King’s Lynn SOS project calls for festive soup donations

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The team at SOS Project Safe Haven are asking for donations of packet soup this festive season, to support the growing need for warm drinks and meals for vulnerable people in Lynn.

Run by the North Lynn Discovery Centre, the project is found every Friday and Saturday night in Norfolk Street where a team of volunteers are on hand to support those who find themselves in need of medical assistance, counselling or even contraception.

During the Christmas period the need for these services is even greater, and the volunteers have found their stocks of soup and hot drinks depleted, prompting them to ask for donations.

Project manager Carla King said: “The service is aimed at anyone who finds themselves out in the cold late at night, regardless of their age, living situation or even their reason for being out.

“We’ve been handing out around 100 of these over eight shifts each month, but it’s going to increase as it gets colder and busier late at night.”

She added: “We’re just trying to support the community by reaching out and offering a cup of soup or tea. Just making this initial contact can help make people feel comfortable enough to talk about their problems and to enable us to help them.”

The team are asking anyone who would like to make a donation to contact them by email sossafehaven@hotmail.co.uk so they can arrange for a volunteer to pick up any soups or teas.

The group are also always looking for volunteers or extra support, they also offer a range of services including first aid training in schools, to find out more about the services on offer, go to http://projectsafehaven.co.uk/

This multi-agency initiative offers a first point of contact for those whose well-being is threatened by an inability to get home, illness or injury, emotional distress or other vulnerability.