What are our projects?
Located in the heart of Thornaby, our Hub provides a vital focal point for the community to access a wide range of products and services. We distribute essential food packages and we can advise families on social matters with the aid of Citizens advice. Helped run by the community for the community the numbers of people accessing the hub makes for interesting reading
Community Cafe & Kitchen
This café was established to support people at risk of homelessness, who are residents in hostels in Stockton. Through the delivery of outreach cooking sessions and Level 2 accredited qualifications, our supported housing partner established a need to create a safe non-clinical space where residents could volunteer to help provide a nutritious home-cooked meal in a community setting.
Collection & Distribuion
At Yarm Youth and Community Hall, we have continued our Covid response through our surplus food and distribution project funded from September to the end of February by National Lottery Covid Government. This funding has enabled our charity to actively, ‘reduce food waste’, and ensure the food is re-distributed to our Little Sprouts projects, for referrals for individuals, or our project work with our partner organisations to distribute to local community groups/VCSE/schools, as this ensures we can help people experiencing food poverty to have access to nutritional food.
In partnership with Norton Grange
We have started a very informal eco/community shop to address these needs, which is a collaborative project and provides residents with an opportunity to make an appointment to access this environment during our current restrictions.
The eco shop model is the perfect solution to reducing food waste, and we will use this project as a learning and evidence how best we can work will all the local community/businesses etc to help this venture become sustainable.
Our surplus food and distribution centre makes a weekly delivery, in addition to purchasing non-perishable items.
Food Power Network
Promoting Health & Well-being
Stockton on Tees Food Power Network (SFPN) promotes the health and wellbeing of people in Stockton. The SFPN was created to promote healthy and sustainable food to the public, good food affordable and accessible to all, tackle food poverty and diet-related ill health, increase skill, knowledge, and resources, and include growing projects whilst reducing food waste. We are a lead member of this alliance and form part of the working group, where our skills and expertise are drawn upon to help develop a sustainable and resilient plan to best achieve the outcomes above.
Cooking 4 Schools
Tees Valley Schools
Cooking is also a perfect tool to captivate and stimulate children’s interest and enjoyment of food as well as building their self-confidence, so they are always proud of the dishes they have made. In primary schools food education, including cooking and food skills is a statutory part of the primary curriculum within design and technology and science. Elements of healthy eating, especially the social aspects, are also covered within PSHE.