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Donated Wheels Add to Meals

Press Release: 13/10/2021

 

auitcRATHER than meals on wheels, it’s a case of wheels aid meals in Smallshaw since Tameside Community Safety Partnership donated a van to the Ashton United in the Community (AITC) project.

The wheels in question are a Volkswagen Caddy Cargo. Their key job is to collect and transport food to the Food Pantry in Cedar Park, Ashton, which is operated by Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group in partnership with Tameside Youth Services.

Fare Share Greater Manchester supports the pantry with donations and a weekly membership fee of £3 affords a £12 food shop.

Among its other jobs the van moves equipment to pop-up events, helps to get children involved in multi-sports sessions and is used to promote recycling.

AITC, which was established in 2015, and is a bridge between Ashton United FC and the surrounding districts of Hurst and Smallshaw. As well as helping to run the Food Pantry, close to the Hurst Cross ground, it offers volunteering opportunities to help people improve their confidence, and physical and mental health, and teaches skills and knowledge that assist with finding employment.

There’s the chance to make new friends, become part of a team, and also gain valuable work experience. Everyone is welcome including ex-offenders.

AITC volunteers also support many projects that tackle issues such as poverty, loneliness, isolation, poor health, lack of education and unemployment.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “I am delighted we have been able to provide the van for the volunteers at Ashton United in the Community who do such a vital job in the Hurst and Smallshaw area.

“As I saw on my visit to the Food Pantry in Cedar Park it is already being put to very good use in supporting a service that is clearly important to the area and on which so many people depend.”

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