Over the last 18 months a group of Southern Cross Researchers has been undertaking a study of the Lismore Soup Kitchen / Winsome. Barbara Rugendyke, John McKinnon& Gregory P. Smith have allowed us to make available their published report.
"Established thirty years ago this year, the Lismore Soup Kitchen at the Winsome Hotel fills a vital role in the Lismore region.
In 2019, it served over 80 hot meals every day, a staggering 30,000 meals a year, as well as take away food, to marginalised and disadvantaged people. This, along with provision of an array of essential support services, including medical, counselling, interest and support groups and informal, non-denominational Sunday church services.
Accommodation for men is available at the Winsome and also for a small number of people, both men and women, at Mazzer House. The Hotel has accommodated 164 people in the past decade. The research reported here presents the outcomes of a survey of over one hundred individuals, of volunteers and of those who visit the Winsome to access services."
You can download a full copy of the report here.