Big Breakfast Plus (BB Plus) is a charitable organisation serving the homeless in Swindon. Popularly known as Broadgreen Breakfast Club, it was formed in 1993 by two individuals to provide breakfast two days a week for the homeless and rough sleepers in Swindon – so in June 2018 the cake on the left will show 25!
From January 2018 we’re open 7 days a week providing a free cooked breakfast, unlimited refills of hot drinks and an opportunity to meet and socialise in a warm and inviting place. It’s also a safe place for outreach workers from other organisations including Threshold Housing Link, Nelson Trust and Swindon Borough Council to provide advice and signposting to help with housing, health, drug and alcohol addiction, employment and other matters. Over 75% of Threshold’s initial contacts with homeless people are made over breakfast. As many of our guests have mental health issues or are struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction they often lose vital contact with other services and the outreach teams can make that contact on their behalf.
BB Plus is based at St Luke’s Church Hall in Broad Street and is open from 7 to 9 am Monday to Sunday. During 2017 we welcomed over 350 different individuals who were rough sleeping, sofa surfing, or had no access to cooking facilities or income to pay for food. Our guests are fiercely protective of the project and appreciate the devotion of staff and volunteers. Not only is the food hot but it is individually ordered and served, providing choice for those who have little or no choice in their lives. BB Plus bridges a gap not covered by other agencies.