Want to help people in need now there’s a chill in the air but not sure where to start?
From pay-it-forward coffee schemes to helping out in a soup kitchen, there are stacks of ways to do your bit for those in need. Read on for just some of the small things you can do that can make a big difference. It’s genuinely cockle warming stuff.
SHARE THE WARMTH
Heard the one about how to turn a jar of marbles into a cup of joe? Share the Warmth is a simple scheme running in about a dozen Worthing cafes where customers can prepay for hot drinks and food for homeless people. Pop 50p in the kitty and it converts to a marble in a jar. Three marbles equals one hot drink, which can be claimed by someone in need. It’s a great way to support people, warm them up and lift their spirits. Participating venues include Munch Worthing, The Beach House, View Cafe Bar, Art-Ful and Coast: full list on FB @WorthingShareTheWarmth.
Buy a cup of coffee from Buddy’s Cafe and you’ll get more than a caffeine hit. The refurbished coffee shop has reopened in Tarring as a community social hub and it’s staffed by people with learning disabilities. Individuals are trained in customer service or food prep, gaining valuable skills for employment or independence, and offered support with social and mental wellbeing. So you can get buzzed knowing that your brew is helping Worthingites move into the workplace.
WORTHING SOUP KITCHEN
Run from St Matthew’s Church on Thursday evenings, the Soup Kitchen dishes out a sit-down hot meal to whoever turns up, together with sleeping bags, clothing, advice and support. They also provide breakfast and a hot shower at St Clare’s on Sunday mornings, a vital service for anyone homeless as there are no facilities open elsewhere. Volunteers keep the kitchen going, from collecting donations to sorting food parcels, storing food and cooking up a storm. Keep an eye on their FB page for requests for essential items such as toiletry kits, underwear and socks.
THE COMMUNITY HOUSE WORTHING
An unassuming brick house on Dominion Road hides this Worthing Homes lottery-funded project
where people can get a helping hand with everything from IT skills, craft sessions, tea and chat for older people, homework and gardening. They organise regular donations of surplus fruit, veg and bread for those in need on a first-come first-served basis, and volunteers are always welcome.
The Foodbank has fed several thousand people in Worthing and the surrounding area since it opened in 2006. They organise regular collections at local supermarkets, or you can
get stuck in by volunteering at the warehouse or distribution centre. Pitching in and helping someone in crisis by giving a tin here or a packet there may not feel like much, but it all adds up to make ours a community we can be proud of.