It’s officially #FestiveDecember and as part of efforts to encourage teams to celebrate being part of #TeamGateshead and to take time out with each other, the organisation will offer all colleagues (including our bank staff, QEF colleagues and volunteers) a voucher redeemable at our QE Facilities-led catering venues.

Over the coming weeks, a festive fayre carvery will be served out of The Park Deli and The Hub, providing colleagues with the perfect opportunity to gather in teams and enjoy time together. Vouchers will be redeemable right up until March 2023, providing plenty of time for teams across the organisation to gather and a quality break as well as enjoy each other’s company.

Getting your voucher:

Vouchers will be distributed and delivered to managers over the coming week, starting at Bensham on Monday 5th December. Managers are asked to distribute these within their teams. The Health and Wellbeing Team will primarily work to deliver vouchers where possible, although a collection service will also be in operation. Managers should look out for an email from the team with further information. Anyone with queries are asked to contact us on [email protected].

Those who choose not to use their voucher for a festive meal can redeem these for a hot meal up until 31st March 2023. Alternatively, those who wish to donate their meal can do so by posting their voucher in designated boxes via tills – with all donations going to the Leg Up Project, providing colleagues experiencing financial hardship with continued access to hot meals at work.

Festive fayre carvery schedule:

Festive fayre carvery meals will be available on redemption of vouchers only. A range of dates have been booked to serve these,

Woodside Unit (Bensham):
Wednesday 7th December and Thursday 8th December, 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

The Hub:
Wednesday 12th December to Tuesday 20th December, 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

The Hub Night Service:
Monday 12th December and Tuesday 13th December, 8:00pm – 10:00pm.

How the voucher works:

  • Vouchers are redeemable for a Festive Fayre Carvery or one hot meal only
  • Festive Fayre lunches are available on redemption of these vouchers only
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Takeaways will be available
  • Vouchers which aren’t used for a festive meal must be redeemed by the end of March 2023

You can donate the voucher to the ‘Leg Up Scheme’, which gives a main meal to our colleagues in need. There will be donation boxes in the catering facilities where they can be posted