December 22, 2017
re:dish charity update by Angie Stanton
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.”
Angie Stanton Re:dish Chair.