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A number of projects run through the week in London which you’re invited to participate in.

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Accompanying the Homeless

COVID Government guidelines are followed at all of the CoM projects. Track and Trace for the volunteers and guests, PPE worn by the volunteers and social distancing in each venue.  These guidelines will be reviewed regularly.  

Mondays & Thursdays: Companions’ Café

St James’s, Spanish Place, 22 George St, Marylebone, London W1U 3QY

Set up at 5.30pm. Most volunteers arrive at 6pm – briefing at 6.15pm. Doors open to the homeless guests between 6.30 – 8.15pm for food, care, and conversation. A set amount of guests are invited in to the hall. Take away food and drink is given to any extra guests who are unable to come into the hall. The project was launched in 2014

For more information, contact Kate MacKenzie by email

Tuesdays: Companions’ Café

East Hill, Wandsworth — 96 Northside, East Hill, London SW18 2QU

Set up from 6pm. Doors open to the homeless guests between 7.00 – 8.15pm for food, care, and conversation. Hot soup and a picnic is given to any extra guests.

For more information please contact Helena by email.

Wednesdays: Breakfast Club

Hosted at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory (Challoner Room, 24 Golden Square W1F 9JR, down stairs from the street on Golden Square).

Volunteers assist from 6.15 – 8.30am. 1 volunteer stays until 10am to assist with the showers. The doors open to our homeless guests from 6.30 – 10am. The parish centre comprises of a kitchen, hall and showers. A hot breakfast is served to the guests who sit at socially distanced tables. There is the opportunity for the guests to have a shower between 7.30 – 10.00am – pre arranged from the week before.

This project was launched in January 2017 and is also keen for helpers who can come for all or some of the time. For information, contact Helena Letman by email

Thursdays: Donation Hub for the Homeless  

The donation hub has moved to St James’s, Spanish Place, 22 George Street, Marylebone, London W1U 3QY

Donations can be dropped off on a Monday and Thursday evening between 6 – 8pm.  Please email the London Coordinator Kate (see email link above) before delivering the donations.  Clothes and toiletries are donated to the homeless guests who come to the Companions Cafes. Surplus items are sent to the Companion projects throughout England and Scotland.

For up to date information please contact:  Kate MacKenzie.

Companionship for the Elderly

The activities for the elderly have been postponed during the Coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to returning to hosting the tea parties and bridge sessions.

Tea parties

We host regular tea parties in St Wilfrids Hall at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington.

About four tea parties a year are held for the elderly and lonely. If you know anyone who would enjoy the tea parties please do contact us. The guests are picked up from where they live, offered tea and cakes. A pianist also attends so the guests have the opportunity to sing some songs with the helpers and Companions too. Do join us.

Recently our youngest helper was eight months old and extremely popular with the Chelsea pensioners! This project has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to start the tea parties again soon.

Bridge

There is a Monday lunchtime group that plays bridge with the elderly – any standard welcome!

Get involved!

If you are interested in any of the events and want more information please get in contact.

Instagram: CoM_London
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CoMLondon/
or email the London coordinator Kate MacKenzie.