On Friday and Sunday nights, volunteers meet to prepare sandwiches, hot drinks and soup before heading down to Manchester Christian Assembly. There they serve between 30 and 70 people living on the streets, in hostels, temporary accommodation or who are simply struggling to survive in their current situations.
Many are also signposted to Mustard Tree premises during the week to receive blankets and warm clothes, or to other organisations for advice and support. Whilst the provision of food and drink is essential, the Soup Runs also offer an opportunity to listen to and befriend those who attend.
For volunteers who help on the soup runs, it is also a chance for them to express love in a practical way to people who often feel marginalised and unappreciated. Many of our soup run clients struggle with mental health issues, addictions or simply loneliness. Mustard Tree is a Manchester City Council approved ‘Street Support Provider’.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the soup run, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0161 228 7331 and ask to speak to Janet Wong.
If you are in need of food or know anyone who is, please download the Drop-Ins and Soup Runs document for Manchester.