AVCT, working in conjunction with CHATS, hosted a Family Health Event at Croxteth Sports and Well-being Centre on 12th of December. The event, which was very well attended, highlighted family health and wellbeing issues and aimed to promote a healthy family lifestyle. All attendees, pledged to make 2015 a happy, healthy year!
Santa had time to slip over from Croxteth Farm to AVCT’s Skills Centre, which hosted a Christmas party for children from the Alt Valley area on Thursday 18th December. Children were treated to a festive spread, a visit from Santa and a selection box. Santa reported that the children of the area had been very good this year!
Locally sourced fresh produce from Larkin’s Farm has been made available to vulnerable and cash-strapped members of the community over Christmas. Larkin’s Farm is delivering farm fresh vegetable to Merseyside’s food banks to ensure that all sections of the community enjoy a first class Christmas dinner this year.
Croxteth’s Stonedale estate hosted a Christmas visit from Jude the Giant on the 15th of December. Artist Joann Kushner, and Bernie Russell of Stonedale Womens’ Group organised a community event in partnership with the PCC involving over 300 local school children with the aim of building more resilient communities in Croxteth. Each child created a magical lantern, paraded with Jude the Giant in procession to the Community Christmas Tree and dressed the tree in spectacular fashion with the lanterns. The event was very well attended and all agreed that it was an unforgettable evening!
NSC’s Lovehistory and Larkin’s Farm have created a magical Grotto experience at Croxteth Hall Farm this Christmas season, offering a truly interactive and theatrical event with plenty of fun for all the family. The hall has been transformed into a magical world of twinkling displays and festive delights.
Activities on the Santa Experience tour include an Animal Farm Tour, a Santa’s Workshop with Christmas grotto, plus a free toy from Santa for every child, which is all included in the ticket price.
The farm is open from 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) with tickets priced at just £10 per child and up to 2 adults go free. Croxteth Hall Farm Christmas Grotto is open till Tuesday 23rd December.
On the 17th of December members of BRATS (Bowley residents and tenants society) were treated to a visit to the farm by AVCT. Over 50 children and adults enjoyed a magical day out which put everybody in the Christmas spirit!
This year over 40 young people completed apprenticeships which ensured that our community’s young people leave our organisation armed with the skills necessary to equip them for the world of work. Our apprentices gained hands on experience in apprenticeships including: Live events, bricklaying and joinery, horticulture, hairdressing and childcare. We would like to congratulate all our apprentices and wish them well for the future. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please contact the Skills Centre on 0151 546 6249
Our two drama groups: Acting Up and Alt Valley Contemporary Youth Theatre recently collaborated on a new play Good Education written by Paula Currie based on the occupation of Croxteth Comprehensive.
Over 30 people participated in the project and we are delighted to announce that the play will be performed again in the New Year at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.
Watch this space for further details!
Alt Valley Community Trust has been the North Liverpool collection point for this appeal organised by Vorny Redmond. Ms Redmond states “…the idea came from me just wanting to do a bit of good this Christmas and when I was in school we used to do shoebox appeals to be shipped abroad but I thought it would be nice to do something within our own community especially as the need for it is so huge”
In partnership with Our Lady and St Swithins School over 70 boxes have been collected through the generosity of local children, the wider Croxteth Community and staff at the Trust. Recipients of the gifts included: The First Step, The Whitechapel Centre, The Basement, SHAP and Wirral Ark.
All of these Organisations have said how thrilled they are to be receiving these Christmas presents for their beneficiaries.
Many thanks to all those who sent in Christmas gifts: You have helped to bring Christmas cheer to vulnerable communities across the city!