Updated: Thursday, 30th October 2014 @ 5:59pm

Ambassadors' Moss Side mission underway

Ambassadors' Moss Side mission underway

By Melanie Hughes

A group of special ambassadors are helping a council campaign to quash outdated views of Moss Side and to show it today as an up-and-coming part of the city.

Ten Moss Side residents have volunteered to be spokespeople, after the local council asked if the community wanted to be part of it, which includes attending events and helping to promote pride in the area.

People were selected, and then approached, because of their positive work in the Moss Side community. They were asked originally but everyone was keen to take part.

Kemoy Walker, of Great Western Street, is one of those who have already signed up to help promote the area's potential.

The 21-year-old community worker said: “I'm so proud of Moss Side and everything it has to offer and I want everyone to know that. Anything can be achieved here.

“If Moss Side could be rated the same way that schools are by Ofsted, it would be classed as outstanding.”

Thirty years ago, Moss Side was rocked by race riots and gang warfare. However since then award-winning community projects and new housing developments have seen the area prosper.

Phil Dodd, a member of the Cranswick Square Residents Group, which started in 2009 and is made up of a number of local residents who are working to improve the area through various schemes and events.

“I've lived here for 32 years and I've seen so much change in that time,” he said.

“There has always been a strong community, but now we are coming together and turning Moss Side into a great place to live.”

“People outside of the area still have outdated ideas about Moss Side. If they lived here they would know how strong the community is.”

Other ambassadors in the campaign include peace campaigner Erinma Bell, teaching assistant Akeim Mundell, Moss Side Adventure playground manager Lee-Ann Igbon and Gabrielle Cox, former chair of the Greater Manchester Police Authority.

Councillor Jim Battle, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Each ambassador's story is representative of a big-spirited community.”

A Moss Side Community Clean up will be taking place on Saturday January 28 from 11am to 1pm. The meeting point for all residents is Cranswick Street.

Skips will be on site from 8am until 2pm and all residents are invited to get rid of any unwanted bulky items.

Officers from Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and Adactus Housing will also carry out a door knocking exercise to find out residents concerns in relation to anti-social behaviour and provide information on waste and recycling.

A free hot pot lunch will be available from 1pm at Cranswick Street Garden, Moss Side.