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Gateshead's Great Big Green Week

Gateshead's Great Big Green Week

Gateshead's Great Big Green Week celebrates local businesses and organisations, as well as the individuals, who are doing their bit to help look after our planet.

From the 18th-26th of September, there is a range of exciting events that Green Heart Collective has planned as part of Gateshead's Great Big Green Week (GBGW). Read on to find out what's going on!



To whet your appetite for GBGW, we have some great events to get involved in, just before the full week kicks off in earnest.

Saturday, 11th September. 10am-2pm.  Stitches for Survival Workshop. 
Thursday, 16th September. 2pm-5pm. Finishing off Stitches for Survival panels to send off, making panels and placards for the COP march in Newcastle. 
Saturday 18th September. COP March in Newcastle. Meet at Civic Centre, Gateshead at 10am to walk across together as a Gateshead group to join the March at Monument.


Gateshead's Great Big Green Week

What is the Christian response to Climate Emergency?
Sunday, 19th September 2021, 6-7.30pm. 
Venue St Edmunds Chapel, High St, Gateshead, NE8 3JW

We extend an open invitation to all to come and explore with us Christian responses to the climate emergency. We’ll hear first hand stories of Christians involved in climate campaigning and activism, and have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion in a safe space. The evening will finish with a Vigil led by representatives from Christian Climate Action.


Great Big Green Week Clothes Swap

Thursday 23rd September 2021, 6:30-8pm
Venue: Green Heart Collective

Do you have too many clothes and yet never have anything to wear? This clothes swap could be just what you need. As part of Great Big Green Week, Green Heart Collective is organising a clothes swap in conjunction with Care4Calais. It’s simple: just turn up at 6:30pm with between 5 and 10 items of good, clean clothing in excellent condition to donate, and at 7:30pm, the Clothes Swap will be declared open and you can then choose the same number of new-to-you clothes to take home. Handbags, scarves and belts are also welcome, but no shoes, nightwear, underwear, swimwear or jewellery on this occasion.

The event has a suggested donation of £5 and all proceeds will go to the work of Care4Calais. Any items left at the end of the evening will be taken and used by Green Heart Collective.

 *PLEASE NOTE: Find Your Words has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.*

Find Your Words.
Saturday 25th September, 3pm-7:30pm
Venue: Green Heart Collective

Do you find it hard to find the words to express how you feel about what’s happening to the planet right now? You’re not alone. 

Join us for an afternoon of finding the words in this creative writing workshop with various ways of expressing yourself including poetry, prose, slogans, placards and paint. We’ll be joined by experienced writers Declan Wiseman and Helen Redfern from Green Heart Collective and others.

The workshop will run for three hours from 3pm to 6pm, followed by a presentation of the work produced for friends and family at 6:30pm, including an excerpt from Eliot Smith’s new dance work LIFE.

Workshop costs £5 to register and the presentation will be Pay As You Feel.

  *PLEASE NOTE: Find Your Words has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.*

School assemblies on fast fashion (Throughout GBGW)

There’s been a lot in the news recently about climate change, the causes and solutions. Children and young people are the ones who will be the most affected by this environmental crisis and they are a large part of the solution.

During the Great Big Green Week from 18-26 September 2021, Helen Redfern from Green Heart Collective is offering to deliver an assembly about the devastating impact of fast fashion on the climate and the sustainable alternatives to fast fashion. 

Helen has a background of writing school assemblies for SPCK and Optimus Education. She has a talent for presenting a topic in an engaging and challenging way, and can adapt the material for any age group.

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