In June 2020 we started with 30 streets on a small area of North Tyneside, in April 2021 we collected from 368 streets and in May we collected from 460 streets!! Every month our coverage of North Tyneside expands as more and more volunteers join our campaign. In May we launched into Newcastle & Gateshead with a pilot in the Walker and Byker area with Durham to follow soon.
Our team of North Tyneside volunteers collect none perishable food from our neighbours every first Saturday of the month at 2pm. July through to September we collected the 2nd on each month at 7pm however as the late nights set in we changed to a Saturday day time. Every month we support a different charity or community group within North Tyneside to help those effected by poverty in these difficult times. We want to support all foodbanks and groups no matter what their size of operations, large and well known or small lesser known groups which are often easier to access by individuals and very much depend on our support. We ask for volunteers every month which will dictate which streets we are able to collect from. 10 days before the event we circulate a street list of all streets participating, including drop off boxes in case residents want to donate but do not have someone picking up in their street.
The COVID crisis has affected people with devastating results. Not only has it caused a mass loss of life but also economic and social disruption. Millions of people are now at risk of falling into poverty and don't have access to food. Lucy Hearn (Campaign Manager) saw a shared social media post of an incredible food collection by Risca, a group in Wales. Volunteers at Risca gathered food which they were able to donate to their local food bank which was enough stock for 6 - 9 months – all in a single night. Lucy thought this was something we needed in the North East, specifically in her local area in North Tyneside. Risca provided advice on how to set up Tin on a Wall and in July Tin on a Wall North Tyneside was born.
Lucy posted in many social media sites asking for volunteers and within hours she had over 20 volunteers for the first collection in July. The number of volunteers and number of streets has grown month on month, supporting a different charity, food bank or community group each month. After 2 collections, the administrative work involved was too much for one person, so Lucy sent out a SOS to all volunteers and a little group was formed. Joanne, involved from the beginning as a Street Champion offered to take on more of the administrative work or coordinating the volunteers for Lucy. In November we collected from almost 200 streets in North Tyneside with the supports of over 80 volunteers. Most of our business communications and growth has been through social media, radio, word of mouth and leaflets.
All who participate are volunteers: Lucy Hearn – Champaign Founder and Manager Joanne Scorer – Champaign Coordinator All our amazing Area Champions each month All our amazing Street Champions each month
Yes, we are classed as volunteers and therefore exempt from restrictions however we ask all government guidelines are followed to sure the safety of all.
You would put forward a street, usually where you live, but you can do more than one if you would like, to take part in the event. You would do this by filling in a registration form for the forthcoming month which can be found on our facebook page. The area and the streets will collect from each month is entirely dependent upon volunteers who come forward. The week before the event we provide leaflets to let your neighbours know about the campaign. On the day, you would collect food items (zero contact) from outside the houses of your street(s) and take to a nearby location the same day.
If you wanted to set up your own campaign outside on the North East, we would share all our practices with you, drop us a message.
Join our facebook group, search Tin on a Wall Campaign
1 week before collection day we contact the charity to see if they are short of any particular items and we will let you know.