New part­ner­ship puts con­trol back into com­mu­nity’s hands

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

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

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