Joseph Cowen’s Great Winter Hot Dog Bananza

Run by the Jo Cox Foundation, the Great Winter Get Together is a national fortnight (16 – 29 January) dedicated to celebrating the places where people can go to connect this winter to tackle the issue of loneliness.

A recent ONS release has highlighted that 27% of adults reported feeling lonely. With the cost of living crisis making it more difficult for many people to access their usual social activities, local places – where people can chat and get to know others – will play a vital role in alleviating loneliness this January.

We were honoured, with support from Newcastle City Council, to support the Great Winter Get Together campaign this year, hosting our very own Great Winter Hot Dog Bananza! The doors to our Joseph Cowen Health Centre were open all day (8am – 4pm), offering tasty hotdogs, homemade soup, and hot drinks to help fight off the bitter winter chill – all before hosting a fun quiz in the afternoon for everybody to get involved in. When asked about how he found the event, John, one of the attendees, said “It’s been great – tasty food, good craic with the lads and the staff were very friendly”

Our Resident Consultation Group meets monthly and acts as a voice for the wider residents and visitors at Tyne, ensuring that resident views are always included in all aspects of Tyne’s activity. One of the members of the group, Barnie, brought his own expertise in helping facilitate the event, making sure we put on the best event we possibly could. 

When speaking on the event, Barnie said: “you could see that the people who attended found it a break from the streets. The snacks and hot drinks seemed very welcomed especially given the cold weather on the day. I helped a few visitors to take some warm clothing from the clothes store which they appreciated. Several of the visitors asked me if this will happen again and I said I hope it does.”

To learn more about the Great Winter Get Together and find local events near you, visit their website > www.greatgettogether.org/winter

“There are lots of lonely people out there, including many of our visitors. Today’s event gave people the opportunity to come in out of the cold, have something hot to eat and drink and a chat with friends and other visitors. We had plenty of smiling faces today” 

Terry, project worker