The project is a partnership bid with seven partners: Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, EMERGE/Fareshare Greater Manchester, The Manchester College, University Hospital South Manchester (Wythenshawe Hospital), Wythenshawe Forum Trust and Manchester City Council.
The Partnership is a not-for-profit, unincorporated group of businesses/organisations who have come together to support and facilitate the delivery of the Real Food Wythenshawe programme.
This Partnership is developed as a sub-group of the Real Lives Wythenshawe campaign and will provide high-level governance for the project. The stability and scope of the existing partnership and its networks across the community, voluntary, public and private sectors provide an excellent base for the project.
As overall lead for the project, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) are responsible for the financial and other reporting aspects of the programme. They staff the project with the Programme Manager and three theme co-ordinators and lead on Flagship 2: Green Spaces to Growing Places and Flagship 3: Mapping and Harvesting Abundance.
Wythenshawe Campus of Manchester College was opened in 2010 and offers a wide range of courses for school leavers and adults, including construction, horticulture, catering and science for a growing number of school leavers and adults. The Manchester College has demonstrable commitment to sustainability, incorporating it throughout its teaching and learning. The college leads on Flagship 1: The Sustainable Indoor Growing System.
FareShare Greater Manchester is a surplus food redistribution service run by EMERGE Food, an initiative of the East Manchester based sustainable waste management social enterprise EMERGE 3Rs. EMERGE Food’s aim is to combat food waste and food poverty though the FareShare project and also through the provision of cookery and food awareness education.
FareShare North West plans to work with local community organisations to offer cookery classes in deprived areas of Manchester, building on work already done with Love Food Hate Waste and the work of Community Food Co-ordinators, which demonstrates a continuing need for developing cookery skills in these communities. The funding provides an opportunity to take this forward within a larger programme and Fareshare will lead on Flagship Project 5 under the Cooking and Eating theme.
The hospital runs a number of initiatives around sustainable healthy food, including staff allotments, a monthly ‘Fresh Friday’ farmers market, and planting an orchard and bee hives at Wythenshawe Community Farm, with further plans to extend the orchard of apple and pear trees and fruit bushes to help develop the honey.
It will have a pivotal role in the CLS programme as a hub for lifestyle and behaviour change activities aimed at patients and staff. Through its nutritionists and midwives it has the potential to reach groups most in need of exercise and access to sustainable, healthy food.
Manchester City Council’s skills and experience support this project in various ways, through their Regeneration, Cultural Services, Public Health and Environment teams. Council policies and initiatives which have influenced and supported the bid range from the established Food Futures Programme, support for the Walled Garden and growing and cooking initiatives to commissioning of the Total Carbon Footprint of Greater Manchester and Carbon Literacy training for residents, provide both strategic context and local drivers for more sustainable living. Manchester City Council will lead Flagship 4: Wythenshawe Park Walled Garden and Farm – Outdoor Growing: a new generation.
The Wythenshawe Forum Trust provides the strategic management for the Forum Centre in the town centre and was established in September 2002 in advance of a £35m+ refurbishment programme. This investment created a dynamic, responsive and integrated community service hub at the popular heart of Wythenshawe.
The Wythenshawe Forum, to provide a positive and proactive contribution to the regeneration of Wythenshawe Town centre and the broader Wythenshawe area, as set out in the Wythenshawe Strategic Regeneration Framework and the Wythenshawe Town Centre Masterplan.