May proved to be yet another busy month despite all the Bank Holiday's! It started with 10 students from Northumbria University learning how to make the North East staple - the Stottie of course! We had an amazing time with them all.
There were lots of buffets and catering too for some fantastic North East companies who like what we do and support us.
The 9th - 13th of May saw our wonderful volunteer Yvonne, taking part in the RSC production of Julius Caesar at The Theatre Royal in Newcastle - she was part of the Community Choir and representing the bakery - we were all so very proud. You can read all about her experience in her own words in our next blog. A fantastic production.
In May we also finished producing our new social impact brochure - in collaboration with Northumbria University (many thanks to Mia!). You can find it here.
The brilliant Debs joined our FOH team on the 15th and hopefully that means we are now fully staffed (and a new baker joining in June!).
We met many of our wonderful friends and supporters at The Living North Fair 19th - 21st May - Newcastle Racecourse - always hard work and it was very hot! Thank you to everyone who came to say hello and supported us.
On the 31st May we collaborated with Recyke y'Bike as part of our free community baking - Recyke y'Bike are a fabulous not for profit organisation in Newcastle that services, repairs and sells refurbished bikes. They brought along a group of Asylum Seekers for a Bike and Bake Day - a morning working @Recyke y'Bike - then a lunch of home made pizza and stottie cake baking (what else) with us.
Another busy and rewarding month.
150 x free breakfasts provided to local schools
40 free meals to those in need.
75 x free/ pay as you feel Wednesday lunches
4 x Free Kindness Cookies distributed
(Don't forget you can nominate anyone across the UK to receive our free 12" Kindness Cookie - No catch - Just Kindness - you can nominate here)
1 x free community course stottie baking - Recyke y'Bike Bike & Bake day
1 x Subsidised stottie baking course for students
Surplus food distributed for free to local schools, St Vincent De Pauls Homeless Hostel and a local pop up pantry.