Parishioners throughout Gateshead support this project by donating canned and dried food for the store cupboard and help to fund the purchase of fresh food items like milk, bread, salad and fruit. We have also been financially supported by charitable donations from local businesses, schools, parishes and individuals.
Many volunteers have been working on the project since it began, and some of our visitors have now become regular helpers. The volunteers, and all who support this project, have enabled Joe’s Place to reach out to help some of the many vulnerable, lonely and needy people in our area.
In March 2020, like many other projects we were sadly compelled to close due to COVID restrictions. We ensured that all our stocks of food supplies, toiletries, and items like sleeping bags were taken to be used by projects such as Vinnies or the Bensham Food Co–Op.
During this period of closure, the project has refurbished its kitchen area and seating. Funds have been raised by supporters to help us to restock our shelves. We know that this project will be needed more than ever as the area begins to recover from the effects of the Pandemic. The project happily reopened on Wednesday 20 October 2021 as a takeaway service. We are now fully open, and have been so for a while, though we continue to ensure good ventilation and spacing and provide hand sanitiser etc.
Read the latest update (July 2022) from Joe’s Place here.
Joe’s Place is a PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) project.