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Newcastle College's catering students cook for service users at Acomb

24 October 2014

As part of Daybreak's partnership with Newcastle college, catering students came to prepare lunch for Acomb service users. They made some leek and potato, and spicy carrot soup, as well as apple crumble with custard for pudding.

Newcastle College's catering students cook for service users at Daybreak, learning disability charity, AcombNewcastle College's catering students cook for service users at Daybreak, learning disability charity, Acomb

Emma, who had the spicy carrot soup, said, "It was really nice – 10 out of 10." Ellen enjoyed the leak and the potato soup and said it was "Yummy, delicious and nice." Heather described the apple crumble as "tasty.”

Newcastle College's catering students cook for service users at AcombNewcastle College's catering students cook for service users at Daybreak, learning disability charity, Acomb

Afterwards, some service users took photographs as part of their project on still-life.

Newcastle College's catering students cook for service users at Daybreak, learning disability charity, Acomb

Many thanks to Newcastle College for visiting our centre, and we all really enjoyed the food.

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Daybreak's Annual General Meeting, 2014

24 October 2014

On 16th October 2014, Daybreak held it's Annual General Meeting at the Acomb Centre. In the morning, a meeting was held to discuss Daybreak. Service users, staff, trustees, parents, and friends of Daybreak attended. Chief Executive Officer, Mary Curran; Chair of Trustees, Douglas Ball; and Accountant, Simon from Tait Walker, led the meeting.

 Daybreak, learning disability charity, AGM, Annual General Meeting, 2014

Service user, Hazel, attended the meeting and said, "I was pleased to hear about the improvements which will be made to the computer system." Marry Curran (CEO), said. "There is a lovely culture at Daybreak. I hope we keep working well and building on our success. I find Daybreak is held in very high regard."

After the meeting, service users from all three centres gathered in the cafe and conservatory where there was a tombola, a cake stall, and a 'Name the Teddy Bear' contest. There was also a stall displaying service users' photographs from all three centres. guests had the opportunity to vote for photos to be used in the Daybreak Calendar, which will be sold to raise funds for new art resources and photography equipment to be used at all three centres.

 Daybreak, learning disability charity, AGM, Annual General Meeting, 2014

Service user, Pauline, said “I liked the 'Name the Teddy Bear' contest. I liked voting for the calendars.”

A great day and a lot of discussion about the exciting new developments at Daybreak. Look out for our Annual Review, which highlights our organisation's greatest achievement of the year.

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Visit to the Discovery Museum

24 October 2014

Service users from Daybreak’s Minsteracres Centre recently went on an educational visit to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.

Service users from Daybreak, learning disability charity, Minsteracres, near Consett, visit to the Discovery Museum

They looked at all the exhibits on show, which demonstrated how people lived in Newcastle from the 1920 to almost present day. They saw exhibits about the first and second World War, including about the air raid shelter.

Service users from Daybreak, learning disability charity, Minsteracres, near Consett, visit to the Discovery Museum

There was lots of things to see and do, including some old machines that service users could try out. The group also listened to the story of Newcastle told through footage from Tyne Tees TV and Mike Nevile.

Service users from Daybreak, learning disability charity, Minsteracres, near Consett, visit to the Discovery Museum

Staff and service users felt inspired after their visit, and left with some good ideas for future projects. Life Skills Instructor, Trevor, said “The whole day has been an education, not just for the service users but for the staff as well.”

Service users from Daybreak, learning disability charity, Minsteracres, near Consett, visit to the Discovery Museum
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