Eight months ago, I joined a group of people to help organise the Newcastle Community Green Festival. We all volunteered our time freely to deliver this popular event to the lovely people of Newcastle. It is like no other festival; entry and entertainment are free, plus you get the opportunity to meet some amazing people from organisations making a positive difference locally, nationally and internationally.
The festival relies on the work of a fantastic team of volunteers who appear every year to turn the idea into a physical reality, then back into a memory in just four days. You know who you are, so thank you for being absolutely super-amazing! When we found ourselves short on resources, there were people willing to help out as much as they could. On this note, I really have to mention our headline sponsors Medicine Direct and the very nice people at the Cumberland Arms and Sustrans; without your help, the festival would not have been as brilliant as it was.
This year, over 40 organisations had a presence at the festival, all of which are making a positive difference in our city and around the globe. They provided information, assistance, and opportunities to get involved and make a difference. To this end, we would like to thank:
Greenpeace, People and Planet, Academy of Music & Sound Gateshead, The Conversation Group &The Canny Little Library @ Star & Shadow, North Tyneside Friends of the Earth, Youth Focus: North East, Natural History Society of Northumbria, The RSPB, Newcastle upon Tyne Unitarians, Samaritans of Tyneside, Positive Money, Foster Cares Ltd, Transmission Meditation Network UK, Sea Shepherd, Food Newcastle, Narec Distributed Energy, North East Organic Growers, Institute of Physics, Newcastle Cycling Campaign, N E England Green Party, Friends of Leazes Park, Sustrans, International Voluntary Service, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, Freedom From Torture, Newcastle WEA, School of Marine Science and Technology, North East Humanists, Institution of Civil Engineers, Recyke y’bike, The Co-operative, Tyneside Outdoors, Making Winter Warmer, Co-wheels Car Club, Success4All, Newcastle City Council, Woodcraft Folk, Newcastle Countryside & Park Rangers, North East Baha’I’s, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Children North East and Sensory Spaces.
These organisations are brilliant and are the reason why we put all this work into making the Green Festival happen every year. See you all in 2020!