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Upstart Enterprise helps create a socially-distanced outdoor food social area

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Pendower Good Neighbour project works with the residents of Pendower Estate in the West End of Newcastle upon Tyne. They help to improve their quality of life and support initiatives which contribute to the estate’s sustainability.

These are very uncertain times for both families and older generations who were dropping into Pendower Good Neighbour Project weekly sessions like; knitting with the Naughty Nana’s, arts & crafts and our playgroups.

Covid-19 struck and they had to quickly change how they provide support. They have continued to help by delivering care packages, children’s’ activity packs, organising free food donations to accompanying elderly residents on their supermarket shop.

With self-isolation and the Lockdown starting to ease, Upstart Enterprise is excited to be helping them to convert an old overgrown piece of our garden to transform it into a food social area, (socially distanced of course).

Once done, this area will contain a large outdoor pizza oven, BBQ, fire pit, and patio area with fold-away tables and chairs. They’ll be helping to develop cooking skills and the area will bring together some of their residents who have been self-isolating for a long time.

The garden space will be started to be cleared in July and they really need support to enable us to purchase equipment for this area for their small groups to use. They will continue to use this space in the future for skills building, as well as running groups which reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life for Pendower residents.

How can you help? We have some budget for outdoor equipment but if you know any businesses or invididuals who could donate a large stone pizza oven, BBQ grill, fire pit or foldaway tables and chairs please get in touch. We’ll be sharing their JustGiving page to raise money for the equipment soon, and every donation helps.

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