Sincere Offerings for Unappreciated Persons (SOUP) is a registered UK Charity operated entirely by volunteers since 2007. We are an Unincorporated Association and our Trustees associate with each other, holding us to account and leading us to perform the work required to provide our beneficiaries with the help they need. Our manifesto ensures that ALL donations go towards our beneficiaries and every effort is made to reduce operational costs.
Who we support
Isolated: Our missions is to reach the severe cases of individuals across the UK who are isolated from their local communities, and whom the mainstream charities cannot reach, and provide them with urgent food, emotional support and care. Our volunteers are based locally and regionally however we are currently expanding in to a full UK-wide service.
Homeless: Many cases of homeless people across the UK remain unreachable by mainstream street charities. SOUP works to identify and locate these extreme cases, often finding individuals close to death and in physical and emotional trauma. We offer food and shelter in the first instance, followed by re-housing efforts and support with education in order to significantly restore general well being, independence and prospects.
Challenged: We also support individuals with physical and/or mental health issues. These are sometimes ex-service men and women who have endured suffering as a result of their work. Others are isolated due to a permanent disability or ailment developed through age. SOUP refers any cases of suspected mental or physical illness to local authorities and trusted associated charities to ensure the best care services are provided, while remaining in close contact with the individual throughout. We will never refer to another body without consent from the individual in question.
Other Charities: SOUP not only supports individuals, but other charitable organisations as well, who share a similar ethos or support the same causes. This is mainly accomplished by grants and fundraising for other charities. We organise concerts, wellness events, mindfulness events and various other recreational and educational events to fund raise and also raise awareness on Mental health. At SOUP we take a step further by bringing solutions to mental health issues, not just keep on talking about them.
SOUP supports individuals across the UK who are not reached by the work of other charities. We provide an urgent outreach service to a unique group of individuals who are suffering from extreme isolation and are beyond reach of traditional charities. Many of those that we support are ex-service men and ex-service women from WW2, they have no family or friends and scarce financial security. Overlooked by their local communities, they face poor conditions, ill health and the threat of dying alone often in mental and emotional trauma.
At SOUP, we find this unacceptable. Our priority is to identify these individuals and reconnect them with society, significantly improving their quality of life. In our view, every life matters and all individuals deserve dignity and comfort in their own homes. But where large charities face restrictions that can leave many individuals unaccounted for, SOUP has measures in place to strategically reach this critical sector and provide an Urgent and last-hope service. Without us, these people are entirely alone.
For over a decade, we have worked hard to reach these individuals and our mission is to keep reaching others. We can only achieve this with your continued support and generosity. Help us make a difference. Help us end loneliness.
Darren Christopher Rowland
Darren Christopher Rowland D.H.F N.A.S.M is an Expert in the fields of Weight Loss and Weight Management for the last 25 years. Since 2012 he has regularly Coached VIPs in this area both Nationally and Internationally.
He has received Awards for Best London Life Coach, Best UK Life Coach and Best International Life Coach between 2018 and 2020. Darren's coaching fees from the public domain is directly paid into SOUP.
He has always been a very compassionate person and was involved with several charities as a volunteer.
Befriending - 2004
British Heart Foundation - 2005
Samaritans - 2005 to 2007.
These experiences helped and inspired him to form up SOUP.
Darren also executes complementary well being programmes for the staff of other charities, schools, police, football clubs and HM prison.
He is currently semi retired and makes time always for his philanthropy travelling around the globe. He has contributed to several charitable projects in Sri Lanka and Russia with his spouse Dr Bindunie Rowland.
He is an advanced PADI diver and loves boating in his spare times.
He is deeply interested in astronomy and universe.
Founder and Chairperson
Dr Rowland was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic, entrepreneurial family who encouraged her to embrace her gifts and put them at the service of humanity.
After graduating from the Russian National Medical Research University in 1999, she served as a Captain and a Medical Officer in the Sri Lankan Army. After the birth of her son, Beenu, she took a sabbatical from Emergency Medicine and refocused her energies into the innovative world of Cosmetic Medicine.
Always making time for her art, she has dazzled audiences across Russia and Sri Lanka, both with her singing voice and as a TV personality having appeared on Russian TV Channel 1, and several channels in Sri Lanka. An award-winning artist, she has lent her artistic and business acumen to several international charities.
Her current charitable work is predominantly focused on Mental health issues and finding solutions to that with mindfulness training. Being an official member of the BD foundation in the UK and Russia, she runs several projects on advocating towards Body Dysmorphia in adolescents.
She is a multilingual speaker fluent in Sinhalese, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, English and is also trained as a specialist in International Relations from the Diplomatic Centre in Sri Lanka.
Her mission is to bring a life style change to society via Bio Organic Cosmetic Medicine, to be inclined more towards nature and organic living, and with mindfulness being the key ingredient instigating a better world for future generations.