Village centre goes crazy for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend

It was party time at Deysbrook Village Centre after holding five different parties during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The parties were organised by community development officer Tilly Johnson, whose role was funded by a £57,000 grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2019.

Fiona Chambers, treasurer and trustee of Deysbrook Village Centre, in Liverpool, said it was a magical weekend for all those involved.

“We’re based in a relatively disadvantaged area on the edge of a council estate and it was lovely to be able to put so many smiles on people’s faces over the weekend,” she said.

“We couldn’t have done it without the Steve Morgan Foundation and we’re very grateful.

“Tilly joined in July 2020 and has had to deal with the pandemic. Through her we’ve now engaged in so many more community partnerships.”

The £57k grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation runs for three years until 2023.

Deysbrook Village Centre was founded in 2006 and runs a series of activities, including a food pantry, community café, toddler group and youth club.

“We really are the lifeblood of the community,” said Fiona. “We were so busy we needed to bring in some expertise beyond the team of volunteers.

“We advertised for a community development officer and Tilly has been absolutely wonderful.”

She said the centre decided to put on five different platinum jubilee parties to cater for the different age groups.

“We had one for the parent and toddler group and another for the youth group,” added Fiona. “We had an entertainer for the senior citizens’ party and everyone had a fantastic time.”


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