Meadow Well Connected in North Shields welcomed Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Paul Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of North Tyneside Council along with many other distinguished guests at a dinner to celebrate partnership work at The Park Hotel in Tynemouth.

As part of a year of celebrations to mark their 25th anniversary, Meadow Well Connected invited a wide range of partners who have supported their work to come together to recognise the importance of working collaboratively for the benefit of North Tyneside residents.

The evening was opened by Mandi Cresswell, Chief Officer, who introduced Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn who complimented all the staff, volunteers and partners of Meadow Well Connected who have worked so hard to make a difference to the area over the last 25 years.

Paul Hanson gave a brief speech, recognising the changes that have taken place over the last 25 years and acknowledging that there is still work to be done but with the help of organisations like Meadow Well Connected and their many partners much more could be achieved.

Meadow Well Connected's 3 strategic partners, Capita, The Energy Hub and Sage Foundation all spoke of the value working together and their ambitions to do more in the future.

Guests also included TLW Solicitors and the North East Art Collective, both of who have chosen Meadow Well Connected as their Charity of the Year for 2019.

A highlight of the night was a performance by the elders dance group, Falling on your Feet, which is a joint project between Helix Arts and Meadow Well Connected, who performed an inspiring routine to Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ which resulted in a standing ovation by the audience of 100.

Kerry Roffe of Business in the Community said, “Thank you so much for your event last night. The atmosphere in the room was terrific, the speakers were inspirational and the fabulous dancers from Helix Arts brought a little tear to my eye. Bravo to you for such a fantastic evening.”

Mandi Cresswell, Chief Officer said:

“We are thrilled to be able to have so many partners here to mark our anniversary year and to have the opportunity to thank the many varied partners for their invaluable contribution. We are committed to working collaboratively for the benefit of our local community as we know we can achieve more together. As a wise friend of mine once told me, if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together – we have certainly come far in the last 25 years and with the help of our varied partners who knows how far we can go in the next 25 years.”

Katherine Forbes lucky winner of cordless drill, pictured with the prize donors SKN Innovations

The Partner Dinner event was one of a number of events during 2019 planned to celebrate the anniversary.