We are a 100% voluntary humanitarian-aid organisation that provides hot meals and support to the homeless community nationally.
As a result of COVID-19 we have extended our services in Trafalgar Square, Central London to 7 days a week. We are running 9 weekly outreach sessions where we are serving approximately 4,000 hot meals a week.
The demand increased significantly during the pandemic and we found that our service users doubled. On average we were serving around 150 -170 meals per outreach session, but since all the shop, restaurants, cafes were closed down there has been no other means of getting food for those that are less fortunate.
We normally hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year but we have also had to put those on hold. In July we would have been holding our annual 26 mile walk, where approximately 150 volunteers walk from West London into Piccadilly Circus and back. Unfortunately due to the current circumstance we are not able to hold any fundraising events and therefore are turning to you for your support.
"We have a vision where every person we meet knows they are loved and valued, lives safely, with respect, faith, hope and care for themselves and others, achieving their full potential and positively contributing to and transforming their communities."
We work on the ethos of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's teachings who was the first Guru of the Sikhs:
- Naam Japna, remembering God
- Kirat Karni, earning a honest living
- Vand Kay Shako; selflessly serving other, sharing income and resources
Who are we?
We are a trustee run charitable organisation based in West London, founded in 2008. Our Headquarters in Springfield Road, Hayes is where we house all of our fleet of vehicles and donations, that could range from toiletries, non-perishable food items, to PPE etc. We use our HQ location to hold regular training events, especially around Managing Challenging Behaviour and how to deal with an incident when out serving. We operate nationally from as North as Lancaster down to Stratford, Essex.
What else have we done to support the local community during COVID-19 pandemic?
We recognised the need to support our local communities during these unprecedented times, therefore a "Free Mobile Langar Service" was established and has been operating and serving meals throughout the lockdown. Providing a daily service to individuals who have been classified as vulnerable or advised to self isolate due to underlying health conditions.
Langar, is a term used in Sikhism for the community kitchen in a gurdwara where a free meal is served to all the visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian.
To find out more about us, please visit our website - www.nishkamswat.org
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