‘Intouch’ with the homeless
A charity which aims to bring warmth and nutrition to the less fortunate in Bradford, continue to serve up hundreds of meals every week, ‘rain or shine’.
The Intouch Foundation was launched last year as a way of providing much needed nutrition to Bradford’s homeless population, and anybody who may be struggling financially.
Starting off with just a husband and wife team, the group now sees up to a hundred volunteers help out with serving the food and drink across the Bradford district.
Over the past 12 months, the operation has expanded from one Monday evening a week in the city centre, to cater for two more events, held on Wednesday evenings in Shipley - 6pm to 7pm, and Keighley – 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Completely run by volunteers, Intouch has become a vital lifeline for society’s most vulnerable and as the cold nights draw in, the warm meals and hot drinks are needed now more than ever.
Founder and board member, Osman Gondal, explained how the charity’s inclusive nature has helped ensure the city’s ‘less fortunate’ don’t go hungry and reassures people that the team will be on hand, no matter the weather.
“The main thing about Intouch is that it is open to everybody regardless of their backgrounds or current living situation,” he said. “Anybody can come down, whether they are homeless, struggling to find money for food or just want to chat.
“At this time of year in particular, many low income households may have to decide what is more important, the food bill or the gas and electricity, and unfortunately when the days and nights get colder, people go hungry.
“We set up here to prevent this and provide nutritious meals and hot drinks like tea and coffee. People are welcome to have as many drinks as they like when they come down, and often it takes two or three cups of tea or coffee before you can even replenish your heat.”
All hot food is prepared by a professional catering company, with nutritious dishes such as Chicken Biryani, on the menu, to provide a valued source of protein.
“We bring the food to the people,” Mr Gondal added. “Rather than having a base somewhere in a corner of Bradford we jump into the van, which was also donated, and park up in the city centre to make us accessible to everybody.”
The Intouch Foundation is completely funded by donations and always needs backing to cater for the hundreds of users across Bradford.
If you would like to become a sponsor of the not-for-profit organisation, please contact Osman Gondal at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.