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a few weeks ago, cooking over an
open fi re, making shrink pots out
of green wood and just chatting
and getting to know people.
Having a shared experience is a
really powerful way of encouraging
people who struggle to talk about
how they feel, to open up.
I also enjoyed our weekly music
group’s recent concert. It was
wonderful to see how people have
developed their confi dence and
musical skills through being part
of it. The Hope Kitchen/Salvation
Army band were great – and it
was a good example of the enjoyable,
alcohol-free events we offer.
Hope has an amazing staff team
and amazing volunteers, who
make it lovely for people to come
into the space, both at the Garden
and New Hope. Every day is a
good one when your place of
work is somewhere where people
work together, sharing skills and
Food and thought
Hope runs a foodbank, which is
part of the independent foodbank
network. It’s really accessible and
provides three days worth of food
for those who need it, as well as
supporting people to look at the
reasons behind their food insecurity.
If you are on a low income,
one problem can make a massive
difference, even if in the long term
you have enough.
One of the things we want to do is
to be working with the local community
to challenge some of the
things that are causing people to
have to rely on foodbanks, to start
reducing the need for a foodbank.
Not just for Christmas
This month we are launching our
Hope is for Life campaign.
We are so grateful for the
wonderful support that we have
from the community, especially at
Christmas time, and we receive
many generous one-off donations,
but because there is always a
need, we operate year-round, and
regular giving is one of the things
that can enable us to stay open.
We always welcome donations of
food, from tins, to fresh fruit and
veg, and would also love people
to set up a small monthly direct
debit, so that we have a regular
income to plan around.
That evidence of ongoing support
can also help us to qualify for
Tea or coffee?
Coffee. I like an Americano with
a splash of milk. At Hope, the
kettle’s always on!
And a wee snack?
Beth, our service supervisor,
makes amazing scones – they’re
perfect hot out of the oven with
Hope Kitchen jam!
Hope Kitchen is on Facebook,
and at 2 Soroba Road, Oban. It is
open from 11am to 6pm on Mondays,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays,
and until 3pm on Thursdays and
Fridays. To give food, please get
in touch, or pop in. Donations can
be made via paypal to the email
com or get in touch on 01631