Latest Projects

NEW training kitchen

Since moving into the building at our Hirst Park Growing Zone in Ashington we’ve received much needed funding to enable us to build a complete training kitchen to allow us to deliver more cooking sessions to the community – here’s how its’ coming along…

Men’s Shed

Our fantastic new men’s shed is opening on 26th February for men of all ages & abilities, why not come along & join Hirst Men’s Shed Activities. We’ll be meeting each Wednesday beginning the 26th of February 2020 from 10am and will be making & mending lots of interesting things, sharing knowledge, learning new skills & meeting new people.

We’re in Hirst Park (The Flower Park) just off Fourth Avenue, Ashington, NE63 9BA – if you, or anyone you know, might like to come along please contact Pete to find out more information on 07519763018 or 01670 857167 Email:

Come cook with us


Feed Me

This is a 3 year project, funded by BBC Children in Need. The project engages with families and young people to encourage them to cook and eat together. We provide informal after school cooking sessions for parents and children in 3 local primary schools, demonstrating how healthy meals and snacks can be prepared in a fun way, on a limited budget. Using readily available ingredients the sessions are very ‘hands-on’.

The parents often say how rewarding it is to spend time with their children, the children love trying new recipes and even enjoy washing up.

Contact us for more information, to check if your local school is part of the project, or to see if we can help you with the healthy eating/cooking agenda.


Outby / Grow On

Based on our kitchen garden at Hirst Welfare Centre and our allotment at Seaton Hirst in Ashington, this project shows how easy it is to become involved in growing your own food. Raised beds, poly tunnels, composting, soil enrichment, perennial planting – we can offer you hands on experience, skills and knowledge.

This could be a step towards a healthier lifestyle for you, or it could be the first step in a plan to train or move into employment. We will support you and provide equipment. Access is available most days of the week.

We are grateful to our funders; The Greggs Foundation and The Squires Trust for the investment they have made in this community project.

Recent changes at the allotment now allow us to have a shed based social space for cooking produce or just to enjoy a cuppa.

Contact us to find out more or join in.