Helping The Community
As well as offering a Counselling Service we are also very busy serving our Community.
Dudley Counselling Centre continues to work closely with the homeless and substance-dependent members of our community. If you, or someone you know, are having difficulties with issues relating to homelessness or addiction we can provide support, advice and practical help. The staff are non-judgemental and ready to listen to your needs. At a time when you may struggle to deal with things on your own, we will offer help and empower you to have a positive future.
The ‘Heaven’s Kitchen’ soup kitchen was first run in 2007, offering food, clothing, bedding and comfort to those sleeping rough in the Dudley borough. Since then we have served over 3,000 three course meals to local people in need, and our Christmas parties have become a popular success.
The hot meals, support and care we provide go a long way to raising the self-esteem and quality of life of many local disadvantaged people. By giving them a helping hand to get back on their feet, many of our service users have gained the confidence to rejoin their families and get back into training and employment.
In September 2009 the soup kitchen was officially recognised by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in a ceremony at 10 Downing Street. A previous Trustee, Pastor Willie Watt, attended with another member of the local church and received praise and encouragement for the volunteers ongoing hard work and commitment, caring for the disadvantaged in the area.
Through our contacts at Heaven’s Kitchen the Community Support Worker and other volunteers continue to offer care, support and practical help to those sleeping rough in and around the borough.
The invaluable role of the Community Support Worker has helped many with their housing needs, including finding placements within supported housing and hostels; helping people improve their accommodation to a liveable standard, return to work or training, and access to drug rehabilitation units.