Squash is a bold and ambitious community organisation, rooted and home-grown on Windsor Street in Toxteth, Liverpool since 2010. Embracing an arts, food and environmental focus, we are a diverse group of local people with a broad range of skills, committed to affecting creative, participatory, positive social change in our neighbourhood.
Ours is a 100-year vision, inspired by nature; we are actively transforming our Windsor Street Neighbourhood into a people-powered place that is known throughout the world for being a playful, resilient and loving community where everybody thrives! 2020 is a strategically critical point as it marks a decade into this century street vision, which began in 2010 inspired by the lifespan of apple trees planted in our community food garden. The next decade is a crucial time for Squash to grow and manifest our next major steps with a focus on community participation, creativity and ownership.
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a not for profit membership organisation that is accountable to our community. We work alongside local residents, embracing food and art as essential tools to improve health and well-being. We promote food growing, cooking, craft skills and enterprise, provide meaningful training, work & volunteering, create special, seasonal events & festivals, and explore new ways for our neighbourhood to flourish.
Squash is housed in our community-designed building which opened to the public in May 2018. As well as an events and workshop/gallery space, meeting and office rooms and a food garden, the Squash building also houses our community business comprising:
– an affordable, sustainable, ingredients-based food shop
– a café and catering facility
We were really proud when last year we won Best Shop in the BBC Food and Farming Awards and when this year we won the People’s Prize in the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products Awards.