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!
Four of us got wrapped up for tonight's Walk Talk Donate 5k walk along the Tyne.
It was great to catch up and talk about what we have been doing in the lost months of lockdown, and it was really special having Neil along for his first GoodGym experience as a GoodGymer- we are used to seeing him in hi-vis as a brilliant Task Owner at Newcastle Eagles.
Check out the stack of donations for East End foodbank too! I'll take them along this week.
A great start to the week!
Come along to lend a hand with a big painting project at Key Enterprises.
Key Enterprises provide supported activities from their base in North Tyneside to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or acquired brain injuries. Through their involvement with KE, individuals develop practical skills within working departments whilst building confidence and a sense of community.
Key Enterprises have asked for our help in painting their large canteen area. Social distancing is guaranteed, and PPE will be provided, but please feel free to wear your own mask.
Feel free to come along for the whole mission or drop in as you please.
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 task is a lift and shift job as we move and pack around 50 bags into the vans and cars of other volunteers.
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
Come and join in with a walk, talk and donate session at Newcastle Quayside.
Please meet at the Cycle Hub car park. I will be taking donations of food (tinned, bottles, cars, cereal etc, toiletries, sanitary products and baby items which I will be delivering to our friends at East End foodbank. No donation is too small, and you don't have to bring anything to join in with the walk.
This is a social opportunity for us to catch up after such a long period of distance. I would love to see new and old members alike.
Wrap up warm for a lovely brisk Quayside walk!
Run, walk, cycle or hop skip and jump. Just keep track of your distance and let's see how far we can cover while we are apart.
All you need to do this week is keep a log of the miles you cover and send them to me on Sunday night via our Facebook page or WhatsApp. We smashed this over the summer in Lockdown 1 so let's go again.
It was Tanya and Debbie's first community mission since lockdown today and they were so keen they were getting stuck in before I even arrived!
We went along to East End Women foodbank where we do our usual Thursday mission to lend a hand for an extra hour this afternoon preparing food parcels for delivery drivers and packing the cars and vans ready to go.
It was great having Rae back for her second community mission- kudos and cheers for coming along by bicycle on a super windy day by the Tyne!
Tanya did a superb job of looking important with the wheelbarrow- we just needed Michael here to wheel around like the good old days.
Well done everyone for getting stuck in- over 50 families will benefit from our help today.