A new kitchen for The LifeHouse

The LifeHouse is a food kitchen for the homeless, underhoused, recovering addicts and those displaced and disconnected. They operate in Albert Road, Southsea and aim to be a resource and support centre as well as a food provider.

The charity targets issues surrounding homelessness and addiction for those in need throughout Southsea, central Portsmouth and other areas of the city; supplying hot meals twice a week, food parcels, clothes, outdoor sleeping gear and equipment, shoes and toiletries to people on an individual needs basis. They also aim to provide a social meeting place for people who find themselves disconnected and signpost individuals to other health, social and welfare services where needed.

The LifeHouse is remodelling and updating the centre in order to provide a wider range of services to individuals in need; from dentistry, check-ups, sign-posting and support to access services and benefits. As part of the remodelling process, the LifeHouse recently approached Radian asking for help with the kitchen refit and the trades team were all too happy to help.

Mike Morell, Trustee at the LifeHouse said: “We are delighted to have Radian’s help refitting the kitchen which will receive intensive use in the years ahead. The original kitchen was already partly second hand when it was installed in 2013 and has had a lot of use since then. It lacks sufficient surface space, needs a better layout and the right balance of storage space and cupboards. Many of the draws are broken and the floor is damaged.”

“We are hugely excited to extend our work into the future and having a fantastic new kitchen is essential to being able to do this!”

Members of Radian’s trades team, led by Sukh Bhakar, have volunteered to fit the new kitchen free of charge. They have joined forces with Symphony Kitchens who will be supplying the kitchen units and Nutland Carpet Accessories who will be supplying the flooring to provide the LifeHouse with everything they need in order to continue supporting the people of Portsmouth.

Sukh said: “I am delighted to be a part of this fantastic project. The LifeHouse do such great work serving vulnerable people in the community, so it’s an honour to be working with them to create a space that will help the organisation to grow. Building stronger communities and getting involved in projects that support and improve people’s lives is something everyone at Radian is passionate about. So we were really excited when we were approached by the LifeHouse to get involved and help such a deserving charity.”