A GROUP of caring women are hoping to continue their charity and support work in 2014 after getting off to a good start last year.
Liz Sullivan formed Whole Again Communities, which aims to help individuals or families on tight budgets eat well by cooking up "nutritious, tasty soup", and has some ambitious plans for the months ahead.
"The need reflects the hardship a lot of people are facing," she said. "Lots of people are struggling at the moment and soup is a way of eating healthily, cheaply."
Ms Sullivan said she really enjoys working with people, and after a positive trial in December, she has started a soup kitchen in Penzance, which will give people the opportunity to learn more and meet others. She also hopes to set up a communal allotment, championing the idea of "growing our own" to help alleviate food poverty.
"I want it to be all about the community – this year I want to build it up," she said.
"My inspiration is when I went through hard times myself. Eating properly is so important."
Ms Sullivan will also be working with Women of Wonder (WOW), set up by Suzy Messenger and Judith Kingdom of St Just Free Church, towards the end of 2013.
The ladies are looking to provide "love, care and opportunity" for some of the more deprived people in the area – and said recent cuts to services, as well as rising living costs, are making times increasingly difficult.
Miss Messenger said after seeing success over past weeks the team has been inspired to put on more events, with free pampering and advice sessions for women.
"We have manicures on offer, hot stones and bamboo massage," said Ms Messenger. "Liz the soup lady has some great ideas," she added.
The volunteer said the WOW evenings are all about "reaching out to women in west Cornwall".
Ms Sullivan's soup kitchen is set to run every Thursday at the Colcombe Centre on Penzance's Treneere Estate, from noon to 2pm, starting today. The next WOW event is tonight at St Just Free Church's Lighthouse Café, from 7pm to 9pm. Entry is free.