Shortwork is working with Squash Nutrition, a community organisation based in Toxteth Liverpool who promote positive social change through the arts, good-food and nature.
Squash is based in a low-energy building on Windsor Street, and includes a shop and cafe selling affordable and locally produced fare, as well as professional support for local food business start-ups. They also look after several food growing spaces along the street, the largest of which is the Grapes Community Food Garden next door to Toxteth TV.
Squash are committed to their community over the long term. Inspired by the lifespan of the apple trees planted in the Grapes Food Garden, Squash are developing a 100-year vision for Windsor Street and its surrounds. To mark the first decade of this plan, they are working on a participatory arts and mapping initiative with Manchester School of Architecture, artist Nina Edge, Memory Mapper, URBED and Shortwork. The project is funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of their Enhancing place-based partnerships in public engagement funding programme.
We are helping the team and community participants to reflect on the process, what they have learnt and how they want to take the project forward in the future through a light-touch participatory evaluation process.
We are really happy to support this fantastic work in a city that is close to our hearts.
Photo by Steffi Pereira on Unsplash.