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Homeless chefs serve up a fundraiser for day centre
HOMELESS people are to serve up a meal for 150 people as part of a charity’s first ever fundraising gala.
They will be making chicken casserole, leek and potato soup and blackberry and apple crumble using ingredients they have grown themselves.
The Porch Steppin’ Stone day centre is holding its first ever fundraising gala event at the Kings Centre, in Osney Mead, on Thursday night.
The centre in Magdalen Road welcomes between 40 and 60 visitors a day.
It provides comfort to people who have lost their jobs or recently come out of prison but also challenges them to help themselves.
Visitors can join activites like cooking lessons, gardening at the centre’s allotment at Elder Stubbs and use the internet to search for jobs and accommodation.
Twenty percent of its £250,000 annual budget comes from the city council and the rest from grant bodies and donations. It has no budget for building and is seeking cash to replace the floor and repair the roof.
As well as a homegrown banquet, the event on Thursday will also feature entertainment from John Mason School’s folk band and a screening of a film made by Oxford Brookes students showing a day in the life of the centre.
Centre director Nigel Northcott said: “We reckon 80 per cent of money given to homeless people is spent on drugs and alcohol.
“There are four reasons people become homeless: relationship breakdown, a prison sentence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health problems.
“We provide a comfortable place to be but also challenge people to better themselves. We don’t have a spare capital budget because we have never sat down to plan for building maintenance before. We have been uncomfortable financially.”
- To buy tickets for the fundraising gala email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 251798
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