Working with the homeless and vulnerable in Oxford City through the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen
We have a variety of volunteers coming from all walks of life, both young and old, who freely give up their time. We are truly thankful to them and their families. Without their valuable time, we could not open on a Wednesday and Saturday morning.
Meet Darius Smith (Icolyn's Grandson)
Darius is the life and soul of the party and he certainly brings his talents to the Soup Kitchen. He is a cheerful chap who takes the time to get to know and interact with the clients who use the centre. It has been a big part of his life and has kept him focused and inspired through his teenage years.
Now an adult he works creatively in Social Media and works with various Youth organizations in Oxfordshire.
You can out more about Darius and his projects here: victoryforu.co.uk
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The Icolyn Smith Foundation was given charitable status back in 2013. The Foundation exists to promote the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen. It survives thanks to the charity of its members. There are Trustees which look after the Charity and provide support and advice to its members. This page serves to give you a brief introduction to the current Trustees and sheds a little light on their own personal histories.
She left teaching after 30 years in 2019 to pursue other passions but always with people in mine. Her passion is seeing people of all ages realise their potential and seeing people build their confidence through any area of work they want to pursue. She now works with City & Guilds as an Independent End Point Assessor to Hairdressing and Barbering apprentices, works part-time as a Neighbourhood Officer for a private housing company and also Chair to the Trustees of the Icolyn Smith Foundation. I absolutely love the variety of work I am involved with because all these areas are all about building a relationship with people.
She has worked for several years as a trustee and treasurer to the Soup Kitchen with the Church of God of Prophecy. Yvonne has worked for a year with the Soup Kitchen to gain its own charitable status. This was awarded on the 28th June 2013 where she now acts as chair to the trustees.
Jenny Kain is a retired legal secretary. For the past nine years has been a volunteer at the Oxford Soup Kitchen. She assists in preparing and serving food to the clients.
She also sources and distributes clothing, shoes and bedding to clients in need.
Jenny has recently been appointed a trustee to the Oxford Soup Kitchen.
She is a retired VSO teacher in Tanzania.“We have a family of three children and have travelled with my husband, Leif, throughout his extensive career.”
She has been involved in voluntary youth groups and for several years with the Oxford Community Soup Kitchen.
Is a Retired Danish Civil Servant and European Commision Official.He has served with the Oversea Aid Programme in East Africa.
He was posted to the Scientific and Technical Research projects in Europe, including the JET project in Culham.
Rebecca has worked as a Special Educational Needs Primary School Teaching Assistant for the last fourteen years. She also supports children, young adults and their families in her local community. Outside of her work commitments she enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her partner and family. Rebecca has been a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen for three years and became a trustee at the beginning of this year, 2020.
Our Registered Address
The Icolyn Smith Foundation,
16 Dickens Close,