We will be collecting for Hazlerigg Community Centre and Feeding Families.
143 registered Street Champions for December, covering 283 Streets throughout North Tyneside, quite unbelievable, over 100 more than last month!
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 except from restrictions however we ask all government guidelines are followed to sure the safety of all.
The area and streets will collect from each month is entirely dependent upon volunteers who come forward. Every month we invite people to fill out a registration form to become what we call a Street Champion. You can do one street or an entire estate, it is completely up to you. Being a volunteer is already very appreciated and we ask no more than this, however if you did want to be more involved than you could be an Area Champion. This would mean receiving donations collected from other Street Champions on the day within your area (after you have done your own collection of course). So for example, 5 other Street Champions would bring their collections to you before 4pm. You would then take these donations to a designated local point that day by 5pm. Please indicate on the form if you would like to be considered for this role. If no Street Champions come forward to collect from neighbouring streets, we ask if volunteers would consider leaving a box outside their door for people to drop off donations (zero contact). This would mean disclosing your address on social media, no names would be used. Please indicate on the form if you would like to be considered. A poster for the box will be uploaded to the Facebook group which can be printed and attached to the box. We welcome businesses participating too.
If you wanted to set up your own in another area, 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.