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What We Do: Breakfast Begins the Day

02/08/2019

Breakfast is an essential part of each and every day.

In today’s modern world we are constantly surrounded by new trends, fashions and ideas about food and what we should eat. From mindful eating to mood foods we know we should eat breakfast and enjoy it because of how it sets us up for the day, but often on a busy morning we can forget and find ourselves arriving at lunchtime having only grabbed half a slice of toast or several cups of coffee.

Eating in the morning though is key to helping us achieve throughout the day, to making us happy and removing some of those grumpy morning vibes.

While many of us miss breakfast because we are busy homeless people miss breakfast because they do not have a choice.

For homeless people breakfast with us might be the only meal they get that day.

 

Breakfast at the Archer Project

 

Breakfast is the first fundamental step in supporting a homeless and vulnerable adult. It can begin the journey of building bridges between us and the people who use the project. The key to enabling and encouraging communication with homeless and vulnerable adults starts when a sense of trust is established.

 


Since 2015 we have seen a 76% increase in the number of people we support.

 In 2018 1,258 individuals walked through our front door in comparison to 714 in 2015


 

James initially used the project’s Project for breakfast, laundry, and our shower facilities for two years before volunteering with us. His journey all started with breakfast.

But then he decided to get involved with our activities and our volunteering opportunities. Activities and volunteering can provide purpose, enabling people to build relationships with others and make the steps to move away from homelessness. Volunteering opportunities vary from helping in the kitchen, to looking after the laundry to helping look after our lounge giving people the ability to develop new skills, gain a routine and increase their overall wellbeing.

To find out about the many ways in which we help homeless people – catch up on our recent developments.

 

What is the Breakfast Club?
 

Breakfast Club is a chance for businesses to support homeless and vulnerable adults. Businesses donate £52 every month to provide life changing facilities for those in desperate need, whilst also reaping rewards themselves.

When you join the Breakfast Club, you will have the chance to come and serve breakfast for one week each year, along with gaining a limited edition certificate, and invitations to multiple networking and PR events.

This means on average you will serve 50 breakfasts a day, 5 days a week. This is a great opportunity for businesses to offer a lifeline to those who may not eat anything else all day.

 

Celebrating the Breakfast Club

 

To celebrate the Breakfast Club, we hosted a breakfast networking event for our corporate partners on the 31st July 2019. Many of the fabulous businesses who attended are a part of our breakfast club.

Primetals and a team from Nationwide were presented with their breakfast club certificates after recently becoming members. With their help we can provide a fulfilling and enjoyable life for homeless and vulnerable adults.

Between breakfast sandwiches and many cups of coffee attendees were shown around the Project, seeing first-hand what their support achieves, and as a thank you everyone left with a Printed By us mug.

Printed By us are a part of our social enterprise, Just Works, which as well as employing people provides the support to help individuals create and achieve their own aspirations.

Recently their amazing work led them to be named social enterprise of the year at Homeless Link and so providing our corporate partners with a small element of their work seemed a fitting celebration.  

 

We would like to thank everyone for attending and ensuring the event was so successful! You are helping us to support homeless and vulnerable adults to build their own nests.

So why not get involved yourself and help us continue to serve breakfast all week.

 

Further Reading

 

http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/why-is-breakfast-important)

https://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/healthy-living/the-importance-of-breakfast/

https://www.spafinder.com/blog/nutrition/7-steps-mindful-best-breakfast/

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