A warm welcome and
hot food for those struggling
to make ends meet

We are looking for our first paid manager to help guide our mission to help more people. See below for more info.

Manager needed!


Project development manager for Laurence’s Larder

Laurence’s Larder provides a meal, essential groceries, washing facilities and company for those struggling to make ends meet. Before the pandemic, we served a meal to an average of 70 people , twice a week, in our community kitchen. Since the restrictions came in we have amended our model and provided take-away food to around 45 households a week.

We now wish to appoint our first paid manager to run the daily operation and help us to understand the needs of our current and future guests so we can help them even more.

This new, 18-month contract role, supported by Brent Council, will build on our work to date to develop Laurence’s Larder into a community hub working with our partners to address our guests’ needs.

We’re looking for someone who will work with the trustees and our volunteers to:

- establish the exact needs in our community which the Larder can address

- devise a plan to meet those needs

- raise our profile so even more people can benefit from our services

- work with our local partners as part of a matrix of service provision.

Job description:

Project development manager JD 29 March 2021.docx

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter clearly explaining how you meet the requirements of the role. Send the email to info@laurenceslarder.org.uk

Closing date: 5pm 23 April 2021 

Interview: 4 May (provisional date)

If you would like to speak to one of our trustees please email

info@laurenceslarder.org.uk and one of us will be in contact to arrange a time.


Following our successful re-opening of Laurence's Larder on 17 September - for take-out meals only - we are continuing the service under the new restrictions but will no longer be serving hot food. This followed a detailed assessment to ensure we were taking all suitable precautions. We are currently offering the take-out service one day a week, on Thursdays.

Please continue to DONATE to help us keep this vital service going for our guests.


About Us

Laurence's Larder provides a warm welcome and fresh food for those who struggle to make ends meet in our community and beyond.

Before we had to close temporarily during lockdown it was open every Tuesday and Thursday  from 10am to 1.30pm to anyone in need - no referral needed. 

We provided a three-course meal which was typically soup, a pasta or other favourite such as cottage or fish pie, followed by a pudding such as crumble and custard or fruit salad. For those in even greater need, we provide dried and tinned food for a few days to take away.

We also have clothes washing facilities and a shower as well as a clothes bank available during our opening hours.

People of all faiths, and none, are welcome.

It costs £1,000 a month to run the charity, despite generous donations from our supporters (below). We welcome donations of money, food and adult clothing.

The larder, which is a registered charity (1185983), is managed by Stephen Chamberlain who can be reached via info@laurenceslarder.org.uk.

About Us

Where are we?

St Laurence's Larder is in the refectory (dining room) of Christ Church with St Laurence Brondesbury, on the corner of Willesden Lane and Christchurch Avenue,  London NW6 7BG.

Thursdays, 10am to 1.30pm

The entrance for the larder is in Christchurch Avenue.

  • 169 Willesden Lane, London, NW6 7BG
  • Email: info@laurenceslarder.org.uk

Where are we?

Our committee

Stephen Chamberlain

Founder and co-ordinator

Gail Foord

Chair of trustees

Rob Grover

Administration volunteer

Philippa Hutchinson


Daniel Lewis

Trustee and treasurer

Jane Mehta


Diana Robinson


Rev Natasha Woodward


Helen Brown


Make a donation

Every month it costs us £1,000 to feed those who come to us for a hot meal, a shower, to wash their clothes and have a chat.

Despite the generosity of those who give us food, clothes and their time, we still have to pay for staple foods to create the dishes and for the utilities we use such as hot water and electricity for the tumble dryers.

Please help us to keep the larder going at this time of great need in our community and beyond.

Please donate here.

Please email us at info@laurenceslarder.org.uk if you can help with donations of food, clothes or your time.

Our registered charity number is: 1185983

Make a donation

Join our supporters

The organisations below give us generous support and some of them have done so since we opened our doors. We simply couldn't help our guests without their help. 

Please make a donation to help us to keep the larder going at this time of great need in our community and beyond. Donors help us pay for electricity, staple ingredients and essential equipment.

Or email us at info@laurenceslarder.org.uk if you can help with donations of food, clothes or your time.

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