I love parkrun, adventures and cups of tea.
Regular Thursday community mission at the food bank. Just me this week but that didn't stop me from unpacking everything from the boxes/packaging on to the shelves in record time. Managed to unpack everything that would fit on the shelves (juice, sweetcorn, jars of sauces and many many tins of baked beans) within an hour and a quarter so made it back to work with time to spare.
East End Women is a Community Programme that helps Women in the North East to achieve their potential.
Each week they deliver over 1 TONNE of food to local people in Walker which is amazing! This is equivalent to 2520 meals.
Thursday is their large delivery day and they would absolutely love our help, with a variety of tasks including lifting, bagging up and general organisation. This is currently completed by one person which is a lot of hard work, and they would really appreciate some extra hands.
We were back at Key Enterprises to finish the painting of their canteen which was started in December but we were unable to finish due to the last lock down... until now.
Key Enterprise is a fantastic charity based in North Tyneside who provide training for people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and head injuries, providing them with practical skills in areas such as bike maintenance, woodwork, metal work and cycle maintenance as well as social activities.
The team had done a great job last time and most of the old green paint was now white. Katie, Carol Anne and I gave the whole canteen a second coat of white paint and managed to get the last few remaining green sections in the top corners. Everything was looking bright and cleaner when we left.
Well done to Carol Anne for reaching 100 good deeds!
We had a lovely evening returning to helping Recyke Y Bike, an amazing organisation in the east end of Newcastle. I was joined by Aimee, Sara, Neil and Rae.
It was my 140th good deed tonight which felt very good.
Recyke Y Bike rely on volunteers so they really appreciated our help tonight to prepare for getting back up and running again
Jobs completed in just one hour (which is very impressive) included:
- Sweeping and mopping the floor of the workshop
- Moving children's bikes from one side of the workshop to another
- Tidying up
- Painting the toilets
- Cleaning bird poo (extra kudos to Neil for doing this so enthusiastically with a pressure washer)
Hopefully we will be back again very soon!
Ouseburn Trust would like our help to pick litter and clear paths to help keep the area clean and inviting.
Please come dressed for the weather as appropriate. Tasks will be decided on the day.
Meet on the grass under the bridge between the Ship Inn and Ouseburn Farm.
Four runners went plogging along the Tyne. We met at our usual spot outside the Cycle Hub and discussed where our attention would have the most impact. Danilo suggested the long fence that borders the Cycle Hub car park, and that acts as a litter trap for car park litter that has blown in the wind. It turned out to be a good decision, as there was tons to pick up! We all filled a bag, and after struggling with her bag holding device to start with, Aimee filled two. We could have kept going for another hour, but given the weather had turned into one of those deceptively cold nights we're becoming used to, we walked back to the Cycle Hub with litter in hand, whilst admiring our splendid efforts along the way. A job very well done.
Regulars at the East End Women food bank, me and Max were back for this wednesday bonus community mission.
Max's main task was unpacking tinned food from the latest delivery into creates of the same kind of food and putting them in the correct section on the shelves. It was great to see the additional shelving up and the huge difference it made. It was now much easier to locate all the different types of foods and get crates out than when they were all piled on top of each other.
My job was restocking the main shelves with the items from the creates in the other room. I started with UHT milk and breakfast cereals, before moving on to tinned food such as chickpeas, beans and rice pudding. No prizes for where my mild craving for rice pudding came from!
Max also helped taking deliveries out to the drivers when needed. The time flew by and in no time the hour was up!
A community mission on the move!
Come along to run, jog, walk and plog along the Tyne with a social run in combo with a good deed. What's not to love?
Meet at the Cycle Hub car park and join in with a very gentle jog or walk. Rubbish bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves. This is a run or walk and a maximum of 5k total distance.
Come to lend a hand at Recyke Y Bike, the fantastic charity that specialises in refurbishing donated bikes and selling them at affordable prices to fund their charitable objectives.
Read about the great things they do, here.
We will be cleaning, clearing out and painting in the workshop plus lots of fun odd jobs.
See you there!