Shepherds Bush charity The Upper Room, which helps those in need get their lives on track, has temporarily moved home for a few months while building work is done.
Instead of serving free evening meals and giving one-to-one support at its headquarters at St Saviour’s in Cobbold Road, it has shifted operations a seven-minute walk away to the Victoria House community hall in Becklow Road, off Askew Road, W12.
“Once the building works are complete later in August we will move back to St Saviour’s,” said a spokesperson.
Every year, 26,000 hot meals and takeaways are served to homeless and other disadvantaged people.
Recently, members of the public voted to back The Upper Room – which does essential work helping hard to reach members of the community – when it applied for funding in a competition sponsored by builders’ merchants Jewson.
As well as providing free three-course meals for up to 80 people on weekday evenings, from 5.30-6.45pm, The Upper Room also runs a multilingual jobs support service from noon-5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and helps teach ex-offenders to drive, in return for 80 hours of voluntary work.
Since 2010, 190 ex-offenders have gained driving licences through the project, significantly improving their employment prospects.
In the past three years the charity has helped more than 200 in-need service users to secure jobs.
The Upper Room began life 27 years ago as a soup kitchen at St Saviour’s. For more details, visit the Upper Room charity’s website.
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