I've enjoyed catching up with some journal reading during the (Christmas) holiday period and came across an article by Francesca Smith in the July edition, 'Down and Out by the Orwell'. As well as the soup kitchen to which Francesca refers, the Ipswich town centre churches have also been running a night shelter from December through to mid-February.
The Ipswich Umbrella Trust has been very pleased to work in collaboration with the churches over this provision. A partnership of Ipswich Housing Action Group, Genesis Housing & Ipswich Umbrella Trust has secured significant funding to establish longer term overnight provision for homeless and chaotic people in Ipswich. We are always very grateful to receive donations of parcels of food and other personal items such as tinned food,( especially meat and fish). packets of soup, tea bags, small jars of instant coffee, small boxes of cereals, small packets of biscuits, small tablets of soap, towels (especially bath size) and men's new socks. The Umbrella Trust works in association with the Community Resource Centre, which runs a cafe open from 10 am until 2.30 pm on weekdays. Each day a volunteer helps in cooking a main meal for about fifteen people or serving snacks or washing up.
Please help the Umbrella Trust either by delivering contributions to the Community Resource Centre, 1 Black House Lane, Ipswich, IP1 2EF, Monday-Friday, 9.30 am - 3 pm, or telephone 01473 685077 and we will arrange to collect.