As part of our commitment to helping those who are most vulnerable in our community, we attended Vinnie’s Café in Newcastle upon Tyne today to make a donation to help those in need this Christmas.
Every week, the St.Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) feeds around 180 people at Vinnie’s drop in cafe located in Blackfriars Community Centre, Newcastle, on the city end of Byker Bridge. They are provided with a free three-course meal, a friendly welcome, a warm place to be and company. People attend for many reasons. Some are street homeless or living in hostels, whilst others are on low income or isolated and in need of company. Whatever their reason, all are welcome at Vinnie’s.
All meals that are served at Vinnie’s are made from food donations. We have seen today first hand how donations can really help to make a difference to people in need. As well as free hot meals and refreshments, Vinnie’s are also able to provide food parcels from their food bank, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and blankets.
A simple box of food or a financial donation (however big or small) makes a big difference, with places such as Vinnie’s helping those in need.
Melissa Brazier & Andrew Freckleton of Ben Hoare Bell LLP with Emma Bell of Vinnie’s Cafe
Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Partner at Ben Hoare Bell LLP