This week a small army of volunteers will be swapping their day jobs for litter pickers, spades, and lawnmowers, and heading to Wythenshawe for a week of social action called Love Wythenshawe.
Over the course of seven days, 135 volunteers will clear and clean community spaces like the Greenwood Road underpass, tidy gardens and remove litter from streets and parks. Whilst also continuing to deliver 2,000 meals to the most vulnerable families in the area (something that has been happening throughout lockdown).
Two families, nominated by neighbours, are also set to get a ‘Ground Force’ style makeover of their gardens. Areas will be cleared and new patios, lawns and decking laid to give the families the gardens they’ve dreamt off.
The younger residents of Wythenshawe have not been forgotten. Free arts and crafts packs filled with googly eyes, stickers, paper cups and much more are being delivered to 600 local children. Then at 3pm each day (Monday – Friday) a new video from CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson will be published online showing kids how to transform the bits in their packs into works of art!
This is all part of Love Wythenshawe, a project being run by The Message and local churches. With our heart for the mission being Jesus’ love to the community, giving them chances to get their questions about God and faith answered.
Speaking about being involved Rhys Stephenson from CBBC commented that ‘It’s great to play a small part in this amazing project and I hope that the fun crafts and animated bible stories that we do provide a much needed escape for many families. It’s all about being a blessing in any way that we can!’
Sam Ward, Director of Mission at The Message Trust said: ‘We can’t wait to head into Wythenshawe next week getting to know the people who live there and doing what we can to help them.
‘These are strange times we’re all living through at the moment, and unfortunately, it’s places like Wythenshawe where life was tougher to begin with that the financial impact of lockdown and Covid-19 is having the most significant impact. We want the community to know they’re not alone in this and that the local church, and God, are there for them.’
To watch the craft videos and find out more about what’s happening during Love Wythenshawe head to lovewythenshawe.org
Love Wythenshawe is just one of the mission weeks The Message is running over the coming months as part of Love Where You Live. If you’d like to know about other weeks taking place, maybe even near you, you can sign up to get our news sent directly to your inbox at message.org.uk/connect or follow us on social media.