Lawrence Kenwright tells his story at AVBN

The Liverpool-born entrepreneur behind Signature Living Group Lawrence Kenwright was the key speaker at the February meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network. He spoke to members about his business journey to date, his vision of developing the Signature Living brand, his latest acquisition of Millennium House and his plans for the Bill Shankly Hotel. It quickly became clear how Lawrence is a passionate Liverpudlian and equally passionate about employing Liverpool labour and suppliers whenever possible.

Lawrence took questions from a very attentive gathering of members.

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Price List for Diddy Daycare

Diddy Daycare Session Prices

Weekly Rate £149.00 Time:  7:30am – 5:45pm

Daily Rate £31.00 Time:  7:30am – 5:45pm

AM Session without Lunch £18.00 Time:  7:30am – 12.00pm

AM Session with Lunch £22.00 Time: 7:30am – 1:00pm

PM Session without Lunch £18.50 Time: 1:00pm – 5:45pm

PM Session with Lunch £22.50 Time: 12:00pm – 5:45pm

Pop Up Price £7.00 per hour (minimum stay 1.5hours)

For further details please contact Nicola Collins on 0151 230 0193 or

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Ken Dodd to open Diddy Daycare for Diddy People

The new Daycare Nursery, Diddy Daycare is to be opened by – who other than? – Ken Dodd on Wednesday 11th March at 2pm.

The new Nursery at Dovecot MAC, Back Dovecot Place, L14 9BA, will be officially opened for prospective customers and the local Community to see for the first time. It will be a great opportunity to see the new 54-place facility which can accommodate children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

The former Council-owned Community Centre at Dovecot has been acquired by Alt Valley Community Trust and converted into a dedicated Day Nursery -Diddy Day Care.

The staff of the Daycare Nursery will welcome Ken Dodd to the facility for the first time, when he will talk briefly about the role of the Nursery around his home Community of Knotty Ash.

Prospective customers of the Nursery are most welcome to come along and enjoy the visit

For further details please contact Nicola Collins on 0151 230 0193 or

Positive Feedback from the New Yoga Course

The yoga course that began at Dovecot MAC recently seems to be a real hit with its participants.  Christine, who is running the course, received positive feedback after week one:

“Hi Christine just wanted to text and say you thank you for running this course! Can’t believe how fantastic it all sounds, everything I try and live my life by. I do feel energised and like I’m seeing the world in technicolor right now. Can’t wait for next week and if you have any suggestions for good books on the different things we are going to cover could you let me know? Many thanks again.”  Anon

The FREE 8 week course is held each Friday from 1pm till 3pm at the Dovecot MAC.  The aim of this course is that it will teach you about holistic health, healing and ways to nourish your mind, body and soul.  To find out more information and to book your place please contact Christine on 0151 230 0193.

DIDDY DAYCARE – Opening for Diddy People Soon!

We are delighted to announce that the eagerly-awaited opening of the new Diddy Daycare Children’s Nursery in Dovecot will take place on March 2nd.

With a capacity to accommodate up to 52 children age 6 weeks to 4 years the Dovecot-based Nursery will be opening throughout February for open-day visits, with the opportunity to talk to management and staff about the full range of facilities, place availability and fees. The Nursery will be open on:

• Tuesday 17th February 5pm-7.30-pm
• Wednesday 18th February 10am-4.30pm
• Saturday 21st February 10.30am-2pm

For more information or to arrange a visit to the Nursery please contact Lesley Baugh or Gill Mason 0151 230 0193

Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing AND Addaction – A Successful Partnership

The partnership between the G.P Referral Scheme, Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing Centre and Addaction is working out great. We have had a lot of people from Addaction who have been without substances for over three months; they have been signposted to the Sports Centre, some of their own accord but a lot get sent to the G.P to go on the G.P Referral Scheme.

We are extremely proud of the G.P Referral Scheme and the service Daryl the instructor provides .We have some really positive feedback from the service users. However;  there is one story that we want to share, as it is really heart felt and touching to see someone at rock bottom come out at the other end….

Terry aged 46 is a local guy who has lived around the area all his life. Over the years he had become a user of drugs; at the tender age of 27 he had become dependent on drugs and after years of abuse to his own body Terry decided he’d had enough; unfortunately this wasn’t early enough for his own health. Terry was now suffering with his health and was becoming increasing ill; he was diagnosed with C.O.P.D and emphysema.

With the help of the G.P referral scheme, Addaction and Croxteth Sports Centre Terry turned his life around and was looking at ways to improve his health. He has now been clean for over 8 months and is moving from strength to strength. Croxteth Sports Centre work with Addaction to provide a service for its users; anyone who has been clean for 3 months can come along to the centre and pay £1 per session. Once Terry’s G.P referral scheme finished Addaction sent him to the centre and now Terry is a regular in the gym and is moving forward with increasing level of self-esteem and social skills, and has become a valued member of Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing.

Terry has also become a recovery champ for Addaction; he has done a number of presentations not just to his peers but to a room full of Professionals to not only tell them all about his journey but to show Addaction how they can further improve the service they offer.

Tammy Burgess, Sports & Health Wellbeing manager explains;  “The most warming and heart felt thing for us is it gives other people and Mums and Dads hope that people can make changes to their lifestyle”

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Alt Valley Business Network members are told of the Funding Opportunities for Growing Businesses in Merseyside

At the latest meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network the subject of funding streams for growing Merseyside businesses was covered. The  guest speakers were Andy Jones from Merseyside Special Investment Fund and Amy Zawislak from the Social Investment Business Liverpool City Region Local Impact Fund.

Andy and Amy explained to the members present the full range of investment opportunities that their funds present to small businesses – new start, growing and social businesses.

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The membership fee is £35.00 for the year.  We meet the last Friday of the month with a guaranteed guest speaker as well as refreshments and unlimited networking.  For further details please email

AVCT celebrate re-accreditation of the Investors In People Standard

January 2015 saw AVCT awarded re-accreditation of the Investors In People Standard. The Executive Summary said ‘Alt Valley Community Trust Limited, have exhibited great leadership and a genuine belief in the future of the local community. This belief is reflected in its people strategies and its focus on delivering real change to the local people. Congratulations.’

The Investors In People Report praised the “exemplary” culture of the Organisation and the inspirational management style.
Assistant Chief Executive, Danielle Forman, who ran the IIP project together with the management team, commented:
“AVCT’s capacity to deliver a wide range of projects is expanding all the time and it is vital that we continue to develop our people accordingly. This IIP re-accreditation recognises the hard work and commitment of everyone that works for Alt Valley Community Trust.”

AVCT promotes Family Health Event

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!

Residents’ Christmas Grotto and Party

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!