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CORONAVIRUS – IMPORTANT NOTICE

Happy New Year!

As we are all aware we are now in a Tier 4 area and subject to the regulation that comes with that.

It is very important to us, as an organisation, to protect the safety of our beneficiaries, volunteers and staff.

During January, we intend to balance safety with the health and wellbeing of us all. To do this we will continue with some of our services, in a modified way :

1). On Mondays and Wednesdays, each week, we will open the foodstore for collections from 10am to 12 noon. Please bring your own bag if possible, wear a mask and be prepared to sanitise hands on arrival. Only one person at a time can access the store.

2). On Mondays and Wednesdays, each week, we will offer takeaway soup and bread, from 12 noon to 2pm. This will have to be takeaway only with no sitting indoors, and demand may have to be spaced at busy times. When you have your soup you will need to move away from the building.

3). We will be keeping you updated on our Facebook page and website. So follow these for information.

We will be around in Hirst Park doing maintenance and admin on other days, but we will not be able to allow you access to the growing zone site, without prior arrangement.

I’m sorry that we have to be strict on these rules, but it is for everyone’s safety. This is our proposal from January 6th. We will review again on January 29th 2021.

Difficult times for the next few weeks, but lots to look forward to as Spring comes along, and Covid recedes.

Stay safe.

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The Northeast and Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network have shared this fantastic booklet – Wellbeing and Mental Health during the Covid-19 virus, you can download the booklet here.

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The Full Circle Food Project (FCFP) is a registered Charity that educates people living in Northumberland about growing food to eat, healthy cooking on a budget; and supporting people to lead healthier lifestyles. We place community members at the heart of service delivery.

The Full Circle Food Project has gained a solid reputation in a short time with just a couple of staff and a handful of loyal and passionate volunteers. We have secured funding from local and national organisations including the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Community Foundation, Newcastle Building Society, the Peoples Postcode Lottery, BBC Children in Need, Northumberland County Council,Tudor Trust and Northumberland Children’s Trust to support our work to date.

Get Growing – a starter pack

Grow

We have kitchen gardens at Hirst Welfare Centre and a wonderful large community garden space in Seaton Hirst, Ashington, both available to individuals, families and groups. You will be supported to learn about growing organic and sustainable food, that tastes good too ! Recently we have equipped our large shed with cooking facilities and a social space to have a cuppa and a chat.

We always welcome new volunteers to help. If you can give you a few hours of help, we can offer you support, encouragement and a worthwhile experience. We ask for no previous experience or skills, but can support you to move into training or employment if that is your wish.

Cook

The Full Circle Food Project offers hands on cooking experiences for all ages from families with young children to older people living alone. The emphasis will always be on health, taste,limited budgets and fun. Challenge us to show you how to make a tasty, nutritious meal for very little money.

The cooking sessions we offer vary from using a structured kitchen environment, to something a bit more ‘wild’ outdoors, and to something in between. For organisations/groups who are interested we have the equipment to come to you.

Eat

Nothing tastes better than food that you have grown and cooked for yourself, we take away the mystery of how to do this!

But why eat alone? Come along to one of our sessions and have fun cooking and eating with others. This could be a cuppa down at the community garden or a hot meal eaten together after cooking. The project will increase skills levels, it will address the effects of poverty, it will reduce incidences of diet-related ill-health, it will make our communities more socially inclusive and it will make the charity more sustainable.