New partnership puts control back into community’s hands
A SCHEME which encourages neighbourhoods to deliver local services they way they want has been launched.
The Delivering Differently programme gives communities on the Moss, Weston, Hurdsfield and Upton Priory estates the chance to redesign council, housing, health and youth services to meet their needs.
Each estate has a multi-agency partnership including local schools and churches.
The year-long initiative was launched on the Moss with a community event and street party at Sanders Square.
The Moss Rose Partnership is the community organisation aiming to improve health and wellbeing on the Moss. Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and health, said: “This event is another great example of how partnership working creates a fantastic environment for achieving positive results.
“The Delivering Differently in Macclesfield programme shows that our policy of putting our residents first is the best way to achieve success with community projects and this is just the start of some terrific programmes taking place in Macclesfield.”
Families enjoyed making fresh fruit smoothies by pedalling ‘smoothie bikes’, where vigorous pedalling activates a blender to produce a fruit drink.
The Cheshire East school meals service provided tasters of their menus in local schools, using organic produce to produce healthy bowls of Quorn stir-fry. Ash Grove Children’s Centre offered fresh fruit and a number of activities, including encouraging young children to dive into large bowls of jelly and cooked spaghetti and get thoroughly messy.
The Love Food Hate Waste project offered healthy cooking tips and recipe cards as well as packets of salad seeds for growing in gardens or pots.
Cre8 – a project for children and families – hosted a range of live music showcasing the talents of young people from the estate.Other activities included badge-making, dance, sports as well as support and advice from Life Links Cheshire East and the Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Cheshire fire and police services entertained children with opportunities to climb on their vehicles and try the controls.
Simon Sandford from Healthbox said: “The day was a terrific success with a really impressive level of community engagement demonstrating how powerful partnership working can be.”
●● David Rutley MP met with residents and members of the fire and police services