Inclusivity

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

The Upper Room is based in Shepherd’s Bush and runs three inter-linked projects which focus on giving the socially disadvantaged the tools or skills they need to improve their lives and assist their reintegration into the local community.

UR4Meals relieves suffering by providing evening meals and essential survival services five days a week for the homeless and those living in poverty. It also distributes clothing, bedding and provides basic medical services for rough sleepers. The Project Manager is on hand to make referrals for temporary and permanent housing. The project provides support to 60-120 vulnerable adults per session, 500 per annum.

UR4Jobs is a multilingual employment support service for destitute migrants. It aims to break their circuit of unemployment and homelessness by providing administrative expertise, entry-level skills training, bilingual counselling and access to jobs.

Our award-winning UR4Driving project teaches ex-offenders to drive in exchange for 80 hours of voluntary work.

We are seeking £5,000 in funding for a part-time Cook to feed the homeless and vulnerable by tackling food poverty. The food draws in the marginalised and acts as a tool of engagement. Once we have attended to their immediate survival needs we can refer them to our two employment focussed projects - UR4Jobs and UR4Driving.

The Upper Room has enormous support from the local community. We receive dried food donations from 58 churches and schools during our Harvest campaign as The Upper Room is their chosen charity. This food is used throughout the year, coupled with the fresh surplus food donations we receive (value £25,434), to produce 25,848 meals. This reduces our annual food costs to under £500 p.a. and enables us not to charge beneficiaries.

Outcomes:
• Improved nutrition, physical & emotional well-being
• Improved hygiene and personal dignity restored
• Reduced social isolation
• Improved access to mainstream services
• Improved employability through UR4Jobs / UR4Driving and chance of becoming economically independent
• Reduced risk of homelessness

The wider community benefits from a reduction in rough sleeping, street drinking, anti-social behavior and petty crime.

Project Video

The Upper Room (St Saviour's)

Moment of Pride

The Upper Room is a community charity for the community. Last year 273 volunteers contributed over 7,450 hours - equivalent to 4 full-time workers. We could not help 500 people in need without them. They sort the daily food donations, serve the meals, wash up, clean and welcome guests.

Location: Shepherd's Bush, London, United Kingdom