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Knowsley Better Together in practice

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Better Together brings please and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents. By pooling resources, expertise and ideas, more can be achieved.

Below are two examples of where Knowsley Better Together is supporting children and young people in Knowsley.

 Jaguar Land Rover undergraduates donate bikes for Knowsley children and young people

Undergraduates at the Halewood plant have donated five stylish BMX bikes to youngsters who are supported by Listening Ear’s Butterflies, DiAmond and Titanium services in Whiston. The services help children and young people affected by bereavement or other forms of loss such as divorce and family separation.

The undergraduates built the bikes as part of a team building exercise and they have now been donated to five children and young people in Knowsley.

Feedback from the recipients includes “Thank you to everyone at Jaguar Land Rover, I can’t wait to show my mates in school my new bike made specially for me” and “I love this bike, you’ve made me so happy!”

In addition, Jaguar Land Rover also purchased cycle helmets and a set of lights for each bike, with a donation from Halewood Operations Employee Charity Fund.

Local Offer for Care Leavers

Knowsley Mutual Credit Union is helping young people, known as care leavers, to better understand understand financial management and saving.

Care leavers are young people who have been in the care of the local authority and often have to become independent a lot earlier than their peers.

The Credit Union is offering a “double your money” scheme up to the value of £150 per young person. Young people will be required to save a set amount each week (from as little as £1 per week) for 50 consecutive weeks. The total saved will then be doubled at the end of the term up to a maximum of £150.

This is an excellent financial initiative that will also encourage young people to save, help with financial budgeting and support young people to access credit in the future and build up their credit score.