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Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship$
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Shana Cohen, Christina Fuhr, and Jan-Jonathan Bock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331032

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331032.001.0001

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Helping the homeless: a soup kitchen in London

Helping the homeless: a soup kitchen in London

(p.157) Ten Helping the homeless: a soup kitchen in London
Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship

Martin Stone

Policy Press

This chapter is about how a soup kitchen in Muswell Hill aims to help its homeless population by creating a sense of belonging to the community institution among them. The chapter shows that a sense of belonging for vulnerable people can be achieved by (1) bringing them in contact with people from a different social stratum through specific activities to create common experiences, (2) encouraging participation in the soup kitchen group, which can then be extended to other groups, and (3) helping them to develop social skills and self-confidence to confront social life more positively. Equipping vulnerable people with the right social skills and confidence that allow them to feel part of one group permits them to then seek belonging in other communities also, discovering a path to becoming yet again a fully integrated member of society.

Keywords:   Confidence, food, group belonging, homelessness, London, poverty, social skills, soup kitchen

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