Celebrating the North East’s Rich Giving History
Philanthropy and giving is a huge part of our region’s heritage. As part of this year’s GeNErosity Festival, we are hosting one of 50 events across the region to celebrate our region’s rich history. The festival aims to celebrate and raise awareness of what philanthropy has achieved in the North East; question, debate and inform the future role of philanthropy in the North East and encourage more philanthropy and philanthropists, in all its forms, by demonstrating the joy of giving and the good it can do.
Just as there is more to philanthropy and giving than money, there is more to baking bread than flour, water and yeast. Our session will be fun and interactive, with participants able to take away their creation. As a bonus, we will be taking guests on a whistle stop tour of Elswick Park.
Find out more about what’s so special about Elswick Park and our Bread Making Social taking place on Monday 26th November here.
Neighbours Coming Together
Since April 2017, we have been working on the Mill Farm Close Estate with residents to bring more life and colour to the estate and bring out residents’ appetite for gardening.
We are pleased to say that we have worked with a number of residents now. Our mini garden makeovers have included introducing hanging baskets, planting in pots, strimming back overgrown grass, tidying paths back - which have all made a difference to individual gardens and the overall estate. We’ve worked with residents who have little knowledge of gardening to others who have lots of knowledge to share and everyone involved has learned lots it’s fair to say! We’ve been in the papers too - having our project story and the difference that’s been made shared with the region!
This project has been possible with the funding and support of Karbon Homes, the social housing provider. As one of the biggest social housing providers in the city, the organisation recognises the difference local organisations can make to the local area.
You may be thinking, ‘gardening in Autumn? Surely the season’s now over to grow!’
Well you’d be wrong there! The Elswick Garden Neighbours Project, working with lots of residents, is planting plants that will flower over the winter and we’re helping residents get their gardens ready for the spring, so they can be ready to grow in when the weather picks up early next year!
This autumn, we are working with residents on the Jubilee Estate and already enjoyed a cracking start! We held our first session on Monday 17th September and had lots of residents come out eager to help each other and share with us what they want the project to achieve. Residents helped us to run two mini garden makeovers planting in pots they already had, as well as upcycled road pipes as you can see in the photos above!
It’s a race against time, working together on as many gardens as possible before it gets too cold to stay green fingered outdoors!
If you live on the Jubilee Estate or would like to volunteer with us on Elswick Garden Neighbours, get in touch! Call 0191 2734942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our volunteering sessions will take place on Monday mornings (10am-12pm) and afternoons (1-3pm).
The Garden Neighbours Project on the Jubilee Estate would not be possible without vital funding from Your Homes Newcastle Community Investment Fund.
Elswick Park Summer Celebration
Ahh, we love the summer and a good one we've had. Our crops have been good, giving us lots to cook and give away at West End Women and Girls Centre. But the six weeks fly by and it's soon the start of the new school year. With the thought of uniforms, football shoes and the school runs, isn't it always nice to look forward to something?
Well, why not join us Saturday 8th September, 11am-1pm, in Elswick Park? There'll be lots to enjoy including free face painting, smooth making and juice bar, arts and craft, free healthy food as well as a chance to support your local West End Community Bakery, Change 4 Life healthy activities, learn about the West End Wild Flower Corridor and PLUS amazing entertainment by young local band!
We look forward to seeing you along.
Help us spread the word!
Saturday 8th September, 11am-1pm, Elswick Park (Elswick Road main entrance)
The school summer holidays are nearly upon us and we're sure lots are parents are thinking of what to do with the young ones to keep them happy and fed!
Well this summer, you're in luck! For the first 4 weeks of the summer holidays, we will be firing up the oven in our community garden in Elswick Park, to bring you fresh hand made pizza for takeaway made by our amazing team of volunteers and staff.
Prices start at £3, offering cheese and tomato pizza, with the option of meat toppings, plus soft drinks.
Here are the important dates for your diary...
Friday 27th July, 12-2pm
Friday 3rd Aug, 12-2pm
Friday 10th Aug, 12-2pm
Friday 17th Aug, 12-2pm
Where will we be? Head down the step from the Elswick Road main entrance to Elswick Park. Once you reach the bottom, keep on going until you see us to your left.
Now let's just pray for some sunshine! :D
Big Park Clean Up Success!
On Friday 1st June, Elswick Park became a hub of activity, with volunteers, including staff from the Department of Work and Pensions, local residents and an energetic group of young Police Cadets! All came together to support Edible Elswick's initiative to improve the state of the park, tackling overgrown unsightly areas, collecting litter and much needed planting.
The steps leading down from the main entrance of the park were seen as a priority and descended upon by volunteers grabbing a tool and getting stuck in! Shovelling, brushing, edging, digging, the volunteers marched on in the hot sun determined to accomplish their task. Once the steps were made to look immaculate (see photo below), next a bed destined to be home to plentiful wild flower plants, to join the West End Wildflower Corridor, run by The Greening Wingrove Bike Garden, supported by Grow Wild, was dug over and attended to by all the group of all ages! Litter picks took place during the course of day, with lots of enthusiastic little ones taking charge looking for left behind wrappers and bottles.
Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who made the event such a success, offering Elswick Park the tender loving care it deserves as a beautiful green space, enjoyed by many.
Click HERE to read about our event in the Newcastle Chronicle!
Yes, spring really is here and we're off!
Beginning in mid April, our first Garden Neighbours Project session started off on Mill Farm Close in Elswick.
We were helping Nigel, quite a keen gardener already, who has a small decked backyard with lots of planters. Emma and Shiren were joined by another resident who is already joined up to the Garden Neighbours project too, Muamza. With our second session just up the road in Quarry Bank Court, the sessions have been going great, as word has been getting out. Neighbours are starting to get to know one another and as time goes on, we're hopeful that friendships with blossom!
The Garden Neighbours Project would not be possible without vital funding from Positive People Positive Places, Karbon Homes and Square One Law.
We can't wait to update you more on how the project 'blooms' over the coming months!
Well, although it doesn't really seem like it, let's say it's nearly here.
We can't wait to shed the layers and get cracking with some gardening, getting things in order for a great coming growing season and just getting out and enjoying the fresh air!
To kick of things, lots of excited children have been coming to West End Women and Girls Centre from local primary schools to start the new cycle of our Seeds 4 Life project, all around giving children a healthy boost in life, involving learning healthy cooking recipes, keeping fit with Change 4 Life and getting stuck in the community garden and growing their slice of the pizza garden with wheat, salads, herbs, beans and more, all to harvest and make their own pizzas later in the year.
We'll be hosting our Edible Elswick Spring into Spring event on Friday 6th April (11am-1pm), during the Easter half-term, in Elswick Park. We'll be putting on some art and craft activities hosted by local artist, Michele Allen, there'll be delicious free healthy food, Active Newcastle will be running fun tennis activities on the courts, the Edible Elswick team will be helping visitor plant up seeds in a pot to take home, West End Community Bakery will be popping up selling its yum baked goods and more! Help us spread the word. ALL WELCOME!
In the run up to the 6th April event, we'll be hosting two spring clean Tidy up and Plant sessions on the Bentinck and Jubilee Estates in Elswick, working in partnership with Your Homes Newcastle. At these events we'll be running community litter picks with residents and getting residents to plant up pots of edibles and flowers to take home and grow. Plus - free healthy refreshments will be on off. We'll be on the Bentinck Estate Tuesday 3rd April (11am-1pm) and the Jubilee Estate Wednesday 4th April (11am-1pm).
We're excited to announce that our Elswick Garden Neighbours Project will be starting on Monday 26th March. This project is all about bringing neighbours together, helping each other to improve their gardens and near by green spaces. The time exchange model of the project means residents sign up for a number of sessions in order to receive a free mini garden makeover and along the way get to know their neighbours and help improve the look of the local area. If you live on the Bentinck Estate or Mill Farm Close in Elswick, get in touch with us. Email email@example.com or call 0191 2734942.
We have lots more events and activities that will be coming up in the year. Watch this space to keep up to do or alternatively follow us on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
We're excited to share that Edible Elswick’s successfully passed stage one of the Aviva Community Fund! This is a massive opportunity for us to receive vital funds to keep our amazing project going - planting, growing, cooking with Elswick residents, aspiring to build pride, strength and grow neighbourliness in our community!
Simple steps to follow...
1. Please vote for us by following the link and registering.
2. You receive up to 10 votes - we'd love you to use them all on us to give us the best chance of winning!
3. REALLY IMPORTANT – Please tell your friends! We need as many people voting for us as possible, so please share far and wide.
Voting ends Tuesday 21st November.
Thank you for your support.
Who doesn't love bread?
That's a good question we think. We certainly love making it and eating it, with lashings of butter!
With this all in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to see how much bread we could bake in a day and possibly eat in a day!
The community were invited along to West End Women and Girls Centre, to enjoy sampling, buy the fresh bread on offer and support the local women who'd been working hard.
The smell of the freshly baked bread was a gorgeous smell to be welcomed to. Even better than all our customers enjoyed the bread on offer and went home happy looking forward to their tea.
The support was from the local community was amazing to see with much positive feedback.
'Great idea. Do it more often!'
'Getting freshly baked bread is a fantastic treat'.
'The bread with the tomato and cheese - I will buy everytime. Very nice'.
As the day was so successful, the bakery team is excited to share that a regular date will be set to take place once a month.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
Edible Elswick Indeed
Well, we're right in the swing of autumn, when at times it actually feelings like winter! Regardless of the weather though, the Community Gardeners at West End Women and Girls Centre organised a foraging visit for members around Elswick Park to explore what was on offer still. To our great surprise, there was plenty! Crab apples, elderberries, blackcurrants, rosehip, blackberries - there was plenty!
We've got plans to plot where were found our pickings on a handy map for the community and anyone with an interest in foraging. Coming soon!
Helpful residents get back to work
After a summer break, residents got back into the swing of things on the Bentinck Estate shaping up another garden. Resident, Asma, got help with setting up a new composting site, digging up a new bed for flowers and fresh hanging baskets - all adding colour and variety.
Asma and other residents signed up to the Elswick Garden Neighbours project have been helping other residents with their gardens, and this is the basis on which the project is based - residents giving their time to others and getting the help back in return.
We're keeping going over the autumn and into the winter, because a little bit of rain didn't hurt anyone!
If you live in either Bentinck or Jubilee Estate or in Elswick, we'd love to hear from you and get you along helping others at our weekly sessions which take place on Monday, 10am-12pm.
Get in touch with Emma or Johurun via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0191 2734942 to find out more.
A roaring success!
The sun wasn't quite out on Saturday but that didn't stop local residents coming along to Elswick Park to join in the fun we had in store for them!
There was plenty to get stuck in with including willow craft, kite making, face painting, football games, planting and the a great healthy walk around Elswick Park enjoying the surroundings and finding giant fruit shapes dotted around the trail! The cherry on top was our local bakers and makers from the West End Community Bakery who offered freshly made delicious items like samosa, cakes, pies, pakoras and more!
It was wonderful to receive positive feedback about the event on our feedback washing line! A flavour of what was shared ...
'Well organised and plenty to do!!! Thanks'
'I liked planting lettuce and eating food'
'We love coming to these events'
We'd like to say shanks to all our partners including HealthWORKS Newcastle with Change 4 Life, Hat-trick, OPAL @ Newcastle University and West End Community Bakery for helping to organise another successful Edible Elswick event!