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PCVC team give back a little


REfUSE Café in Chester-Le-Street, had extra volunteers in December, when Steve White, Acting Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner and members of his team popped in to help out for a couple of hours.

It was a hive of activity, where Steve and his team helped to prepare the café for the Christmas Day activities.

Opened in 2018, built by volunteers, run by volunteers, and fuelled by food waste, it is a beautiful place of inclusive community and creativity.  Part of The Real Junk Food Project, REfUSE opened in April 2018 as a “pay as you feel” café on the high street in Chester Le Street. Since then they have rapidly expanded to host a range of successful restaurant evenings, private events as well as the daily running of the café.

Steve White said, “As a team we wanted to give back a little this Christmas.  We have had a great afternoon helping in the café and participating in the pre-Christmas preparations.  Being here and meeting the volunteers and customers has given me great insight into the important role an organisation like this has within the community.”

Nikki Dravers, co-founder and director of REfUSE, said, “It has been great having Steve and the team here today. The café is really busy at this time of year and we also have lots of catering and fundraising events, so any extra help is really appreciated. Christmas is a time of so much needless waste and over-consumption, and also a time when some people really struggle – whether being on their own, grieving those that are missing, struggling with addictions or being low on funds. Our Christmas Day event will serve over 80 people from all walks of life a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, all from food that would otherwise have been wasted. We’ll have carols, games and maybe even a visit from Santa!”.

If you would like to volunteer for REfUSE please get in touch via the REfUSE website: https://refusedurham.org.uk/get-involved/

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020
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