Volunteers, supporters and friends were invited to come together and celebrate the achievements of Re:dish over the past year. Re:dish was founded by local Parish Priest, Rev Angie Stanton, and local teacher, Phil Arnold, who were made aware of the profound effect of poverty in the Reddish area. At the event, Phil recalled the impact of food poverty on young people and how he saw a student at Reddish Vale Technology College taking food out of a bin when he believed no one was looking. Phil approached Angie and together they saw an opportunity to encourage the community of Reddish to come together and help each other.
As a result Re:dish quickly established a local Foodbank at the Bairstow Centre that opens twice a week and has begun a ROC café for local young people. They have also started Common Ground, a project that aims to reduce the impact of isolation and loneliness.
Rev. Angie said “Re:dish has been overwhelmed by the support from the Reddish community over the past year. Re:dish is by the people of Reddish, for the people of Reddish and we believe we have really begun to make an impact on the lives of the less fortunate in our community.”
The Diocese of Manchester kindly provided Re:dish with their start up funds and attending the event was Bishop David Walker (Bishop of Manchester) who has shown great support for the work of Re:dish and praised the work of everyone involved, saying “Re:dish is an example of practical people caring for their community.”
Others in attendance included representatives from Stockport Homes, the local Police Force, the local council and schools, all who have pledged their support for the work of Re:dish.
Lily Axworthy, volunteer fundraiser, said “Re:dish is an extraordinary organisation. Spend one minute talking to any of our fantastic volunteers and you will see their drive and the passion to really make a difference to their community. Re:dish has begun the process of improving the lives of all the people in Reddish but there is a lot more that we can do to bring help to the people who need it.”
“Looking forward, one of the big aims of Re:dish is to tackle unemployment and so the Skillshare programme will be launching in a big way in 2015 and will see local people offered courses and advice to improve their skills and help them back to work.”