What we do
Ealing Soup Kitchen has been helping the homeless and those in need since 1973. Whilst we don’t provide shelter for our guests, we help with almost every other facet of their lives – from sourcing warm clothes, providing free haircuts, a free shower service, advocacy for all sorts of issues, giving them a hearty meal and – perhaps most importantly – giving them time. Time to talk and know they’re not alone.
- We provide space to sit and eat a hot meal, a food parcel to take with you, care, barber service, and karaoke sessions. We offer advocacy & practical support and advice.
- Monday evening- providing a takeaway food service & clothes.
- The Friday sessions begin at 11 am– provides a workshop consisting of a listening space, pottery class, conversation English class with an ESOL teacher and breathing & stretching exercises. We offer foot care, barber service, shower and clothes.
- Saturday & Sunday – A weekend Soup Kitchen which has been feeding those in need since 1973.
ESK is a Christian faith-based soup kitchen founded in 1973, initially serving soup from a van but very soon from the more suitable surroundings of St. John’s Church Room. In the early years, the numbers of guests were relatively low, but with the opening of employment boundaries for EU countries, our numbers have significantly increased and have continued to rise more so following the pandemic, and prices have risen to the point where we are seeing up to 150 guests per session.
All guests are welcome at ESK, although we have a code of conduct. Some of our guests have complex problems; many are lonely and come for warmth, comfort, and socializing.
In 2013 ESK was registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. A board of trustees and a worker runs ESK.
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As of 2022, the current worker is Angela Loundes, a Christian who cares passionately about the homeless, the vulnerable and those who need a little help. She works alongside volunteers who facilitate the Friday Hub, Monday evening & the weekend Soup Kitchen teams.
Angela is passionate about praying, walking, and studying; currently, she is learning Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
Angela already has an undergraduate degree in Theology. She teaches Bible Studies and leads a team to evangelise at her church.