It’s Friday night at 6:45pm and the temperature is just above freezing. Tracy has battled through the city centre traffic and starts to unload her van. About 200 people sleep rough in Nottingham every night. A large number of them are queuing patiently as the tables are set up in Trinity Square.
This isn’t a one off. It happens every Friday – Tracy, supported by her band of volunteers, provide good quality, nutritional food and a friendly face. No questions asked.
Over the years the kitchen has grown. Initially 60 people turned up, now the numbers have grown to 175 people each week.
Tracy’s own story is pretty inspirational too. In 1981, aged just 14, she found herself sleeping rough on the streets of Nottingham. Tracy managed to find a job and turned her life around but she’s never forgotten the abuse, aggression and despair she felt whilst sleeping rough. That’s why in 2016 she set up Tracy’s Street Kitchen.
How can you help?
Your time – they are always looking for volunteers to help out on a Friday evening, either preparing or distributing food.
Your talent – you could be handy in the kitchen or happy to offer a few hours of admin support each week
Your treasure – There’s no paid staff at the Street kitchen so your donations will go straight to those who need it most
If you’d like to get involved contact either Becky Downes or Arran Jaiswal at Distinct. Or simply click here to visit their website.< Back to Blog