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Every day the Whitechapel Mission helps over 250 people, and as many as 300. Many of them come to us because they are living on the streets or have become homeless through family breakdown, violence, poverty or discrimination. Others may be unfairly threatened with eviction, or living in property that is damp, dangerous or overcrowded.
The Breakfast Challenge is currently the most popular form of volunteering at the Whitechapel Mission. After preparing and cooking breakfast for as many as 300 people, these breakfasts need to be served. Served to people who are, in the main, very grateful for your efforts and may have not eaten since yesterdays breakfast. A very rewarding experience and an opportunity to meet people from the streets in a positive and meaningful way.
A breakfast challenge needs to be a team of people of no less than 4 people and no more than 7 or 8 people. 6 is a good number. These teams are responsible for ensuring the continued breakfast services of The Whitechapel Mission.
We ask that volunteers are over 16 and able to spend a long time on their feet. If you cannot get a team of at least 4 then you could consider a breakfast volunteering day, which is slightly different.
We will ensure that there are staff to supervise/assist. Our kitchens have been designed to be a safe environment to work and have a positive introduction to London's homeless. The daycentre opens at 6am and closes at 11am each day and we will be request that at least 3 members of your team are on-site by 5:45am latest and the remainder of the team by 7am, but for team building it is a better experience if all the team can arrive together at 5:45am. We do have a car park available for your vehicles. We do not know how many homeless will arrive on any given day. It may be as few as one hundred or as high as three hundred, but we feel that if there is only one person knocking on our door then we should open that door and make them welcome.
If you have an interest in getting people in your organisation to work more effectively as a team, would like an icebreaker to integrate new members into your group or would just like to organise a fun day out, then a Whitechapel Mission Team Challenge experience could be just what you are looking for.
A Whitechapel Mission Team Challenge offers an unusual and cost-effective alternative to the myriad of outdoor 'corporate training' days now on offer. Your employees will join regular Whitechapel Mission staff - making a real difference for some of London's homeless while working as a team and having fun.
The first task of the day from 6am will be to prepare breakfast. This requires the preparation and cooking of bacon, sausages, beans, tomatoes, eggs, mushrooms and hash browns, buttering of bread and making of toast. We will also make and serve over 400 cups of tea and 600 cups of coffee.
At 8am, some of the team will begin to serve breakfast, while others continue to cook more breakfasts and others will collect plates, wipe tables and wash up. There will be a rush at 8am for breakfast, which will last for about 20-30 minutes and then continue for approximately the next hour and a half at a steady rate.
During all of the morning, we will be giving out towels, soap, razors, shampoo and toothbrushes.
At 10am, our kitchens close for the day and we can begin to clean the kitchens down and prepare it for the next day.
By 11am, the daycentre will close and we will begin the big clean-up. The Dinning area will need to be swept and mopped. The toilets will need to be cleaned and hosed.
By 11:30, we should be able to finish for the day.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Whitechapel Mission, please contact our office on 020 7247 8280 or view our volunteering diary.
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