Community Spirit with The Salvation Army
Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I have been out in the community visiting Theresa, the Minister at Taunton’s Salvation Army Church. I had spoken to Theresa a week or so ago about the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal and she kindly invited me down to the church.
When I turned up I was greeted by a welcoming modern building and the most delicious smells that hit me as I walked through the door. The first thing I noticed was the notice board filled with lots of community meetings and fundraising events. I soon met Theresa, wearing her apron whilst chatting to a volunteer. She was very welcoming and was keen to tell me all about the Wednesday lunch club.
Every Wednesday they host a 2-course lunch club for the church members and anyone else, in the community that would like a hot meal and to socialise. The food is freshly produced in their small but well equipped kitchen. If it tasted as good as it smelt I imagine their guest had an amazing meal. Today was chicken casserole and strawberry gateaux for only £3.50.
They guests normally arrive about 11am, for coffee and chat club and those that stay sit down to eat about 12.30. The church caters for the local community, for young and old, they are right next to a lovely preschool too. Many of the mothers pop in too. There is disabled access and toilets; in fact, Theresa is hoping to be able to offer a wet room facility to those with the need.
Theresa is aware that not everyone has their own transport so she has arranged with the Slinky bus to collect and drop off those that wish to use it. The cost of this is based upon mileage and those wishing to use it can simply call Theresa on 01823 284 291 to arrange that.
We will be encouraging our carers and clients to utilise this fabulous resource, I am sure a hot meal, and a chance to chat with others would make a difference in their lives, as well as our staff of course!