In September, The People’s Kitchen joined forces with over 20 services from across the city, opening its doors to the people of Newcastle to find out what’s available in their community to make that all important first contact.
The services that attended offer a wide range of support and advice including health, housing, employment and animal care for example Street Paws, providers of free veterinary care for pets of vulnerable people – must-have contact for many whose beloved animals don’t leave their side.
It was also a great way for services to meet each other and reach out to more people. Having met at Joined Up Newcastle, the Recovery college linked up with First Contact Clinical’s mutual aid support group to advise on specialist support for people with long term health conditions.
Mark, who helped to set up the event, explained:
“The People’s Kitchen is more than just serving up food. It’s about helping to connect people that have often been excluded from much of society. Our Friends are part of the Newcastle community and we have a fantastic range of community services in the town. The Kitchen itself is brilliantly placed to be a community hub, open to and for the city, and the Joined Up Newcastle event aimed to focus on social inclusion.”
Attendees and service providers alike all went away knowing more about what’s available in their area and, not least, satisfied from the fantastic spread of sandwiches and refreshments, freshly prepared at the crack of dawn by our volunteers!
A huge thanks to the dedicated events team from The People’s Kitchen for making the event a great success. We would love to run the event again and need more help from volunteers and the community. If you would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you. Visit joinedupnewcastle.org.uk and sign up to register your interest.
We look forward to seeing you next year!