Taking as her starting point the stories of the community of the REfUSE café in Chester le Street, Skinner will look to tell a story of how North East communities come together in response to challenges and express unity in the face of adversity. Can such alternative non cash-reliant models which accept multiple forms of payment and that recognise value in a tangible way be part of our future narrative? Can kindness?
Mim Skinner bio
Mim is a writer and social entrepreneur and the founder of REfUSE, an award-winning social enterprise in Chester le Street which collects and redistributes food that would otherwise go to waste. Her book Jailbirds, about working in a women’s prison, was published in 2019. It was serialised in The Guardian and has been optioned by BBC Studios. She has written for The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Elle Magazine. She featured on the 2019 Elle List of ’50 Game Changers’ for her campaigning work and writing.
Read Camaraderie and Chaos: lockdown at the REfUSE Cafe by Miriam Skinner, with Paige Walmsley.