The Animal Farm at Reddish Vale Farm will re-open on Saturday 17th February for the 2018 season. The Animal Farm will be open every day 11am-4pm throughout the school holidays until Sunday 25th February where they will revert back to weekends only. For those who haven’t been this is a great day out for the whole family.
Whether it is a local band like Blossoms who are promoting a positive image of Stockport around the world or whether it is a young person who tirelessly raises money for charity, we would like you to say thank you to local special citizens.
The reason Stockport council are recognising our Community Heroes is that more often than not, those who go the extra mile often go unrecognised and to remedy that, they’re now launching a rolling programme of council civic awards.
The categories include;
Promoting Stockport as a place to live and do business: individuals or groups who have promoted a positive image of Stockport on a national or regional stage
Recognising local innovation: Groups or Communities who are sparking growth from innovation
Contributing to a thriving economy: Organisations making a difference in Stockport by creating jobs, employing local people, contributing to a community, taking on apprentices or care leavers
Resilient Communities: acknowledging a person or group that has worked hard to create a safer neighbourhood. And helped to make a community where people help each other in times of need.
Community Creatives: championing community arts and creative projects, big or small, from individuals or groups showing how creative activities can benefit individuals and strengthen communities.
Education providers making a difference in a community: targeting schools, colleges, nurseries who are reaching out with projects and activities in their local area.
Young people making a difference in their community: targeting youth groups, cadets, scouting, Duke of Edinburgh awards etc.
Sport and exercise contributing to health and wellbeing in a community: targeting running clubs, football coaches, walking clubs, dancing etc.
Volunteering to promote independence in a community: people doing it for themselves with initiatives like food banks, friends of parks and localities, clubs etc.
Borough Heroes: those who got the extra mile but whose help often goes unrecognised.
We are extremely proud to be supporting Re:Dish charity who have just set up at the ex-council building at 2 Gorton Road. Re:Dish chair, Angie Stanton, gives us an insight into the charity, what they have achieved and plans for the future…
“Three years on from the founding of the Re:dish charity, I find myself regularly moved to tears by the desire of Reddish people to help one another, and to share what they have. All that we have achieved happens only through the generosity of volunteers and supporters.
We began in autumn 2014 by establishing a local Foodbank at St Elisabeth’s Church. We quickly became partners with other churches, then with Stockport Foodbank, and established a few collection points in Reddish for local people to donate food. Over the last 3 years, running out of the Bairstow Centre, the Foodbank has become more and more busy, our volunteer base has grown along with it, and in 2017, with around 30 volunteers, we have given 3-day emergency food parcels to over 1000 people, on a voucher basis, feeding over 1500 adults and over 1000 children. As times get more difficult, we can only see the numbers growing, so we are always in need of new Foodbank volunteers.
2017 has also seen the growing success of the Re:dish Dementia Friendly Café, which runs every Wednesday lunchtime at St Agnes Church. 12 volunteers give a warm welcome and a safe space to Dementia sufferers and their carers. Hot food, entertainment, specialist advice and a listening ear is given to about 35 guests every week. The project has been supported by Stockport Rotary Club since April 2016.
Re:dish projects support some individuals too. Community Champions have been sharing their experience to teach people about computers and laptops, or to learn a new craft skill, and Common Ground (DBS checked) volunteers have been visiting the isolated and elderly in their own homes. If you think you could be a Community Champion, or a Visitor, please get in touch.
The big excting news for 2018 is that our pop-up charity shop in Houldsworth Square (sponsored by SMBC and Julian Wadden) has been a great success. Local people have supported it with donations, and by shopping there, and regularly commented on what a lovely place it is to go into. The ground floor Re:dish Shop is providing enough income to allow us to make plans to develop the upper floor, and offer a Work Club, a Learning Suite, a Wellbeing centre, and places for local agencies and Councillors to hold surgeries. But again, none of this will happen without the interest and commitment of local people. If you would like to be involved, please call into the Re:dish Shop, or contact us via our Facebook page, or phone Gemma on 07498 996634.
The success of Re:dish depends on partnership, kindness, sharing and respect – it brings the best out of us. The fact that these simple values can make such a powerful difference shows that nothing can stop us creating a community of kindness.”
All children love bee-ing messy so come along to this exciting 50 minute session and get hands on with lots of messy fun and a variety of activities on offer. Suitable for babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 2 and a half years.
Also an opportunity for parents, carers and children to meet new people and have a chat.
If your child has allergies, is outside the recommended age bracket or needs any specific requirements, they welcome everybody with open arms, so do get in touch.
Discounts for nannies, childminders, groups or siblings.
Enjoy Local is coming to Reddish in 2018 following the success of our Heaton’s, Stockport and Didsbury’s launches… If you own a business or know of somebody who owns a business within the postcodes of SK5 then please get in touch. It is a great community project which has been growing in popularity since it’s release earlier in the year!
There are 4 million children who live in poverty across the UK, and for these families buying Christmas presents is a luxury they can’t afford. That’s why Key 103 has joined up with Cash for Kids and launched Mission Christmas. We are delighted to announce that Julian Wadden are taking part in Key 103’s Cash for Kids 2017. All 5 of our offices at Stockport Exchange, Didsbury, The Heatons, Reddish and Marple will be used as drop off points over the coming weeks.
In 2016 over 2.9m was raised through cash and presents, making Christmas special for 60,800 local children, and they are aiming to achieve more this year!
All we need are any presents – new and unwrapped. . Gifts suitable for children aged between 0-18. The addresses for all 5 branches are as follows:
Something for the Dads! Come along to “Dads and Kids” on the 25th November in Houldsworth Mill. They have lots of indoor space, toys for toddlers and young children and free coffee and a bacon sandwich for the Dads! A good way to meet other Dads in the area!
FreshFire Church are hosting the Christmas Night of Honour and Variety Show on Friday 8th December at 7pm at Reddish Vale High School, Reddish Vale Road, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7HD.
The night will include a showcase of local Reddish talent including dance, drama, singing and music as well as award presentations to this years community heroes from Andrew Gwynne MP and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport.
Tickets are £5 per person with all proceeds going to Papa’s House. To book your tickets please call the box office on 0161 442 9023.
An early Christmas present from us at Julian Wadden with 25% off our standard selling fees for properties instructed before 23rd December 2017. Unfortunately you can’t already be in an agency agreement with us but you can be in one with another agent however do check their terms and conditions. Contact my team to book your free valuation.
A pop up charity shop has just opened on Gorton Road which we are extremely proud to support. Re:Dish run food banks in the local area and their main aim is to improve the lives for local people. If successful in their new venture they hope to secure a 25 year lease on the former council building and run many additional services which would benefit the community.
They’re currently on the hunt for volunteers to help run the shop, its a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, lend your expertise and make a real difference in our community.
For more information contact Revd Kate O’Sullivan on 07854598269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are over the moon to be supporting Re:dish with their latest venture, a charity shop in Reddish take a look at our interview with Rev Kate O’Sullivan to find out more!