Another fantastic morning helping out at the East End Women's food bank. A bit of a hectic start, as the wonderful volunteers arrived to collect their parcels, luckily Louise and Michael got stuck right in and helped load dozens of bags into the waiting cars.
A local school generously donated their harvest festival collections and so there was an abundance of canned goods. Luckily the centre has received some great storage shelves and these were put to good use as we began the packing (although a couple of us may need to take a stool next time... I still don't know what was in the top two)
Eleanor is part of a crowd that's making a huge noise. Eleanor has been cheered by 25 people - that's a round of applause just on their own. We hope they keep it up.
Eleanor has completed their 15th good deed with GoodGym
It was a small group tonight (myself, Eleanor and Tom) as we returned to The Ouseburn Trust. That didn't stop us as we completed a really enjoyable Community Mission.
Tasks completed this evening included Litter picking and cutting back hedges/brambles.
It turned into a mixture of a Community Mission and a interesting local History lesson (thanks to the task owners from The Ouseburn Trust). We headed to what looked like a local park but actually turned out to be a former burial ground (used in the 1800's when Cholera was around)
We picked up plenty of litter as you can see in the photos (I also picked up what I thought was a bit of foam and it turned out to be a mushroom)
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 had a full day takeover at Building Futures East with our friends that we help out weekly with the East End Women foodbank task.
A few weeks ago, we were asked by the team there to help out with some decorating and painting in the huge space (see the photos!) that is about to be transformed into a big working area for the Stitch Sisters project, a new training course from women in the East End to develop skills in sewing and get back into work. The space is massive and would be a huge job for a small charity, so we were delighted to get the chance to help and really make a difference.
As you can see social distancing was most definitely guaranteed today as 6 of us including new runner Florence (go and give her a cheer!) spent the day getting stuck in. We rolled, glossed, cleaned and in Tom's case squeaked a lot (the roller, not Tom).
We managed over the course of the day to get over half of the massive space done alongside task owners Rebecca and Barbara and we know with another few Community Missions we can get it all cracked and finished off. Keep following for updates when we list a comeback mission.
PS we even got a drive by from a Viking ship which is just classic random GoodGym I think you'll agree.