very worthwhile cause. Generous donations from St Paul’s Church, Oggy Oggy pasties, Faraday Mill and private individuals ensure that all the service users are well catered for. We also hand out clothing, blankets and the occasional tin of dog food. For further details please contact Nick Connett on 01752 706872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.