An incredible number of people work tirelessly within organisations to provide respite to those in need. These people exemplify the value of giving and humility. Pastor Mick Agius is one such person.
As the CEO of Inspire Community Services he works with a team of volunteers to provide one of the most used services in the Liverpool area, the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub.
Every week, the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub serves more than 600 meals – but it’s not just about feeding those in need. Pastor Mick speaks often of the need to provide a welcoming environment for those experiencing hardship:
“As I go about my daily life enjoying the blessings of living in such a great country, I know that not everyone is experiencing the same thing for many varying reasons. I believe that for those of us who are blessed, it is for a reason - and that is to be a blessing to others! We are told 5% of the world's population control 95% of the world’s wealth. I want to be a person that is conscious of the other 95%.
“The disadvantaged are all around and feeding the hungry and homeless is something anyone can do. The Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub is our way of doing something about this need and I am absolutely passionate about it. I love being in a place where we can make a difference for those in need."
As a Food Warrior, Pastor Mick will be a champion for feeding the homeless. He advocates not only for the provision of food but also for the creation of safe hubs, were disadvantage people can come, feel welcome and have the chance to talk with other service providers. Many clients return to the kitchen to help others, creating a space of comfort and understanding. The aim of the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub is to provide holistic services for people who experience social disadvantage and exclusion. The model incorporates hot meals, social and recreational activities, case management, advocacy and support, and avenues for referral.