When The Soul Kitchen Chester were looking for people to get involved to support their new initiative, Richard and Josette Foster were only too happy to help.
The couple have supported the Soul Kitchen through a number of donation projects which their customers have always fully embraced.
The Soul Kitchen Chester have set up a homeless football team named Soul Survivors and are now involved in tournaments across the North West.
After their first match Josette and Richard invited the team for a fish and chip supper, which scored well with the team.
Josette said “ it was an absolute pleasure to meet the team. I was so impressed with them all as their positivity about the project really showed.”
Homelessness forces people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate, and work with others. When a person who is homeless gets involved in football, they build relationships and become teammates who learn to trust and share. They have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time, and to be prepared to participate. They feel that they are part of something larger than themselves. The sense of empowerment that comes from participating in street football helps people who are homeless see that they can change their lives.
Football also improves other aspects of a person’s life, such as physical health and self-esteem, and experience has shown that it is an effective way of engaging people who are homeless who have not responded to other methods of intervention.
“Just talking to them about the impact this is having on their lives was incredible”, Josette Said.
Helen Anthony from Soul Kitchen Chester said, “ A huge thank you to Fish and Chips @ weston Grove who not only kindly sponsored the Soul Survivors splendid tracksuits but also invited the team down for a fish and chip supper! How awesome is that?!! The guys loved it and have officially declared Weston Grove’s fish and chips the best ever!”
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Josette has arranged for this to be a regular event in order to catch up on progress.
Soul Kitchen Chester are arranging a wide range of activities to support their clients including a walking group which again is having a huge impact on their lives.