Middlesex University Students Union (MDXSU) will put a multitude of employability skills to work for the benefit of the local community by organising the first ever soup kitchen on 8 October.
“Our Students’ Union is committed to working in the local community to help those that need it most,” says Orla Hillary, MDXSU Vice-President and qualified nurse.
“Although plans are well underway, we are still looking for volunteers. Any food that people are willing to donate or make, hairdressers or barbers willing to spend some time using their skills and clothes you no longer want or need, we would love and appreciate your help.”
The initiative, which specifically aims to support homeless people and those from low income backgrounds, will bring students from different disciplines and local professionals together to provide hot meals, career advice and medical support.
Nursing students, under qualified supervision, will be on hand to provide medical aid alongside mental health nurses, psychologists and local doctors. Law students will also be present to provide legal advice and assistance in areas such as filling in benefit forms.
There are plans for a clothes bank to be a permanent fixture on campus and organisers are looking for barbers and hairdressers to volunteer their time on the day. Local students and residents will be invited to use this clothes bank once it is in place.