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Community spirit is thriving in Kirkby

by Cathy Sheel

Community spirit is going from strength to strength in Kirkby with a number of local groups making a real difference in our neighbourhoods.

Tower Hill and Shevington Together

Tower Hill and Shevington Together was formed to offer residents the opportunity to access high quality community services, activities and support that meets their needs.

This has involved bringing together local councillors, Knowsley Council, and a range of representatives in Shevington ward including local organisations, community groups, schools and churches. Tower Hill Community Centre has been the base for a wide range of community activities, such as community fun days, sports and dance activities and community food hub.

There are also close links with organisations such as the CELLs, Family Information Service, Eco Therapy Garden, Breast Mates and Care Merseyside, U3A, Flourish and Succeed, Friends of Saxon Green and Tower Hill Amateur Boxing Club.

During the summer the community came together to enjoy the Tower Hill and Shevington Together Community Day. As well as organisations delivering important family information and support, there were performances by Happy Hours, Indigo Morris Dancers, circus skills session. KABS delivered a variety of outdoor activities and there was a popular food workshop delivered by Bettylicious Cooks – made with produce provided from Eco Therapy Garden.

The event was supported by donations from the GMB and UNITE unions and Liverpool City Region. There were over 20 volunteers helping on the day. Hot food, drinks and children’s lunches were provided, as well as a visit from an ice cream van.

Each family left with a goody bag of helpful and useful products supplied by amongst others Breast Mates, Care Merseyside, Children’s Centre, U3A, CELLS and Flourish and Succeed

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “This is a vibrant and diverse community, and the Tower Hill Community Centre is truly at the heart of it.

“It’s a place for people to come and have fun, but also, more importantly to get the support that they need. The summer celebration brought together everything that makes this area special, its residents, its businesses and also the groups and organisations who contribute so much to this centre and help this community day in, day out.”

Tower Hill Community Centre

Tower Hill Community Centre currently hosts a wide range of activities, from afterschool activities, drama, and yoga to mental health support, and much more.

The centre is also a warm hub and is home to Eco Therapy Garden, Flourish and Succeed, Care Merseyside Social Prescribing activities, Food Club and the CELLS project offering support to children, young people, and families.

For more information about activities, groups, or opening times, please contact Knowsley Councils Stronger Communities Team on 0151 443 3856

Choices Through Cells (CELLs) Project

The Choices Through Cells Project is based in Tower Hill Community Centre and works with young people to educate them about the consequences of crime.

The CELLs project has a dedicated, experienced, and trained team to help improve young people’s opportunities to lead positive lifestyles.  The project runs workshops for young people featuring victims of crime and reformed offenders sharing their stories.

The group also organised a community event which featured fun activities, such as football, pool, art, and sports activities, alongside workshops about County Lines, youth crime and consequences.

Guest speakers have included representatives from the Ava White Foundation which is raising funds for the distribution of life saving Bleed Kits across Merseyside.

Want to know more about the CELLs Project?   Cells Project CI0 – Behavioural intervention Merseyside

Eco Therapy Gardens

Based in the former Tower Hill Community Garden, Eco Therapy Gardens was created to provide the community with a therapy garden and a safe green space.

It offers Eco and Talking Therapy, for the improvement of health, social engagement, integration and learning.

Eco Therapy Gardens is completely supported by volunteers and survives on donations, funding, hard work and support from local businesses. It has most recently been displaying at the RHS Tatton Park and the Knowsley Flower Show.

To find out more about Eco Therapy or how you can get involved please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/theecotherapygarden or The Eco Therapy Garden C.I.C