Joel Community Project

Joel Community Project provides food, friendship and shelter to people experiencing homelessness in Kingston-Upon-Thames as well as providing the only permanent Night Shelter in the Kingston area.

It's prize of £5,000 of Stoves cooking appliances meant the project could update its facilities and offer nutritious meals for guests - something that hadn't been possible since it expanded the shelter to house 14 people in 2016 - as well as re-establishing its Cook and Eat programme, which teaches participants to cook nutritious meals on a budget.

Jhoana Serna-Nalton, Community Fundraiser and Grants Officer at Joel Community Services, said: "The competition truly embraced community spirit, with our wonderful supporters rallying their friends and family to vote for our project."

"In 2016, we cooked more than 8,500 meals, and with the growth in the number of guests and services, we expect a 30% increase in meals prepared. We've put the amazing prize towards equipping our kitchen to match its five star hygiene rating, with a new cooker and related accessories helping to make the preparation of meals fast and enjoyable."

If you would like to find out more about the Joel Community Project visit their website.

Joel Community Project