Soup for thought!
The ISG team at 60 Whitfield Street in Fitzrovia recently volunteered at The Soup Kitchen, a local charity that provides free food and clothing to hundreds of homeless people in London.
Founded in 1986, The Soup Kitchen is a registered charity located at the American Church on Tottenham Court Road.
Serving over 100 guests a day, the kitchen offers hot meals and a friendly environment, aspiring to be a stepping stone to healthier living for those that visit.
Ultimately, The Soup Kitchen provides a sense of ‘home’ to the homeless on the streets of London, providing a safe, warm place to connect and be cared for in an otherwise harsh environment.
The Soup Kitchen is located close to our site in Fitzrovia, where our science and health team is undergoing a refurbishment in a critical live environment for Health Services Laboratories latest pathology facility.
The project team volunteered at the kitchen adding a helpful hand to the daily lunch time shift - showcasing the team’s commitment to our corporate value of ‘always care’.
In addition to its volunteering efforts, the team has begun an outreach programme contributing to their ongoing operations in a number of ways.
This includes the project and subcontractor team designing and building a storage shed to aid the management of the kitchen’s donations, to be completed in September 2019.
The team is also collecting clean, warm clothes on site to donate to the shelter so these can be distributed over the winter months.
In addition, the team has committed to provide 20 volunteers on a five-weekly rotation for the duration of its presence in Fitzrovia - helping with the kitchens daily chores including food preparation and serving guests.
Paul Sharp, divisional director, commented: “I’m proud of our team and the supply chain, for really getting involved in The Soup Kitchen and breathing life into our value to ‘always care’.
“The kitchen does amazing work supporting vulnerable people, and I’ve enjoyed volunteering with the team there.
“It’s a real eye-opener to the harsh realities of life and how important it is for us to use our presence on projects to benefit the communities where we work.”