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At A Crossroads Conference

The At A Crossroads Conference was hosted by the You’ve Got This team, from 09:30am to 3:30pm. It was hosted by the Teesside University Student Union.

The Conference hosted a number of speakers and guests from a variety of different organisations, focused on the theme of active travel and looking at how we can improve our local communities and their health by embracing active travel. A number of workshops were also hosted to help the participants create and share ideas based around active travel and helping the local community.



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Weekly fruit and veg stall offering ‘pay as you feel’ produce

Weekly fruit and veg stall offering ‘pay as you feel’ produce

A new fruit and veg stall offering affordable produce for students and staff has been launched at Teesside University.

The Veg Patch project is run by Hazel Wright, the University’s Wellbeing Services Co-ordinator, and will be in the Middlesbrough Tower foyer every Friday from 11.00am until 2.00pm.

The Veg Patch, Hazel Wright

It offers produce which is surplus to requirements and people can pay as much as they feel, making fruit and veg more accessible and affordable. All money raised goes back in to running the project.

In addition, customers are offered information about healthy eating and given recipes to help them cook up something new.

Hazel has been working with Co-op, which is supplying the surplus fruit and veg. She has also teamed up with Middlesbrough Environment City which is running the Veg Power project, a national campaign to encourage young people to eat more fruit and veg.

“I have been keen to set up the Veg Patch for a while now and, as well as encouraging people to eat healthily, it also gets them thinking about food waste,” explained Hazel.

“We have had a couple of pop-up stalls and the response has been really positive. Now we will be stationed in Middlesbrough Tower every Friday and want to encourage as many people as possible to come along and use the service.”

Dr Mark Fishpool, Director of Middlesbrough Environment City, said: “We are an independent charity supporting healthy and sustainable living and are delighted to be working so closely with Teesside University. The Veg Patch is a fantastic initiative and we are pleased that in the early stages it is already proving to be very popular among students and staff.”






500 British Bluebell bulbs planted in Albert Park

500 bluebells bulbs were planted in a dynamic ‘S’ shape in a prominent location in the centre of the Albert Park, Middlesbrough, near to the Pine Wood and the Fountain, in aid of Daft as a Brush – Cancer Patient Charity.

Thank you to all those who helped to plant the bulbs, Casper Scallen, and Apprentices Brook, Alex and Daniel from Middlesbrough Environment City, and Middlesbrough Council. It was a lovely afternoon in Albert Park and we look forward to a wonderful display in 2019.

Big Energy Saving Week – Monday 21st January 2019

This is an opportunity for people to check, switch and save on their energy bills.  MEC are hosing an event at Central Library to help residents save money on their energy bills.

Residents can drop in to Central Library on Wednesday 23rd January between 9.30am to 3pm.  Don’t forget to bring your latest energy bill along with you to allow us to check to see if you could save money.

Our advisors will ensure you are getting all the help you are entitled to including application for the Warm Homes Discount and the Priority Services Register which can provide additional support to a wide range of people.  We can also check eligibility for boiler repairs/replacement and insulation grants as well as make onward referrals for benefit checks and wider debt advice.

Big Energy Saving Week runs between 21st and 27th January 2019.  It is national campaign to help people cut their energy bills.  The week focuses on raising public awareness of how to save money on energy costs by switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants, and making homes more energy efficient.