Project information

Good Food, Good Mood

There is a direct link to mental and physical health. Healthy eating has proved to have a positive impact on this. Our project will give hard to reach people within our local community the opportunity to gain the practical skills to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Tyneside And Northumberland Mind

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  • Need


    Eating a healthy diet can do a lot to improve your mood and sense of wellbeing. Healthy foods in particular fruit and vegetable can positively affect mental as well as physical health. Levels of physical activity can also impact on mental wellbeing in terms of mood, stress, self-esteem, anxiety, dementia and depression. This project will provide activities that will give people the necessary information and also the practical tools to improve their mental health and wellbeing.


    We have developed this project following work that our Café Lead devised and has delivered to homeless addicts. There are no other projects of its kind in the local community. We have asked our service users and there is much need and enthusiasm for a project that addresses mental health issues from a nutritional standpoint. It was further evident that by linking this work with physical exercise sessions it would address these issues in a more effective way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower people to explore the relationship between diet, nutrition and mental health


    » Hold weekly programme of activities that will provide people with information and practical tools to improve mental and physical health.
    » Support 150 people during the course of the project and recruit 6 new volunteers who will gain confidence and learn new skills.

    Success will be delivering the programme to over 150 people and also to recruit 6 new volunteers to support us.

    Aim 2

    People will have increased access to a range of activities that will help them improve their mood.


    » Provide a weekly space where people can come along and meet to discuss and share ideas
    » Sign post and support people to access other mental health services

    People who attend the programme will have built stronger support networks and have made friendships with other participants of the project making them feel less isolated.

    Aim 3

    People will incorporate their newly found skills and ideas into everyday life & kitchen


    » People will be able to transfer their knowledge and new skills to be able to cook healthy and nutritious food at home.

    People will continue to make the food at home and adopt a more healthy lifestyle. They will be empowered to explore the relationship between diet, nutrition and mental health.

  • Impact


    This project would embed us within the community as the provider of nutrition and activity based wellbeing. It can be expanded into other areas of mental health and other marginalised groups including children and young people, ex-offenders, people with drug, alcohol and other dependency issues. The immediate impact will be to those who have taken part in the project where they will continue to make healthier food at home making them happier and healthier in the long term.


    The main risk to the project would be to not receive the funding we need to make it happen. Our strategy for this would be to scale down the size of the project and try to source funding from other funders.


    We would report to donors throughout the course of the project as a minimum on a quarterly a quarterly basis. We would also share case studies and testimonials from the beneficiaries of the project, so that our donors can see the positive outcomes it has made and bring the project to life.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,275

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,225 Sessions Holding 48 Good Food good Mood sesions
      £800 Food Purchase of food to facilitate
      £1,200 Facilities Hire Including room hire, projector costs
      £1,900 Staff Costs Cost of staff to facilitiate the sessions
      £150 Admin/ Marketing Marketing costs to promote inc: leaflets and posters
  • Background


    Our People’s café is a not-for-profit coffee shop based at Age Concern Tyneside South in South Shields, providing healthy and affordable refreshments. We are committed this partnership and are developing this into vibrant and much used space at the heart of the local community. The borough of South Tyneside has a number of deprived areas which show poorer standards of both physical and mental health and we have identified growing numbers of people living in our communities who need services.


    We will provide weekly sessions to over 150 people during the course of the project. In addition to this we will recruit 20 volunteers to assist us to facilitate the sessions. Enabling them to gain skills and increase their own sense of self-worth. We’ve had proven success with volunteers at our café including one being named South Tyneside Volunteer of the year; 6 Volunteers work in the café at café at present, 8 have left and gained employment, 6 have left and gone into full time education

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tyneside and Northumberland Mind exists to provide help to people with a mental health condition.  We have grown from a small base in the Blaydon area of Gateshead back in 1986. We currently support more than 5,000 individuals with a mental health problem every year covering Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside. We develop and design our services based upon the responses, demands and needs of the local community, its at the very heart of what we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kim Shephard

    Our coordinator will facilitate the project and ensure its success working with the local community reaching out to those in marginalised groups.