Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK
Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK was formed in February 2017 by a group of Sikh Sewadars (Selfless Service Volunteers) . They set their vision on feeding the homeless people of Preston, in order to fight hunger.
Their aim was to practice the 3 Pillars of Sikhism set by the founder of Sikhism, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the 15th century.
Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji implemented the first Langar Sewa (Free Kitchen) with the vision that no one should go hungry in the world.
The volunteers set their goal on serving Langar to ALL (A free kitchen serving hot vegetarian meals and refreshments), regardless of religion, age, gender or status to implement equality.
The free kitchen was named Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Langar Sewa.
The volunteers are men, women and children from the Preston Sikh Community who attend the following Gurdwara Sahibs (Sikh Temples) of Preston.
- Guru Nanak Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Bow Lane Preston
- Guru Nanak Cultural Recreational Centre & Sikh Temple, Tunbridge Street Preston.
Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK also have volunteers attending from the wider community that help serve the Langar at their free kitchens.
The first Guru Nakan Dev Ji's Langar Sewa was held on Sunday 26th February 2017 on Preston's outdoor market and has since continued to operate on the last Sunday of each month.
Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK celebrated their 2nd Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Langar Sewa on Sunday 24th February 2019.
There was a high demand for further assistance for Saturday evenings, from the homeless people of Preston. Due to their request Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK have also been running Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Langar Sewa on every Saturday evening, since 2nd September 2018.
Preston Sikh Sewa Society UK also distribute Sleeping Bags, Hats, Gloves, Scarves and Thermal Socks to help the those in need at all their free kitchens.
The 3 Pillars of Sikhism:
Naam Jaapna (Meditate): The Guru led the Sikhs directly to practise Simran (meditation), reciting and chanting of God's name Waheguru (God is Great).
Kirat Karna (Honest Living): The Guru asked the Sikhs to live as householders and honestly earn with hard work by one's physical and mental effort while accepting God's gift and blessing. Live a life of decency, high moral values and spirituality.
Vand Chakkna (To Share & Consume Together): The Sikhs were asked to share their wealth within the community. By practising this, one must be part of a community that is pursing the values set out by the Sikh Guru's and give in whatever way possible to the community. Das Vand (10%) literally means a "a tenth part" and refers to the act of donating ten per cent of one's harvest, both financial and in the form of time and service such as Sewa to the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) and everywhere else. It follows Guru Nanak Dev Ji's concept of Vand Chakko were in the 15th Century had adopted the Free Kitchen. Today we continue to provide the service and share vegetarian meals to all.