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Newcastle United Foundation support self-isolating families with food parcels and school resources

Hundreds of children living in Newcastle are receiving vital support from Newcastle United Foundation staff delivering food parcels and coordinating home-schooling resources.

Following the Government’s decision to close all UK schools from March 20th to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), parents and guardians have been left in the difficult position of juggling family life with work and maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.

Newcastle United Foundation’s commitment to communities across the North East has already seen staff responding to requests for help and have been redeployed to join relief efforts for children in self-isolation who would normally receive free school meals.

On Thursday lunchtime, Newcastle United’s official charity delivered around 300 food parcels to youngsters in Byker, Walker and Walkergate alongside the Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT).

NEAT – which oversees Benfield School, Central Walker Primary School, Tyneview Primary School, Walkergate community School and West Walker Primary School – has identified around 1,250 children who will be without free school meals as of March 23rd.

The Foundation is now in the process of redistributing staff available to safely deliver food parcels and educational resources to communities such as Walker, which is the most deprived in the region.

Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Steve Beharall, said: “Everyone at the Foundation is committed to supporting the community in whatever we can.

“The coronavirus outbreak has presented everyone with a number of unprecedented challenges and we hope our charity can ease the burden on families who will be struggling in the coming weeks and months.

“We intend on safely delivering more food parcels next week, also enabling schools to drop in some activities kindly being put together by voluntary groups. We are also able to check-in with families while dropping off these care packages to ensure everyone is safe and happy.

“While the coronavirus situation is constantly changing, we hope to be a constant presence for disadvantaged communities in Newcastle.”

Newcastle United Foundation’s Learning and Skills team are in contact with partner schools across the North East, ensuring parents and guardians are equipped and confident to begin home-schooling.

Staff have identified a number of useful online resources listed below:

To ensure the safety of all staff and the wider community, the Foundation’s offices at St. James’ Park are now closed.

The charity is supporting individuals working from home with tips on maintaining physical and mental wellness, work resources and daily email communications between senior management and staff.

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