WHAT WE'VE DONE IN 2020:
Although 2020 has been very difficult for us all, we've been blown away by the community spirit, generosity and support people have shown us.
Before the pandemic hit we were delighted to work together with some incredible Stockport organisations to help people to get creative and think differently about plastic. In February we worked with The Goodness Collective and PIE on their Wave Of Change programme, supporting unemployed women in Stockport. We ran an open-to-all workshop in collaboration with our friends at SAZ MEDIA to inspire local people to reconnect with their community. We also worked with the youth group Young Caritas helping them to make campaign posters out of plastic waste and create planters to grow seedlings.
A HOME ON THE HIGH STREET
Despite the pandemic we have been lucky to be able to carry on working together with Easy Peel Studios to design and renovate a new creative community space on Stockport high street. We raised an amazing £4000 through crowdfunding in the summer to help us start our work on converting a former shoe shop into a space the community can be proud of. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far!
The Mersyway Workshop, will be our new home but will also be a space for the whole community to shape and use. Find out more here.
BUILDING OUR OWN MACHINES
We're working with Heatons' Men In Sheds to build our very own plastic waste shredder inspired by the amazing Precious Plastic community. The machine will be built using funding from the Sector 3, Keep Stockport Caring campaign. Thank you to everyone who donated!
PROUD TO BE A CO-OPERATIVE
We also registered as a Community Benefit Society in August! We strongly believe in the co-operative values for democracy, equity, self-help and self-responsibility and know that the co-operative way of running an organisation will be well suited to our goals of creating an accessible plastic recycling facility for the local community. We're so excited to grow our membership! Find out how to join
We knew that creativity and purposeful activity at home would play a huge role during the lockdown to help people to take care of their mental health. So far we have created 3 free tutorials for people to recycle and up-cycle their plastic waste at home and continue to take action on reducing plastic waste. We were chuffed to also work with Sustainable Living In the Heatons to run a session for their Climate Action Festival in the Summer. To end the year we had a lovely time making festive decorations and pictures with students at Mellend High School and Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Society. We're looking forward to continuing our online workshops this year and we're already excited about our sessions with Forward for LGBTQ+ History Month.