All posts by Sue Sambells

Amazon Wish List

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Here at Mesopotamia we have organised an Amazon wish list so that all of our generous supporters can help the vulnerable in our local area over the Christmas period.

You may choose from gifts ranging in price from under £5 through to £19.99.

The Good and the Bad

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There is a lot happening behind the scenes at Mesopotamia. As the charity grows and supports more people, we have struggled with space and funding. Our original charity shop building, that later became our coffee shop, will be closing it’s doors in the coming weeks as we can no longer afford the cost of the lease.

However, we do have amazing news we are desperate to share with you. Watch this space!

Christmas Opening Times

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We will close the shop on Tuesday 22nd December at 4.30 pm and reopen at 9.30am on Tuesday 5th January. However, between these dates we will still be running our food bank. Please see our FAQs for details.

Our COVID Safe Policy

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We are aware that some people are concerned about a few of our volunteers not wearing face coverings. Therefore, we would like to explain our position.

Many of our volunteers have underlying health conditions which are not always visible. Under Government guidelines, they are exempt from wearing face coverings. As a charity, Mesopotamia have made risk assessments including reducing the number of volunteers on the shop floor, screening off the till area and providing hand sanitiser; we are also encouraging regular hand washing.

We have been visited by Nottingham City Council Safety Team who have confirmed we have taken the correct and appropriate actions but need to publicise these, to reassure our customers. If you do have any specific concerns, please contact us.

Spread a little Christmas Cheer

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This year we have made the decision that we will give every child on our food distribution list a gift for them to open on Christmas morning. We realise that times are hard for many and we see the biggest impact is on children. We are asking our supporters to donate a small gift for a child in need this Christmas. Please don’t wrap the gift – we will do that.

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The shed build is nearing completion!

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Regular readers will know that volunteers from the Nottinghamshire 4068 United Service Lodge have been regularly giving up their Saturdays to build a much needed shed to store food and essentials they buy in and distribute to local people in need. The build has been progressing and we have been sharing time lapse videos to illustrate their progress. Here is the latest (and maybe the last?) for you to enjoy.

The Build Team with Rachel Miller

Nearly there!

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I visited Mesopotamia this week to see for myself how the build is progressing and was struck by how large the store is! As readers will see from our blog, Mesopotamia are not currently able to accept any more donations because they literally have no where to store them. Under COVID rules any donations need to be stored for 72 hours before they can be displayed for sale. So this store is desperately needed.

This week Mike, Ian and John continued with cladding the structure. They are waiting on delivery of the roof and then it should be good to go!

No more room at the Inn

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Here at Mesopotamia we are so grateful for the donations that we receive and can pass on to people in need. But, sadly, at the moment we are unable to take any items of clothing. Because of COVID-19 regulations, we have to store most donations for three days before we can add to our shelving in our charity shop. But as you will see from our previous blog we are having a food store built which will free up much needed space.

When we are able to take donations again we will let you know via this blog so please follow us. (See top of website on the Blog page.)