We continue to be blown away by the amazing community spirit in our neighbourhood. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with us and each other over the past two months.
Please find an exciting update on past and upcoming activities below.
Newington Green Food Hub
Newington Green Food Hub is NGAG’s initiative coordinating food donations during the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this initiative, particularly the Mildmay Club who are letting us use their building. More than fifty of you have been helping to coordinate, pack, obtain donations and deliver parcels. Thank you also to those who have made a financial contribution: together we’ve already raised over £1,400!
In our first week of the Food Hub, we made over 100 deliveries and we think our processes are now robust enough to do 150 deliveries per week if we are successful with our fundraising.
If you or someone you know is able to make a financial contribution, please donate here and share the link as far as you can.
You can also support the food hub by displaying a poster in your window. Collect posters at the Mildmay Club between 12pm-7pm on Tuesdays or Fridays, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Poster” to get a poster delivered.
Food Hub suppliers and business donations
A huge thank you to the many individuals and local businesses who are supporting the NG Food Hub with supplies, enabling all of these deliveries to happen each week!
Local businesses who have already donated include:
Kind & Dental Dental Practice
Fruit & Veg Mildmay Local
We’re working hard to secure more donations and need to make use of any connections you may have to local businesses or to bigger food or consumer goods companies. We’re looking for any tips – this could be through a friend, family member, colleague, neighbour, etc. Businesses can help in a variety of ways, including financial donations or donations in kind. Please let us know if you can help by replying to this email with the subject line “Businesses”.
We also continue to look for donations from individuals. If you’re able to donate any food, toiletries and/or cleaning products, please drop them off at the Mildmay Club between 12pm-7pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything fresh and unopened is welcome, we especially need fruit and veg, tinned fish, and kids cereals! And of course your used carrier bags – we are going through hundreds of them.
With schools closed, much of the learning has moved online. However, many young people do not have access to computers, tablets or reliable internet. Government help is only available for a fraction of pupils. We asked local schools and we estimate that we need at least 200 devices if we are to make sure every child in just two of our primaries has access to vital resources.
Do you have a laptop or tablet you are not using? Is your workplace discarding old computers? Do you work for a technology company that might consider donating? Please reply to this email with the subject line “Laptop”. Mer-IT will perform secure data sanitisation, refurbish, repair and upgrade services on any device that is donated. We will then distribute them to local kids, working with local schools and with families the Food Hub is helping.
We have hundreds and hundreds of cloth masks made by the amazing Stitch by Stitch and those of you who answered the call to join the Sewing Club in our last email.
We give them out with Food Hub parcels but because of the stellar efforts of some local sewists (yes, it’s a real word!) we now have enough for every NGAG member and volunteer. If you would like to receive a set of cloth masks for yourself and your family please collect them at the Mildmay Club between 12pm-7pm on Tuesdays or Fridays, or reply to this email with “Masks” to organise some being dropped to you (we have kids sizes too).
Returning to unsafe workplaces?
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, some of us may feel unsafe about returning to our workplaces. We have a number of volunteers who are specialists in employment law and even more who are trade union reps. If you would like some informal advice about your rights, please reply to this email with the subject line “Workplace advice” and we’ll connect you with someone who should be able to help.
Supporting local businesses
Cakes for Carers
A big thank you to our group of bakers. We’ve been dropping round tasty treats for over two weeks and have had a lovely card from the care home. They’re very grateful and really appreciate the community thinking about them.
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