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Soup Kitchen invites you to join the whanau at open day

Oct 12th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Wellingtons Soup Kitchen workers Clare Sutton and Paul Henry are preparing dinner for people in need.

Wellington’s soup kitchen is flicking on its jug for people with and without housing to share a cuppa together as one whānau.

World Homeless Day is this Saturday, and eight Wellington community groups and the people they’re helping are hosting a community fun day at Compassion Soup Kitchen.

Compassion Soup Kitchen purposeful activity leader Matt Petuie, says they want locals to realise the good work groups are doing finding solutions for the homeless.

“We would also like them to spend some time with some of our whānau, and get to know them because I think, there is often a lot of fear around things like homelessness and mental health.”

He says, this year it’s important to the Compassion centre to involve the people they support and work for.

“We want us to all come together, there’s no point in having an ‘us’ and ‘them’ it doesn’t work for anyone, it’s about all of us working together to achieve something,” he says.

In previous years, the groups behind the event were part of the Salvation Army 14 Hour Homeless, where people sleep rough to raise awareness.

Mayor Justin Lester says one of the council’s initiatives that focuses on giving people something to do and a sense of self-importance, is the soup kitchen’s Te Māra community garden which opened this year.

“It is a space where activities are being run, it’s around community garden innovation to bring people together by having a sense of purpose and self-worth,” he says.

The community fun day will have activities for all ages, including a koha café and an open mic for people to perform music, poetry or to speak.

The event will be held in the carpark and te Māra, beside the Compassion Soup Kitchen this Saturday from 10am-3pm

A member of the Wellingtons soup kitchen is getting the Māra ready for the community fun day that will raise awareness for the World Homeless Day.


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