Funding boost to help Ashington food charity

A community group has received a much needed grant to help support residents in Ashington.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 9:00 am
Full Circle Food’s allotment space in Ashington.

Full Circle Food received the boost from The Greggs Foundation to help with its work in the Hirst area of the town.

The group educates people in growing and cooking food, while reducing waste.

Chief Officer Sarah Robinson said: “The grant has allowed us to cover staffing and running costs for our two community allotments.”

Full Circle Food provides a range of vital support services for all ages, from growing food at their allotment, to teaching adults and children how to cook healthy meals on a budget.

Officials say they are excited about their new growing space at Hirst Park and encouraging people to come along and try their hand at vegetable growing.

Their sessions help to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of community members.

Sarah added: “Without the grant from the Greggs Foundation we wouldn’t have been able to employ qualified staff who now support our volunteers and beneficiaries to increase their knowledge and confidence in growing food and reducing food waste.”

The growing space provides a supportive environment to tackle isolation which has been a challenge to the charity with the restrictions due to Covid-19.

They are now functioning again, albeit in a reduced capacity to ensure they can work safely and retain social distancing measures.

In addition, Full Circle Food always welcome volunteers to join the team. For more information about the various voluntary positions available visit www.fullcirclefoodproject.org.uk

For up and coming sessions and events follow Full Circle Food on their Facebook page.