Worswick Welcome celebrates three years and 15000 meals

08 January 2014

Fr Michael Corbett with volunteers at Worswick Welcome

Congratulations and celebrations were very much in evidence when Fr Michael Corbett joined the volunteers and guests at Worswick Welcome to mark the project's third anniversary.

Many of the volunteers who were involved on opening day are still helping out at St Andrew's Church Hall and have been joined by other equally committed and caring volunteers who come from parishes in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Everyone works as a team, preparing and serving meals for some of the most vulnerable local people, including those who are homeless.

In the three years since the project opened, the small, but dedicated team has provided around 15,000 meals and countless more hot and cold drinks while offering a listening ear and some friendly conversation to those who are often in desperate need.

As well as welcoming new guests, regulars at Worswick Welcome enjoy the comfort of the warm and friendly team and surroundings. Kevin, who has been a guest since the project first opened said simply, "It's always so nice here, everyone is very happy to see me and I always feel so safe."

Fr Michael thanked the guests and the volunteers for making the drop-in so successful and friendly. His leadership and focus on expanding his parish to those less fortunate has resulted in a warm and welcoming place that is continuing to make a real difference to everyone involved.