This year we have continued to participate in the rota made up of Churches throughout the city. We are privileged to join colleagues from Stephen Hill and Tapton Congregational as ‘one team’ so Crosspool takes responsibility for alternative Mondays. We have over 30 volunteers who either make sandwiches, hot drinks or soup, or who come down to Eldon St car park to distribute and chat to the customers. We are very grateful to those of you who volunteer and to those who also donate blankets, sleeping bags and clothing. It is pleasing to see people who do not have a direct connection with our three Churches, also volunteering.
We welcome new volunteers and we would particularly appreciate some more men to join us at Eldon Street to help distribute and chat. The people who come along for the sandwich and soup are nearly always very grateful and appreciative. There are around a dozen or so regulars and others who come and go. Usually there are around twenty to twenty five people in total. There is a mix of all ages and mainly men. We re-start after the summer break around the beginning of September.
In July, soup run volunteers enjoying a social get-together at St. Columba’s with music provided by local jazz and folk musicians. The event doubled as an info evening for prospective volunteers and we were delighted that two new people have offered to join the serving team!