Help on tap at Hope Kitchen

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Charity Hope Kitchen is on hand to help this summer, especially anyone on a limited income and feeling the heat of price hikes.

With 50 volunteers helping to date, the charity wants to reach out to anyone having a hard time this summer.

Award-winning Hope Kitchen volunteers Helen Pearson, June Bleazard and Robert MacInnes.

‘Sometimes the summer can be a hard time, especially if you have a limited income. Hope would love to see new faces and you would be made to feel very welcome by our fantastic volunteers.

‘Hope Kitchen is here for the whole community and is often a good place to come if you need help with anything large or small and if we can’t help, we can support people to find someone who can,’ said Catriona Petit, service manager.

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Hope Kitchen and to celebrate their input, Hope organised a special evening on June 20.

It was also a chance to congratulate three of their volunteers who won awards in the TSI Volunteer of the Year Awards 2022, as well as the two who won last year’s awards that were given virtually.

Beth Campbell, New Hope coordinator said: ‘Or volunteers are amazing people. They are always ready to help anyone who comes in the door. We have over 50 volunteers who all contribute something special to what happens here at Hope.’

Hope Kitchen would  welcome new volunteers especially those who would be able to help at the Green Shoots Garden at Glencruitten.

They are particularly short of male volunteers and younger people. Volunteer Helen Pearson said: ‘Hope Kitchen is like one big family. By volunteering I am giving back to the community, and I am part of the community. I would say to anyone thinking of volunteering how much it makes you feel better.’

Hope Kitchen’s Green Shoots Garden and New Hope café have a lot of activities going on over the summer. They are all free and children are also welcome to a lot of the things that go on. Activities include a weekly craft group, wellbeing group, fellowship group, music group and café for parents/ carers of young children. Groups are run in partnership with other organisations such as Homestart and the Link Club.

New Hope café is open for homemade lunch Monday to Friday 11am-2pm and there
is an evening meal on a Tuesday and Friday at 5pm. All for a suggested donation of £1. The food parcel service is open to anyone who is short of food.

Green Shoots Garden in Glencruitten Woodland is open to visitors every Wednesday from 11am to 5pm and every other Saturday from 10am to 2pm with the next open day on July 2.

‘Come and pick your own fruit and veg, help in the garden or just bring a picnic and enjoy the space and see if you can spot one of the red squirrels that regularly come to the garden,’ added Catriona.

To find out more you can follow Hope Kitchen on Facebook, visit their website or ring them on 01631 454730 at 2 Soroba Road.