Dorchester soup kitchen finds new home

Dorchester soup kitchen finds new home

Published by George Sharpe at 5:50pm 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 5:58pm 3rd February 2020)

A soup kitchen in Dorchester that shut briefly in November has found a new home at the Storehouse Church.

The 'Helping the Homeless and Vulnerable Adults in Dorchester' group stopped their service for a few days in November after talks with Dorset Council.

The group were advised to find a more permanent venue - they had been operating outside Dorchester Library. 

They'll now be offering a place for homeless people to get a hot meal, get help from outreach workers and wash their clothes at the Storehouse church in Cambridge Road.

Dorchester soup kitchen's first day in the Storehouse church
Dorchester soup kitchen's first day in the Storehouse church

In future, they're also planning for a local vet to offer help to those with pets. A local hairdresser may also be offering haircuts.

Mark Topp, Pastor of the Storehouse Church said:

"After what happened in November I just felt it was time for us to step up and open up the doors and say 'you've got a home here and you've got a base to feed them, and look after them and make them feel human again".

Dorchester soup kitchen's first day in the Storehouse church

He says they're hoping to provide an overnight service in the future:

"We're not in a position to do overnight stuff, we're hoping to get a washing machine and a tumble dryer put in and a shower unit put in to one of our toilets.

"I met a guy who came into church just before the service started yesterday and he said he hadn't had a shower for four months.

"It's a need, and we're hoping to fill that."

Opening times for the church will be 10:30 to 2.30pm on Mondays and Fridays.

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