Residents of Poets Corner, young and old, have come out in force to show their support for their local community and to encourage their friends and neighbours to demand change. Re:dish, in partnership with the Poets Corner Action Group, held a pop up café with kids activities outside a disused shop, and asked people to come and tell them what they want to see change in Poets Corner.
Re:dish wants to use this empty shop, on Longford Road West, for Community Action but the owner of the shop has not answered their pleas. The local Council has been trying to contact the owner for a long time and Re:dish has now added their voice to try and get the owner to speak to the community.
Poets Corner has high levels of food and fuel poverty as well as anti-social behaviour and youth unemployment. Re:dish wants to combat some of these problems by setting up a satellite Food Bank, in addition to the one that runs out of the Bairstow Centre, as well as establishing a community café, a ‘Swap Shop’ and a Poets Youth Group – all which would happen out of this shop.
Angie Stanton, Executive Director of Re:dish, said “This shop has stood empty for years and we would love the opportunity to expand Re:dish’s services, using these premises to get help to the people who really need it. We urge the owner of this property to come forward and talk to us, to help us to make a real difference to the lives of the people of Poets Corner and beyond. Please come forward and be our hero!”
Jo Richardson from Stockport Homes came down to show her support for the event, along with Councillors Paul Moss and David Wilson, Police Community Support Officers from Greater Manchester Police and representatives from other local action groups.
Gavin Hughes, Poets Corner resident and Re:dish volunteer, said “Re:dish has the backing of everyone involved and we could get going tomorrow. We’ll start running the food bank, café and youth group on a Monday at Reddish North Community Centre, but this shop and community café would make all the difference to Poets Corner. We need the owner to come forward and speak to us.”