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MERA Anniversary
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:58 by Nigel Skinner


Micklehurst Estate Residents’ Association (MERA) celebrated its 10th anniversary with a Christmas
Mini-Market at the Mossley Youth Base.

The festive event gave the community the opportunity to look back and celebrate MERA’s achievements, and recognise the vital role the group has played in improving the Micklehurst   estate.

Over the past 10 years, the commitment from MERA’s volunteers has been fundamental in shaping vital services for the community, including the Mossley Youth Base and Muddy Buddies gardening project.

Mossley Youth Base provides a vital community hub, acting as a central focal point for neighbourhood services.

MERA was successful in securing £103,000 from Fairshare Lottery which funded a new room at the youth base.

This extended space enabled them to enhance community projects and support delivery of the Children’s Centre, which runs groups for mums and tots and activities, including Rhyme Time, Bosom Buddies, clinic facilities, Aerobic Tots, Baby Moves, Baby Boogie and Baby Club.

One of the resident association’s other key successes in recent years is the ‘Muddy Buddies’ gardening project.

The project encourages people of all ages to get involved in gardening through ‘fun to grow to eat’ sessions.

Food grown by the residents has been used to support outside groups such as bingo clubs and youth learning programmes.

Emma Wilson, director of communities at New Charter, said: “We believe our residents are the experts in what it is like to live in their neighbourhoods.

“The activity taken by MERA over the last 10 years has resulted in a neighbourhood that is now a great community and we would like to send them our congratulations on their anniversary.”

Emma added: “The party was spectacular with lots of people turning out, with stakeholders and residents of all ages getting involved in a range of activities for everyone.

“I even won on the raffle!

“A big thank you to everyone who organised it.”