What We Do
The services we provide include:
What I like most about Living Well is the meditation each Friday. There is a great sense of equality, no labels, just being, we are all equal.
- Foodbank - open three times each week
- Hot lunches every Friday
- Community garden
- Help with addiction
- Mental health support
- Listening and drop in
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Christian meditation
- Benefit clinic
- Community choir cafe
Our busiest day is Friday, when up to 100 people come to enjoy a hot lunch, with plenty of conversation. We have an art group after lunch, a music group and a time of Christian reflection and meditation. The foodbank is open every Friday afternoon.
We have a core of committed volunteers who keep Living Well running smoothly and safely. Our volunteers help with the foodbank or in the kitchen, make tea and coffee or simply sit and chat. Some people donate food regularly. Others use their skills and abilities in lots of different ways: for example, one volunteer brings her sewing machine to repair people’s clothes.
Everyone is welcome, and all our services are free of charge.
- Most of the people who come to Living Well come from Penge and the surrounding areas. Two thirds of the people who take part are men, and one third are women.
- We have people of all ages taking part, from under 18s to over 65s. Most people who take part in Living Well are between 35 – 54 years of age.
- A third of the people who come to us are homeless, or sofa-surfing. 73% of people are receiving, or waiting for benefits. 15% of them tell us that they have no income at all.