We are so excited to have been offered exclusive use of some local premises in Ashington which includes a kitchen space and would like to develop this into a Pilot Community Cafe and Kitchen where the community can come to eat, socialise and learn how to cook healthy meals.
The Hirst area of Ashington where we are based is identified as the 5th most deprived area in Northumberland according to the Indices of Deprivation 2019 - Northumberland Summary Report and given the number of families attending food banks in the area. Child poverty in the area is at an all time high!
"I've learnt how to make my money go further by learning to cook from scratch and provide healthy meals for my family"
Our team is making such a difference in the community of Ashington and we want to do more and will use the money raised to employ another part time member of staff and purchase some much needed equipment .
This will enable us to be able to demonstrate to the community how to cook from scratch, cook on a budget, eat healthier, show them how to make their money go further and support them to be less reliant on the food bank.
The idea is to provide a Community Cafe to generate revenue to reinvest back into the Community providing 2-3 cooking classes a week. This new role will be supported by our wonderful volunteers.
At this time of year we provide Winter Warmer Lunches where the community can come along, have a hot meal and pay what they can afford. We also grow our own food at our allotment, so we go through the whole (or Full Circle) process of educating the community to Grow. Cook. Eat.
"It's a lovely place to be, especially if you are stressed, worried or anxious. It's a good place to come and unwind, everybody is supportive." Justine
Your pledges will help us to:
- Provide a welcoming and inclusive space for all members of our community
- Create free & subsidised programme of cookery events for the community - and also allow us to run classes with local organisations who work to improve lives
- Kit out the kitchen with adequate tools, equipment and crockery for our classes
- Support our community with cookery classes for caregivers and the elderly to encourage independent living and the chance to alleviate loneliness and depression
- Continue to provide cooking classes for children and their parents to learn to cook healthy food on a budget
- Continue to host our Winter Warmer lunches for those who rarely get a hot meal (where they pay what they can afford)
You can also help us a great deal by sharing our crowdfunding campaign, or signing up as a volunteer with us. You can find out about our volunteering opportunities here.
WHO ARE FULL CIRCLE FOOD?
I'm Sarah (in the middle) and I've been running Full Circle Food since September 2018. In a short space of time I've been able to develop the organisation into a thriving small staff team with some very valuable volunteers who make all the difference to our work.
I have a diverse career in private, public and charitable sectors, with many years experience of leading organisations to deliver services to a wide range of clients. ‘My passion for growing food and cooking stems from my family life, and a need to balance a tight weekly budget. I firmly believe that food is something that can bring communities together in the best possible way.’
I'm not a native of Northumberland, having moved from Yorkshire last year to live with my partner. We have 7 children, 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs between us so relaxation time is rare but when we do we love to relax with walks along the beautiful Northumbrian Coast...
My two staff, Georgia and Esther both have a wealth of experience behind them and with the help of our amazing volunteers, we run our own allotment where we grow some of the food we use to cook for the community in a kitchen we currently share.