Not only have staff and students from Newcastle University come together in the fight against COVID-19 but so has Newcastle upon Tyne during these unprecedented times. We are in complete awe at each business, charity and individual from every corner of our city stepping up for their community. Your selflessness does not go unmissed.
Grainger Market Delivery
Newcastle’s historic Grainger Market has set up a fantastic delivery service to support families in need during the COVID19 lockdown. During the first two weeks of service, approximately 6000 boxes of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese and baked goods from local traders reached more than 1,300 homes across Tyneside. Supporting local businesses and the local community.
Barbour Scrubs Up
From quilted jackets to PPE… Outdoor clothing company Barbour has begun producing PPE to support and protect our fearless NHS workers. The first batch of protective wear was delivered by the South Shields based company over Easter weekend but the brand are now moving to larger scale production to support those in urgent need.
The company will be producing between 1000 - 1500 disposable gowns a day.
Thank you from NUSU Co-op
Our campus Co-op is giving back to our brave student volunteers by offering free meal deals. By showing their NHS ID and student smartcard, volunteers working at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary can bag themselves a healthy lunch to enjoy during their shift. A small yet helpful reward for a mighty cause.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid
Set up for the dedicated coordination, planning and delivery of support for Newcastle upon Tyne residents, Covid-19 Mutual Aid are groups situated around Newcastle offering non-medical help to those in need. All made possible by their incredible local volunteers, these generous community groups can be found on Facebook or you can also find your local group via their website.
One Ummah, "One Community"
In a time of isolation, Newcastle’s Central Mosque is trying to keep community spirits high by launching a COVID19 support group for those most in need. Funded by the One Ummah charity, a generous organisation providing aid to 15 crisis hit countries, #nclcovidsupport works tirelessly to deliver essential food supplies and medicine to Newcastle’s elderly and vulnerable citizens who are isolating. These small acts of kindness are a lifeline for many.
Newcastle United Football Club are spending some time off the pitch and in the community by providing mental health awareness materials and resources to Newcastle’s NHS workforce. By providing tailored video presentations on how to maintain mental wellness during the ongoing pandemic, the club hopes their resources will offer some practical guidance and help to relieve the worry, stress and anxiety of our heroes on the front line.
A Citylife Line
Newcastle City Council’s CityLife Line is an inspiring initiative which not only brings Newcastle’s volunteers together, but acts as a place where Newcastle’s most vulnerable can request support. Launched to help harness the outpouring of goodwill from the Newcastle community, the service prioritises those most vulnerable by delivering supplies like food and medicine with the help of established community organisations across the city.
The programme is already providing a crucial lifeline to those most in need.
Stationary in Need
Children North East has created an appeal for basic learning equipment like pens, paper and books to donate to disadvantaged children during the lock-down. As we see child poverty levels rising to 4.2 million across the country, the organisation can ensure Newcastle’s children are both supported in their education and entertained through these difficult times.
If you would like to contribute, more information can be found via their website.
Restaurants Give Back
Newcastle's favourite restaurants are doing their bit to say thank you to our wonderful health services by gifting tasty meals and offering generous discounts to NHS key workers. African and Caribbean fusion restaurant Manjaro's, Indian hot-spot Sachins and popular Thai eatery Zaap Thai, are just a handful of places showing their appreciation during such difficult times.
Cheers from Wylam Brewery
Popular craft brewery Wylam Brewery are also giving back to hospital staff on the front-line by offering some of their refreshing beer when lock-down ends. By donating £5 via their website, we can say “cheers” to NHS workers for their fantastic work.
#WeAreNCL but most importantly, we are #InThisTogether.
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