This week, Emma Bell from St Vincent’s support centre came into school to talk to the children about the help and support they provide for those who are homeless, or vunerable in the North East. St Vincent’s is part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, known as the SVP. Our Mini Vinnies are part of the same society and will be supporting the centre in the future.
Every week, the centre feed around 200 people at Vinnie’s Cafe in Blackfriars, Newcastle. 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.
All meals that are served at Vinnie’s are made from food donated by local supermarkets, Fareshare as well as local companies and schools. As well as free hot meals and refreshments, they also provide food parcels from their food bank, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bags and blankets.
They also have a supported housing service which provides accomodation and support for the homeless.