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Huyton and Stockbridge Village Together

Huyton and Stockbridge Village come together to create safer communities

by Alison Cornmell

This weekend, on Saturday 16 October, Huyton and Stockbridge Village based groups and organisations came together in an inspirational event to secure funding to help create better and safer communities.

22 groups gathered at Lord Derby Academy to each give a two-minute pitch with the chance of being awarded up to £5,000 from a larger pot of £40,000. Their peers in the audience then voted on the groups they felt should receive the money.

Funded by Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council, For Housing and Livv Housing, with further support from One Knowsley, Huyton and Stockbridge Village Together gave the community the opportunity to influence how issues, that directly impact community safety, are tackled. The event also gave the chance for attending groups to network, making connections with other people dedicated to improving the lives of members of their community.

Coming together to make safer communities

Inspector Peter Rexwinkel, Knowsley Local Policing Team said: “Huyton and Stockbridge Village Together was a hugely successful and truly inspiring event. We were delighted to see so many different groups come together and have the opportunity to meet each other, build relationships and networks.

“As a policing team it’s fantastic to see such an incredible range of approaches adopted by these groups, which can now be developed and ultimately, help to create safer communities and encourage community wellbeing.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“This weekend’s event was incredibly uplifting and positive. The groups who took part are a credit to Huyton, Stockbridge Village and the wider borough. Their passion and commitment to their communities is something we should be very proud of, and I look forward to seeing the difference they make in our communities using this funding.”

Racheal Jones, Chief Executive, One Knowsley said: “Through our partnership work we have been able to support local groups to come together and access funding.  I’d like to say congratulations to everyone who took part in Saturday’s event, it was really rewarding to see the diverse range of projects from our sector. We will be working closely with those that have missed out to find ways that we can support them further.”

Amanda Newton, Executive Director of Customer Insight at Livv Housing Group, said: “This successful event demonstrated the value and importance of all partners and community members working together to make safer neighbourhoods for the people who live there. It’s great to see such diverse and creative projects being delivered across Huyton & Stockbridge Village.

“Livv Housing Group were delighted to contribute £15k towards this fantastic event and we are committed to working closely with our communities across the borough.”

The successful groups were:

12 Million Minds
Funding will be used to start a new community group for people affected by grief. Post-pandemic, a lot of families are navigating their own journeys with grief. This new support group will be available in Huyton and Stockbridge Village. The support group will be a safe place where people feel comfortable to come and speak or listen to others facing similar challenges.

Young Adults Respite service
The money will be used to support low-income families and asylum seekers to access support at the Old School House, Huyton. The group will launch a gardening project, provide Christmas hampers to low-income families, asylum seekers and young disabled adults and their families and hold a Christmas party for the local community.

Incredible Edibles Knowsley
The Community Food hub will use funding to top up the food club for the local community. The club provide emergency food parcels for people across Knowsley at affordable prices. Everyone who wishes to be a member or is referred by another organisation will benefit from the Food Hub. People who are struggling financially will benefit from this whether they have just lost a job, relationship break-up, sanctioned, victim of crime or struggling to live each day due to a low income.

Stockbridge Ramblers
The Stockbridge Ramblers are a long-established local community walking group. Funding will be used to equip five members with the qualifications necessary to provide longevity to the club and encourage new members to join and so improving participant’s physical and mental health.

Bit of Everything Arts
Bit of Everything Arts (BOE Arts) is a community group for young people with disabilities. The funding will be used to hold an inclusive Arts Festival Project in which young people will produce a number of songs, dances and arts pieces to showcase at a bigger venue. Through the funding, BOE Arts will also be able to become an ‘ArtsAward’ centre in which young people can use their experience from the Arts Festival to gain an accredited certificate or award to use for further education.

Stockbridge ABC
This boxing club aims to attract local people of all ages and abilities to the come together and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the club with the longer-term goal of creating a boxing and fitness hub providing a safe environment to all.

Swanside Community Centre
This community group will use funding to transport older members of the community to various groups delivered in Swanside. The community group have built up a trusting relationship with this demographic and feels that they have lost confidence during the pandemic. The community group will also use funding to bring in a specialised sports coach to work with local children. Funds will also be used to support projects to raise aspirations and empower local teenage girls.

Evolving Mindset
Evolving Mindset CIC is a mental health organisation that promotes positive mental health within our Knowsley community. The group deliver to at-risk, isolated and vulnerable adults and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The ‘Reaching In’ project supports the local community to be safer and stronger by upskilling the community with valuable skills and knowledge in Mental Health.

Knowsley & St Helens Football
Huyton School Boys has a rich tradition of developing talented football players who have gone on to become professional football players and even represent England at national level. The funding will be used to provide new kit, equipment and facilities for young people to learn and improve their skills. The funding will also contribute to the purchase of a defibrillator to ensure the safety of the players.

L14 Community Centre
The L14 Community Centre will run Halloween balls, discos and a youth club for the local young people. Funding will also be used to support a series of events including costumes, props and refreshments with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour during this period.