In aid of the Shelter Trust
LGT Vestra (Jersey) Limited sponsor the Jersey soup kitchen in aid of the Shelter Trust for the homeless.
Into it's 20th year this year, all proceeds made at the annual soup kitchen go towards helping the homeless community in Jersey. Held in Jersey's Royal Square each year, the soup kitchen works with local restaurants and groups who donate different soups for the event.
Over 40 soups were donated last year with £12,000 raised on the day going to the Shelter Trust.
The Shelter Trust was established over 25 years ago and is now the leading provider of accommodation and support services for the homeless community in Jersey.
The Trust provides accommodation, food and support for 70 - 105 people per night at four sites in and around the Jersey town area. The age of service users ranges from 16-74. In recent years, the Trust has seen a worrying increase in the number of young people becoming homeless.
Currently, around 30 per cent of its service users are aged between 16 and 25 years old, whereas, historically around one in ten of the local homeless community were female, the number of young female clients it is seeing has more than doubled.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for residents and service users. Each day, the Trust prepares about 220 meals, which works out at 1,540 per week or 80,300 meals per year.
The main aim of the Trust is to accommodate homeless people for as short a time as is practically possible, and to support them in what is hoped is a swift return to independent living.