Every Wednesday, between 12:30pm – 3:30pm, we hold a lunch at a community centre in Lambeth. The lunch club is open to guests and former guests of the Robes Project. Together we prepare and enjoy lunch. This winter, for example, we have made Pastitsio, Ethiopian dishes and Indian curries. As well as cooking we also play games, such as table tennis and pool, and have the opportunity to catch up with guests about their individual action plan (while they are staying at the project).
We are very grateful to Better Bankside who support the weekly club project. We became a Better Bankside Community Partner in 2013. This means that we have the opportunity to link in with the Better Bankside business community and that Better Bankside provide funding for the weekly club (until 2016). An example of the support we have received from the Better Bankside community was when TATE Modern gave the guests of the Robes Project tickets for one of the TATE Modern exhibitions. We went as a group, really enjoying the exhibition and talking over tea and cake in the café beforehand!
This is what Ward, a volunteer who helped to run the weekly club during 2012-2013, said about the weekly club:
”My name is Ward van Wijk, I am 18 years old, and last year I helped Robes with the Wednesday club.
I hear you thinking: Wednesday club? Yes, last year we started a new project on the Wednesday. The Wednesday club is a place where all guests of Robes can go for a few hours of distraction in the middle of the day. Guests can cook, have a cup of tea, play a card game or whatever they want to relax for a while.
I had the chance to help out Crispin with organising and promoting the small project. And I would say, for the first year it was a great success. We will definitely continue it for the next years. Because I think every little helps.”