About us

Streets Kitchen is a UK & Ireland grassroots group offering information that benefits our streets: food runs, benefit advice, services, housing advice, news etc. We run several outreaches and food kitchens for the homeless community, and work in partnership with other orgs and groups across the UK and beyond. Volunteers and food donations welcome.

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Streets kitchen was born in a squat five years ago. It began with the intention to collate a directory of homelessness services within the UK, and grew into a service that unites people who want to help, with people who need help. It is a life-saving service that supports and stands in solidarity with those living on the streets, providing not only hot meals and essential supplies but establishing a sense of community on its outreaches and solidarity centres. It is organised and run by volunteers, many of whom have been homeless and used a Streets Kitchen service themselves. To have food is a basic human right, and Streets Kitchen fulfils that right.

We aim to create one central resource to provide up-to-date, useful information that anyone who is hungry, needing some advice or anything that might help their situation can access.

If you are involved with or know of any food/soup runs please email us with details of where, when and services offered.

London

In London we currently run:

  • Solidarity Centre open every day between 11:00am and 2:00pm for brunch club (Tuesdays and Thursdays are women only).
    This is at 48 Seven Sisters Road, Islington N7 6AA.
  • Outreaches every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday at 7:30pm near Camden Town tube station. Hot food, bedding, clothes and other essentials are available.
  • The ‘Sunday Project’, 184 Royal College Street, Camden NW1 9NN.
    Open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm it serves a ‘proper’ Sunday dinner.
  • Jamming For Change – every Sunday 4:00pm – 6:00pm outside Shoreditch High Street station, Braithwaite street with warm food and drinks. Vets are available to see street pets 4:30pm – 5:00pm-ish.
    Everyone is welcome to bring their own instruments and join the jam session. Proceeds will fund the next weeks kitchen, so share the event with your friends & let’s get a big crowd down to support the session! Warm clothes and sleeping bags may also be available, however this depends on what is donated each week so there’s no guarantee.
  • Outreaches in Hackney: Thursday at 8:00pm, and Saturday at 7:00pm outside Hackney Central Library, 25-27 Hackney Grove, London E8 3NR.
  • Streets Kitchen Clapham Common – currently running every Tuesday from 7:00pm. Located on the grass adjacent to Joe’s Pizza/opposite Waitrose.
  • [NOW CLOSED] Sofia Solidarity Centre open 24 hours every day
    204 Great Portland Street W1W / 73 Bolsover Street. 

Get in touch if you want to get involved.

Volunteering

Streets Kitchen is organised and run by volunteers, many of whom have been homeless and used a Streets Kitchen service themselves.

We very much appreciate all our volunteers who help the homeless in many different ways. Right now our greatest need is for drivers with their own transport and those that can collect donations of food or other goods and redistribute to our centres and Street Kitchens.

We are lucky to receive a lot of enquiries about volunteering, however to enable us to match volunteers with the best suited role we’d appreciate you giving us some information about you, your interests, availability and skills. Please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

Your details will be kept private to Streets Kitchen and only used to contact you regarding volunteering opportunities. You are able to have your details removed from our record at any time, by emailing us.


Becoming a volunteer with Streets Kitchen is not only about providing hot food and drinks, it is really much more than this:

  • Being able to listen, sometimes to a very sad and upsetting story.
  • Being able to give help to someone who has a history, which may include crime or severe addiction issues.
  • Understanding that everyone has a past, some may be quite bad, some not so much, it is essential that you can talk, listen and be non-judgmental.
  • Being able to deal with people who are at the very end of their tether, who may be suicidal, who may be angry at the system and try to take their frustration out on you.
  • Having patience and strong willpower is essential.
  • Understanding that when people decide to tell you their story, what they are doing is placing a lot of trust in you and hope that you can keep it confidential.
  • Understanding that everyone who visits Street Kitchen and uses its services are people just like you and I, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect no matter how hard it may be.
  • Most of all, just being able to listen and smile can make someones day.
  • As a volunteer you may be required to liaise with other agencies in order to help someone, this in itself can be a frustrating duty as you try to find the correct agency and then try to get that agency to help.
  • What we ask is that you treat everyone with dignity, respect and as human beings.

If you are interested in volunteering at a Streets Kitchen in your area please complete this form and we’ll be in touch.

Due to the nature of our ‘work’ directly on the streets all volunteers must be over 18.

#SolidarityNOTCharity

 

Winter Shelters

The list of shelters was updated in Jan 2018 – London winter shelters 2017-18 [PDF download]

Find your nearest Day Centre by using the Homeless Link postcode search

Search for available advice, services and accommodation by postcode or town via the Homeless Link search tool

Other useful links

Shelter – helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through advice, support and legal services.

Crisis – helps people directly out of homelessness and campaigns for the changes needed to solve it altogether.

The Pavement magazine – publishes independent advice as well as hard-hitting and entertaining reportage, tailored to a homeless readership within the UK.