Grab a bite or two at schemes

Nite Bite is well established and has been going for 18 years.

Held in the Baptist Church in Howard Street, North Shields, it is run by volunteers.

It is open every Tuesday, from 4pm to 6pm, and is somewhere anyone can find a three-course hot meal, company, someone to talk to socially and, if required, spiritual guidance from the minister Rev Liz Edwards.

There is also the opportunity to rummage through a clothes stall.

Everyone leaves with a food bag, containing bread and cake supplied by Sainsbury’s.

It survives by donations, both financial and in goods, such as food, cooked puddings and pies and sandwich fillers.

It is lucky to receive harvest gifts from local schools and churches, mainly tinned produce, which is used in cooking and for anyone who requires extra food to see them through the week.

We welcome everyone and would encourage anyone reading this who feels they could use this service to give us a try.

St Columba’s in Northumberland Square, North Shields, is offering a cooked breakfast every Sunday, from 8am to 9am, to anyone who would like to share this with us.

This is a new venture to see if there is a need for this service. We opened our doors on January 3 and are going to trial it for a minimum of three months. Again, all are welcome.