Burns Night Bash – Kicking Off Celebration of 25 Years of Community Support Meadow Well Connected in North Shields welcomed Cllr Alan Percy and other local supporters to start a year of celebrations marking its 25th Anniversary of becoming a registered charity. On Friday 25th January, Brendan Austin, Chair of Trustees at Meadow Well Connected hosted local councillors, trustees and local businesses kicking off a year of celebrations. Over the last 25 years Meadow Well Connected has achieved a great deal including establishing a community garden, championing renewable energy solutions, working to support local people to gain work or digital skills and supporting those who need a little extra help. They operate from a large site close to Meadow Well metro station and are host to other charities including The Bay Foodbank, Dyslexia NE, and Anxious Minds. They offer a range of supportive services including: an affordable after-school club; specialist alcohol support; employability support; access to a free IT suite to learn digital skills; workshops & activities; alternative education in the gardens and joinery workshop; Thrive – an adult day care service; community café; room hire and training for the health & social care sector plus lots of one-off events. Mandi Cresswell, Chief Officer said: “It is such a great achievement to reach 25 years and is testament to Carole Bell, MBE who started the charity and the many staff, volunteers and supporters who have worked so hard to help this important community resource thrive. We were delighted to see so many people enjoying the evening and we have more great plans across the year to involve everyone in the celebrations.” The evening was attended by representatives from Capita, a strategic partner of Meadow Well Connected who provided 100 community Christmas lunches in December. Gary Mitchelson, Commercial Manager for Capita’s North Tyneside Partnership, said: “It was a great night, the entertainment was brilliant and the food, which was catered by Kev and his team from the café, was delicious. We’re looking forward to being involved with the rest of Meadow Well Connected’s celebrations in their important anniversary year.” Meadow Well Connected plan a community fun day on 6th July 2019 which will mark the anniversary date. They also plan to prepare a commemorative book about the local community so if you have any stories or photos you would like to share pop down to the centre any day and ask to speak to Sarah McDonald.