Kate’s Kitchen offers a safe, friendly place, a hot meal and a listening ear.
To alleviate social isolation, poverty, their causes and consequences within our community and, in so doing, recognise the value of EVERY individual.”
To provide support through in-house training, life skills, or by signposting to other agencies, enabling clients and volunteers, by providing the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Kate’s Kitchen is a unique project in Annan that has been running as a constituted group since January 2008 and received charitable status in 2013.
We are a staff and volunteer-run drop-in facility that operates as a café two days per week in Annan, a small town in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. Kate’s Kitchen is not your regular run-of-the-mill cafe. We dish up a lot more than just good food, good company and ‘a nice cuppa.’ We operate on the premise that – ‘All are welcome,’ although our service is aimed at those on a low income and those that are homeless,and vulnerable. The food is delicious, wholesome and free, but donations are welcome to help with running costs.
In addition to the hot meals we serve weekly, we also offer non-judgemental support in a warm, welcoming environment to anyone in Annan who needs a helping hand and a friendly smile. The project also provides support to clients from Dumfries and the neighbouring towns and villages of Annandale and Eskdale.
Kate’s Kitchen is a lifeline to the community and can best be described as a ‘safe haven’ for weary travellers on their journey through life.
Free Hot Food Provision
Creative Groups (Crafts)
Room Use/Hot Desking/Computer Suite
The vision for the Annan project came from a member of Annandale Churches Together (ACT) and a volunteer at Christian Care for the Homeless (CCH), in Dumfries. A need for a support service in Annan was identified as many of the local people who needed help were travelling through to Dumfries, often illegally, to access services there. It became clear that Annan needed for a similar project in the area.
What began as a simple desire to provide hot meals to three or four vulnerable people in the local community, quickly became a burning passion to ensure that others had a safe place to go where they could be cared for – a home away from home.
To keep the project from closing down, Catherine Dale stepped in as a volunteer at a crucial time, and armed with nothing but determination, courage and a desire to ‘stick up for the underdog’, Catherine took up the challenge, and with the help of a friend who promised to do the cooking, volunteers from the local churches, and a guiding hand and support from the Safe & Healthy Action Partnership (SHAP), based at Sonas in Annan, Kate’s Kitchen was born.
Over the years, Kate’s Kitchen has blossomed into a vital service where, twice a week, approximately 80 meals are served to a regular clientele; 40 on a Tuesday and another 40 on a Thursday.
For the past seven years, KKs has operated with help from ACT. This is a group of 5 churches in Annan, comprised of St. Andrews Parish Church of Scotland, Annan Old Parish Church, United Reformed Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and St Columba’s Catholic Church. Under this umbrella, the Christian ethos of fellowship – the importance of sharing a meal and sharing time together, underpins the service offered at KKs. Kates’ Kitchen is by no means run as a religious charity. The kitchen operates on a basic principle – no one is excluded and the doors are open to everyone.