Warm And Friendly Support

Halewood Youth In Community Centre has been able to step up the range of activities offered for people in the community thanks to a grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The centre in Knowsley, known locally as the ‘Boyzee’, is two-thirds of the way through its £47,500 grant for a Centre Manager who is tasked with overseeing the programme which offers the only direct play related and youth work provision in the area.

Children, young people and adults are all able to participate in the activities, with the charity making a really positive impact in the community.

“The grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation has – and continues to – provide the Centre with the opportunity to maintain and develop services offered to children, young people and adult members of the local community of the Halewood area,” says Centre Manager Mark Nelson.

“We have been able to develop our work with a cross section of children, young people and adults with services including out-of-school activity clubs, half term/summer play-schemes, full-time childcare during holidays and school pick-up services for four to 11-year-olds.

“Our evening youth provision targets 12 to 19-year-olds ,as well as additional community-based activities though adult bingo and clubercise.

“The ethos of the Centre of inclusion, equality, diversity, education and empowerment within a safe, warm, friendly and supportive environment has contributed toward the successful delivery of such services and activities.

“The funding has also provided a much needed platform from which to continue the Centre’s aim of becoming as self-sufficient as possible through developed income generation opportunities, complemented by focus upon attraction of external funding support.

“Applications for additional funding have been successful in landing a number of other grants to help meet running costs.”

The range of activities offered include alternative art, sport and recreation, physical fitness, cookery, beauty therapies, ASDAN qualifications, Tots Soccer School, boxing, and an annual family camping trip and excursions.

The Centre has also been able to assist in developing an alternative education project for young people who are on the brink of permanent exclusion from a range of secondary schools in Knowsley.  

This project currently operates of a morning and afternoon five days per week during term times, targeting 12-16 year old young people.

“The grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation continues to ensure the existence of Halewood Youth In Community Centre as it moves toward becoming as self- sufficient as possible, within the context of its charitable remit,” Mark adds.

“Without the support offered by the Steve Morgan Foundation, the range and scope of children, young people and adults contacted and worked with by the Centre would certainly have not taken place. 

“The final year of grant support is therefore viewed as fundamentally strategic to the Centre’s aim of self-sufficiency, and the continued development of its work within the Halewood community.”  

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