Work in the Community
Our work isn't just providing meditation classes, retreats, and workshops to support your well-being. We are also committed to helping the disadvantaged within our own local community and further afield. With your continued support, we can maintain our regular commitment to help the following charities.
SOS Childrens Village
SOS Children’s Villages, together with their supporters, have been helping the world’s most vulnerable children and families for over 65 years.
SOS prevent children from ending up alone by supporting fragile families to stay together
When a child is orphaned or abandoned, SOS provides them with a permanent family home in an SOS Children’s Village
SOS provide quality education and healthcare in these communities
SOS also help during emergencies, and are currently supporting children and families suffering as a result of the refugee crisis.
There are SOS Children’s Villages, and associated community programmes, in 125 countries around the world – making them one of the world’s largest orphan charities. These span Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
We are currently sponsoring a boy called Nyasha who lives in Zimbabwe. With our continued financial help, Nyasha will receive a happy and healthy childhood within one of the SOS Children’s Villages and will have access to a good level of schooling as well as job and vocational training to ensure he has a firm foundation for his adult life.
The Child Funeral Charity (CFC)
The Child Funeral Charity (CFC) assists families financially in England and Wales who have to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 or under. Whilst many funeral directors, the clergy and most celebrants do not charge fees, there are other funeral related expenses that bereaved parents struggle to find. Financial support is available from the Child Funeral Charity to help with such funeral costs, together with practical advice and guidance.
The Storehouse is a local community centre dedicated to giving support to the residents of Southend-on-Sea who are facing financial hardship, isolation and loneliness.
The Storehouse gives out free tea, coffee, breakfasts, lunches, food bags, clothes and signposts people to relevant services that work within the Storehouse during opening times. The service is available to those who are vulnerable, in need of support or anyone experiencing a crisis like homelessness, unemployment and benefit delay amongst others.
The Storehouse takes food bank donations. If you would like to donate a food parcel, there is a drop-off point in the Buddhist Centre, 879A London Road (opposite Chalkwell School). The Centre will arrange to have the parcels dropped off to the Storehouse and ensure they reach the right place. The Storehouse also accept financial donations.
One Love Soup Kitchen
The One Love Soup Kitchen feeds Southend’s homeless population every Monday and Thursday evening. Using the Hollybrook building site currently located behind Southend Civic Centre, the organisation also aids with clothing, food-packs and counselling.
Hollybrook has had showers, washing machines and tumble dryers installed in storage containers to enable homeless people to get clean.
Run entirely by volunteers, One Love Soup Kitchen serves approximately 60 people per evening and this number is sadly growing.
If you would like to make a donation to One Love Soup Kitchen or would like to volunteer your time or to find out more, click here: One Love.