UR4Meals - feeding the homeless
UR4Meals serves more than 26,000 hot meals and 5,000 take-aways every year to homeless and vulnerable people. We also provide essential survival services e.g. medical support and distribute clothing/bedding and toiletries.
Please help us to reduce the suffering of 750 disadvantaged people.
December 2016 - November 2017
The Upper Room (St Saviour's )
UR4Meals helps people who are unable to feed themselves due to poverty, homelessness, lack of cooking facilities or physical/mental health issues.
Numbers have risen sharply, to over 120 per night, due to the impact of welfare cuts and a chronic shortage of affordable housing.
Hammersmith has an established Polish community and therefore attracts migrants from Central & Eastern Europe. As a result there is a high concentration of hidden homeless who are unemployed or in low-paid jobs.
The Upper Room provides a safe and warm environment for the vulnerable to receive the support they urgently need to restore their dignity.
UR4Meals provides the entry point to The Upper Room's range of employability focussed programmes which address the longer term needs of its beneficiaries.
UR4Meals refers people to UR4Jobs for employment support to help them become job ready and to UR4Driving which teaches ex-offenders to drive. Both projects assist their re-integration into society.
To reduce the hunger of the homeless and vulnerable in West London.
Activities» Provide free substantial hot and nutritious three-course evening meals five days a week.
We record the number of attendees at each session.
To restore dignity to the homeless and vulnerable.
Activities» Distribute clean clothing, bedding and toiletries.
We record the number of items of clothing/bedding/toiletries which are distributed and we record all referrals made.
To improve the mental and physical health of the homeless and vulnerable.
Activities» Provide fortnightly basic medical checks for rough sleepers via the Greenlight Medical Van.
» Screen all service users for TB every six months via the mobile X-Ray van.
» Signpost local health services e.g. GP, dentist, optician and make referrals to drug/alcohol treatment centres and specialist mental health services.
We record the number of rough sleepers receiving basic medical support and the number of people x-rayed for TB. We record the number of referrals to health services.
To reduce the risk of homelessness.
Activities» Make onward referrals for temporary and permanent accommodation.
» Facilitate reconnection for those who wish to return to their home country.
We record the number of referrals made for housing.
To improve their economic situation by addressing their barriers to employment.
Activities» Make referrals to our in-house UR4Jobs and UR4Driving projects.
We record the number of referrals to UR4Jobs and UR4Driving and they in turn carry out an assessment of needs for all new registrations and record all outputs.
The client group at UR4Meals varies from those who attend occasionally to those who are long-term users, largely dependent on their level of overall need. In addition some people may return when they have fallen upon hard times. Often people come back and thank us for the help we provided and tell us the difference it has made.
UR4Jobs/UR4Driving are most likely to have long-term impact.
We regularly seek feedback from all service users by an annual user survey and small focus groups.
The biggest risk factors which affect UR4Meals are government policy regarding welfare benefits, the economy as a whole, and the lack of affordable housing.
The number of attendees has risen due to the cut in welfare/housing benefit and the chronic shortage of affordable housing.
However, there are other risk factors which affect our client group e.g. relationship break downs, unemployment, substance misuse, physical and/or mental health issues, and an ageing population.
Donors to the project will receive a quarterly Newsletter, links to our website, and invitations to any events.
Budget - Project Cost: £115,599Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £64,258 Salaries Project Manager/Chef/Cleaner £6,498 Food Plus cleaning & kitchen equipment £13,496 Van & Driver Collecting surplus food (Nando's) and Harvest campaign. £5,978 Travel & Office Costs 5-6 volunteers per day, plus office costs £9,000 Rent Rent & Utilities £16,369 Overheads Bookkeeping, fundraising etc.
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount 29th May 1961 £2,500 Guaranteed Pret Foundation £15,803 Guaranteed Olive Tree Trust £6,000 Guaranteed Schutz Engel £27,500 Guaranteed Sobell Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed Charlie Bigham's £5,000 Guaranteed French Huguenot £5,000 Guaranteed Albert Hunt Trust £3,000 Guaranteed Girdlers' £5,000 Guaranteed Mrs Smith & Mount £3,333 Guaranteed
Hammersmith & Fulham has pockets of high deprivation and is the 31st most deprived borough in the UK. It has a large population of disadvantaged people with multiple and sometimes complex issues, including 3,500 people with learning difficulties and mental illness (three times higher than the national average). The Borough is more than twice as densely populated than London as a whole and in the bottom 12% most deprived for Living Environment. Hammersmith has an established Polish community.
750 socially disadvantaged and homeless people are the primary beneficiaries.
The local community benefits from a reduction in anti-social behaviour and petty crime.
The health service benefits from providing an early intervention service which means that people are less likely to need more intensive and expensive specialist support.
The Upper Room has been helping the homeless for over 25 years. It began as a simple soup kitchen in 1990 but it now runs three inter-linked projects which attend to its beneficiaries immediate and longer term needs by giving them the tools/skills they need to assist their re-integration into society.
All of its projects are user driven and have arisen to fill a gap in local service provision.
The three project managers have the relevant skills to provide holistic and personalised support.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Cecilia is the Project Manager for UR4Meals. She has a counselling background and is well placed to talk to service users and assess their needs.
He is the charismatic chef who is able to conjure up tasty meals for 120 hungry people with whatever surplus food arrives on the day.
£100 will enable us to feed 385 people!