Well done Liz and Michael on taking the last Tuesday for the team at East End Women foodbank!
The last Christmas hampers were prepped and packed with help from this delectable duo and many happy families received a bumper hamper.
Christmas cheer? Completed it mate.
We three GoodGymers of the foodbank are Bearing bags to the drivers’ cars Sprouts and parsnips, carrots and turnips Hampers to deliver afar
Where I work we have a star of the week. If GoodGym Newcastle had a star of the week, surely it would be Tom. With consecutive days at the foodbank, three tasks in two days and five tasks in less than a week he’s really spreading the seasonal good will. Oh, and did we mention he did a task on his birthday?! He shared the interesting fact today that sprouts have been modified over the years to be sweeter than they used to be!
Michael and I joined Tom for our regular weekly session at the East End Women’s foodbank with the usual tasks of getting various parcels of food and toiletries ready for the volunteer drivers to deliver. (I think Michael did two days in a row too!) The bags were super full for Christmas so it was a great workout! We also had the very welcome handicap of having to manoeuvre around lots of huge bags of veg and stacks of wrapped presents for children waiting to be added to the already packed hampers, ready to be delivered to the people of Walker next week. Although GoodGym will be helping with the hamper deliveries next week, I won’t be able to be there (hence my festive outfit today!) so I’d like to take advantage of my report-writing role and say what a privilege it’s been to help out such a wonderful organisation this year. I hope everyone who works at Building Futures East and East End Women and everyone who uses this fantastic service has a wonderful happy and healthy Christmas. See you next year! xxx
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.
This is the final date before Xmas so please come along even if you can just spare a little time to help!
I was honestly totally lacking in motivation this morning (for a variety of reasons) but thanks to GoodGym for giving me the inspiration to get active. I feel so much better for it which is one of the reasons I love GoodGym. It definitely provides the feel good factor!
I've never been out on my bike in December before but I decided to cycle from Gateshead across to Walker and it was absolutely lovely and quiet along the Tyne.
I was soon met by Louise and Michael, and we had a great couple of hours helping out at East End Women food bank (provides amazing support and essential supplies to local people in Walker)
It was a while since I had been, in fact the last time I had helped it was a hot sunny day and myself and Louise were in shorts! This wasn't a problem for Louise and she very gratefully helped to show me exactly what needed doing.
We made sure that for each delivery driver, we had exactly the right amount and type of bags, ready to go and be delivered. We gave a hand with carrying them out to each car.
We then generally tidied up in the store room, making sure that tins and packets of food were accessible and easy to find. (There was a slight mix up between meatballs and dog food which we had a laugh about, but I won't mention any names! :-)
On Monday we will be meeting for a walk on the Quayside (sign up is available online in training sessions) but we are also collecting for East End Women. Anji will kindly have her car to accept donations. I'm sure they would be most grateful for any kind of food (tins, pasta etc.) or toiletries (toothpaste, shower gel etc.)
The minute I arrived at the Task today the work had already started and Michael was super busy with the wheelbarrow. We had been asked to arrive a little earlier today to get food parcels packed into cars before it started to get dark which certainly feels like it's getting earlier.
Rae arrived on her bike a few minutes later and we got stuck into preparing deliveries and counting bags of food and toiletries with the help of other volunteers helping out.
The best part of today (and my 125th good deed!!) was seeing how well-stocked the foodbank is after a number of donations this week including two bags from GoodGym runners. If you'd like to donate please let me know and I can arrange it for you, or you can sign up to our Walk Talk Donate event (under Training Sessions) next week. We spent the remaining time unpacking donations ready for the packing task tomorrow, so hopefully Charlotte, Louise and Michael will see a big difference.
Well done everyone!
125 not out
I think this was definitely one of my favourite GoodGym good deeds tonight as we helped out at The Comfrey Project in Gateshead.
"The Comfrey Project provides refugees and people seeking asylum across Tyneside with a safe, welcoming environment, which promotes personal well-being through a sense of place and belonging. This is achieved by various shared creative crafts including allotment gardening, cooking and crafts"
I was joined by Jenny, Melvyn, Rachel, Michael, Jack and Aimee. Go and give Jack a cheer as he completed his very first GoodGym good deed tonight.
We were warmly welcomed by Katherine and Hussein. They gave us an introduction/background to the project. Hussein was particularly inspiring as he told us his story of how the project helped him and now he is employed and helps to run the service.
They were brilliant throughout and so organised with stations laid out for us and eveeything regularly sanitised. They even made us cups of tea which we were very grateful for.
We helped tonight to pack wellbeing parcels which they provide on a monthly basis (which is incredible) The parcels included a range of items including learning and activity packs (which we helped to put together) games and toys for Children, toiletries, mince pies/Christmas puddings and Christmas Crackers.
We will be returning on Saturday for part 2 so make sure you get involved!
Since lockdown 1 The Comfrey Project have been providing monthly Wellbeing parcels with essential items, gardening and creative activities and baby items for families to their 100 volunteers (service users) - including vulnerable adults, couples and families to help reduce isolation and keep them connected and engaged.
As you can imagine this is quite a task! Lots of packing and delivering!
We are going to be helping to pack the December parcels in a double task.
Come along and join in at The Windmill Hills Centre, Gateshead NE8 1QB