A number of projects run through the week in London which you’re invited to participate in.
Accompanying the Homeless
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
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.
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.
For up to date information please contact: Kate MacKenzie.
Companionship for the Elderly
Lunch and tea parties
We host regular parties in St Joseph’s Hall at Brompton Oratory, South Kensington.
About four parties a year are held for the elderly and lonely. If you know anyone who would enjoy these parties please do contact us. 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.
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.
There is a Monday lunchtime group that plays bridge with the elderly – any standard welcome! During the pandemic we had to postpone these. We look forward to resuming this activity.
If you are interested in any of the events and want more information please get in contact.