300 Blankets – Soul Kitchen commenced in 2018 in partnership with Bridge Church at the Braybrook Community Hub. Our aim is to provide nutritious food, address social isolation by developing a positive and safe community and deliver needs based services to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families at risk or experiencing homelessness. The soup kitchen will operates Sunday night from 7:00PM – 8:00PM.
The Braybrook Community Hub, the Australian College of Optometry and NSP (cohealth Needle Syringe Program) have raised food security as a big issue around this area. This echoed the views of the St Vincent de Paul Society – Soup Vans who have increased the number of stops in this area to meet the growing demand.
Based on findings from Rough Sleeping in Victoria – Situation Appraisal published by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2017, there are immense benefits in decentralising homelessness services away from the Melbourne CBD. The paper suggests that the further people move away from their home community, the more difficult it is for them to return. Furthermore, if a person is experiencing homelessness, there is a higher likelihood of them not sleeping rough if they stay within a suburb that they are familiar with, and have relationships within such as friends and family.
The program aims to improve food security and reduce rough sleeping in the Melbourne CBD, by providing services at no cost, with no appointment required in a familiar and comfortable space. It was the hope that this access to food and wellbeing services would diminish the needs for people to travel long distances to receive basic food services.
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