Students gain vital work experience for local homeless charity

Students studying Criminology and Forensic Investigation at South Essex College have been undertaking work experience at the local community homeless charity, One Love Soup Kitchen.

During their time at the shelter, students have been organising food storage areas, preparing meals and completing general tidying duties to ensure a smooth operation throughout the day.

Founded in 2017, One Love Soup Kitchen, located near the Civic Centre, is a homeless charity that runs on donations to offer food, clothing, showers & support to the local homeless people of Southend-On-Sea.

Alison Burt, who volunteers at One Love Soup Kitchen, said: “As a community we are all pulling together to help each other and we are glad to have the students on board. They are learning how to take instruction, work independently as well as vital team work skills.”

“We are glad to have them on board, helping our towns rough sleeping community which they are finding very rewarding.”

Karly Withers, Curriculum Manager for Health and Science, said: “We are very pleased with the work that the students are doing at One Love Soup Kitchen, they have received fantastic praise from members of the team.

“As Criminology students, they are widening their understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness in the Southend area whilst gaining vital team work and time management skills for when they enter the world of work.”

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