We hope this newsletter finds you and your families safe and well.
In this edition, we have details of an exciting plan to organise an eco summit in collaboration with Macclesfield Town Council. We need your input to make it a success, so please get in touch with your ideas. We also have details of an interesting project Macctastic members might like to get involved with, an update about the Repair Cafe plus the latest on our fundraising project through Co-operative local shops.
Macctastic are excited to be hosting a sustainability focussed forum of online presentations and interactive sessions in partnership with Macclesfield Town Council later in the year! The aim of the event will be to identify actions that are needed to make Macclesfield a more sustainable town - a greener, cleaner, nicer place in which to live, work and socialise. You can help now. Tell us what changes are needed to make Macclesfield sustainable and capable of thriving in a time of unprecedented change brought about by climate change, pandemic, and economic uncertainty.
This might include safe and pleasant routes between communities and the town centre to encourage cycling and walking; opportunities for green businesses; cleaner, cheaper energy; more natural spaces for leisure and wildlife; less litter and waste and many other things besides. We are interested in things that can be achieved quickly - possibly over the next five years - but also longer-term changes that might take more time.
Your answers to the three questions below will help us to arrange a programme for the forum:
- What does a sustainable Macclesfield mean to you?
- If you could change something to make Macclesfield more sustainable, what would it be?
- What would you need to help you to take part in the journey towards a more sustainable Town?
Responses to the questions need to be returned to email@example.com by the 26th February.
Research Project needs Volunteers
Macctastic has been selected to participate in ‘Place, Crime and Insecurity in Everyday Life’ (in short, ‘Security in Place’), a three-year research project based in Macclesfield. The project is a collaboration between Keele, Edinburgh, Oxford Universities and UCL, and is concerned with what makes people feel safe or unsafe in their daily lives and in the places where they live. (www.securityinplace.org).
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the researchers want to learning about how people feel about Macclesfield and how they think it has changed. Their focus is on worries the residents have about their safety in the town and how they respond to these issues. They also wonder what people expect of the authorities responsible for their safety and of those around them.
The project team hope that their research will inform those who make policy about safety/insecurity in the town as well as develop ways in which public debate can usefully inform such decisions in the future.
Lots of research on public safety is done in big cities. By contrast, the project is focusing on how people away from major urban centres experience safety in the places where they live, shop, work and go about their everyday lives. The researchers carried out a similar study in Macclesfield 25 years ago (between 1994-1996). One reason for coming back is to find out how the town, and people's feelings about it, have changed in the last quarter of a century.
Why Macctastic Eco Network?
Over the next three years the project team will be talking to as many local people as possible, to make sure the research includes the experiences of as wide range of people as possible who live and work in Macclesfield. They will be talking to residents from different parts of the town, of different age groups and with different interests/experiences. They will also be talking with those whose job involves managing people’s safety in the town and in their daily lives (for example the police, local authorities) and other community groups and organisations active locally.
How to get involved?
The ’Security of Place’ team would like to invite Macctastic Eco Network and its followers to take part in small group discussions (of 4-5 people) with them about these issues (on Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and / or to participate and contribute diary entries about what being safe and unsafe means in Macclesfield.
More details about both activities can be found in the attached invitations or by contacting the Research team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday 12th March.
Macclesfield Repair Café Update
Despite Lockdown preventing the launch of a Repair Café for Macclesfield there have been exciting developments taking place. Discussions have taken place to see if the Repair Café could be attached to Scoop and Scales as the two ventures share many of the same objectives and we have agreed this in principle. The Old Sunday School (OSS) would make the ideal venue and using this space on a Saturday once a month looks a real possibility.
There are some details to sort out and the timing will depend on the lifting of Lockdown restrictions. At present there is a Repair Cafe team of 10 keen to help and this includes a range of skills from actual repair skills (fabric and clothing repair, IT and electronics repair, small appliance repair and bike repair) to ‘front of house’ and admin skills. We can always use more help so please get in touch, through Macctastic, if you want to join us.
As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, we have been selected as one of the Co-operative's local initiatives that Co-op members can choose to support.
Macctastic Eco Network wants to encourage shopping locally to reduce car use, support neighbourhood centres and encourage cycling and walking. We know that during the pandemic people have used nearby shops and services more, supported neighbours and created new networks. We want to build on this and encourage sustainable transport and community wellbeing. We’ll work with community leaders, ward councillors and active travel activists to explore the best way to encourage use of these important neighbourhood hubs. This could include signage and information about walking and cycling routes, bike racks, local walks and other local facilities, organisations and activities.
Photograph used with thanks to Tony Shaw
How can Macctastic supporters back the project?
For every £1 spent by a Co-op member in a local Co-op store, Macctastic gets a penny. We already have over £1000 raised towards our goal, so thank you for nominating Macctastic! If you would like to join, it only costs £1 – and there are lots of other benefits too.
You can join here.
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