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Supporting our local community

The current situation is making new demands on all of us, and asking us to live and love in different ways.  St Bede’s Church Newsham and Bede Academy are working together closely to love and serve our local community at this time. I have been asked to be a community co-ordinator for the NHS / County Council.  I am waiting for more details about this initiative, but in the meantime, we have a group of local volunteers who are willing to do essential food shops etc for those who are in isolation. 

Offering help:

There are number of things we can do to love and serve others:

  1. The Blyth Foodbank is running very short of essential non-perishable supplies, and a number of their regular drop-off points in shops and businesses are now closed and demand on foodbanks is increasing all the time. 

Whilst the collection point at Asda remains the main collection point we are starting a new drop-off point at the entrance to the main building at Bede Academy (North) at the following times – 10 am to 2.30 pm, from Monday to Friday.  The doors will open automatically to the school porch, where the collection point will be.  There will be no need to enter the academy building at all.

Please observe social distancing guidelines when dropping off food – and please only drop items off if you are already out on an essential journey or are taking your daily walk. Do not drop off donations outside of these times as students and parents who are critical workers will be arriving at the academy for the start and end of the academy day. The Foodbank requires the following items: pasta sauce, cereal, tinned veg & fruit, tinned spaghetti, tinned meat/fish, tinned rice pudding. No fresh produce, please, as they don’t have the storage facilities.

2)         If you need assistance or would like to become a community volunteer:

If you or someone known to you would like assistance or if you can offer assistance then please email

3) The NHS has started a national initiative (GoodSAM) to recruit volunteers to transport patients fit for discharge back home, do shopping, and check-in and chat with those in     isolation.  To register, please visit:

I know that there is great community spirit in this local area: please consider working with us to support those who are isolated, vulnerable, or in need.

Regards Ian