Around 80 North Shields residents enjoyed a free Christmas meal thanks to a partnership between Meadow Well Connected and Capita.

Over the course of two days, we hosted Christmas lunches for members of the local community. All ingredients, which came through our Tyne Fresh project, were paid for by Capita, while 13 of the company’s staff volunteered to help prepare, cook and serve the food – as well as wash the dishes afterwards.

Capita’s North Tyneside Partnership Director, Margie Burdis, was among those who volunteered to help. She said: “Meadow Well Connected is an integral part of the local community and the popularity of their Christmas lunches is a great example of that.

“This was the second year that Capita has supported the initiative and I’m delighted that it was such success.

 “I would like to thank our staff who gave up their time to get involved – it was hard work but hugely rewarding.”

Mandi Cresswell, Chief Officer at Meadow Well Connected, said: “What a fabulous way to close our 25th anniversary year. The Capita volunteers worked tremendously hard to make sure everyone had a great time, the Christmas outfits were great fun and added to the festivities."

Thanks also go to Kev and Emma Smith (pictured with the Capita volunteers) who run the cafe in our centre, they helped cook and serve the meals and kept everyone on track.