Weston homeless charity announces new location to help vulnerable people during winter

Volunteers at Victoria's Kitchen in the previous location of Victoria's church.

Volunteers at Victoria's Kitchen in the previous location last winter. - Credit: Sonya Taylor

A Weston charity whose volunteers dedicate their time to feeding homeless people in the town has announced its change of location, so it can continue supporting people who rely on its services during winter. 

Victoria’s Kitchen is now operating from Faces Café, in Station Road.

The group had been serving hot meals to the homeless and vulnerable in Weston every Thursday for more than three years, from Victoria Methodist Church, directly opposite the café.

The project needed to relocate from the church when it was put up for sale following a loss of revenue during lockdown as a result of the pandemic.

Victoria's Kitchen also cited a lack of volunteers, due to the age of the congregation, was affecting its ability to help the homeless.   

In line with current social distancing advice, they will only be serving takeaway meals every Thursday. 

Project leader at Victoria’s Kitchen, Sonya Taylor, said: “Every Thursday we cooked a two-course meal for those who needed it and provided ongoing support for all. 

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"Due to Covid we are operating a takeaway-only service.

"We have realised that having reopened after the first lockdown, there are even more people needing our support and the service we provide. 

"We have new faces joining us each week who are lonely, hungry and life has changed for them. 

"We felt we needed to inform the community that we are open and that we have moved forward with the project and we are committed to helping those who need us in these difficult times.” 

Volunteers at Victoria's Kitchen in the previous location of Victoria's church.

Volunteers at Victoria's Kitchen in the previous location of Victoria's church, Station Road in Weston. - Credit: Sonya Taylor

Victoria’s Kitchen is a self-funding project run by volunteers and relies on the generous donations of businesses and individuals in order to provide the help to the most vulnerable people in the community who are in need assistance, as well as offering support to people.   

Victoria's Kitchen supports the homeless and vulnerable of Weston-Super-Mare

Victoria's Kitchen supports the homeless and vulnerable of Weston-Super-Mare - Credit: Sonya Taylor

Sonya added: “We have been made so welcome by the team at Faces, and we are all working closely with the community in continuing to support the people who need our help. 

"We are supported by the YMCA, Greggs, We Are With You and various other professionals.” 

For more information on how to help out at Victoria's Kitchen, email victoriaskitchen853@gmail.com. 

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