Free food, English lessons and health checks in Nottingham
Parminder Dhanjal is the director of SFiCE Foundation and runs several projects in Nottingham with support from East Midlands Near Neighbours. They offer a variety of services for homeless and vulnerable people, completely free of charge. Christ-Citadel International Church has partnered with SFiCE by providing a space to hold the activities.
The SFiCE Social Cafe brings in a professional cook who serves delicious breakfasts every Tuesday between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Sausages, beans, toast, tomatoes and eggs are made to order for an individually-prepared hot meal. If patrons have any dietary restrictions, these are taken into account too. Evening meals are also on the menu every first and third Friday of each month between 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The cafe relies on volunteers who help with setting up, cooking, serving the food and cleaning up. It's a true testament to the project that several patrons of the cafe have now become volunteers.
After breakfast on Tuesdays, people can stick around for English lessons with Carol. When visiting the project, we met people from Czech Republic, Morocco, Portugal and Nepal. One man who attended the class along with his wife said: "This is only our second class, but it is already very helpful and it's also nice to meet new people here."
Another weekly event run by SFiCE Foundation is a gentle exercise class every Thursday between 10:30 am - 11:30 am to help people stay active and healthy. After class, participants are welcome to stay for tea and coffee. They can then attend a drop-in health check, and mental health support and advice from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.