We’re Hiring!

Squash is delighted to be recruiting 4 new members to our team.
These 4 new jobs are provided through the KICKSTART SCHEME and are subject to the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be aged between 16 and 24
  • Applicants must be currently in receipt of universal credit

Community Arts Worker

Number of Hours per week 25

Rate of pay 16-17 year olds rate of pay is £5.20 per hour
18 years and above rate of pay is £9.50 per hour (Real Living Wage)

The Community Arts Worker will support and contribute to the Squash participatory arts programme, working with the Squash team and community members to produce arts activities, projects, exhibitions and events. We are looking for a proactive, creative person who has a passion for art, crafts and creative ways of working.

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Community Food Grower

Number of Hours per week 25

Rate of pay 16-17 year olds rate of pay is £5.20 per hour
18 years and above rate of pay is £9.50 per hour (Real Living Wage)

The Community Food Grower will support the effective operation of the Squash growing spaces. Our gardens are very much integrated into our holistic food offer and the food we grow is at the heart of our café, catering and food services. We are looking for a proactive, inventive person who has a real passion for learning how to sow, grow, harvest, seed-save and compost. You will be working with the whole Squash team on our prosperous and successful community business and exemplar neighbourhood growing project.

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Community Food Workers
(2 positions)

Number of Hours per week 25

Rate of pay 16-17 year olds rate of pay is £5.20 per hour
18 years and above rate of pay is £9.50 per hour (Real Living Wage)

The Community Food Worker will support the effective operation of the Squash food shop, café, takeaway and catering service, working with the whole Squash team. We are looking for a proactive, inventive person who has a real passion for co-producing great tasting, vegetarian food and helping the Squash community food business to run smoothly.

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO WE ARE

Squash is a community organisation, based on Windsor Street in Toxteth, Liverpool 8.

Since 2010 we have been making positive social change in our neighbourhood through exciting, participatory food and art practices including food-growing and cooking, arts and crafts, and through our affordable food shop and café.

We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a not-for-profit membership organisation that is accountable to our community. Squash runs from our community-designed building & kitchen garden which opened in 2018 and from our community food garden that was founded in 2010.

We have 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!

ABOUT OUR CURRENT KICKSTART VACANCIES

All the following vacancies are for a 6 month work placement but Squash is committed to making as many of these training roles as possible lead into continued permanent work with Squash. Kickstart employees will develop skills, discover new passions and gain enriching experiences that support and inspire the next steps into their future careers.

Squash is also part of a kickstart partnership of 26 community businesses and organisations across the country (Hastings, Brighton, Somerset, Birmingham, and Liverpool) Our work placements are supported by a national shared learning programme provided by https://www.koreo.co with opportunities to work and learn and be inspired by community businesses across the country.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THESE ROLES

If you’re interested in applying for any of these jobs, please contact your job coach in your local job centre and quote the following postcode as a reference: L8 8EQ

If you have any further questions about the role please contact us at elise@squashliverpool.co.uk

Closing date for all applications : Monday 24th of May

Signs of the Times

SPRING EQUINOX 20th March – 23rd MAY 2021


WINDSOR STREET GALLERY

After four seasons of living through a pandemic, it feels so good to welcome in the spring. How strange and difficult this time has been, individually and collectively. At Squash, we thrive on participation and we’ve really missed our regular gatherings, communal meals, and gardening together.

So, as outdoors is the new indoors, we decided to make an on-street gallery in and around Windsor Street. This first exhibition, Signs of the Times, is a group show that celebrates spring growth, community action and the importance of togetherness in our neighbourhood. Now more than ever, we need to reach out and support each other.

This is a collection of newly commissioned artworks, sketches and photos from last year’s street mapping project and images from the Squash archive. Please come and have a look and let us know what you think!

There are 3 gallery sites; on the front of the Squash building, at what we call the Wild Site behind Squash on the brick wall corner of Upper Warwick St and Luke St and on the fence of the Grapes Community Food Garden next door to Toxteth TV.

We’re excited to share this new gallery and hope it will become a place for more showing and sharing of creative work this year and beyond, on Windsor Street.

And if spring inspires you to draw a picture, take a photo or write a poem we’d love see them! Please share by texting 07864 087 926 or emailing to clare@squashliverpool.co.uk.

This exhibition is dedicated to our dear friend, the photographer and baker Mark Loudon, whose work features in this exhibition.

Sign of the Times is curated by Becky Vipond, Clare Owens, Jackie Swanson and Jon Barraclough.


Sites

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THE GRAPES COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN

THE ARTISTS

Writer Anita Welsh, artist Jon Barraclough, artist Mairead McCormack, photographer Mark Loudon and artist Nina Edge.

ABOUT THIS SPACE 

The garden has been developed over the last 10 years by local gardeners and cooks and enjoyed by many. It is a much loved place. Here, in 2010 we planted the apple trees whose lifespan has inspired our 100-year vision.

Squash staff and volunteers have run weekly open drop-ins in the garden for the last decade. Once covid restrictions allow, we look forward to welcoming you back to the garden for some growing, cooking and sitting around chatting – just being!

 This spring we remember with gratitude the great gardener Esiah Levy who visited the Squash spring festival in 2018 to teach seed-saving. We also remember Mr Mian, our neighbour and friend who brought so much to this garden.

Nina Edge Hope Springs Eternal 2021
Mairead McCormack Culinary Herbs 2020 Watercolour
Anita Welsh Apple Blossom Tree 2021
Jon Barraclough Apple Blossom 2020

SQUASH HQ

THE ARTISTS

Photographer Mark Loudon, photographer Mina Bihi, artist Tabitha Moses, drawings by many workshop participants and a message offered by 5 lovely women who visited Squash on the Winter Solstice last year.

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Tabitha Moses Blossom 2020
Drawings from workshop participants 100-Year Street Imaginings 2020
Mark Loudon Quince Jelly 2019
Community message shared by five women at Squash’s Winter Solstice celebration 21/12/20
Abdelrahman Hassouna Windsor Street 2020

WILD SITE

THE ARTISTS

Angelica Vanasse, Jon Barraclough, Marlene and Tabitha Moses.

ABOUT THIS SPACE 

We call this undeveloped space behind the Squash building, on the corner of Upper Warwick and Luke Street, the Wild Site. It’s currently like a big empty field. Squash owns a part of it  and this summer we will be running  design sessions outdoors to consider what could grow here. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch!

Jon Barraclough A Walk on The Wild Site 2020
Marlene Seeds 2020 & Tabitha Moses Magic Bean 2008
Jon Barraclough A Spring (lockdown) drawing of Windsor Street Liverpool, showing every building from Upper Warwick Street to Upper Parliament Street and back again 2021

Thankyou…

…to everyone who has taken part in the Signs of The Times exhibition, and to all who supported Squash during this last year:

Adam, Al, Alice, Amina, Angelica, Anita, Asia, Ashia, Becky, Ben, Bernie, Betty, Boris, Cam, Carol, Caspar, Catherine, Chris, Christine, Claire H, Claire J, Clare, Dan, Dave, Dee, Denise, Diane, Donna, Duncan, Edlira, Elise, Elizabeth, Elly, Esiah, Fozia, Gary, Gemma, Geoff, Gill, Gina, Greg, Hassona, Helen, Ian, Isaac, Isabel, Jackie F, Jackie S, Jake, James, Jamie, Jason, Jim, Jo, JoJo, Jon, Julie F, Julie K, Kadisha, Karen, Kate, Kath, Kev, Kim, Lactoya, Laura, Lee, Liam, Linda, Lisa, Lucy, Mairead, Marg K, Marianne, Mark L, Mark W, Marlene, Mary C, Mary G, Maxine, Meera, Melissa, Michael, Michelle, Mina, Minna, Mo H, Maureen, Naomi, Nia, Nick, Nina, Ollie, Poppy, Rob, Rose, Saba, Sarah, Sally-Anne, Sie, Sue, Tabitha, Tom, Uma, Zahra

Big thanks to all our neighbours!

Exhibition curated by Becky Vipond, Clare Owens, Jackie Swanson and Jon Barraclough

We’re Open!

The Squash team continue to work together on community art, food and horticulture projects when and where we can. Due to Covid-19, the much-loved Squash cafe is currently closed – we hope to be back open very soon.

Throughout the pandemic, through the generosity of our shoppers and our hard-working staff and volunteer team we have been able to support many local families, particularly refugees and asylum seekers. Click here if you would like to ‘Soup it Forward’ or ‘Veg Box it Forward’.

SHOP

The Squash shop is currently open every Wednesday and Thursday for fresh produce including organic veg boxes, cupboard staples, sourdough bread and delicious take-away cafe food.

WEDNESDAY 4-7pm

A great evening to pick up your pre-ordered veg (& fruit) box, your weekly staples and freshly made Squash classic sourdough bread!

THURSDAY 11am-5pm

All day shopping – come and pick up your lunch and if you can, buy a soup for a neighbour in need! Plus sourdough and special variations!

Please wear your mask.

Windsor Street Chakra Rituals

Summer Solstice, June 20th & 21st 2020


On the longest day of the year, six artists & healers; Catherine, Clare, Jackie, Kate, Maxine and Nina travelled from St. James gardens up Windsor Street, to Princes Park. during the covid pandemic lockdown, travelling in a socially-distanced way, they visited the seven chakras (or energy points) along the street. At each place they stopped to bless the spaces offering food, colour, movement, sound healing, song and the planting of wild garlic.

In spring of 2018 Kate devised the Windsor street chakras idea of special spaces of energy in our street, like those found in the body. In the summer of 2020 we revisited these considering:

  • Sustainable transformation of our community
  • Systemic racism
  • The impacts of lockdown

This work was generously supported through the Culture Arts Investment Fund, Culture Liverpool, Liverpool City Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

10 Years into the 100 year plan: Mapping the future street.

In 2020 we worked on a visual arts and mapping initiative to mark the first decade of our 100 Year Vision, funded through the Arts Council, UKRI, Manchester School of Architecture and in collaboration with community designers, mappers, artists and URBED.