100 pot noodles: homelessness in the UK

Grantham Scholar Emma K. Smith has been part of a project that collects pot noodles for homeless people in Sheffield.

This last week the Grantham centre staff and scholars have collected donations of pot noodles for the Cathedral Archer Project (@archerproject), a charity that specialises in helping the homeless. This action was instigated by Sheffield Volunteering (@Shef_Volunteer) as part of their ‘Take Action on Homelessness’ week, which also happened to coincide with snow and bitterly cold gusts of up to 60 mph.

The weather cancelled many events around the university including the talk: How can I help people on the street? Fortunately, you can find the answer to this question on the Sheffield Volunteering website and further information on the Help Us Help website. Crucially, you can make the biggest difference by donating to charities who provide expert support to people who beg, giving your time as a volunteer and spreading the word to help other people think about how they respond to street begging.

Collecting Pot noodles for rough sleepers

Why pot noodles? Because rough sleepers can access hot water, allowing them a hot meal on the streets. It’s a cheap and easy way to make a huge difference to someone’s day. Sheffield Volunteering collected over 200 pot noodles over the course of one week (26th Feb – 4th March) with the Grantham Centre’s contribution totalling 100 pot noodles.

Emma at the volunteer centre

You can find out how to further support the Cathedral Archer Project via their website showing what they are currently running out of and where to drop them off.

Additionally, you can volunteer with a number of homelessness organisations across Sheffield via Sheffield Volunteering including:

  • Cathedral Archer Project – They help homeless people achieve a better life by supporting them to: develop their independence, improve their ability to identify and change negative behaviour and improve their wellbeing. They offer 1:1 support, nurse and dental clinics, access to hot food, drinks and food parcels, showers and laundry and a programme of activities to help people learn skills and enjoy new experiences (Volunteering opportunity)
  • The Sunday Centre – Their main aim is to provide hot food and drinks, whilst giving guests a genuine welcome and the chance to socialise with others as they wish. Every Sunday they serve tea/coffee and then a two-course hot meal prepared by kitchen volunteers (Volunteer with them)
  • Ben’s Centre –  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10:30am and 2:30pm, they provide a hot meal and access to clothing and washing facilities as well as internet access and activities. They also use this time to support people trying to link with services and provide practical help to achieve this (Volunteering opportunity)
  • Sheffield Jesus Centre – Services include a drop-in facility for people in need (The Lounge), with provision for laundry, food, showers, use of a PC and phone; and courses in a wide variety of subjects, for example: ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Grow-Cook-Sew, and one-to one time on IT, Numeracy and Literacy (Volunteering opportunity)
  • New Roots Housing Project – New Roots is a housing project which offers support and accommodation to homeless or vulnerably-housed young people in Bassetlaw. They provide a bespoke service to more than 30 young people and their families in a variety of properties across the area (Volunteering opportunity)
  • St Wilfrid’s Centre – A day centre based in Sheffield and is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm to homeless, vulnerable or socially excluded adults. They provide a two course hot meal daily, served in their dining room and prepared the in-house cook. In addition, they run a café, where drinks and sandwiches are available throughout the day for a nominal charge (Volunteering opportunity)
  • Foodhall – An open public dining room and kitchen in Sheffield city centre. Managed by the community, for the community, they tackle social isolation and encourage integration across a diverse range of community groups. Foodhall intercepts food waste streams from local traders and uses this surplus to serve hot meals to all on a put-something-in’t-pot donation basis (Volunteering opportunity)
  • Roundabout – Sheffield’s youth homeless charity providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They provide shelter, support and life skills to young people in need (Volunteer with them)

Additionally, if you are passionate about another charitable cause then there are many opportunities to volunteer via the Sheffield Volunteering website and if you have any questions contact: volunteering@sheffield.ac.uk


Emma K Smith