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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

Mondays & Thursdays:

Companions’ Café – St James’s Catholic Church, Spanish Place, 22 George Street, W1U 3QY

Spanish Place in Marylebone

Volunteers attend from 5.30 – 8.30pm.   

Guests attend between 6.30 – 8.15pm.

Volunteers assist with setting up from 5.30pm.  Most volunteers arrive at 6pm.  The briefing for all is held at 6.10pm and the doors open to the guests at 6.30pm for food, care and conversation.  A set number of guests are invited into the hall.  Take away food and drink is given to the extra guests who are unable to come into the hall.  This projects was launched in 2013

For more information, contact Kate MacKenzie by email

Tuesdays:

Breakfast Club – St Mary of the Angels, Bayswater – Newman Hall, Moorhouse Road, W2 5DJ

Volunteers attend from 6 – 8.15am 

Guests attend between 6.30 – 8am

A sit-down hot breakfast is served to the guests between 6.30 – 8am.  There is also the opportunity for the guests to have a shower.  The project was launched in October 2022

If you would like to volunteer please contact Helena by email.

Companions’ Café – East Hill, Wandsworth — 96 Northside, East Hill, London SW18 2QU

Volunteers attend from 6 – 8.30pm

Guests attend between 6.45 – 8.15pm. 

Volunteers set up from 6pm.  The doors open to the guests between 6.45 – 8.15pm for food, care and conversation.  Take away meals are delivered to local families who are in need.  The project was launched in October 2020.

For more information please contact Helena by email.

Wednesdays:

Breakfast Club – 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 attend from 6.15 – 9.30am (volunteers can leave earlier if they need to get to work – please liaise with the team leader)

Guests attend between 6.30 – 9.30am. 

Volunteers serve a hot breakfast to a set number of guests who sit in the hall.  Take aways are given to the guests who are unable to come inside.  There is the opportunity for the guests to have a shower between 7.30 – 9.30am.  A few volunteers stay until the last guest has finished in the shower.  Other volunteers leave earlier.   

The project was launched in January 2017.

For information, contact Helena Letman by email

Young Companions

The Young Companions (18 – 35 years old). When volunteers sign up to one of the London projects their details are shared with the Young Companions co-ordinator if they are in this age bracket. They meet approximately every 6 weeks. There are one off projects e.g. Decorating Christmas trees in the Care homes and packing Easter parcels for the homeless. Regular projects e.g. gardening and cooking at The Nehemiah project. But also some social events throughout the year. The Young Companions usually meet on weekday evenings or at the weekend. These are all a good opportunities for Young Companions to meet other volunteers to share their experiences of the different projects, and learn about the different volunteering opportunities.

If you want more information please contact Konrad Boyneburgkyoung.companions@orderofmalta.org.uk

Donations for the Homeless  

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 and local projects in London.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

The Nehemiah Project

The Nehemiah Project, in partnership with The Order of Malta, provides a home and support for vulnerable men with a history of addiction. There are different volunteering opportunities during the week and at the weekend ranging from IT support/CV writing to gardening. The different projects change according to the needs of the residents.  Please contact the London coordinator for the latest programme. 

For up to date information please contact Coco Brenninkmeyer: nehemiah@orderofmalta.org.uk

Companionship for the Elderly

Lunch and tea parties

We host bi-monthly parties in St Joseph’s Hall at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington, for the elderly and isolated. Volunteers help between 10.30am – 3pm for some or all of the time. The guests attend from 12 Noon – 2pm.

The guests are picked up from where they live, offered tea and cakes at tea time, or hot soup, sandwiches and a pudding at the lunch parties. A pianist also attends so the guests have the opportunity to sing some songs with the helpers and Companions too. Do join us and if you know anyone who would enjoy these parties please do contact us.

For more information please contact Alexandra Vaz Pinto: alexwapler@yahoo.fr

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.