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It’s Easy Being Green Thanks to the Rotary Club

Posted 28 September 2017

Stockport Homes’ Your Local Pantry project has benefited from a harvest of fresh fruit and vegetables thanks to The Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter.

The two organisations have begun working more closely together to look at how they can help improve lives and services for Stockport residents, and one area we have looked at is addressing food poverty. Joint working with the Pantry project came about when Rotary Club member, Tony Ashurst, approached other committee members of the Green Lane Allotment Society in Heaton Moor who supported him in appealing to plot holders to donate surplus produce.

Tony Ashurst, Rotary Club member said,

For the first four weeks I could not fit all the fruit and vegetables in the boot of my car, from apples to zucchinis and everything else in between, including misshapes. Carol, a volunteer who runs the Pantry has been delighted and very appreciative to receive the fresh produce and has told me that all of it has been taken up by the residents.
Allotment produce is seasonal unlike the supermarkets, and shortly will draw to a close. I would like to see the idea taken up by other allotments in Stockport because if they are anything like me, you always plant more than you require.

Robin Burman, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board said,

We are very grateful to the Rotary Club for helping to provide Your Local Pantry with a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for our members. I know what good work they do in Stockport. Without the support and generosity of local organisations we would not be able to provide this vital service for local residents.

Hi Benni, I would advise that you discuss your housing situation with our Homechoice team who can be contacted on 0161 217 6016 or email


I am on ESA due to mental and physical, long term health issues. I am unable to ever work. They award points for people who work, volunteer, or are in training. I cannot do any of those, so people who ARE able bodied get more points that I do.
I do get medical points but I still have nowhere near enough total points to ever get rehoused; I have been bidding for two years and at least thirty people are in front of me every week. I am probably never going to get rehoused. It is not as if Im being overly fussy about properties; I cannot go for stairs for example.

I even had a wonderful doctors letter saying that my current home is no longer suitable and also making me more ill, and I only got a measly 10 points. It is unfair that people who CANNOT work or volunteer get less points than those who CAN. I am a clean, quiet and decent middle aged woman, non smoker, no pets or children. I had landlords sing my praises in the past yet this counts for nothing. I also have the most excellent references, yet I am stuck with terrible neighbours and two flights of stairs that I can no longer manage; with no chance of ever getting out. I cannot afford private either as the shortfall in rent is out of my reach.

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