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We’re so proud to lead Moving On Tyne & Wear, an amazing employability programme that supports people with a health barrier, disability, additional learning need, or autism, to get into employment, training, or volunteering.

Gail Brooks and the South Tyneside Moving On Tyne & Wear team have gone above and beyond their usual day jobs to support Hebburn Helps, a community food bank and crisis response team. The team has been supporting Hebburn Helps for a number of years, through donations and volunteering.

This year, the team are supporting Hebburn Helps with a gift collection for two children and an older gentleman in the local community, who would otherwise have nothing under the tree this Christmas.

So far, the team has received lots of fantastic donations, as well as contributing to the gift collection themselves. Each donation is brand new, so the team have spent their own money to buy presents and have worked hard to encourage others in the community to do the same.

Here are some photographs of the gifts that have been collected for the children, a boy aged 11 and a girl aged 5. The gifts include toys, art sets, and new clothes. All of these lovely presents will be sent to their parents to wrap in time for Christmas Day, so they can feel a part of the process.

The gifts for the older gentleman include a dressing gown with matching slippers, sweets, and some bath treats, all of which the team have wrapped and dropped off at Hebburn Helps for them to deliver closer to Christmas.

Here’s a wonderful letter that the team have received from Hebburn Helps, expressing just how appreciated they are!

The team’s incredible generosity and kindness mean that these three people will have a Christmas to remember.

Moving On Tyne & Wear is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and is part of the Building Better Opportunities initiative.

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