Learner Voice Celebration

On Wednesday 28th February, Alt Valley Communiversity will be hosting an event to illustrate the wide variety of Adult Education courses that are put on across Alt Valley Community Trust, and celebrate the work of those who have completed programmes.
Students from the Healthy Cooking course will be whipping up some soup for everyone to try, the Creative Writing students will be showcasing examples of their writing, and the Face-painting and Holistic Therapies classes with be putting on demonstrations, as well as much more. Whether it be dabbling in make-up or embarking upon a journey into the world of music, taking the first step towards a qualification in Support Teaching & Learning in Schools (STLS), or learning English as a second language (ESOL), the evening will show that there is something available to enrich the lives of everyone.
Come down to the Communiversity at 3:30pm on 28th February to see for yourself what an Adult Education course can offer you, and for the opportunity to enrol on new courses, such as Introduction to Make Up, Introduction to STLS, Nail Technician Courses and more. All courses have the potential to progress to a formal qualification, are 100% free, and open to anyone aged 19 and over!

The Communiversity – Update

Due to the funeral of David, our highly respected and long serving Estates Manager, The Communiversity will be closed on Wednesday 31st January as a mark of respect.

The building will reopen on Thursday 01st February from 8am.

Recruitment for Adult Education Courses – February 2018

Are you thinking of learning a new skill?  Why not enrol on to one of our exciting Adult Ed courses! Learning new skills can help your prospects at work and increase your employability, or perhaps help you to prepare for a change of career.

An Introduction Holistic Therapies:  Beginning Wednesday  07th February at The Communiversity in Croxteth. Led by Jayne Huxley for 10 weeks.  Weekly Sessions are 5:30pm – 8:30pm

An Introduction to Music:  Beginning Wednesday  07th February at The Communiversity in Croxteth. Led by David Hall for 10 weeks.  Weekly Sessions are 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Another class will begin at Porchfiled Community Centre on Wednesday 14th February. Weekly Sessions are 9:30am – 12:30pm for 10weeks.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget:  Beginning Wednesday 07th February at The Communiversity in Croxteth. Led by Marie Yates for 10 weeks.  Weekly Sessions are 5:30pm – 8:30pm

To register your interest please call the team on 0151 546 5514 or alternatively email enquiries@altvalley.co.uk


‘Nature of the Beast’ film screening at Alt Valley Skills Centre

On Friday 12th January;  Croxteth and Norris Green Labour Party are having a screening of Nature of the Beast, a film about the famous socialist MP Dennis Skinner by local lad Daniel Draper. The event will take place at the Alt Valley Skills Centre, Back Gillmoss Lane Croxteth L11 0BE from 7:30pm – 12:30am.

After the film there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers as well as a bowl of scouse for those attending. The event is for Croxteth and Norris Green Labour Party members and is FREE to attend.

If you would like to attend please could you register via Eventbrite.

Smarta Business Starter team to run a Start Up Weekend!

Our Smarta Business Starter team are running a FREE Business Start Up Seminar in January with the aim of helping people launch a new business in only 48hours!

A new year is the perfect time to review your goals & start turning your business dreams into a reality!

Ever wanted to be your own boss; but did’nt know how to set it up? With our help, we take you through to launching your new business in a single weekend!

With a series of easy to follow sessions, we will prepare you for starting up and running a successful business plus the support provided is completely FREE!

The sessions are delivered by qualified Business Advisors and the programme is funded through the ERDF Enterprise Hub project at no cost to you!

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid any disappointment!  Register today with Kayleigh or via Eventbrite 

Alt Valley Voice: December 2017 Edition

Alt Valley Voice wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And for your New Year’s resolution we appeal for you to get more involved in your community and the causes that are important to you. This is now our third edition, and in each new edition, contributions from the community keep growing. Read the latest edition here: Alt Valley Voice December 2017 Edition

We want to hear even more of your voices so that this paper can better represent the whole of our community. If you would like to get involved writing or taking photos for Alt Valley Voice please contact community engagement worker cailenkinney@altvalley.co.uk or email any comments, complaints or ideas!

New Nursery Opens on Disused Pub Site

Croxteth residents received an early Christmas present with the news that a new nursery is being built at the old Stand Farm pub site.

Neighbourhood Services Company (NSC) has recently taken ownership of the site, which sits on the edge of Croxteth Park and for years has fallen into disrepair, and hope to have an operational nursey by January 2018.

Lisa Jennions, Business Development Manager at NSC, said, “We are really excited about the plans for the site. We know that there’s been a demand for nursery facilities in the area and we have experience running nurseries elsewhere in Croxteth and in Dovecot so it seemed a perfect fit.  We hope this can be the beginning of an exciting period of regeneration for the area!”

Originally the Fir Tree pub, it closed in 2008 before unsuccessfully reopening in 2010 as the Stand Farm pub.

Since closing again in 2013, the site has become an eyesore for community members as it has become increasingly dilapidated.­­

With the threat of the site being left empty, on October 1 NSC agreed a deal with the previous owner Enterprise PLC to let Enterprise buy out their contract at a reduced rate.

Since then, NSC has not wasted any time in developing plans to restore the site, which were unveiled at a well-attended residents meeting in November.

Croxteth councillor Anthony Lavelle said: “I fully support the plans and what NSC has proposed to do, and the majority of residents also support the idea. This has been something that residents have wanted to see happen and it’s been long overdue.”

William Smith from the Croxteth Park Residents Association said: “It’s a big relief to see such an amazing building put into good use once more, this is an opportunity to employ local people and give parents a convenient place to put the children in safety. Already the landscapers are making a difference and this will really lift the area. Well done to the new owners.”

At the meeting, there were further plans discussed for the site such as room space to hire for activities, an events space for weddings and other special occasions. There were also hopes for a potential mini-supermarket development for the area.

Cllr Lavelle said, “The building has been an eye sore for the best part of a decade for the estate. Part of it fell into decay, so it’s great that NSC are spending the time and money in order to bring it back into use. People in general are just happy that the grass is being cut, the fence is being pulled down, the shutters are coming up and the windows are being restored. I think people welcome the estate looking nicer and the nursery facility and an events space is an added bonus!”

New Partnership: Smarta Business Starter team & Kirkby Market

Last week the Smarta Business Starter team launched a ‘Drop In’ Surgery at Kirkby Market. Mark Bingley, the market manager, is fully supportive of the work that the team are doing and would like to see more stalls within the market being fully utilised.

Each Tuesday & Friday; business advisor Caroline will be on hand to answer any queries for Knowsley residents who are in the early stages of thinking of becoming self-employed.  Caroline will be at Unit 95 from 9:30am – 3:30pm on a weekly basis.  The support offered is fully funded through the ERDF Enterprise Hub Project; providing free business start up support to residents of Merseydie 16+.  AVCT are a delivery partner on this project, which runs to December 2018.

Whilst at the market; the team met some market traders who clearly enjoy their jobs.   The team  chatted to Gill of ‘Distinct Fashion Boutique’ Unit 89, who specialises in ladies French and Italian clothing.  Gill explained how she has been a market trader for 5 years.  Prior to this she was an office worker but enjoyed fashion so much and had a real passion to begin working with the public a lot more.   She also explained how being self-employed did not limit her home life. “Being self-employed allows me the freedom to run a family; as I am my own boss; I make the rules!” 

If you are thinking of starting your own business, whether it is a sole trader, Limited Company or Social Enterprise; the Smarta Business Starter team can help.  Call Kayleigh on 0151 546 5514 or alternatively email Kayleighclarke@altvalley.co.uk

Alt Valley Voice: October – November 2017 Edition

Alt Valley Voice aims to represent voices of grassroots community members, promoting and sharing news stories – good and bad – from the Alt Valley area of North East Liverpool.

We are honest and transparent in our reporting and unapologetic in highlighting the issues and interests of communities we represent.

However, while the local press seems to be obsessed with highlighting bad news, we celebrate the success stories of our area: from winners on the sports pitches and boxing rings to local people making exceptional contributions to their communities. Read the latest edition here Alt Valley Voice October November Edition

We publish every two months and are searching for members of the community to contribute to our next edition. If you would like to get involved writing or taking photos for Alt Valley Voice, or have any comments, complaints or ideas for new stories please contact cailenkinney@altvalley.co.uk. Likewise, if you are interested in advertising your business in our publication please email for further details

Recruitment for Adult Education Courses to begin next week!

Are you thinking of learning a new skill?  Why not enrol on to one of our exciting Adult Ed courses! Beginning on Monday 09th October at Elleregreen Comunity Centre;

1: Introduction to Cookery – Specialising in vegan cuisine 

2: Introduction to Basic Counselling

Enrolment begins at 6pm.  Courses run will run each Monday evening 6pm – 9pm, both for 10 weeks.     To register your interest please call the team on 0151 233 3337 or alternatively email enquiries@altvalley.co.uk

Ellergreen Community Centre, Ellergreen Road Norris Green Liverpool L11 2RY