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Council approves grants for eight community projects

by Gemma Melling

Eight local community projects have been awarded a share of £116,000 from the council’s community fund, in order to deliver valuable projects to benefit of the residents of Knowsley.

Friends of Court Hey Park put in a successful bid for £19,000 in order to tackle criminal damage in Court Hey Park. The site has been targeted by vandals since the closure of the National Wildflower Centre in January 2018. As a founding community stakeholder, the Friends of Court Hey Park want to ensure that the site is safe, accessible and protected in order to encourage local people to invest time and resources in it. The grant will pay for a number of initiatives, including the installation of  CCTV, opening site lines around the park and conducting diversionary activities to engage local children and young people.

Al’s Club in Prescot have been supporting people with learning difficulties and complex health needs in Knowsley for over 10 years. The Community Interest Company have secured a grant of £10,000 which they have match funded  with £8,000 in order to re-wire and improve accessibility at its premises in Prescot, allowing them to grow their offer and develop the centre into a community hub.

“Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe” was established to educate inspire and empower young people to take control of their futures by avoiding getting involved in gangs. The organisation has been awarded £20,000 to deliver their Gangs Programme to 20 schools in Knowsley, with the aim of creating safer communities free from crime and anti-social behaviour, and inspiring young people to achieve their full potential away from gangs.

The Imaginarium Theatre Community Interest Company, which has a long history of delivering high quality cultural community activities and events in the borough was awarded £20,000 to help fund the Prescot Creative Community programme, a 12 month arts programme designed to entice Knowsley’s young people and adults into arts activities.

Other organisations to have benefitted from the fund include Liverpool Ganesh Temple, Healthwatch Knowsley, Faiths4Change and the Me2U Centre in Kirkby.

Knowsley Council’s cabinet approved the grants at a cabinet meeting on 20 November.