What We Do

#CookingUpChange

Founded in 2013, NEO quickly became recognised as key providers of food assistance and support throughout the local community and has grown in size, success and delivery through the sheer determination and passion of the entire NEO team.

Proudly achieving charity status in March 2019, NEO has continued to broaden, develop and deliver a range of services in support of our local and wider community.

Pay-As-You-Feel: How does this work?

In our shop, café and for all services, NEO operate a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ system. The pay-as-you-feel concept is a fundamental element of NEO and is as important to us as reducing food waste.

People are asked to pay what they think is a fair price for the goods or services provided, at a price they can afford. But with regard to affordability, we equally value the alternative of people volunteering their time, skills and energy to support NEO. This can be as simple as offering to wash the pots, clean the windows, or help us to ensure everyone can access our shop (take a bag for a neighbour). We have found that the pay-as-you-feel concept fosters a sense of community, and enhances the relationship between the people who run, use, and volunteer at NEO– something that doesn’t happen in the mainstream economy.

Community Café

Our café provides a homely community space. Whether you pop in for a cuppa, a roast dinner, or an all day breakfast, you will always find a friendly face and a warm welcome.

We are open each Monday – Thursday from 10am to 3pm.

Location – Beaconsfield Community House.

Community Food & Supplies Market

We have nurtured and maintained strong links with local supermarkets and food retailers, allowing us to develop a comprehensive surplus food and supplies offering.

We are open Mon - Thur 10am - 3pm.

Fridays 3pm - 6:30pm.

Location - Beaconsfield Community House.

School Partnerships

Working collaboratively with a local primary school led to the opening of a social supermarket at Woodlands School in 2018.

The popularity of this project, together with the amazing support of Tudor Trust, has resulted in us extending our offer to a further 3 schools, due to open by the end of 2020.

Kids & Holiday Services

Our very popular kids club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.

During the school holidays we provide fun educational sessions, which includes free breakfast, lunch and snacks as part of the Feeding Britain project. We also run activity days, picnics and residential trips to help keep kids entertained.

Location - Beaconsfield Community House.

Neo Wellbeing

Relax, re-energise and re-balance.

We offer a range of holistic therapies and transformational coaching.

Appointments available each Wednesday.

Booking essential – 07799742134.

Location – Beaconsfield Community House.

Community Engagement

Neo is committed to promoting the growth of self-sustaining, resilient communities.

We recognise that people are part of the solution, not part of a local or national problem. We run an open access community hub, where every idea and voice is listened to, and everyone plays his or her part in helping to secure positive change for all.

Waste & Interception

We have established and maintained strong links with supermarkets and food retailers, allowing us to divert food that may otherwise have gone to landfill.

This, perfectly good food, is brought back to our base at Beaconsfield Community House, stocking both our café and our shop, providing our community with affordable fresh food and supplies.

Environment

We at NEO are extremely proud of the community in which we live and work.

We run regular community clean up days; healthy meal preparation and cooking sessions based around reducing waste and cooking on a budget. Our beautiful community garden, which is open all year round, has been created using repurposed items wherever possible.

Catering

We also run a commercial catering service based at The Lauries, Birkenhead, from which all proceeds go to supporting NEO Community as a charity. We offer a value for money food menu, along with outside catering services ranging from working buffet lunches to fully catered celebratory events such as weddings.

Please email us for information.