We talk to Stevenage and Hitchin drop-in Feed Up Warm Up about its first year of helping the homeless
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Since setting up its homeless drop-in in December 2018, Feed Up Warm Up has gone from strength to strength, having most recently acquired a second outreach van, celebrated its first birthday, and become a registered charity.
Feed Up Warm Up provides a drop-in centre for the homeless in Hitchin and Stevenage each week, and has attracted many volunteers since its inception by founder Shane Cole.
The Stevenage drop-in - held at the Church of St Andrew and St George every Tuesday - sees in excess of 50 clients some weeks, and provides them with hot food, food parcels, clean clothes, toiletries and more.
READ MORE: Baldock street food business set to feed the homeless this ChristmasThe charity celebrated its first birthday in December - and over the course of its first year the project went from a scheme to see those in need through the tough winter months, to a fully-fledged charity.
The team of volunteers have raised money for an outreach van, to reach those who are out on the streets, and have recently been gifted a second minibus by the Apostolic Faith Mission in Stevenage - which will enable the teams to go out on outreach together, or to drop off or pick up clients.
Shane said: "The last six months have been ridiculously busy.
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"We've become an official charity and we're in the process of setting up a Virgin Money Giving page.
"The Apostolic Faith Mission Stevenage also gave us their minibus - named Hope following a Facebook poll - to make a difference to our clients.
READ MORE: Can you help? Hitchin soup kitchen plans to branch into Stevenage"We can start using it to get our clients and volunteers around, along with Grace, our outreach van."
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Feed Up Warm Up has not been short of support from the community since it started.
Support for them continues to grow now it's become a registered charity.
READ MORE: How Stevenage and Hitchin drop-ins for the homeless have created family bondsMost recently, new Stevenage restaurant Lavish Bar and Grill - based in High Street - has partnered up with the drop-in service, and will supply hot food for clients on a monthly basis.
Volunteers will also take part in a charity football match with Hitchin and Letchworth-based team, Football for Fathers, on Saturday, February 29.
To find out more about Feed Up Warm Up, search for them on Facebook or go to feedupwarmup.co.uk.