Helping out with Manchester Youth Zone’s food drop

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By Chris Jones

Published on: 26-07-2021

Marketing Manager at Sheridan Lifts and chief blogger!

Members of the Sheridans team have this week responded to a call for help from the brilliant Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ), who do so much for the community in Harpurhey, North Manchester.

Here’s Jamie loading up the first of two vans we sent out for food deliveries.

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Run by some truly amazing people, MYZ exists to help the community they operate in. Harpurhey is one of the most deprived areas in the UK where a staggering 48% of families live below the poverty line and unemployment is over double the rate of the national percentage.

During the summer holidays, MYZ pack and distribute food boxes to young people and their families identified as the most vulnerable in the area. They contacted us to see if we could help deliver these boxes and we duly obliged this morning, heading out in two of our Sheridans vans to deliver over 1000 meals to families in Harpurhey. Scott is pictured below with MYZ Head of Development, Hannah Wright.

scott and hannah

We were delighted to lend them our staff and vans for the morning today.
I was personally proud to accompany our engineer Jamie and Scott Seddon from Sheridan Doors and meet each of the grateful residents. Somehow it felt a little intrusive / inappropriate to ask for pictures of the recipients but I did manage to take these few which illustrate the boxes and ourselves pre-drop.

For those unaware of the work of MYZ, this is the large purpose-built yellow building on Oldham Road featuring a host of fantastic sports and leisure facilities including a 3G football pitch, boxing gym, climbing wall, full sized sports hall and community café. It provides a safe place for young people aged 8-18 (up to 25 with a disability) to learn, grow and hone their talents.

manchester youth zone

What’s more, for just £5 per year, young people can register and utilise these services and facilities as the perfect place to escape to whether its simply for leisure or to access the range of services offered.

Thank you to them for their continued great work in the community, as we saw today it really does make a huge difference.

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